Rahul Kumar

MS( Research) & PhD from IISc, Bangalore

Assistant Professor

  •  0135 – 7144000, 7144300
  • Specialisation

    Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry

  • Research Interest

    Sustainable and Green Chemistry (Biomass Valorization and Plastic Upcycling), Heterogenous and Homogeneous Catalysis, Surface Chemistry, Hydrogen Storage, Small Molecule activation

  • Brief Profile

    Dr. Kumar joined as an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry at DIT University.Prior to joining DIT, He worked as a postdoctoral research associate at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Richland, USA (2018-2021) and as a National Postdoctoral Fellow (N-PDF) at Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Hyderabad (2017-2018). He received his MS & Ph.D. in Chemistry (through Integrated Ph.D. program) from Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore in 2016, and B.Sc(Hons.) in Chemistry from Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi, in 2007. His current research interest areas are sustainable and green chemistry approaches for Biomass valorization, Plastic upcycling, Methane & Carbon dioxide activation, and Hydrogen storage materials (such as Formic acid and Ammonia).

    Dr. Kumar’s (unpublished and published) research works from his previous institutions provide fundamental insights into the following: (1) binding strength (adsorption energy) of Hydrogen and phenol on metal surfaces (Pt, Pd, Ru) in water (2) mapped energy landscape of phenol hydrogenation using Ru/C in aqueous medium for biomass valorization (3) mechanism of methane & carbon dioxide activation (4) reversible hydrogen storage processes in amine-boranes and formic acid using homogeneous catalysts. In addition, He has reviewed several research articles from American Chemical Society (ACS) publisher and was member of ACS(2018-2020). For his contributions to catalysis science and ACS, he was awarded the "Outstanding Performance Award" for scientific excellence in catalysis science by PNNL and "Certificate of Recognition Award (for serving as reviewer)” by the Editorial board of ACS.