Professor Vasant Kumar
BTech, MA, PhD, FIMMS
Staff Fellow in Natural Sciences; Director of Studies in Natural Sciences (Materials); Tutor; University Professor in Materials Science and Metallurgy
Professor Kumar has over 25 years of Research Experience in Materials Chemistry, Energy Devices, Solid State Ionics, Electrochemistry and Metal Production, Refining & Recycling. He has published over 320 papers, 17 Patents and 5 Chapters in Handbooks and 1 edited book (High energy density Li batteries, Wiley-VCH 2010, also translated in Chinese, 2013, 2nd Edition in 2019). He has supervised over 40 PhD students, 35 post-doctoral researchers, 20 visiting students and hosted 25 visiting professors and industrial scientists. Many of his research has led to licenses and industrial practices and he has founded four start-up companies in order to commercialise some of his inventions. He is a Fellow of the “Institute of Materials”; the “Energy Institute”; and the Editor-in-Chief of Institute of Materials Journal on “Mineral Processing & Extractive Metallurgy”. Professor Kumar has numerous accolades, including Honorary Professorships at four universities in China; an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering by the University of Malaysia in 2011 and the Armourers and Brasiers Materials Science Venture Prize in 2008, and the IOM3 Kroll medal in 2014 for enabling industrial applications of his research. He has spoken as Plenary lecturer in 18 international conferences, and as keynote/invited lecturer in over 50 conferences.
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