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EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Sensor Technologies for a Healthy and Sustainable Future

Studying at Cambridge


Dr Vasant Kumar

Departments and Institutes

Materials Science and Metallurgy:

Research Interests

In my group we have research expertise in electrochemical redox reactions at the interface of electrodes and electrolytes and morphology of electrodic materials within an ecological calculus at the cutting edge of new applications. Our research output has attracted worldwide recognition for creating research framework that places emphasis not only on optimising rates of redox reactions while minimizing polarization losses and parasitic reactions but also on design features for recovering materials and components with minimal loss of value. Our research has applications in energy devices, recycling and sustainability and sensors.

In the area of sensors we carry out investigations into operating solid-state ionic sensors in electrochemically active mode. This has led to many practical applications such as on-board diagnostics in gas sensing, self-cleaning and mixed potential sensors for industrial usage and applied to molecular species such as SOx, NOx, H2S, HCl, H2O, CO, CO2 and many others.  We have also integrated oxide materials within silicon-on-insulator, CMOS platform.

Key Publications

K. Xi, S Cao, X Peng, C Ducati, RV Kumar and AKC Cheetam, "Carbon with hierarchical pores from carbonized metal organic frameworks for lithium-sulfur batteries" Chem. Comm.49 (22), 2192 – 2194 (2013)

R Vasant Kumar, J Yang and S Sonmez, "Relevance of reaction of lead compounds with carboxylic acid in lead recovery from secondary sources" J. Powder Metallurgy & Mining, Open Access, 2:1, doi: 10.4172/2168-9806/1000107 (2013); patent

RV Kumar, S Sonmez and VP Kotzeva - PCT/GB2007/004222;  EU 07824458.9; RU 2009117620; US 12/513707; CN 200780041628.4; IN 2216/KOLNP/2009

W Jiang, N Ullah, G Divitini, C Ducati, RV Kumar, Y Ding, ZH Barber, "Vertically oriented TiO xN y nanopillar arrays with embedded Ag nanoparticles for visible-light photocatalysis" Langmuir 28(12), 5427-5431 (2012).

XH Xie, JL Sun, C Brigden, I Farnan, YR Hong, RV Kumar, "Understanding the relationship between dopant and ionic transport in yttria-doped ceria-zirconia" J. Mater. Chem.  21(26), 9570-9575 ( 2011).