Academic Background       Awards and Honours
M.Sc. Delhi University       2016 : CRSI Bronze Medal
Ph.D IISc Bangalore         2011 : Dr. P.K.Patwardhan Technology Development Award of IIT-B
2007 : Scopus Young Scientist Award in Chemistry
2003 : BOYSCAST Fellowship
Sept.'95 - Sept.'97 - Post Doc, Univ. of Florida, U.S.A.
Oct.'97 - Nov.'98 - Post Doc, TUE, Netherlands
Nov.'98 - March '03 - Asst. Professor
March '03 - Feb.'09 - Associate
March '09 - Present - Professor
Our group's main research focus is in the area of organic electronics, functional surfaces, photovoltaics and Lab on Chip Applications. We have developed a route for the synthesis of "Click"able amplified fluorescent polymers which has good potential for the next generation of chemical and biomedical sensors. Based on this technology, we have now developed (in association with BigtecLabs Bangalore) a handheld explosive detector. In another process, we have developed a route for the functionalization of SU8 type photoresists wherein the process is compatible with biological derivatization protocols as well as CMOS fabrication protocols. Our current research activities involve new synthetic routes for the syntheses of conjugated polymers based on thiophenes (PEDOT and rr-P3HT) and their application in Printable Organic Electronics.
Main focus of the group's research is in the area of continuous flow processes and
Printable Organic Electronics based on conjugated polymers. In Continuous flow
processes; we have developed various flow processes that include CH arylation, C-C
bond formations reactions, bromination, transetherification and working on few more.
We also provide hands on training to various academic and industrial users on
Continuous flow processes. In conjugated polymer activities, our group has
developed a new Kumada Catalyst Transfer Polycondensation process for the synthesis
of defect free as well as with controlled defect regioregular
- "Continuous Flow Synthesis of Regioregular Poly(3-Hexylthiophene): Ultrafast
Polymerization with High Throughput and Low Polydispersity Index" Anshu Kumar, Jafar
Hasan, Ashok Kumar Majji, Appasaheb B. Ahvale, Sreelekha P. Gopinathan, Pritesh
Sharma, Dattatray L. Tarange, Rishab Bajpai and Anil Kumar, J. Flow Chemistry, 2014,
- "Solution Processed Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) thin films as
transparent Conductor: Effect of p-Toluenesulphonic Acid in Dimethyl Sulfoxide"
Smita Mukherjee; Rekha Singh, Sreelekha Gopinathan, Sengottaiyan Murugan, Suhas
Gawali, Biswajit Saha, Jayeeta Biswas, Saurabh Lodha, Anil Kumar, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 2014, 6, 17792-17803.
- "Solvent Free Chemical Oxidative Polymerization as a Universal Method for the Synthesis of Ultra High Molecular Weight Conjugated Polymers Based on 3,4-Propylenedioxythiophenes"
Anshu Kumar,Rekha Singh, P. G. Sreelekha, Anil Kumar, Chemical Communications, 2012, 48, 4905.
- "Single Step Reductive Polymerization of Functional 3,4-Propylenedioxythiophenes via Direct C-H Arylation Catalyzed by Palladium Acetate."
Anshu Kumar, Anil Kumar, Polymer Chemistry, 2010, 1, 26.
- "Processable, Regioregular and "Click"able Monomers and Polymers based on 3,4-propylenedioxythiophene with Tunable Solubility"
Jasmine Sinha, Rabindra Sahoo, Anil Kumar, Macromolecules, 2009, 42(6), 201.