Anil Kumar


    Department of Chemistry

    Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

    Powai, Mumbai 400076

    Ph:   022-2576 7153

    Fax:  022-2576 7152

    Email: anilkumar[at]

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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


Professional Experience

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 Professor

March '09 - Present - Professor



Research Interests

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 Poly(3-hexylthiophene).


Representative Publications

  • "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, 4(4), 206-210.

  • "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.