Priyank Kumar

Scientia Fellow (Level B)

Dr. Priyank Vijaya Kumar obtained his PhD in June 2015 under the guidance of Prof. Jeffrey C. Grossman in the department of materials science and engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. His dissertation focused on the atomistic computational design of two-dimensional materials (graphene, graphene oxide and transition metal dichalcogenides) for electronic, optoelectronic and biomedical applications. He was also closely involved with experiments in the group of Prof. Angela Belcher at MIT. Following his PhD, he won a Marie-Curie grant to carry out his postdoctoral research in the group of Prof. David J. Norris at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. He applied ab initio methods such as density functional theory (DFT) and time-dependent DFT (TDDFT) to investigate plasmonic hot-carrier processes such as plasmon formation, hot-carrier generation, electron transport and electron-phonon coupling at metal-semiconductor and metal-molecule interfaces with an aim to advance photocatalysis and other applications. In May 2019, he started as a Scientia fellow (level B) in the school of chemical engineering at UNSW, Sydney with a vision to establish a computational materials design group and foster experimental collaborations.

Journal articles
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Foller T; Daiyan R; Jin X; Leverett J; Kim H; Webster R; Yap JE; Wen X; Rawal A; DeSilva KKH; Yoshimura M; Bustamante H; Chang SLY; Kumar P; You Y; Lee GH; Amal R; Joshi R, 2021, 'Enhanced graphitic domains of unreduced graphene oxide and the interplay of hydration behaviour and catalytic activity', Materials Today, http://arxiv.org/abs/2007.00860v5
2021
Suryawanshi UP; Ghorpade UV; Lee DM; He M; Shin SW; Kumar PV; Jang JS; Jung HR; Suryawanshi MP; Kim JH, 2021, 'Colloidal Ni2P Nanocrystals Encapsulated in Heteroatom-Doped Graphene Nanosheets: A Synergy of 0D@2D Heterostructure Toward Overall Water Splitting', Chemistry of Materials, vol. 33, pp. 234 - 245, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.chemmater.0c03543
2021
Mule AS; Mazzotti S; Rossinelli AA; Aellen M; Prins PT; Van Der Bok JC; Solari SF; Glauser YM; Kumar PV; Riedinger A; Norris DJ, 2021, 'Unraveling the Growth Mechanism of Magic-Sized Semiconductor Nanocrystals', Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol. 143, pp. 2037 - 2048, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jacs.0c12185
2021
Maslekar N; Zetterlund PB; Kumar PV; Agarwal V, 2021, 'Mechanistic Aspects of the Functionalization of Graphene Oxide with Ethylene Diamine: Implications for Energy Storage Applications', ACS Applied Nano Materials, vol. 4, pp. 3232 - 3240, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsanm.1c00412
2021
Zhang Q; Kumar P; Zhu X; Daiyan R; Bedford NM; Wu KH; Han Z; Zhang T; Amal R; Lu X, 2021, 'Electronically Modified Atomic Sites Within a Multicomponent Co/Cu Composite for Efficient Oxygen Electroreduction', Advanced Energy Materials, vol. 11, pp. 2100303 - 2100303, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/aenm.202100303
2021
Xie B; Kumar P; Tan TH; Esmailpour AA; Aguey-Zinsou KF; Scott J; Amal R, 2021, 'Doping-mediated metal−support interaction promotion toward light-assisted methanol production over Cu/ZnO/Al2O3', ACS Catalysis, vol. 11, pp. 5818 - 5828, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acscatal.1c00332
2021
Ullah S; Lovell EC; Tan TH; Xie B; Kumar PV; Amal R; Scott J, 2021, 'Photoenhanced CO2 methanation over La2O3 promoted Co/TiO2 catalysts', Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, vol. 294, pp. 120248 - 120248, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apcatb.2021.120248
2021
Zhang Q; Kumar P; Zhu X; Daiyan R; Bedford NM; Wu K; Han Z; Zhang T; Amal R; Lu X, 2021, 'Oxygen Reduction Reaction: Electronically Modified Atomic Sites Within a Multicomponent Co/Cu Composite for Efficient Oxygen Electroreduction (Adv. Energy Mater. 17/2021)', Advanced Energy Materials, vol. 11, pp. 2170067 - 2170067, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/aenm.202170067
2021
Daiyan R; Tran-Phu T; Kumar P; Iputera K; Tong Z; Leverett J; Khan MHA; Asghar Esmailpour A; Jalili A; Lim M; Tricoli A; Liu RS; Lu X; Lovell E; Amal R, 2021, 'Nitrate reduction to ammonium: From CuO defect engineering to waste NOx-to-NH3 economic feasibility', Energy and Environmental Science, vol. 14, pp. 3588 - 3598, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/d1ee00594d
2021
Maslekar N; Zetterlund PB; Kumar PV; Agarwal V, 2021, 'Erratum: Mechanistic Aspects of the Functionalization of Graphene Oxide with Ethylene Diamine: Implications for Energy Storage Applications (ACS Appl. Nano Mater. (2021) 4: 3 (3232−3240) DOI: 10.1021/acsanm.1c00412)', ACS Applied Nano Materials, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsanm.1c01645
2021
Kuznetsov DA; Naeem MA; Kumar PV; Abdala PM; Fedorov A; Müller CR, 2020, 'Rationalizing Effect of Metal Substitution in Ruthenium Pyrochlores on the Lattice Oxygen Binding and Oxygen Evolution Activity', ECS Meeting Abstracts, vol. MA2020-02, pp. 2412 - 2412, http://dx.doi.org/10.1149/ma2020-02382412mtgabs
2020
Kuznetsov DA; Chen Z; Kumar PV; Abdala PM; Fedorov A; Müller CR, 2020, 'Single Site Substitution in 2D Molybdenum Carbide: Applications in Electrocatalysis', ECS Meeting Abstracts, vol. MA2020-02, pp. 2401 - 2401, http://dx.doi.org/10.1149/ma2020-02382401mtgabs
2020
Kuznetsov DA; Chen Z; Kumar PV; Abdala PM; Fedorov A; Muller CR, 2020, 'Single Site Substituted 2D Molybdenum Carbide and Its Application in Electrocatalysis', ECS Meeting Abstracts, vol. MA2020-01, pp. 2662 - 2662, http://dx.doi.org/10.1149/ma2020-01462662mtgabs
2020
Ma Z; Tsounis C; Kumar PV; Han Z; Wong RJ; Toe CY; Zhou S; Bedford NM; Thomsen L; Ng YH; Amal R, 2020, 'Enhanced Electrochemical CO2 Reduction of Cu@CuxO Nanoparticles Decorated on 3D Vertical Graphene with Intrinsic sp3-type Defect', Advanced Functional Materials, vol. 30, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/adfm.201910118
2020
Hänsel C; Kumar PV; Kundu D, 2020, 'Stack Pressure Effect in Li3PS4 and Na3PS4 Based Alkali Metal Solid-State Cells: The Dramatic Implication of Interlayer Growth', Chemistry of Materials, vol. 32, pp. 10501 - 10510, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.chemmater.0c03444
2020
Madauß L; Foller T; Plaß J; Kumar PV; Musso T; Dunkhorst K; Joshi R; Schleberger M, 2020, 'Selective Proton Transport for Hydrogen Production Using Graphene Oxide Membranes', The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, pp. 9415 - 9420, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpclett.0c02481
2020
Ghasemian MB; Zavabeti A; Abbasi R; Kumar PV; Syed N; Yao Y; Tang J; Wang Y; Elbourne A; Han J; Mousavi M; Daeneke T; Kalantar-Zadeh K, 2020, 'Ultra-Thin lead oxide piezoelectric layers for reduced environmental contamination using a liquid metal-based process', Journal of Materials Chemistry A, vol. 8, pp. 19434 - 19443, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/d0ta06379g
2020
Jia C; Ching K; Kumar PV; Zhao C; Kumar N; Chen X; Das B, 2020, 'Vitamin B12on Graphene for Highly Efficient CO2Electroreduction', ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, vol. 12, pp. 41288 - 41293, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsami.0c10125
2020
Poerwoprajitno AR; Gloag L; Watt J; Cychy S; Cheong S; Kumar PV; Benedetti TM; Deng C; Wu KH; Marjo CE; Huber DL; Muhler M; Gooding JJ; Schuhmann W; Wang DW; Tilley RD, 2020, 'Facettierte verzweigte Nickel-Nanopartikel mit variierbarer Verzweigungslänge für die hochaktive elektrokatalytische Oxidation von Biomasse', Angewandte Chemie, vol. 132, pp. 15615 - 15620, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ange.202005489
2020
Poerwoprajitno AR; Gloag L; Watt J; Cychy S; Cheong S; Kumar PV; Benedetti TM; Deng C; Wu KH; Marjo CE; Huber DL; Muhler M; Gooding JJ; Schuhmann W; Wang DW; Tilley RD, 2020, 'Faceted Branched Nickel Nanoparticles with Tunable Branch Length for High-Activity Electrocatalytic Oxidation of Biomass', Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, vol. 59, pp. 15487 - 15491, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/anie.202005489
2020
Yang JW; Shen YC; Lin KC; Cheng SJ; Chen SL; Chen CY; Kumar PV; Lin SF; Lu HE; Chen GY, 2020, 'Organ-on-a-Chip: Opportunities for Assessing the Toxicity of Particulate Matter', Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, vol. 8, http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fbioe.2020.00519
2020
Mayyas M; Li H; Kumar P; Ghasemian MB; Yang J; Wang Y; Lawes DJ; Han J; Saborio MG; Tang J; Jalili R; Lee SH; Seong WK; Russo SP; Esrafilzadeh D; Daeneke T; Kaner RB; Ruoff RS; Kalantar-Zadeh K, 2020, 'Liquid-Metal-Templated Synthesis of 2D Graphitic Materials at Room Temperature', Advanced Materials, vol. 32, pp. 2001997 - 2001997, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/adma.202001997
2020
Daiyan R; Chen R; Kumar P; Bedford NM; Qu J; Cairney JM; Lu X; Amal R, 2020, 'Tunable Syngas Production through CO2 Electroreduction on Cobalt-Carbon Composite Electrocatalyst', ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, vol. 12, pp. 9307 - 9315, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsami.9b21216
2020
Cheng SJ; Hsieh KY; Chen SL; Chen CY; Huang CY; Tsou HI; Kumar PV; Hsieh JCH; Chen GY, 2020, 'Microfluidics and nanomaterial-based technologies for circulating tumor cell isolation and detection', Sensors (Switzerland), vol. 20, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/s20071875
2020
Jin X; Foller T; Wen X; Ghasemian MB; Wang F; Zhang M; Bustamante H; Sahajwalla V; Kumar P; Kim H; Lee G; Kalantar‐Zadeh K; Joshi R, 2020, 'Effective Separation of CO 2 Using Metal‐Incorporated rGO Membranes', Advanced Materials, pp. 1907580 - 1907580, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/adma.201907580
2020
Kuznetsov DA; Naeem MA; Kumar PV; Abdala PM; Fedorov A; Müller CR, 2020, 'Tailoring Lattice Oxygen Binding in Ruthenium Pyrochlores to Enhance Oxygen Evolution Activity', Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol. 142, pp. 7883 - 7888, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jacs.0c01135
2020
Aizpurua J; Baumberg J; Caps V; Cortes E; De Nijs B; Diaz Fernandez Y; Fabris L; Freakley S; Gawinkowski S; Glass D; Huang J; Jankiewicz B; Khurgin J; Kumar PV; Maurer RJ; McBreen P; Mueller NS; Park JY; Quiroz J; Rejman S; Romero Gómez RM; Salmon-Gamboa J; Schlücker S; Schultz Z; Shukla A; Sivan Y; Thangamuthu M; Torrente-Murciano L; Xiao X; Xu H; Zhan C, 2019, 'Applications in catalysis, photochemistry, and photodetection: General discussion', Faraday Discussions, vol. 214, pp. 479 - 499, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c9fd90014d
2019
Kuznetsov DA; Chen Z; Kumar PV; Tsoukalou A; Kierzkowska A; Abdala PM; Safonova OV; Fedorov A; Müller CR, 2019, 'Single Site Cobalt Substitution in 2D Molybdenum Carbide (MXene) Enhances Catalytic Activity in the Hydrogen Evolution Reaction', Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol. 141, pp. 17809 - 17816, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jacs.9b08897
2019
Kumar PV; Rossi TP; Marti-Dafcik D; Reichmuth D; Kuisma M; Erhart P; Puska MJ; Norris DJ, 2019, 'Plasmon-Induced Direct Hot-Carrier Transfer at Metal-Acceptor Interfaces', ACS Nano, vol. 13, pp. 3188 - 3195, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsnano.8b08703
2019
Thangamuthu M; Hsieh KY; Kumar PV; Chen GY, 2019, 'Graphene- and graphene oxide-based nanocomposite platforms for electrochemical biosensing applications', International Journal of Molecular Sciences, vol. 20, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijms20122975
2019
Kumar PV; Rossi TP; Kuisma M; Erhart P; Norris DJ, 2019, 'Direct hot-carrier transfer in plasmonic catalysis', Faraday Discussions, vol. 214, pp. 189 - 197, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c8fd00154e
2019
Chen SL; Chen CY; Hsieh JCH; Yu ZY; Cheng SJ; Hsieh KY; Yang JW; Kumar PV; Lin SF; Chen GY, 2019, 'Graphene oxide-based biosensors for liquid biopsies in cancer diagnosis', Nanomaterials, vol. 9, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/nano9121725
2019
Lin S; Zhang L; Huang Z; Kumar PV; Xu J, 2019, 'Discriminatory Photoactivation of Diastereomeric RAFT Agents', Macromolecules, vol. 52, pp. 7157 - 7166, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.macromol.9b01534
2019
Aizpurua J; Baletto F; Baumberg J; Christopher P; Nijs BD; Deshpande P; Diaz Fernandez Y; Fabris L; Freakley S; Gawinkowski S; Govorov A; Halas N; Hernandez R; Jankiewicz B; Khurgin J; Kuisma M; Kumar PV; Lischner J; Liu J; Marini A; Maurer RJ; Mueller NS; Parente M; Park JY; Reich S; Sivan Y; Tagliabue G; Torrente-Murciano L; Thangamuthu M; Xiao X; Zayats A, 2019, 'Theory of hot electrons: General discussion', Faraday Discussions, vol. 214, pp. 245 - 281, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C9FD90012H
2019
Aizpurua J; Ashfold M; Baletto F; Baumberg J; Christopher P; Cortés E; De Nijs B; Diaz Fernandez Y; Gargiulo J; Gawinkowski S; Halas N; Hamans R; Jankiewicz B; Khurgin J; Kumar PV; Liu J; Maier S; Maurer RJ; Mount A; Mueller NS; Oulton R; Parente M; Park JY; Polanyi J; Quiroz J; Rejman S; Schlücker S; Schultz Z; Sivan Y; Tagliabue G; Thangamuthu M; Torrente-Murciano L; Xiao X; Zayats A; Zhan C, 2019, 'Dynamics of hot electron generation in metallic nanostructures: General discussion', Faraday Discussions, vol. 214, pp. 123 - 146, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c9fd90011j
2019
Yang JW; Hsieh KY; Kumar PV; Cheng SJ; Lin YR; Shen YC; Chen GY, 2018, 'Enhanced Osteogenic Differentiation of Stem Cells on Phase-Engineered Graphene Oxide', ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, vol. 10, pp. 12497 - 12503, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsami.8b02225
2018
Cheng SJ; Chiu HY; Kumar PV; Hsieh KY; Yang JW; Lin YR; Shen YC; Chen GY, 2018, 'Simultaneous drug delivery and cellular imaging using graphene oxide', Biomaterials Science, vol. 6, pp. 813 - 819, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c7bm01192j
2018
Kumar PV; Norris DJ, 2017, 'Tailoring Energy Transfer from Hot Electrons to Adsorbate Vibrations for Plasmon-Enhanced Catalysis', ACS Catalysis, vol. 7, pp. 8343 - 8350, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acscatal.7b03174
2017
Musso T; Kumar PV; Grossman JC; Foster AS, 2017, 'Engineering Efficient p-Type TMD/Metal Contacts Using Fluorographene as a Buffer Layer', Advanced Electronic Materials, vol. 3, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/aelm.201600318
2017
Bardhan NM; Kumar PV; Li Z; Ploegh HL; Grossman JC; Belcher AM; Chen GY, 2017, 'Enhanced Cell Capture on Functionalized Graphene Oxide Nanosheets through Oxygen Clustering', ACS Nano, vol. 11, pp. 1548 - 1558, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsnano.6b06979
2017
Kumar PV; Bardhan NM; Chen GY; Li Z; Belcher AM; Grossman JC, 2016, 'New insights into the thermal reduction of graphene oxide: Impact of oxygen clustering', Carbon, vol. 100, pp. 90 - 98, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.carbon.2015.12.087
2016
Chen GY; Li Z; Theile CS; Bardhan NM; Kumar PV; Duarte JN; Maruyama T; Rashidfarrokh A; Belcher AM; Ploegh HL, 2015, 'Graphene Oxide Nanosheets Modified with Single-Domain Antibodies for Rapid and Efficient Capture of Cells', Chemistry - A European Journal, vol. 21, pp. 17178 - 17183, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/chem.201503057
2015
Musso T; Kumar PV; Foster AS; Grossman JC, 2014, 'Graphene oxide as a promising hole injection layer for MoS2-based electronic devices', ACS Nano, vol. 8, pp. 11432 - 11439, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/nn504507u
2014
Kumar PV; Bardhan NM; Tongay S; Wu J; Belcher AM; Grossman JC, 2014, 'Scalable enhancement of graphene oxide properties by thermally driven phase transformation', Nature Chemistry, vol. 6, pp. 151 - 158, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nchem.1820
2014
Durgun E; Manzano H; Kumar PV; Grossman JC, 2014, 'The characterization, stability, and reactivity of synthetic calcium silicate surfaces from first principles', Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol. 118, pp. 15214 - 15219, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jp408325f
2014
Kumar PV; Short MP; Yip S; Yildiz B; Grossman JC, 2013, 'High surface reactivity and water adsorption on NiFe2O 4 (111) surfaces', Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol. 117, pp. 5678 - 5683, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jp309434a
2013
Kumar PV; Bernardi M; Grossman JC, 2013, 'The impact of functionalization on the stability, work function, and photoluminescence of reduced graphene oxide', ACS Nano, vol. 7, pp. 1638 - 1645, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/nn305507p
2013
Bernardi M; Lohrman J; Kumar PV; Kirkeminde A; Ferralis N; Grossman JC; Ren S, 2012, 'Nanocarbon-based photovoltaics', ACS Nano, vol. 6, pp. 8896 - 8903, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/nn302893p
2012
Kumar PV; Short MP; Yip S; Yildiz B; Grossman JC, 2012, 'First-principles assessment of the reactions of boric acid on NiO(001) and ZrO 2(1̄11) surfaces', Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol. 116, pp. 10113 - 10119, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jp301607h
2012
Hocker S; Schmauder S; Kumar P, 2011, 'Molecular dynamics simulations of Ni/NiAl interfaces', European Physical Journal B, vol. 82, pp. 133 - 141, http://dx.doi.org/10.1140/epjb/e2011-20135-9
2011
Kumar P; Zhu F; Madan A, 2008, 'Electrical and structural properties of nano-crystalline silicon intrinsic layers for nano-crystalline silicon solar cells prepared by very high frequency plasma chemical vapor deposition', International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, vol. 33, pp. 3938 - 3944, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhydene.2008.02.037
2008
Kumar P; Bhusari D; Grunsky D; Kupich M; Schroeder B, 2006, 'p-doped μc-Si:H window layers prepared by hot-wire CVD for amorphous solar cell application', Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, vol. 90, pp. 3345 - 3355, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.solmat.2005.09.016
2006
Kumar P; Kupich M; Bock W; Dusane RO; Schroeder B, 2006, 'Microcrystalline single and double junction silicon based solar cells entirely prepared by HWCVD on textured zinc oxide substrate', Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids, vol. 352, pp. 1855 - 1858, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jnoncrysol.2005.12.053
2006
Kupich M; Grunsky D; Kumar P; Schröder B, 2004, 'Preparation of microcrystalline single junction and amorphous-microcrystalline tandem silicon solar cells entirely by hot-wire CVD', Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, vol. 81, pp. 141 - 146, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.solmat.2003.10.002
2004
Conference Papers
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Schmauder S; Hocker S; Kumar P, 2010, 'Molecular dynamics simulations of tensile tests and interfacial fracture in Ni/NiAl and Ni/Ni3Al', in 18th European Conference on Fracture: Fracture of Materials and Structures from Micro to Macro Scale
2010
Kumar P; Zhu F; Madan A, 2007, 'Electrical and structural properties of nano-crystalline silicon intrinsic layers for nano-crystalline silicon solar cells prepared by very high frequency plasma chemical vapor deposition', in TMS Annual Meeting, pp. 73 - 80
2007
  • Marie-Curie ETH Zurich Postdoctoral Fellow, 2015-2017
  • Condensed Matter and Materials Physics (CMMP) Education Grant, Applied Physics, Aalto University, Finland
  • MRS Graduate Student Silver Award Spring Meeting 2015, San Francisco CA, USA
  • Shell-TATA MIT Energy Fellowship, 2013-2015
  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Scholarship University of Stuttgart, Germany, 2009