Dr Priyank Kumar
Senior Lecturer

Dr Priyank Kumar

Scientia Senior Lecturer, 2022-present

Chemical Engineering

University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia


Scientia Lecturer, 2019-2022

Chemical Engineering

University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia


Postdoctoral fellow, 2015-2019

Mechanical and Process Engineering

ETH Zurich, Switzerland


PhD, 2010-2015

Materials Science and Engineering

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA


B.Tech., 2006-2010

Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India

School of Chemical Engineering

Dr. Priyank Vijaya Kumar is a Scientia Senior Lecturer in chemical engineering at UNSW. Prior to this, he 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 Lecturer in the school of chemical engineering at UNSW, Sydney with a vision to establish a computational materials design group and foster experimental collaborations.

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  • Journal articles | 2022
    Tsounis C; Subhash B; Kumar PV; Bedford NM; Zhao Y; Shenoy J; Ma Z; Zhang D; Toe CY; Cheong S; Tilley RD; Lu X; Dai L; Han Z; Amal R, 2022, 'Pt Single Atom Electrocatalysts at Graphene Edges for Efficient Alkaline Hydrogen Evolution', Advanced Functional Materials, vol. 32, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/adfm.202203067
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 2021
    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
    Journal articles | 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
  • Preprints | 2022
    Ji D; Lee Y; Nishina Y; Kamiya K; Daiyan R; Wen X; Chu D; Yoshimura M; Kumar P; Lee G-H; Joshi R; Foller T, 2022, Angstrom-confined electrochemical synthesis of non van der Waals 2D metal oxides, http://dx.doi.org/10.26434/chemrxiv-2022-1q6gb

  • 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

Application of ab initio computational methods based on density functional theory (DFT) and time-dependent DFT (TDDFT) to model plasmonic hot-carrier processes such as plasmon formation, plasmon decay to hot carriers, charge transport and electron-phonon coupling. The aim is to advance applications such as photocatalysis, photodetection, photovoltaics, photon upconversion and sensing.


Application of atomistic methods such as molecular dynamics (MD) and DFT to model and design two-dimensional materials such as graphene, graphene oxide, metal dichalcogenides and other low-dimensional structures such as nanotubes, quantum dots etc. for applications in energy conversion and storage technologies, electronics, catalysis, health-care and water treatment.


We constantly seek experimental collaborations in the aforementioned areas and would be more than happy to discuss any such opportunities.