Dr. Sushant Kumar

Dr. Sushant Kumar
Asst. Professor
Ph.D., Florida International University, Miami, Florida, USA
B.Tech., Institute of Chemical Technology (erstwhile UDCT), Mumbai, India
Ph: +91-612-302 8670
Research Areas : Clean Hydrogen Production Methods, Hydrogen Storage using metal hydrides, CO2 Utilization and Capture, Catalysts for clean energy applications.
Other Interests : Photography
Courses taught at IITP :
  • CB211 Chemical Process Calculations
  • CB206 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
  • CB301 Chemical Reaction Engineering-I
  • CB302 Chemical Reaction Engineering-II
  • CB502 Heterogeneous Catalysis: Fundamentals and Applications
Current Ph.D. Students :
  1. Abhinav Bajpai
  2. Pintu Kumar Roy
  3. Raushan Kumar
Past Ph.D. Student :
  1. Niwesh Ojha- Graduated in 2022
Past M. Tech. by Research Student :
  1. Pintu Kumar Roy
Current Sponsored projects :
(Rs. in Lakhs)
1. Low pressure ammonia synthesis using nitrides as catalyst PI SERB, DST 33.08490
(November 2021)
2. Development of bi/tri-metallic plasmonic nanoparticles decorated metal oxide semiconductor as Photocatalyst for CO2 reduction by H2O to fuels: A nanoscale approach to harvest visible light PI BRNS, DAE 23.06250
Professional Experience : Postdoctoral Researcher (May 2014- July 2016) in Nanoparticles by Design Unit at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Okinawa, Japan.
Awards & Honours :
  1. Recipient of Young Scientist Research Award, Department of Atomic Energy, BRNS, India, 2019.
  2. Awarded Honorary Membership for the National Academy of Inventors, NAI, USA, 2013.
  3. Recognized for Outstanding performance as Doctoral Graduate, Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, FIU, Fall 201
  4. Nominated as Best Doctoral Graduate for Fall-2013 in School of Engineering and Computing, FIU.
  5. Recipient for Dissertation Evidence Acquisition Fellow: University Graduate School, FIU.
  6. Recipient for Dissertation Year Fellow: University Graduate school, FIU
Journals Reviewed :
  • International Journal of Energy Research
  • Journal of CO2 Utilization
  • Scientific Reports
  • Energy Conversion and Management
  • Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research
  • RSC Advances
Member of Professional bodies :
  • International Association for Hydrogen Energy (IAHE)
  • American Ceramic Society (ACerS)
  • The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS)
Books :
  1. Sushant Kumar, Clean Hydrogen Production Methods, SpringerBriefs in Energy, Springer, ISBN: 978-3-319-14087-2
Book Chapter :
  1. Sushant Kumar, Suredra K. Saxena, Role of sodium hydroxide for hydrogen gas production and storage in “Materials and processes for energy: communicating current research and technological developments” Ed. A. Mendez-Vilas, Formatex Research Center (Badajoz, Spain), ISBN 9788493984373, 2013, Page no. 452-463.
  2. Panagiotis Grammatikopoulos, Sushant Kumar, Cluster nanoparticles for the hydrogenation of underlying nanofilms in “Cluster Beam Deposition of Functional Nanomaterials and Devices” Ed. Paolo Milani, Mukhles Sowwan, Frontiers of Nanoscience (Elsevier), 15(2020) 87-118. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-08-102515-4.00004-0
Patent :
  • Sushant Kumar, Vadym Drozd, Andriy Durygin, Surendra K. Saxena, “Method and system for sequestering carbon dioxide and producing hydrogen gas, US Patent Application no. 14/559,699. Publication date: 03/12/2014.
Publications :

Recent Publications:

  1. Niwesh Ojha, Kavita Thakkar, Abhinav Bajpai, Kavita Joshi, Sushant Kumar*, Photoinduced CO2 and N2 Reductions on Plasmonically Enabled Gallium Oxide, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, Accepted, Impact factor=9.965 (**BRNS funded)  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcis.2022.09.097
  2. Kanhaiya Chawla, Kumar Deepak Yadav, Abhinav Bajpai, Sushant Kumar, I.P. Jain, Chhagan Lal, Effect of PdCl2 catalyst on the hydrogenation properties and sorption kinetics of Mg , Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments, 51(2022) 101981, Impact factor=7.632, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.seta.202101981
  3. Niwesh Ojha, Atanu K. Metya, Sushant Kumar*, Influence of plasmonic metals (Ag, Cu) on overall CO2 photoreduction activity of β-Ga2O3, Applied Surface Science, 580 (2022) 152315, Impact factor= 7.392, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apsusc.2021.152315(**BRNS funded)
  4. Niwesh Ojha, Sushant Kumar*, Tri-phase photocatalysis for CO2 reduction and N2 fixation with efficient electron transfer on a hydrophilic surface of transition-metal-doped MIL-88A (Fe), Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 292(2021) 120166, Impact factor=24.319, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apcatb.2021.120166 (**BRNS funded) (No. 1 journal in the field of catalysis (Chemical engineering), SCOPUS 2020)
  5. Niwesh Ojha, Abhinav Bajpai, Sushant Kumar*, Enriched oxygen vacancies of Cu2O/SnS2/SnO2 heterostructure for enhanced photocatalytic reduction of CO2 by water and nitrogen fixation, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 585(2021) 764-777, Impact factor=9.965, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcis.2020.10.056 (**BRNS partially-funded)
  6. K Chawla, Kumar Deepak Yadav, Abhinav Bajpai, Sushant Kumar, Chhagan Lal, Hydrogenation properties and kinetic study of MgH2 - x wt.% AC nanocomposites prepared by ball milling, Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 28(2021) 3872-3879, Impact factor= 5.190, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11356-020-08964-1
  7. Pintu Kumar Roy, Sushant Kumar*, Strong Interfacial Electronic Interaction in Transition Metal/Mo2C Catalyst for Enhanced Ammonia Synthesis at Ambient Pressure: Shift of the Rate Determining Step, ACS Applied Energy Materials, 3(2020) 7167-7179, Impact factor=6.959, https://doi.org/10.1021/acsaem.0c01209
  8. Niwesh Ojha, Abhinav Bajpai, Sushant Kumar*, Enhanced and Selective Photocatalytic reduction of CO2 by H2O over Strategically Doped Fe and Cr into Porous Boron Carbon Nitride, Catalysis Science & Technology, 10(2020) 2663-2680, Impact factor= 6.177, 10.1039/D0CY00343C
  9. Niwesh Ojha, Abhinav Bajpai, Sushant Kumar*, Visible light-driven enhanced CO2 reduction by water over Cu modified S-doped g-C3N4, Catalysis Science & Technology, 9(2019) 4598-4613, Impact factor=6.177, 10.1039/C9CY01185D
    (Listed as  2019 Catalysis Science & Technology HOT Articles)
  10. Sushant Kumar, T. Pavloudis, V. Singh, H. Nguyen, S. Steinhauer, C. Pursell, B. Clemens, P. Grammatikopoulos, M. Sowwan, Hydrogen flux through size selected Pd nanoparticles into underlying Mg nanofilms, Advanced Energy Materials, 170132 (2017), Impact factor= 29.698, https://doi.org/1002/aenm.201701326
    (Graphical Abstract Chosen as Inside front Cover)
Presentations :
  1. (Invited Talk) “CO2 reduction and N2 fixation on transition-metal-doped MIL-88A (Fe)”, 2nd International Conference on Materials Genome (ICMG-II) ACCMS-Theme Meeting, SRM University, (24-25 March 2022).
  2. (Invited Talk) “Tri-phase photocatalysis for CO2 reduction and N2 fixation with efficient electron transfer on a hydrophilic surface of transition-metal-doped MIL-88A (Fe)”, 2nd ICRE-2022, International Conference on Renewable Energy, University of Rajasthan, (February 25-27, 2022)
  3. Hydrogenation of Mg nano films using size-selected Palladium Nanoparticles” at Nanocluster Synthesis, Characterization and Applications (OIST, May 15- May 20, 2016).
  4. Site-selective hydrogen absorption in Mg thin films using Palladium Nanoparticles” at Gordon Research Conference (Hydrogen-Metal Systems Boston, July 11- July 17, 2015).
  5. Role of NaOH for hydrogen production” at SMEC (Miami- Puerto Rico-St. Thomas-St. Maarten-Miami, March 23- March 30, 2013).
  6. Post-combustion CO2 capture using metal oxides” at SMEC (Miami- Puerto Rico-St. Thomas-St. Maarten-Miami, March 23- March 30, 2013).
  7. Mineral Carbonation using MgO” at MCARE, (Hilton clear water beach, Florida, February 26-March 1, 2012).
  8. Zero Carbon emission methods for hydrogen Production” at SMEC, (Miami- Belize-Mexico-Miami, March 27- April 2, 2011).
  9. Combining Carbon dioxide sequestration and hydrogen production” at FESC (Orlando, Florida, September 28-29, 2010).
Peer-Reviewed Activities :
  • Wiley (Advanced Functional Materials, Advanced Materials, Advanced Energy Materials, Small, International Journal of Energy Research)
  • ACS (ACS Applied Nanomaterials, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, ACS Applied Energy Materials, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research)
  • Elsevier (Journal of CO2 Utilization, Energy Conversion and Management)
  • Springer Nature (Electrochemical Energy Reviews, Journal of Inorganic and Organometallic Polymers and Materials)
  • Nature group (Scientific Reports)