B.Tech., IIT Kanpur, 1968
M.S., Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, 1970
Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, 1972
Awards and Honours:
Brief Overview of Research:
Our research has been on the
functionalization of surfaces especially focusing on
heterogeneous catalysis and membrane based processes. We
have, for the first time, developed a thermally stable
heterogeneous complex catalyst with (ionically or covalently
bonded) functionalized supports. These catalysts are
inherently stable and can be used for industrial reactions
such as reforming, oxidation and hydrogenation requiring
high temperatures and pressures. In the case of membrane
processes, our work has focused on separation of chromic
acid and dyes from the solution, electrodialysis and fuel
cells using charged ultrafiltration membranes. In the energy
applications of membranes, such as fuel cell and
electrodialysis, the internal resistance of the devices is
extremely important and in order to keep it low, special
materials have been developed having covalently bonded ionic
liquids which exhibit very low resistance in presence of
working fluids. We have also developed nano-composites
involving polymer matrix. We have developed an initiating
system for copolymerization, which gives rise to a stable
syrup having functionalized silica as a part of the polymer
chains. The syrup thus developed, is used as an adhesive to
join different commercially available sheets into a
composite with enhanced impact strength which would not
allow the penetration of revolver or carbine gun bullet.
D. Singh, K. N. Rai, A. Kumar, Synthesis and Characterization of Nanoalumina-Styrene Acrylonitrile High Impact Composite as a Plausible Civilian Armour Material, J. Comp. Materials, In Press, 2007.
Anupam Shukla and Anil Kumar, Separation of Cr(VI) by zeolite-clay composite membranes modified by reaction with NOx,
Separation and Purification Technology, 52 (2007) 423-429.
S. Lal, K. S. Anisia and A. Kumar, Depolymerization of HDPE to wax in presence of catalyst formed by homonuclear macrocyclic zirconium complex,
Applied Catalysis A: General, 303 (2006) 9-17.
Roshan G. Shaikh, Anupam Shukla, Shishir Sinha, Jitendra Kumar and Anil Kumar, Preparation of bipolar zeolite exchangers by gas-phase modification using NOx,
Chemical Engineering Science, 59 (2004) 661-670.
G. Pugazhenthi and Anil Kumar, Enzyme membrane reactor for hydrolysis of olive oil using lipase immobilized on modified PMMA composite membrane, Journal of Membrane Science, 228 (2004) 187-197.
Nanda Kishore, Sadhana Sachan, K. N. Rai and Anil Kumar, Synthesis and characterization of a nanofiltration carbon membrane derived from phenol-formaldehyde resin,
Carbon, 41 (2003) 2961-2972.
Amit Kumar, Gopal S. Mishra and Anil Kumar, Covalantly bonded Schiff base cobalt complex catalyst for the selective oxidation of linear alkanes using molecular oxygen,
Journal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical, 201 (2003) 179-188.