Dr. Davinder Kumar
Assistant Professor

Designation:

Assistant Professor

Specialization:

(Bio)Inorganic Chemistry, (Electro)Catalysis, Reaction Mechanism, Transition Metal-Mediated Small Molecule Activation, Renewable Energy

Email:

davinder.kumar@thapar.edu

Contact No.: +91-175-2393443

Web Page Link: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=HakMzI7FfMkC&hl=en

Education and Training:

  • 2015-2016: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA.
  • 2009-2015: Ph.D.; University of Louisville, Kentucky, USA
  • 2006-2008: M.Sc. Chemistry (Hons. School), Panjab University, Chandigarh.
  • 2003-2006: B.Sc. Non-Medical Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra.

Professional Affiliations:

  • Assistant Professor (July 2017 – Present)
    School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology, Patiala
  • Lecturer (July 2016 – June 2017)
    School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology, Patiala
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate (June 2015 - April 2016)
    Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA.
    Area of research: Biophysical chemistry of protein aggregation.
  • Doctoral (Ph.D.) work (August 2009 - May 2015)
    Department of Chemistry, University of Louisville, Kentucky, USA.
    Advisor: Prof. Craig A. Grapperhaus

Teaching Activities:

  • M.Sc. (Chemistry), SCBC, Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology:
    • PCY 316: Chemical Kinetics and Surface Chemistry
    • PCY 101: Analytical Chemistry
    • PCY 215: Molecular Spectroscopy
    • PCY207: Physical Chemistry Lab
  • B.E./B.Tech., Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology:
    • UCB 008: Applied Chemistry (Tutorials & Practicals)

List of Publications (SCI Journals):

  • Bioinspired Catalytic Nitrile Hydration by Dithiolato, Sulfinato/Thiolato, and Sulfenato/Sulfinato Ruthenium Complexes Davinder Kumar, César A. Masitas, Tho N. Nguyen, and Craig A. Grapperhaus Chem. Commun. 2013, 49, 294-296.

  • Addition of Polysubstituted Alkenes, Aromatic Alkynes, and Dienes to a Metal-Stabilized Thiyl Radical via Carbon-Sulfur Bond Formation: Electrochemical, Chemical, and Computational Investigations Kagna Ouch Sampson, Davinder Kumar, Mark S. Mashuta, and Craig A. Grapperhaus Inorg. Chim. Acta 2013, 408, 1-8.

  • Kinetic Effects of Sulfur Oxidation on Catalytic Nitrile Hydration: Nitrile Hydratase Insights from Bioinspired Ruthenium(II) Complexes Davinder Kumar, Tho N. Nguyen, and Craig A. Grapperhaus Inorg. Chem. 2014, 53, 12372-12377.

  • Proposed Ligand–Centered Electrocatalytic Hydrogen Evolution and Hydrogen Oxidation at a Non-Innocent Mononuclear Metal–Thiolate Andrew Z. Haddad, Davinder Kumar, Kagna O. Sampson, Anna M. Matzner, Mark S. Mashuta, and Craig A. Grapperhaus J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015 137, 9238-9241.

  • Metal-Centered Oxidation Decreases Nitrile Hydration Activity of Bioinspired (N2S3)Ru-PPh3 Precatalysts Davinder Kumar, Mark S. Mashuta, and Craig A. Grapperhaus Inorg. Chem. Commun. 2015, 61, 197-199.

Book chapters

  • Sulfur-Oxygenation and Functional Models of Nitrile Hydratase Davinder Kumar and Craig A. Grapperhaus Bioinspired Catalysis–Metal-Sulfur Complexes, John Wiley and Sons, 2014, 325-348. (Invited Minireview)

Selected Oral and Poster Presentations:

  • 2012: Davinder Kumar, César A. Masitas, Mark S. Mashuta, and Craig A. Grapperhaus Graduate Research Symposium, March 2012 at Univ. of Louisville, Louisville, KY (Poster)

  • 2012: Davinder Kumar, César A. Masitas, Mark S. Mashuta, and Craig A. Grapperhaus 244th ACS National Meeting Philadelphia, PA, Fall-2012 (Poster) (Selected for online put-up of the poster on ACS website)

  • 2013: Davinder Kumar, César A. Masitas, Tho N. Nguyen, and Craig A. Grapperhaus Gordon Research Seminar, Bioinorganic Chemistry, Ventura, CA, Jan. 2013 (Poster)

  • 2013: Davinder Kumar, César A. Masitas, Tho N. Nguyen, and Craig A. Grapperhaus Gordon Research Conference, Metals in Biology, Ventura, CA, Jan. 2013 (Poster) (Joint session with Bioinorganic Chemistry)

  • 2013: Davinder Kumar, César A. Masitas, Tho N. Nguyen, and Craig A. Grapperhaus 246th ACS National Meeting, Indianapolis, IN, Fall-2013 (Oral)

  • 2013: Davinder Kumar, Tho N. Nguyen, and Craig A. Grapperhaus Oesper Symposium organized by ACS-Cincinnati section to honor Prof. Richard Eisenberg for his contribution to science for fifty years, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, October 25th, 2013 (Poster)

  • 2013: Davinder Kumar, Tho N. Nguyen, and Craig A. Grapperhaus Ohio Inorganic Weekend, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH, November 15th -16th, 2013 (Oral)

  • 2014: Davinder Kumar, Tho N. Nguyen, and Craig A. Grapperhaus Gordon Research Conference, Metals in Biology, Ventura, CA, Jan. 2014 (Poster)

  • 2014: Davinder Kumar, Tho N. Nguyen, and Craig A. Grapperhaus 248th ACS National Meeting, San Francisco, CA, Fall-2014 (Oral)

  • 2014: Davinder Kumar, Tho N. Nguyen, and Craig A. Grapperhaus Tri-state Catalysis Society Symposium University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, Sept.15th 2014 (Oral).

Awards/Honours/Fellowships:

  • 2012: ACS–Division of Inorganic Chemistry Travel Award

  • 2014: Graduate Student Council Travel Award(Fall)

  • 2014: Graduate Student Council Travel Award(Spring)

  • 2015: Doctoral Dissertation Completion Award(Spring)

  • 2007: Late Smt. Leela Mahant and Late Sh. Sampurna Mahant Scholarship

  • 2007: Summer Research Fellow at IIT Kharagpur (The Summer Research Fellowship Programme jointly sponsored by IASc (Bangalore), INSA (New Delhi) and NASI (Allahabad))

Achievements:

  • Qualified CSIR-UGC (NET) examination (December–2007) and (June–2008) with CSIR ranking.

  • Qualified Haryana State Teachers Eligibility Test (HTET), July 2009

Other Professional Activities:

  • Formerly a member of the American Chemical Society(ACS) and ACS-Division of Inorganic Chemistry