Academic Profile : Faculty

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Dr Prashant Kumar
Assistant Professor, School of Materials Science & Engineering
Prashant Kumar is an Assistant Professor in the School of Materials Science and Engineering. He holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras (2012). He earned his Ph.D. in Materials Science at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, focusing on analytical transmission electron microscopy. Under the guidance of Profs. K. Andre Mkhoyan and Michael Tsapatsis, his research pioneered the development of two-dimensional porous materials, resulting in publications in journals like Nature, Science, and Angewandte Chemie. He was also granted a patent related to zeolite membranes. Prashant received graduate student awards from Materials Research Society (MRS) and Microscopy Society of America (MSA).

Transitioning to a post-doctoral role at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, under the mentorship of Prof. Nicholas Kotov, he ventured into colloidal chemistry. His innovative work on multi-scale porosity and chirality control using biomimetic self-assembly was published on Nature's cover. Prashant's contributions were acknowledged with the Biointerfaces’ Institute Post-Doctoral Innovator Award at the University of Michigan. Passionate about microscopy, he advocates for STEM careers and mentors aspiring scientists. Beyond research, he finds joy in yoga, weightlifting, badminton, and photography.

He currently heads the Kumar ATOMIC Lab -
Materials for Disease Diagnosis, Optoelectronic Materials, Multi-scale Structural Characterization, Transmission Electron Microscopy, In-situ Liquid Phase TEM, Colloidal Chemistry, Automated Imaging
Biointerfaces Institute Postdoctoral Innovator Award, University of Michigan 2023
MRS Graduate Student Award (Silver) 2017
Electron Microscopy Image Contest, Dual Beam Category, Thermo Fisher Scientific 2017
Presidential Scholar Award, Microscopy Society of America 2017
Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, University of Minnesota 2016
General Electric Foundation Scholars-Leaders Program Fellowship 2009 – 2011