Washington State University

Vijay Kumar - Staff Scientist

The School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering

Vijay Kumar - Staff Scientist

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Vijay Kumar

Contact Information:

office ETRL 348
telephone 509 335 8491
e-mail drvijay.kumar@wsu.edu
Postal mail Vijay Kumar
School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Washington State University
PO BOX 642920
Pullman, WA 99164-2920

Joined MME in 2013;
Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry from National Institute of Technology, India in 2009

Research Interests:

  • Synthesis and processing of bio based polymers, nanomaterials and polymer micro/nano composites
  • Nanoelectronic materials: Novel high dielectric constant and electrochromic materials for energy storage
  • Green Synthesis of nanomaterials
  • Surface functionalization of polymers/nanomaterials

Affiliations and Awards:

  • Highly Cited Article & Hot Article, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering (I.F.4.6) Essential Science Indicators 2015 (Thomson Reuters)
  • Highlighted Article & Inside Cover Page, Journal of Materials Chemistry (I.F.6.6)
  • Cover Page, Iranian Polymer Journal (I.F.1.8)
  • "Top 20 Most" - Cited Papers of International Journal of Polymeric Materials and Polymeric Biomaterials (Number of Papers-2) 2009-2012 (I.F.3.5)
  • "Top 20 Most" - Cited Papers of International Journal of Polymer Analysis and Characterization in past 3 years (Number of Papers-12), 2015 (I.F.1.2)
  • "Top 20 Most" - Cited Papers of Polymer-Plastics Technology and Engineering (Number of Papers-2) 2009-2013 (I.F.1.4)
  • "#1 Most" - Accessed Paper of Carbohydrate Polymer, 2014 (I.F.4.0)
  • "#1 Most" -Accessed Paper of ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 2014-2015
  • "Top 10 Most" - Accessed Papers of International Journal of Polymeric Materials and Polymeric Biomaterials (Number of Papers-2) 2009-2012 (I.F.3.5)
  • "Top 20 Most" - Accessed Papers of International Journal of Polymer Analysis and Characterization (Number of Papers-6) 2011-2015 (I.F.1.2)
  • "Top 20 Most" - Accessed Papers of Polymer-Plastics Technology and Engineering (Number of Papers-2) 2011-2015 (I.F.1.4)
  • "Top 20 Most" - Accessed Papers of ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering (Number of Papers-2), 2014-2015 (I.F.4.6)
  • “Highly Cited Article” Advanced Materials (I.F. 15.4) Essential Science Indicators 2014 (Thomson Reuters)
  • Guest Editor, Journal of Nanomaterials (I.F. 1.61)
  • Guest Editor, International Journal of Polymer Science (I.F. 1.61)
  • Guest Editor, Journal of Chemistry (I.F. 0.62)
  • Guest Editor, American Journal of Applied Chemistry
  • Academic Editor, British Journal of Applied Science & Technology
  • “Postdoctoral Fellowship” at Iowa State University USA, January 2013 – August, 2013.
  • “Research Scientist” Temasek Laboratories at NTU, Research Techno Plaza, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, October 2009-2012.
  • “Visiting Research Fellow” at Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, LHU, Taiwan (R.O.C.), May 2009 - September 2009.
  • “Member” Royal Chemical Society (RSC)
  • “Member” American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • “Member” Materials Research Society (Singapore)
  • “Member Steering Committee” WAP Conference Series: Engineering and Technology Frontier (ETF)
  • “Member Centre for Bioplastics and Biocomposites: A National Science Foundation I/UCRC”
  • “Member Society for the Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering (SAMPE)” USA

Significant Publications:

  • Book - “Liquid Crystalline Polymers: Volume 1: Structure and Chemistry” Edited by Vijay Kumar Thakur & & M.R. Kessler, Springer (2015).
  • Book - “Liquid Crystalline Polymers: Volume 2: Processing and Applications” Edited by Vijay Kumar Thakur & & M.R. Kessler, Springer (2015).
  • Book - “Surface Modification of Biopolymers” Edited by Vijay Kumar Thakur & A.S. Singha, John Wiley USA, ISBN: 978-1-118-66955-6 (2015).
  • Book - “Green Biorenewable Biocomposites: From Knowledge to Industrial Applications” Edited by Vijay Kumar Thakur & Michael R. Kessler, AAP/ Taylor & Francis CRC Press USA, ISBN: 9781771880329 (2014).
  • Book - “Nanocellulose Polymer Nanocomposites: Fundamental and Applications” Edited by Vijay Kumar Thakur, Wiley Scrivener USA, ISBN: 9781118871904 (2014).
  • Book - “Lignocellulosic Polymer Composites: Processing, Characterization and Properties” Edited by Vijay Kumar Thakur, Wiley Scrivener USA, ISBN: 9781118773574 (2014).
  • Book - “Natural Fibers and Composites” Edited by Vijay Kumar Thakur & James Njuguna, Studium Press LLC USA, ISBN: 9781933699714 (2014).
  • Book - “Green Composites from Natural Resources” Edited by Vijay Kumar Thakur, Taylor & Francis CRC Press USA, ISBN: 9781466570696 (2013).
  • Book - “Biomass based Biocomposites” Edited by Vijay Kumar Thakur & A.S. Singha, Smithers Rapra Technology UK, ISBN: 9781847359803 (2013).
  • Book - “Green Polymer Materials” Authored by A.S. Singha & Vijay Kumar Thakur, Studium Press LLC USA, ISBN: 1933699892 (2012).
  • Book - “Nanotechnology in Polymers” Edited by Vijay Kumar Thakur & A.S. Singha, Studium Press LLC USA, ISBN: 1-933699-90-6 (2012).
  • Book - “Green Composites from Natural Cellulosic Fibers” Authored by Vijay Kumar Thakur, A.S. Singha & M. K. Thakur, Lambert Academic Publishing, GmbH & Co. KG Germany, 978-3-8443-8444-4 (2011).

Recent Publications:

  • Vijay Kumar Thakur and M. R. Kessler “Self-Healing Polymer Nanocomposite Materials: A Review” Polymer, 69, 369 - 383, 2015
  • A. Pappu, V. Patil, S. Jain, A. Mahindrakar and Vijay Kumar Thakur “Advances in industrial prospective of cellulosic macromolecules enriched banana biofiber resources: A Review” International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, 79, 449 - 458, 2015
  • Vijay Kumar Thakur* and M.K. Thakur “Recent Advances in Green Hydrogels from Lignin: A Review” International Journal of Biological Macromolecules 72, 834 - 847, 2015
  • Vijay Kumar Thakur and M. R. Kessler “Free Radical Induced Graft Copolymerization of Ethyl Acrylate onto SOY for Multifunctional Materials” Materials Today Communications DOI: 10.1016/j.mtcomm.2014.09.003, 2014.
  • Vijay Kumar Thakur* and M.K. Thakur “Recent Advances in Graft-Copolymerization and Applications of Chitosan: A Review” ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 2, 2637–2652, 2014.
  • Vijay Kumar Thakur and M. R. Kessler “Synthesis and Characterization of AN-g-SOY for Sustainable Polymer Composites” ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 2, 2454–2460, 2014.
  • Vijay Kumar Thakur*, M. K. Thakur, P. Raghavan, M. R. Kessler “Progress in Green Polymer Composites from Lignin for Multifunctional Applications: A Review” ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering (IF: NA), 2, 1072-1092, 2014. (HIGHLIGHTED As 1st Most READ Article).
  • Vijay Kumar Thakur, D. Vennerberg, M. R. Kessler “Green Aqueous Surface Modification of Polypropylene for Novel Polymer Nanocomposites” ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 6, 9349–9356, 2014.
  • Vijay Kumar Thakur, M. Thunga, S.A. Madbouly, M. R. Kessler “PMMA-g-SOY as a sustainable novel dielectric material” RSC Advances, 4: 18240-18249, 2014.
  • Vijay Kumar Thakur, D. Vennerberg, S.A. Madbouly, M. R. Kessler “Bio-inspired green surface functionalization of PMMA for multifunctional capacitors” RSC Advances, 4: 6677-6684, 2014.
  • Vijay Kumar Thakur, D. Grewell, M. Thunga, M. R. Kessler “Novel Composites from Eco-Friendly Soy Flour/SBS Triblock Copolymer” Macromolecular Materials and Engineering, 299: 953-958, 2014.
  • Vijay Kumar Thakur* and M.K. Thakur “Recent Trends in Hydrogels based on Psyllium Polysaccharide: A Review.” Journal of Cleaner Production, 82, 1-15, 2014.
  • M.K. Thakur, R.K. Gupta and Vijay Kumar Thakur* “Surface modification of cellulose using silane coupling agent.” Carbohydrate Polymers 111,849-855, 2014.
  • Vijay Kumar Thakur* and M.K. Thakur “Processing and Characterization of Natural Cellulose Fibers/ Thermoset Polymer Composites.” Carbohydrate Polymers 109,102-117, 2014. (HIGHLIGHTED As 1st Most READ Article).
  • Vijay Kumar Thakur*, M.K. Thakur and R. K. Gupta “Graft copolymers of natural fibers for green composites” Carbohydrate Polymers, 104: 87-93, 2014.
  • Vijay Kumar Thakur*, M.K. Thakur and R. K. Gupta “Review: Raw Natural Fibers Based Polymer Composites” International Journal of Polymer Analysis and Characterization, 19, 256-271, 2014.
  • Vijay Kumar Thakur*, A.S. Singha and M.K. Thakur “Pressure Induced Synthesis of EA grafted Saccaharum cilliare fibers” International Journal of Polymeric Materials and Polymeric Biomaterials, 63, 17-22, 2014.
  • Vijay Kumar Thakur*, M.K. Thakur and R. K. Gupta “Rapid synthesis of graft copolymers from natural cellulose fibers” Carbohydrate Polymers, 98: 820-828, 2013.
  • Vijay Kumar Thakur*, M.K. Thakur and R. K. Gupta “Synthesis of lignocellulosic polymer with improved chemical resistance through free radical polymerization” International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, 61: 121-126, 2013.
  • Vijay Kumar Thakur*, M.K. Thakur and R. K. Gupta “Development of Functionalized Cellulosic Biopolymers by Graft copolymerization Technique” International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, 62: 44-51, 2013.
  • Vijay Kumar Thakur*, M.K. Thakur and R. K. Gupta “Graft copolymers from natural polymers using free radical polymerization” International Journal of Polymer Analysis and Characterization, 18, 495-503, 2013.
  • Vijay Kumar Thakur*, M.K. Thakur and R. K. Gupta “Graft copolymers from cellulose: Synthesis, characterization and evaluation” Carbohydrate Polymers, 97: 18-25, 2013.
  • Vijay Kumar Thakur*, A.S. Singha and M.K. Thakur “Free Radicals Induced Graft Co-polymerization onto Natural Fibers” International Journal of Polymer Analysis and Characterization, 18, 430-438, 2013.
  • Vijay Kumar Thakur*, A.S. Singha and M.K. Thakur “Fabrication and Physico-chemical Properties of High Performance Pine Needles/ Green Polymer Composites” International Journal of Polymeric Materials and Polymeric Biomaterials, 62: 226-230, 2013.
  • Vijay Kumar Thakur*, A.S. Singha and M.K. Thakur “Natural Cellulosic Polymers as Potential Reinforcement in Composites: Physico-chemical and Mechanical studies” Advances in Polymer Technology 32: E427-E435, 2013.
  • Vijay Kumar Thakur*, A.S. Singha and M.K. Thakur “Eco-friendly Biocomposites from Natural Fibers: Mechanical and Weathering study” International Journal of Polymer Analysis and Characterization, 18, 64-72, 2013.
  • Vijay Kumar Thakur*, A.S. Singha and M.K. Thakur “Synthesis of Natural Cellulose–Based Graft Copolymers Using Methyl Methacrylate as an Efficient Monomer” Advances in Polymer Technology, 32: E741-E748, 2013.
  • Vijay Kumar Thakur, G.Ding, J. Ma, PS Lee and X. Lu “Hybrid materials and polymer electrolytes for electrochromic device applications” Advanced Materials, 2012, 24: 4071-4096 (FRONTISPIECE)
  • Vijay Kumar Thakur, J. Yan, M-F Lin, C. Zhi, D. Golberg, Y. Bando, R. Sim and PS Lee “Novel Polymer Nanocomposites from Bioinspired Green Aqueous Functionalization of BNNTs” Polymer Chemistry, 2012, 3, 962-969.
  • Vijay Kumar Thakur*, A.S. Singha and M.K. Thakur “Graft copolymerization of Methyl acrylate onto Cellulosic Biofibers: Synthesis, Characterization and Applications” Journal of Polymers and the Environment, 2012, 20, 164-174.
  • Vijay Kumar Thakur, M-F Lin, EJ Tan, and PS Lee “Green Aqueous Modification of Fluoropolymers for Energy Storage Applications” Journal of Materials Chemistry, 2012, 22, 5951-5959 (HIGHLIGHTED ARTICLE - INSIDE COVER PAGE)
  • Vijay Kumar Thakur*, A.S. Singha and M.K. Thakur “Modification of Natural Biomass by Graft Copolymerization” International Journal of Polymer Analysis and Characterization, 17, 547-555, 2012.
  • Vijay Kumar Thakur, A.S. Singha and M.K. Thakur “Biopolymers Based Green Composites: Mechanical, Thermal and Physico-chemical Characterization” Journal of Polymers and the Environment, 20,412-421, 2012.
  • Vijay Kumar Thakur*, A.S. Singha and M.K. Thakur “Surface Modification of Natural Polymers to Impart Low Water Absorbency” International Journal of Polymer Analysis and Characterization, 17, 133-143, 2012.
  • Vijay Kumar Thakur*, A.S. Singha and M.K. Thakur “Green Composites from Natural Fibers: Mechanical and Chemical Aging Properties” International Journal of Polymer Analysis and Characterization, 17, 401-407, 2012.
  • Vijay Kumar Thakur*, A.S. Singha and M.K. Thakur “Rapid Synthesis of MMA Grafted Pine Needles Using Microwave Radiation” Polymer - Plastics Technology and Engineering, 51, 1598-1604, 2012.
  • Vijay Kumar Thakur*, A.S. Singha and M.K. Thakur “In Air Graft copolymerization of Ethyl acrylate onto Natural Cellulosic Polymers” International Journal of Polymer Analysis and Characterization, 17, 48-60, 2012.
  • Vijay Kumar Thakur, EJ Tan, M-F Lin and PS Lee “Poly (vinylidene ?uoride) - graft - Poly (2-Hydroxyethyl methacrylate): Novel Material for High Energy Density Capacitors” Journal of Materials Chemistry, 21, 3751-3759, 2011
  • Vijay Kumar Thakur, EJ Tan, M-F Lin and PS Lee “Polystyrene grafted polyvinylidenefluoride copolymers with high capacitive performance” Polymer Chemistry, 2, 2000-2009, 2011
  • M-F Lin, Vijay Kumar Thakur, EJ Tan, and PS Lee “Surface functionalization of BaTiO3 nanoparticles and improved electrical properties of BaTiO3/polyvinylidene fluoride composite” RSC Advances, 1, 576-578, 2011
  • M-F Lin, Vijay Kumar Thakur, EJ Tan, and PS Lee “Dopant Induced Hollow BaTiO3 Nanostructures for Application in High Performance Capacitors” Journal of Materials Chemistry, 21, 16500-16504, 2011.

Intellectual Property:

  • P. S. Lee, Vijay Kumar and M.F. Lin, “Graft copolymers of a poly (Vinylidene fluoride)-based polymer and at least one type of electrically conductive polymer, and methods for forming the graft copolymers” WO Patent 2013, 085,467; WO Patent App. PCT/SG2012/000,461, 08/4/2014.

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