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  • M. Sc (Chemical Sciences) - 2011 - Pondicherry University
  • B. Sc (Maths, Phys, Chem) - 2008 - Osmania University, Hyderabad

Research Interests

  • "Water purification using nanotechnology Development of affordable and sustainable solutions for arsenic and fluoride-free drinking water Biopolymer based nanocomposites Advanced spectroscopy and microscopy tools used to study these materials Specialist in inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICPMS) "

Representative Publications

 DOI: 10.1002/adma.201604260 Confined metastable 2-line ferrihydrite for affordable point-of-use arsenic-free drinking water, Avula Anil Kumar, Anirban Som, Paolo Longo, Chennu Sudhakar, Radha Gobinda Bhuin, Soujit Sen Gupta, Anshup, Mohan Udhaya Sankar, Amrita Chaudhary, Ramesh Kumar and T. Pradeep, Adv. Mater., 29 (7), 2016, 1604260.

 DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1220222110 Biopolymer-reinforced synthetic granular nanocomposites for affordable point-of-use water purification, Mohan Udhaya Sankar, Sahaja Aigal, Shihabudheen M. Maliyekkal, Amrita Chaudhary, Anshup, Avula Anil Kumar, Kamalesh Chaudhari and Thalappil Pradeep, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., 110 (21), 2013, 8459-8464.

 DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.6b01674 Diffusion-controlled simultaneous sensing and scavenging of heavy metal ions in water using atomically precise cluster-cellulose nanocrystal composites, Nishil Mohammed, Avijit Baidya, Vasanthanarayan Murugesan, Avula Anil Kumar, Mohd Azhardin Ganayee, Jyoti Sarita Mohanty, Kam Chiu Tam and T. Pradeep, ACS Sustain. Chem. Eng., 4 (11), 2016, 6167−6176.

 DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.8b01217 Species-specific uptake of arsenic on confined metastable 2-line ferrihydrite: A combined Raman-XPS investigation of the adsorption mechanism, Chennu Sudhakar, Avula Anil Kumar, Radha Gobinda Bhuin, Soujit Sen Gupta, Ganapati Natarajan and T. Pradeep, ACS Sustain. Chem. Eng., 6 (8), 2018, 9990−10000.

 DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.8b05157 Sustainable and affordable composites built using microstructures performing better than nanostructures for arsenic removal, Sritama Mukherjee, Avula Anil Kumar, Chennu Sudhakar, Ramesh Kumar, Tripti Ahuja, Biswajit Mondal, Srikrishnarka Pillalamarri, Ligy Philip and Thalappil Pradeep, ACS Sustain. Chem. Eng., 7 (3), 2019, 3222-3233.


Honors and Rewards

  • Recipient of the prestigious Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) Research Internship Program in Water Advanced Research and Innovation (WARI) to perform the water related research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) for a period of 6 month supported by the Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India, the Daugherty Water for Food Institute (DWFI), UNL and IUSSTF. Overall 7 selected from India.
  • An SDG talent of UNLEASH INNOVATION LAB 2017 held during August 13-21, 2017 at Copenhagen and Aarhus, Denmark. Involved and experienced in solving one of the global challenges in theme of water for the sustainable development goals (SDGs).
  • Received ""The Best Exhibitor Award for the year 2015 in the category of Innovative Display"" presented by Bharat Ratna Prof. C.N.R. Rao at the 8th Bangalore India Nano conference held during March 3-4, 2016, The Lalit Ashok, Bangalore.
  • Received ""The Best Exhibitor Award for the year 2014 in the category of Innovative Display"" presented by Bharat Ratna Prof. C.N.R. Rao at the 7th Bangalore India Nano conference held during December 5-6, 2014, The Lalit Ashok, Bangalore.
  • Summer Internship (May 2010 – July 2010): IIT Madras-Summer Fellowship Program (IITM-SFP) with Prof. T. Pradeep, Department of Chemistry, IIT Madras, Chennai.
  • Successfully completed the POCE-Program (a three year summer internship program) to pursue advanced scientific research in the field of Materials Science, Nanomaterials, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Bangalore from 2006 - 2008.
  • Selected as a student in 10 members group for POCE [Project Oriented Chemical Education] program during 2006 in all-over India. The POCE was initiated by Bharat Ratna Prof. C.N.R. Rao in 2004. 8. Selected for IISC-YSFP [Indian Institute of Science-Young Science Fellowship Program] in 2006.