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Adjunct Assistant Professor Karthik Kumar


Current Research Interests

Assistant Professor Karthik Kumar is currently Head of the Chemicals, Materials and Energy Cluster in the Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC) in the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), and has been in this current position since December 2015. His current focus is on advanced materials and specialty chemicals programmes as part of research cluster development.

Biographical Information

Assistant Professor Kumar joined the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE), A*STAR in 2010 as a research scientist. His topic of research was the study of light interactions with nano-patterned metal structures, and is credited as one of the inventors of the 100,000 dpi ultra-high resolution colour-printing technology (see ‘The limits of light’ He was transferred to the Biomedical Research Council (BMRC) of A*STAR in 2012 where he was in charge of implementing specific industry-related funding initiatives and was part of the central planning unit within the research council. In 2014, he was seconded to the Resource and Enterprise Division of the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI), Singapore, where he was in charge of driving new policies, strategies and plans to continuously enhance research, innovation and enterprise development among the business and research communities.

He graduated in 2005 with a Dipl.-Ing (MSc Engg) in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Munich, Germany, on scholarship from the Economic Development Board, Singapore, and Glaxo SmithKline. In 2010 he received his Doctor of Sciences in Materials Science from the ETH Zurich, Switzerland, on scholarship from A*STAR.

Selected Publications

Selective (Bio) Functionalization of Solid-State Nanopores
M Pla-Roca and K. Kumar et al., ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces (2015), 7(11), 6030-6035

Plasmonic Color Palettes for Photorealistic Printing with Aluminum Nanostructures
S.J. Tan, and K. Kumar et al., Nano Letters (2014) 14(7), 4023-4029

Three dimensional plasmonic stereoscopic prints in full colour
X. M. Goh, and K. Kumar et al. Nature Communications (2014) 5, 5361

Embedded plasmonic nanomenhirs as location-specific biosensors
K. Kumar et al., Nano Letters (2013) 13(12), 6122-6129

Printing Colour at the Optical Diffraction Limit.
K. Kumar et al., Nature Nanotechnology (2012), 7, 557–561

Formation of nanopore-spanning lipid bilayers through liposome fusion.
K. Kumar et al. Langmuir (2011), 27(17), pp 10920–10928

Particle lithography from colloidal self-assembly at liquid-liquid interfaces (SALI)
L. Isa, K. Kumar et al. ACS Nano (2010), 4(10): 5665-5670.

Formation of supported lipid bilayers on indium tin oxide for patterning applications.
K. Kumar, E. Reimhult, et al. Lab on a Chip (2009), 9: 718-725.

Membrane biosensor platforms using nano- and microporous supports.
E. Reimhult and K. Kumar. Trends in Biotechnology (2008) 26(2): 82-89.

Fabrication of nanoporous silicon nitride and silicon oxide films of controlled size and porosity for combined electrochemical and waveguide measurements.
E. Reimhult, K. Kumar, et al. Nanotechnology (2007), 18(27): 7.