MSE Staff


Adjunct Associate Professor Karthik Kumar


Current Research Interests

Associate Professor Karthik Kumar is currently the Acting Director of the Chemicals, Materials and GreenTech Cluster and the Urban and GreenTech Office (UGTO) in the Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC) in the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). A 22 year veteran of the Singapore Public Service and awardee of The Commendation Medal (Pingat Kepujian) as part of the 2019 Singapore National Day Awards, he has been in this current position since December 2015. He is in charge of developing the R&D strategy in this sector and initiating research programmes that will lead to economic outcomes. He is concurrently appointed as an adjunct faculty member in the School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore since September 2017, and elected as a Committee Member (2018-2020) of the Materials Research Society, Singapore Chapter.

Biographical Information

Associate Professor Karthik 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. Associate Professor Karthik then moved to the Biomedical Research Council (BMRC) in 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. Associate Professor Karthik Karthik was also the co-founding Director of Innospin Pte. Ltd. Singapore, a deep tech startup focusing on the manufacture of next generation magnetic resonance imaging systems from 2013 to 2017.

Associate Professor Karthik graduated in 2005 with a Dipl.-Ing (MSc Eng) 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.