Research Interests

​Exploration of structure-property relationship in inorganic materials especially metal chalcogenides and pnictides starting from the development of novel synthetic strategies to their applications in various fields including
photovoltaics, thermoelectric, photocatalytic, optoelectronics, energy storage/transport devices


Selected Publications

  • Synthesis of Cu1.8S and CuS from Copper-Thiourea complexes; anionic (Cl- , NO3-, SO42-)influence on the product sto...
    Prashant Kumar, Meenakshi Gusain, R. Nagarajan
    Inorg. Chem. 50, 30653070, (2011)
  • An elegant room temperature procedure for the precise control of composition in the Cu-S system
    Prashant Kumar, Rajamani Nagarajan
    Inorg. Chem. 50, 92049206, (2011)
  • Solvent-mediated room temperature synthesis of highly crystalline Cu9S5 (Cu1.8S), CuSe. PbS and PbSe from their ele...
    Prashant Kumar, Meenakshi Gusain, Rajamani Nagarajan
    Inorg. Chem. 51, 7945-7947, (2012)
  • Quantitative X-ray Absorption and Emission Spectroscopies: Electronic Structure Elucidation of Cu2S and CuS
    Prashant Kumar, Rajamani Nagarajan, Ritimukta Sarangi
    Mater. Chem. C 1, 2448-2454, (2013)
  • Precursor driven one pot synthesis of Wurtzite and Chalcopyrite CuFeS2
    Prashant Kumar, Sitharaman Uma, Rajamani Nagarajan
    Chem. Commun. 49, 7316-7318, (2013)
  • A simple one pot synthesis of cubic Cu5FeS4
    Prashant Kumar, Meenakshi Gusain , Pandian Senthil Kumar, Sitharaman Uma, Rajamani Nagaraj...
    RSC Adv. 4, 52633-52636, (2014)
  • Synthesis of zinc blende CuInS2 and Fe-substituted CuInS2 by the reaction of binary colloids
    Meenakshi Gusain, Prashant Kumar, Sitharaman Uma, Rajamani Nagarajan
    Colloid Surface A, 481, 269-275, (2015)
  • Wurtzite CuInS2: Solution based one pot direct synthesis and its doping studies with non-magnetic Ga3+ and magnetic...
    Meenakshi Gusain, Prashant Kumar and Rajamani Nagarajan
    RSC Adv. 3, 18863-18871, (2013)
  • Organic phase synthesis of noble metal-zinc chalcogenide core-shell nanostructures
    Prashant Kumar, Mahmud Diab, Kobi Flomin, Pazit Rukesntein, Taleb Mokari
    Colloid. Interface Sci. 480, 159-165, (2016)

Education Profile

  • Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Delhi, Delhi, India, 2015.
  • M. Phil., Chemistry, University of Delhi, Delhi, India, 2009.
  • M.Sc., Chemistry, Ch. Charan Singh University, Meerut, India, 2007.
  • B.Sc., Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Ch. Charan Singh University, Meerut, India, 2005


Professional Profile

  • March 2018 - Present: Postdoctoral Fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia. 
  • June 2016 - January, 2018: Postdoctoral fellow, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai, India.