Prashant N Kumta

Prashant N Kumta

Prashant N Kumta
Professor, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
University of Pittsburgh, USA


Professor Kumta earned his Bachelor of Technology with Honors in metallurgical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India in 1984. This was followed by MS and PhD degrees in materials science and engineering from the University of Arizona in 1987 and 1990, respectively. He joined the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University following his graduation in 1990 as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to Full Professor with tenure in 1999. He also held joint faculty appointment in the Biomedical Engineering Department. He joined the University of Pittsburgh in 2007. Professor Kumta is the author and co-author of more than 150 refereed journal publications and has given more than 200 conference presentations with more than 66 invited presentations. He was also the recipient of the Research Initiation Award from the National Science Foundation in 1993 and has been continuously listed in Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World and Who’s Who in American Education since 1999. He was the founding organizer of the first symposium on “Electrochemically Active Materials for Energy Storage and Devices” for the Annual Meeting of the American Ceramic Society held in Indianapolis in 1995, and has been actively involved in its organization and execution to date. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Materials Science and Engineering, B, Solid-State Materials for Advanced Technology, an International Journal by Elsevier Publications.

Research Interest

Novel Synthesis and Characterization of Advanced Nano-structured Materials
• Novel Non-Oxide Sol-Gel Synthesis, Colloidal Processing, High-Energy Mechanical Milling, Mechanochemical Synthesis, Microstructure and properties of Novel Electronic and Electrochemically active Materials
• Novel low temperature physiologically compatible approaches to Bioceramic and Biologic Biomaterials for Bone Tissue Engineering, Gene Delivery, and Biomineralization.
Novel low temperature approaches to smart functionalized biofunctional bone cements and polymer-ceramic hybrid structures for craniofacial and orthopedic applications.
• Innovative Processing of Nanostructured Ceramics, Metals, Semiconductors and Biomaterials, Structure-Property Relationships for Electronic, Electrochemical, Bone Tissue Engineering, and Plasmid Gene Delivery applications.
• Novel nano-structured materials for Li-ion Batteries, Direct Methanol Fuel Cells, Hydrogen Fuel Cells and Supercapacitors.
Catalysts and Supports for Water Electrolysis
Novel Biodegradable Metals for Craniofacial and Orthopedic Applications