Vimal Kumar ( April 2016 - )

( Title of the work: Glucose Biosensors and Enzymatic Fuel Cells )
Bio Nano-Electronics Research Centre
Graduate School of Interdisciplinary New Science╬▓-Building,
Toyo University, 2100, Kujirai,
Kawagoe, Saitama 350 8585, Japan.

Educational Qualifications:

  • B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India (2008 - 2012)
  • MS in Bio Nano Science, Toyo University, Japan (2014 - 2016)
  • Ph.D in Bio Nano Science, Toyo University, Japan (since 2016)

Professional History:

  • Research Assistant (April 2016 - present)
  • Teaching Assistant for Advanced Equipment Workshop (April 2016 - Present)

Awards and Honors:

  • Recipient of Domestic Monbukagakusho (MEXT) (2015-2016) Japanese Government Scholarship
  • Recipient of Domestic Monbukagakusho (MEXT) (2016 - present) Japanese Government Scholarship

Current Research Area:

Decrease in natural fossil fuel deposits and increase in environmental impact of fossil fuel burning has led to increased research in the use of alternative means of energy production. One such approach is the use of Enzymatic Fuel Cells. Enzymatic fuel cells use biocatalysts known as enzymes to greatly enhance the rate of reaction and selectivity in converting non-toxic, low cost and renewable fuels directly into electricity.

Current research is focused on the use of various Carbon Nanomaterials (CNMs) to improve efficiency of Enzymatic fuel cell and biosensors by being a medium for both immobilization of enzymes or other sensing molecules and for electron transport.Current iterations of biosensors using CNMs are marred by there low scalability and production techniques, thus efforts need to be made in order to find easier methods for the fabrication of such devices for large scale adoption.

Such means of power production and bio sensing also benefits other applications, such as fabricating more precise, disposable and self-powered biosensors for use in fields ranging from in vivo biosensors, pharmaceutical applications, drug discovery, food production and in defense and security industries.