Reaction Chemistry & Engineering Emerging Investigator- Kumud Malika Tripathi

Dr. Kumud Malika Tripathi is a Ramalingaswami faculty/Assistant Professor in the
Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Petroleum and Energy Visakhapatnam India. She received her PhD in Chemistry from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in 2013. Before joining IIPE, she held several positions including Assistant Professor in Gachon University, South Korea; postdoctoral fellow at the University of South Brittany, Lorient, France, IIT Kanpur, India, and Gachon University. Dr. Kumud has published more than 60 publications in highly reputed journals, which have been cited over 3300 times with an H-index of 38. She has five successful grants. She received the prestigious Ramalingaswai Re-entry Fellowship and award. Her research activities include the green synthesis of multifunctional nanomaterials for energy, healthcare and environmental applications. Kumud works at the interface of chemistry, material science and biology, exploring nanomaterial based new strategies for environmental monitoring and remediation, self-recharge power unit, energy storage devices, CO2 capture and conversion, flexible electronics and photocatalytic water splitting for green hydrogen production. She is also focusing on fabrication of nanomaterials based sensors for non-invasive disease diagnosis.

Read Kumud’s Emerging Investigator Article: ‘Structural Control in Nano-assembly of Tungsten and Molybdenum Dithiolene Complex Analog’, DOI: 10.1039/D2RE00205A

How do you feel about RCE as a place to publish research on this topic?

Inter and multidisciplinary approach for research is the present need of time. That can provide the solutions to present and coming scientific challenges. I did my Ph.D. in chemistry and postdoc research in chemical engineering. As an academician, publishing papers in peer-reviewed-reputed journals is quite important. In RCE, publishing is recommendable as it adheres to the engineering aspects to scale up the processes.

Further, it has a rigorously peer-reviewed RCE, an interdisciplinary journal that merges the broad areas of chemical technology with chemical science to derive solutions for societal issues. Performing the experiments in laboratories is entirely different from the industrial scale. So, it’s a suitable place for researchers like me, those working in a multidisciplinary approach and interface of science and technology.


What aspect of your work are you most excited about at the moment and what do you find most challenging about your research?

As a young researcher training undergraduate and graduate minds is the most exciting and interesting aspect of my work at the movement. I am stressing about how I can make my research useful for a common person.


In your opinion, what are the most important questions to be asked/answered in this field of research?

During a social gathering or interacting with common peoples including my relatives. The most common interactive question is, “what is your research about?”. To explain the research to a common person and make them understand the research topic is a fundamental question, as per my opinion. If I can explain my research output to a common man and if they find it interesting and valuable, it is the most relaxing thought for me.


Can you share one piece of career-related advice or wisdom with other early career scientists?

Everyone must be open to new learning skills, gaining experiences from students, colleagues, and co-workers, and growing their academic circle and collaborations. The road for the scientists is quite bumpy but it is worth the journey.

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