Challa Vijaya Kumar

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Department of Chemistry
55 North Eagleville Road
Storrs, CT 06269
Phone: (860) 486-3213
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  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Columbia University, 1984-88
  • Radiation Laboratory, University Notre Dame, 1982-1984
  • Ph.D. Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur

Research Focus

World without waste: bio-inspired, protein-based materials and devices


  • National Research Council (NRC) Research Associateship Award, 2007

Recent Publications

Puglia, M. K., Aziz, S., Bradly, K. M., O’Neill, M. and Kumar, C. V., Stirred not shaken: Facile production of high quality, high concentration graphene aqueous suspensions assisted by a protein, ACS Appl. Mater. and Interfaces, 2020, 12, 3.

Srinivas Thanneeru, Kaitlynn M Ayers, Murali Anuganti, Lei Zhang, Challa V Kumar, Gaël Ung, Jie He, N-Heterocyclic carbene-ended polymers as surface ligands of plasmonic metal nanoparticles, J. Mater. Chem. C, 2020, DOI: 10.1039/C9TC04776J.

Kalluri, A., Puglia, M., Malhotra, M., and Kumar, C. V., Exfoliated and water-dispersible biocarbon nanotubes for enzymology applications, Methods in Enzymology, 2020, 630, 407-430.

Puglia, M., Malhotra, M., and Kumar, C. V., Engineering Functional Inorganic NanoBiomaterials: Controlling interactions between 2D-Nanosheets and Enzymes, Invited Feature Article, Dalton. Trans, 2020, 49, 3917-33(doi: 10.1039/c9dt03893k).

Jones, A., Dhanapala, L., Kanakanamage, R. N. T., Kumar, C. V. and Rusling, J. R., Multiplexed Immunosensors and Immunoarrays, Anal. Chem., 2019, Invited Annual review, 92, 345-362.

O’Neill, M. McDanal, A. J., Landis, G., Pricone, R., Kumar, C. V, and Puglia, M., Space PV concentrators for outer planet and near sun missions, using ultra-light Fresnel lenses made with vanishing tools, Proceedings of 46th IEEE Photovoltaics Conference.

Benson, K. R., Gorecki, J., Tsui, W., Kasi, R. M. and Kumar, C. V., Org. & Biomol. Chem., 2019, 17, 4043.

Kamat, R. K., Ma, W., Yang, Y., Zhang, Y., Wang, C., Kumar, C. V., Lin, Y., “Adsorption and Hydrolytic Activity of Polycatalytic Cellulase Nanocomplex on Cellulose,” ACS Advanced Materials and Interfaces, (2013) DOI:10.1021/am401916k.

“Metal-Enzyme Frameworks: Role of Metal Ions in Promoting Enzyme Self-Assembly on A-Zirconium (IV) Phosphate Nanoplates,” Pattammattel, A., Deashapriya, I., Chowdhury, R., and Kumar, C. V., Langmuir (2013) 29, 2971-81.

“Highly Efficient Binding of Paramagnetic Beads Bioconjugated with 100,000 or More Antibodies to Protein Coated Surfaces,” Mani, V., Wasalathanthri, D. P., Joshi, A. A., Kumar, C. V.,and Rusling, J. F., Anal. Chem., (2012) 84, 10485-91.

“Tuning Hemoglobin-Poly(Acrylic Acid) Interactions by Controlled Chemical Modification with Triethylene Tetramine,” Thilakarathne, V. K., Briand, V. A., Kasi, R. M., Kumar, C. V., J. Phys. Chem., (2012) 116, 12783-92.

“Ultra-Stable Hemoglobin-Poly(Acrylic) Acid Conjugates,” Mudhivarthy, V. K., Cole, K. S., Novak, M. J., Kipphut, W. Deshapriya, I. K., Zhou, Y., Kasi, R. M., and Kumar, C. V., J. Mater.Chem, (2012) 22, 20423-20433.

“Control of Enzyme-Solid Interactions by Chemical Modification,” Chowdhury, R., Stromer, B. S., Pokharel, B., and Kumar, C. V., Langmuir (2012) 28, 11881-9.

“Novel Surface Plasmon Resonance Sensor for the Detection of Heme at Biological Levels via Highly Selective Recognition by Apo-Hemoglobin,” Briand, V. A., Thilakarathne, V. K., Kasi, R. M., and Kumar, C. V., Talanta, (2012), 99, 113-8.

Deshapriya, I. Kumar, C. V., “Novel Synthesis of Nanoparticles, Invited Book Chapter, in “Applications of Nanomaterials,” Studium Press, (2012) Houston Texas USA, Vol. Chapter 3, 53-86.

Kumar, C. V., “DNA-Based Bionanocatalysts, Invited Book Chapter, in “Applications of Nanomaterials,” (2012) Studium Press, Houston Texas USA, Vol 10, Chapter 7, pp 147-189.

Briand, V. A.; Thilakarathne, V.; Kumar, C. V.; Kasi, R. M., “Protein-Polymer Conjugates for Use as Hybrid Functional Materials,” PMSE Preprints (2011).