Sanat K Kumar head shot

Sanat K Kumar

Columbia University

Recipient of the Polymer Physics Prize

For fundamental experimental, simulatory, and theoretical contributions to understanding structure, assembly, and dynamics in polymer nanocomposites and thin films.

About the Recipient

Invited talk session: F42.00001

Sanat Kumar is Bykhovsky Professor of Chemical Engineering at Columbia University, New York, NY. He has a joint appointment at Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY. He earned his Chemical Engineering BTech degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (’81) followed by SM (’84) and ScD (’87) degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA. Subsequently, he spent one year as a post-doctoral fellow at IBMs Almaden Research Center, San Jose, CA (’87-’88). His current research focuses on hybrid inorganic-organic composite materials, ranging from enunciating their fundamentals to their application is a variety of critical sustainability contexts (gas/water separations). More recent interests are in polymer upcycling. In all cases a combination of theory, experiment and simulations are employed in the solution of these problems. He is the author of 300 publications, 3 patents and an edited book, is a fellow of the American Physical Society and is the Chevron visiting professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. He is an Associate Editor of Soft Matter and has had multiple leadership roles (Department Chair, APS Polymer Division Chair, and Polymer Physics Gordon conference chair among other) and has also held several other visiting professorships and editorial board membership.

About the Polymer Physics Prize

This prize was established in 1960 with major support from the The Dow Chemical Company. The prize was fully endowed by APS in 2018.