Sreekumar Kurungot

Sreekumar Kurungot

Physical and Materials Chemistry Division

About Me

Professional Experience

  • 2007 - Current- Scientist, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, India
  • 2003 - 2007 - Scientist, Toyota Motor Corporation, Toyota City, Japan
  • 2001 - 2003 - Post Doctroal Research Fellow, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2000 - 2001 - Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), S. Korea

Selected Publications

  • Swati Dilwale, Priyanka Pandinhare Puthiyaveetil, Athira Babu And Sreekumar Kurungot , Phytic Acid Customized Hydrogel Polymer Electrolyte and Prussian Blue Analogue Cathode Material for Rechargeable Zinc Metal Hydrogel Batteries, SMALL., Just Accepted Manuscript, (2024), DOI:10.1002/smll.202311923.
    Zinc anode deterioration in aqueous electrolytes, and Zn dendrite growth is a major concern in the operation of aqueous rechargeable Zn metal batteries (AZMBs). To tackle this the replacement of aqueous electrolytes with a zinc hydrogel polymer electrolyte (ZHPE) is presented in this study. This method involves structural modifications of the ZHPE by phytic acid through an ultraviolet (UV) light-induced photopolymerization process. The high membrane flexibility, high ionic conductivity (0.08 S cm-1), improved zinc corrosion overpotential, and enhanced electrochemical stability value of ~2.0 V vs Zn|Zn2+ show the great potential of ZHPE as an ideal gel electrolyte for rechargeable zinc metal hydrogel batteries (ZMHBs).
  • Sidharth Barik, Geeta Pandurang Kharabe, Rajith Illathvalappil, Chandrodai Pratap Singh, Fayis Kanheerampockil, Priyanka S. Walko, Suresh K. Bhat, R. Nandini Devi, C. P Vinod, Sailaja Krishnamurty And Sreekumar Kurungot, Active Site Engineering and Theoretical Aspects of “Superhydrophilic” Nanostructure Array Enabling Efficient Overall Water Electrolysis, SMALL., 19 (50), 2304143 (2023), DOI:10.1002/smll.202304143.
    The rational design of noble metal-free electrocatalysts holds great promise for cost-effective green hydrogen generation through water electrolysis. In this context, here, we demonstrate the development of a superhydrophilic bifunctional electrocatalyst, that facilitates both oxygen evolution reaction (OER) and hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) in alkaline conditions. This has been achieved through the in-situ growth of hierarchical NiMoO4 @CoMoO4.xH2O nanostructure on nickel foam (NF) via. a two-step hydrothermal synthesis method. NiMoO4@CoMoO4.xH2O/NF facilitates OER and HER at the overpotentials of 180 and 220 mV, respectively, at the current density of 10 mA cm-2 .
  • Vidyanand Vijayakumar, Meena Ghosh, Maria Kurian, Arun Torris, Swati Dilwale, Manohar Badiger, Martin Winter And Jijeesh Nair And Sreekumar Kurungot, An In Situ Cross-linked Nonaqueous Polymer Electrolyte for Zinc-Metal Polymer Batteries and Hybrid Supercapacitors, SMALL., 16 (35), 2002528 (2020), DOI:DOI:10.1002/smll.202002528.
  • T. Palaniselvam, V. Kashyap, S. N. Bhange J. B. Baek And S. Kurungot, Nanoporous graphene enriched with Fe/Co-N active sites as a promising oxygen reduction electrocatalyst for anion exchange membrane fuel cells, Advanced Functional Materials., 13, 2150 - 2162 (2016), DOI:10.1002/adfm.201504765.
  • Bihag Anothumakkool, Siddheshwar N Bhange, Roby Soni And Sreekumar Kurungot , Novel scalable synthesis of highly conducting and robust PEDOT paper for high performance flexible solid-supercapacitor, Energy & Environmental Science., 8, 1339 - 1347 (2015), DOI:10.1039/C5EE00142K.
    This paper has been recommended as one of the HOT ARTICLES in March 2015 by the Editor.
  • Bihag Anothumakkool And Sreekumar Kurungot, Electrochemically grown nanoporous MnO2 nanowall forest on porous carbon substrate with enhanced capacitance through faster ionic and electrical mobility, Chemical Communications., 50, 7188 - 7190 (2014), DOI:10.1039/C4CC00927D.
  • Thangavelu Palaniselvam, Manila Ozhukil Valappil, Rajith Illathvalappil And Sreekumar Kurungot, Nanoporous graphene by quantum dots removal from graphene and its conversion as potential oxygen reduction electrocatalyst via nitrogen doping, Energy & Environmental Science., 7(3), 1059 - 1067 (2014), DOI:10.1039/C3EE43648A.
  • Vishal M. Dhavale, Sachin S. Gaikwad, Leena George, R. Nandini Devi And Sreekumar Kurungot, Nitrogen-doped Graphene Interpenetrated 3-D Ni-Nanocage: Efficient and Stable Water-to-Dioxygen Electrocatalyst, Nanoscale., 6, 13179 - 13187 (2014), DOI:10.1039/C4NR03578J.
  • Thangavelu Palaniselvam, Bishnu P. Biswal, Rahul Banerjee And Sreekumar Kurungot, Zeolitic Imidazolate Framework (ZIF)-Derived, Hollow-Core, Nitrogen- Doped Carbon Nanostructures for Oxygen-Reduction Reactions in PEFCs, Chemistry-A European Journal., 19, 9335 - 9342 (2013), DOI:10.1002/chem.201300145.
  • Beena K Balan, Bipinlal Unni, Harshal D Chaudhari , Ulhas K Kharul And Sreekumar Kurungot, Effect of the Viscosity of Poly(benzimidazole) on the Performance of a Multifunctional Electrocatalyst with an Ideal Interfacial Structure, J. Mater. Chem. A., 1, 4265 - 4276 (2013).
  • Beena K. Balan And Sreekumar Kurungot, Tuning the Functionality of a Carbon Nanofiber?Pt?RuO2 System from Charge Storage to Electrocatalysis, Inorganic Chemistry., 51, 9766 - 9774 (2012).
  • Thangavelu Palaniselvam, Ahamed Irshad, Bipinlal Unni And Sreekumar Kurungot, Activity Modulated Low Pt Content Oxygen Reduction Electrocatalysts Prepared by Inducing Nano-Order Dislocations on Carbon Nanofiber through N2-Doping, J. Phys. Chem. C., 114, 14754 - 14763 (2012).
  • Vishal M Dhavale And Sreekumar Kurungot, Tuning the Performance of Low-Pt Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cell Electrodes Derived from Fe2O3@Pt/C Core, J. Phys. Chem. C., 116, 7318 (2012).
  • Sreekuttan M. Unni, Saikrishna Devulapally, Neeta Karjule And Sreekumar Kurungot, Graphene enriched with pyrrolic coordination of the doped nitrogen as an efficient metal-free electrocatalyst for oxygen reduction, J. Mater. Chem., 22, 23506 - 23513 (2012).
  • Thangavelu Palaniselvam, Harshitha Barike Aiyappa And Sreekumar Kurungot, Efficient oxygen reduction electrocatalyst from graphene by simultaneously generating pores and nitrogen doped active sites, . Mater. Chem., 22, 23799 - 23805 (2012).
  • Sreekuttan M. Unni, Saikrishna Devulapally, Neeta Karjule And Sreekumar Kurungot, Graphene enriched with pyrrolic coordination of the doped nitrogen as an efficient metal-free electrocatalyst for oxygen reduction, J. Mater. Chem., 22, 23506 - 23513 (2012).
  • Beena K. Balan And Sreekumar Kurungot, Highly exposed and activity modulated sandwich type Pt thin layer catalyst with enhanced utilization, J. Mater. Chem., 21(47), 19039 - 19048 (2011).
  • Sreekumar Kurungot, Vijayamohanan K Pillai, Husain Kagalwala, Sreekuttan M. Unni And Vishal M. Dhavale, Ex-situ Dispersion of Core-shell Nanoparticles of Cu-Pt on In-situ Modified Carbon Surface and their Enhanced Electrocatalytic Activities, Chem Commun., 47(13), 3951 - 3953 (2011).
  • Facile Construction of Non-Precious Iron Nitride-Doped Carbon Nanofibers as Cathode Electrocatalysts for Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells, Chem Commun., 47, 2910 - 2912 (2011).
  • Sreekumar Kurungot, Vijayamohanan K. Pillai, Manjusha Shelke, Pradnya P. Aher , Vinayak S. Kale And Beena K. Balan, High Aspect Ratio Nanoscale Multifunctional Materials Derived from Hollow Carbon Nanofiber by Polymer Insertion and Metal Decoration, Chem Commun., 46, 5590 (2010).

Research Interest

  • Physical Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry including Nanomaterials
  • Fuel Cell Research
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Nanoscience & Technology
  • Nanocatalysis
  • Electrochemistry

Contact Details

Dr. Sreekumar Kurungot

Physical & Materials Chemistry Division
Office: F-104, Polymers and Advanced Materials Laboratory
National Chemical Laboratory
Dr. Homi Bhabha Road
Pune 411008, India
Phone +91 20 2590 2566+91-20-25902566
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