• Parkgate, Barony Campus

    DG1 3NE Dumfries

    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

PhD and Postdoc Students: I always welcome applications from enthusiastic, self-motivated, talented and hardworking students who wish to undertake PhD postgraduate and Postdoctoral studies in our team on any areas of experimental research related to their research interests. Former, and current, postgraduate students include UK nationals as well as overseas students around the globe, undertaking full-time studies in my laboratory. Interested students can contact me directly on Vijay.Thakur@sruc.ac.uk to discuss potential projects and the application process for these degrees that are awarded by the University of Edinburgh as SRUC is An Associated Institute of the University of Edinburgh, UK. https://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/associated-institutions CURRENT PhD Students: https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/people/dr-vijay-kumar-thakur-15369067

20142022

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Research interests

I am a polymer chemist by qualification and materials scientist by training. My research activities span the disciplines of Biorefining, Biomaterials, Green Chemistry, Composites, Manufacturing, Nanomaterials, Polymers, and all aspects of Advanced and Sustainable Materials. 

My group's current research efforts focus on the design, synthesis, characterization and applications of monomers/ polymers from biorenewable resources; biomaterials;  environmental remediation; utilization of waste materials; biofuels and biobased products; recycling; smart materials;  functional surface coatings; polymer aerogel/hydrogel, photocatalysis, sensing, nanotechnology and nanomaterials.

My roles are:

  • Lead the Biorefining and Advanced Materials Research Centre  
  • Lead research into biorefining, sustainable and advanced materials to understand how the synthesis, composition and macromolecular design affects the overall properties with an eye towards engineering effective and affordable next-generation materials for agriculture, biomedical, automotive and aerospace towards a sustainable bioeconomy.
  • Supervision of staff, students and visitors; teaching and external examinations
  • Expert committee member for external bodies

Supervision

Currently Co-Supervising Seven PhD students at Cranfield University where I was a faculty member before joining SRUC  https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/people/dr-vijay-kumar-thakur-15369067

 

Visiting Researchers, Postdocs, PhD and Master Students with Self Funding/ Funding from their Home Countries are most welcome to join our vibrant multicultural research team @SRUC. We particularly welcome hardworking; independent;  self-motivated, and team players who enjoy hands-on experimental work with excellent analytical, communication, learning and writing skills.

Fellowship Opportunities :

I am always open to support strong candidates for various Fellowships. Information about some of the appropriate fellowships, the application procedure and closing dates, can be found via the following links:

BBSRC Fellowships: https://bbsrc.ukri.org/skills/leadership/how-fellowships/
EPSRC Fellowships: https://epsrc.ukri.org/skills/fellows/
Ernest Rutherford Fellowships: https://stfc.ukri.org/funding/fellowships/ernest-rutherford-fellowship/
Marie Curie Fellowships: https://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/
NERC Fellowships: https://nerc.ukri.org/funding/available/fellowships/
Newton International Fellowships: https://royalsociety.org/grants-schemes-awards/grants/newton-international/
Royal Society University Research Fellowships: https://royalsociety.org/grants-schemes-awards/grants/university-research/
Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships: https://royalsociety.org/grants-schemes-awards/grants/dorothy-hodgkin-fellowship/
Royal Academy of Engineering Fellowships: https://www.raeng.org.uk/grants-prizes/grants/support-for-research/raeng-research-fellowship
STFC Fellowships: https://stfc.ukri.org/funding/fellowships/
Scottish Enterprise/Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) Enterprise Fellowships: https://www.rse.org.uk/awards/enterprise-fellowships/
The Leverhulme Trust Fellowships: https://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/research-fellowships

 

Projects

Current:

2020-2024: EPSRC (EP/T024607/1) “Intelligent engineering coatings for in-manufacture and in-service monitoring of critical safety products (CoatIN)” (Co-I)

2019-2021: Royal Academy of Engineering (IAPP18-19\295) “Indo-UK led Curriculum Development Through Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing for the Future (Co-I)

2018-2021: UKIERI (DST/INT/UK/P-164/2017) “4D Micro- Stereolithography Printing of Scaffolds using Plant Oil Polymers and Graphene for Various Functional Biomedical Applications” (Co-I)

Previous employer

Previously held positions as:

Research Lecturer @ School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing, Cranfield University, UK

Staff Scientist @ School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Washington State University, USA 

Research Scientist, Temasek Laboratories @ NTU, Research Techno Plaza, Nanyang Technological UniversitySingapore

Postdoctoral Research Associate @ Department of Materials Science & Engineering, Iowa State University, USA

Visiting Research Fellow @ Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering - LHUTaiwan

Other work

Editorship and Editorial Board (Selected Only)

 

Editor (Book Series): Materials Horizons: From Nature to Nanomaterials (Springer)

Editor (Book Series): Advances in Polymers and Fibers (Elsevier)
Editor (Book Series): Gels Horizons: From Science to Smart Materials (Springer)
 

Academic Editor: Advances in Polymer Technology  

Editor: Nature Scientific Reports

Editorial Advisory Board:  Industrial Crops and Products  

Editorial Advisory Board:  Polymers for  Advanced Technologies

 

Editorial Board: Current Opinion in Green and Sustainable Chemistry 

Editorial Board: Sustainable Chemistry and Pharmacy

Editorial Board: Surfaces & Interfaces  

Editorial Board: NanoStructures & Nano-Objects 

Editorial Board: Journal of Nanostructure in Chemistry 

 

 

 

External positions

Honorary Professor, University of Petroleum and Energy Studies

2021 → …

Cranfield University

Apr 2020 → …

Honorary Professor, Riga Technical University

2020 → …

Honorary Professor, Taif University

2020 → …

Honorary Professor, Shiv Nadar University

Jan 2019 → …

Honorary Professor, Jiangsu University

2019 → …

Current Opinion in Green and Sustainable Chemistry

2018

Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS), KUWAIT

2018 → …

SN Applied Sciences

2018 → …

Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) (SOUTH AFRICA)

2017 → …

Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation (RPF), CYPRUS

2017 → …

FONDECYT Regular 2017 grant competition, an initiative of the Chilean National Science and Technology Commission (CONICYT - Chile) (CHILE)

2017 → …

Int J of Polymer Analysis and Characterization

2017 → …

Journal of Renewable Materials

2017 → …

National Center of Science and Technology Evaluation, JSC, KAZAKHSTAN

2017 → …

National Science Centre (Narodowe Centrum Nauki – NCN) (POLAND)

2017 → …

The United Arab Emirates University (UAEU)

2017 → …

Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (UK)

2016 → …

German Federal funding program (GERMANY)

2016 → …

J of Macromolecular Science, Part A Pure and Applied Chemistry

2016 → …

Austrian Science Fund (FWF) (AUSTRIA)

2015 → …

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) (USA)

2015 → …

Advances in Natural Sciences: Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

2014 → …

Singapore National Science Foundation (SINGAPORE)

2014 → …

SpringerPlus

20142018

Drug Invention Today

2013

Materials Express

20122019

Research Proposal Assessments of Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (PORTUGAL)

2012 → …

Research Proposal Assessments of Science & Engineering Research Board, INDIA

2012 → …

Journal of Chemistry

20102015

Keywords

  • QD Chemistry
  • U Military Science (General)
  • V Naval Science (General)
  • TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
  • TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
  • TP Chemical technology
  • TS Manufactures
  • SD Forestry
  • SH Aquaculture. Fisheries. Angling
  • QR355 Virology
  • RS Pharmacy and materia medica
  • R Medicine (General)
  • S Agriculture (General)
  • SB Plant culture
  • TF Railroad engineering and operation
  • TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
  • TE Highway engineering. Roads and pavements
  • TN Mining engineering. Metallurgy

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