Vijay Kumar Thakur


  • 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 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.


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Personal profile

Research interests

Vijay's research activities span the disciplines of Biorefining, Biomaterials Engineering, Chemistry, Composites, Manufacturing, Materials Science and Nanotechnology, Polymers as well as all aspects of Advanced and Sustainable Materials. Google Scholar   

He has published over 200 SCI journal articles, 50 books, 40 Book Chapters and hold one US patent (technology transferred to Industry). He also sits on the editorial board of several SCI Journals as Associate Editor/ Editor/ Editorial Advisory Board Member.  Books Published


 Recent research work includes but not limited to:

-Additive Manufacturing (3D/ 4D printing) of Polymers, Composites, Hydrogels and Membranes

-Biorenewable Materials: Natural Fibres/Wood, Bio-resins and Utilisation of Waste  

-Coatings: Smart, Self-healing, Superhydrophobic and Self Cleaning Nanocoatings for Automotive; Aerospace; Biomedical; Batteries & Devices for Energy;  Food Safety and Textile

-Composites: Synthesis, processing, structural and functional properties, and theoretical studies (modelling and simulation) of Hybrid laminates, Bio-composites, Recycled composites, Self-reinforced composites, Functional composite materials (including nano-modified materials), Self-sensing laminates, Self-healing laminates, Joints of laminates and sandwiches.

-Design, Develop and Commercialize Bioproducts, Bioprocesses, and Bioenergy

-Hydrogels: Synthesis, characterisation and applications in nutrient recovery, control delivery, water purification and biomedical

-Membranes: Sustainable membrane materials for applications in water treatment, biomedical and energy storage

-Nanofibers: Synthesis and applications in biomaterials, energy, sensing and smart materials

-Nanoelectronic Materials: Piezoelectric, dielectric, thermoelectric and electrochromic materials for sensing, energy harvesting, and storage.

-Photocatalysts for future applications combining nanotechnology, photonics, energy research, and environmental science

-Sustainable Chemicals, Monomers/Polymers, Design Methodologies, and Manufacturing



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 





Visiting Researchers, Postdocs, PhD and Master Students with Self Funding/ Funding from their Home Country 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:
EPSRC Fellowships:
Ernest Rutherford Fellowships:
Marie Curie Fellowships:
NERC Fellowships:
Newton International Fellowships:
Royal Society University Research Fellowships:
Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships:
Royal Academy of Engineering Fellowships:
STFC Fellowships:
Scottish Enterprise/Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) Enterprise Fellowships:
The Leverhulme Trust Fellowships:


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

External positions

Visiting Faculty, Cranfield University

Apr 2020 → …

Panel Member, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

Dec 2019 → …

Adjunct Professor, Jiangsu University

Jun 2019 → …

Visiting Professor, Shiv Nadar University

Jan 2019 → …

Special Issue Guest Editor, Current Opinion in Green and Sustainable Chemistry


Member of International Review Panel , Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS), KUWAIT

2018 → …

Editorial Board, SN Applied Sciences

2018 → …

Member of International Review Panel , Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) (SOUTH AFRICA)

2017 → …

Member of International Review Panel , Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation (RPF), CYPRUS

2017 → …

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

2017 → …

Editorial Board, Int J of Polymer Analysis and Characterization

2017 → …

Associate Editor, Journal of Renewable Materials

2017 → …

Member of International Review Panel , National Center of Science and Technology Evaluation, JSC, KAZAKHSTAN

2017 → …

Member of International Review Panel , National Science Centre (Narodowe Centrum Nauki – NCN) (POLAND)

2017 → …

Member of International Review Panel , The United Arab Emirates University (UAEU)

2017 → …

Academic Advisory Panel, Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (UK)

2016 → …

Member of International Review Panel , German Federal funding program (GERMANY)

2016 → …

Editorial Board, J of Macromolecular Science, Part A Pure and Applied Chemistry

2016 → …

Member of International Review Panel , Austrian Science Fund (FWF) (AUSTRIA)

2015 → …

Member of International Review Panel , U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) (USA)

2015 → …

Editorial Board, Advances in Natural Sciences: Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

2014 → …

Member of International Review Panel , Singapore National Science Foundation (SINGAPORE)

2014 → …

Advisory Editor, SpringerPlus


Editorial Board, Drug Invention Today


Associate Editor, Materials Express


Member of International Review Panel , Research Proposal Assessments of Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (PORTUGAL)

2012 → …

Member of International Review Panel , Research Proposal Assessments of Science & Engineering Research Board, INDIA

2012 → …

Editorial Board, Journal of Chemistry



  • 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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Research Output

Analysis and advanced characterization of municipal solid waste vermicompost maturity for a green environment

Srivastava, V., Goel, G., Thakur, V. K., Singh, R. P., Ferreira de Araujo, A. S. & Singh, P., 1 Feb 2020, In : Journal of Environmental Management. 255, 109914.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 3 Citations (Scopus)

    Application of chitosan-based particles for deinking of printed paper and its bioethanol fermentation

    Farkas, C., Rezessy-Szabó, J. M., Gupta, V. K., Bujna, E., Csernus, O., Nguyen, V. D., Hitka, G., Friedrich, L., Hesham, A. E. L., O'Donovan, A., Thakur, V. K. & Nguyen, Q. D., 14 Jul 2020, In : Fuel. 280, 118570.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • A review on exergy analysis of solar parabolic collectors

    Kumar, A., Sharma, M., Thakur, P., Thakur, V. K., Rahatekar, S. S. & Kumar, R., Feb 2020, In : Solar Energy. 197, p. 411-432 22 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • 4 Citations (Scopus)

    Bio-based poly(butylene succinate)/microcrystalline cellulose/nanofibrillated cellulose-based sustainable polymer composites: Thermo-mechanical and biodegradation studies

    Platnieks, O., Gaidukovs, S., Barkane, A., Sereda, A., Gaidukova, G., Grase, L., Thakur, V. K., Filipova, I., Fridrihsone, V., Skute, M. & Laka, M., 30 Jun 2020, In : Polymers. 12, 7, p. 1-20 20 p., 1472.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 1 Downloads (Pure)

    Bioproduction of succinic acid from xylose by engineered Yarrowia lipolytica without pH control

    Prabhu, A. A., Ledesma-Amaro, R., Lin, C. S. K., Coulon, F., Thakur, V. K. & Kumar, V., 27 Jun 2020, In : Biotechnology for Biofuels. 13, 1, 113.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access