Dr. Shalendra Kumar

Dr. Shalendra Kumar


Profile Summary

Prof. Shalendra Kumar is an esteemed professor working in the Department of Physics at UPES, Dehradun, where he has made significant contributions to the field of materials science. One of his remarkable achievements is his consistent recognition as one of the 2% world's leading researchers, which has earned him a place in the prestigious list compiled by Stanford University. His primary focus of research lies in the captivating realm of nanomagnetism, 2D materials, and carbon/metal oxide-based nanocomposites. Prof. Kumar's academic prowess is evident through his extensive publication record, which boasts more than 300 research articles in peer-reviewed international journals. His contributions have greatly enriched the global scientific community's understanding of condensed matter physics. With an unwavering commitment to research excellence, he continues to inspire both his students and peers. His work not only elevates the profile of UPES but also contributes significantly to the advancement of knowledge and technology in India and worldwide.

Work Experience

Before joining UPES, he was working as a visiting Professor at the King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia. He earned his master's in Physics from Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Aligarh, India, and his doctorate from the Department of Applied Physics, AMU, Aligarh. After completing his PhD, he worked as a fellow of the Korean Research Foundation (KRF) from February 2008 to March 2009 and as a research professor under the Brain Pool Program of the South Korean Federation of Science and Technology from April 2009 to January 2012 at Changwon National University, South Korea. In February 2012, he joined the Beamline Division, Pohang Light Source II, as a research scientist until April 2013. From December 2013 to July 2015, he worked as a research professor at Changwon National University, Changwon, Gyeongnam, 641-773, Republic of Korea. He also worked as a visiting Professor at the Departamento de Física, CCET, Universidade Federal do Maranhão, São Luis -65085-580, MA, Brazil, from December 2015 to June 2016. Furthermore, he also served as an assistant professor at the Department of Applied Physics, Amity University Haryana, Gurgaon, from August 29, 2016 to November 1, 2019.

Research Interests

Dr. Kumar's research interest is focused on experimental studies of functional oxide materials such as ferrites, CMR, lead-free piezoelectrics, multiferroics, and DMS in various forms such as bulk, thin films, and 1-D nanostructures, as well as nanostructures for energy storage (Li-ion, Li-S batteries, and supercapacitors) applications and solar cells.

Teaching Philosophy

Dr. Kumar's teaching philosophy centres on fostering a deep understanding and appreciation for the fundamental principles and creating a dynamic and student-centred learning environment where curiosity is ignited, critical thinking is cultivated, and a passion for scientific inquiry is nurtured. In the classroom, Prof. Kumar employs hands-on experiments, applications, and interactive discussions to engage students actively in the learning process. He emphasizes the importance of developing problem-solving skills and encourages students to approach challenges with resilience and creativity. Prof. Kumar is committed to recognizing and addressing individual learning styles, ensuring that each student has the opportunity to excel.

Courses Taught

With extensive teaching experience, He has been a committed educator, imparting knowledge across diverse subjects to both undergraduate and postgraduate students. His proficiency spans Solid State Physics, Electrodynamics, Engineering Physics, Statistical Mechanics, and Electricity & Magnetism. His multidisciplinary expertise enriches the educational journey for students, offering a general understanding of fundamental principles and their real-world applications. His commitment to fostering a dynamic learning environment ensures that students benefit from a comprehensive and well-rounded education. His contributions extend beyond conventional disciplinary boundaries, creating a foundation for students to excel in their academic pursuits and encouraging a lifelong curiosity in the difficulties of the physical sciences.

Awards and Grants

Dr. Kumar stands as a distinguished researcher and has obtained notable grants and awards for his innovative work. His recognition under the DST Fast Track scheme for Young Scientists underscores his commitment to advancing knowledge in the development of multiferroic magnetoelectric materials with multifunctional applications. Additionally, being granted a Senior Research Fellow by CSIR New Delhi and receiving the ITS grant from DST, CSIR New Delhi, & INSA highlights his contributions to the scientific community. Prof. Kumar's global impact is evident through his participation in the LAW3M conference in Rio, Brazil, supported by the ITS grant. Further accolades include being honoured as a fellow of the Korean Research Foundation and a Research Professor under the Brain Pool Program in South Korea, along with a research group grant from the Ministry of Education in Saudi Arabia, solidifying his international reputation as a distinguished researcher and collaborator.

Scholarly Activities

He is a distinguished academician, and holds esteemed life memberships in the International Academy of Physical Sciences, emphasizing his global recognition in the field. Additionally, his annual memberships in the Korean Physical Society further highlight his international engagement and collaborative efforts. Serving as a mentor, Prof. Kumar has successfully guided over 5 PhD students, with many more currently under his tutelage, attesting to his influential role in shaping the next generation of researchers. With a robust research background, Prof. Kumar has contributed significantly to the scientific community, publishing over 300 articles in reputable journals. His work has garnered substantial recognition, reflected in more than 7200 citations, an h-index of 45, and an i10-index of 158, underscoring the impact and significance of his research contributions. Beyond his research endeavours, he actively engages in knowledge dissemination. He imparts valuable insights through informative talks on the operation and practical applications of advanced equipment, contributing to the broader scientific community's understanding. His efforts in sharing expertise and promoting scientific understanding among research scholars and faculty members from diverse institutes have been instrumental in fostering collaboration and interdisciplinary knowledge exchange. His expertise, dedication, and passion continue to inspire the academic community, particularly in the realms of nanomagnetism and energy storage devices, where his contributions have left an indelible mark on the advancement of knowledge and the pursuit of scientific excellence.