• About ME

    I am a physical chemist by background with deep knowledge of surface chemistry and material characterization techniques and expertise in uses/development of in-house experimental instruments.I am a goal directed professional with more than 5 years of experience in academia and industry. A strong educational background, skilled communicator, self-motivated with high energy, sound analytical skills and Multidisciplinary research experience with industrial partners i.e. BP Plc. UK, Shell Global Solutions International B.V. etc.

    My research interests: Surface chemistry, Electro-chemistry, Oil and Gas, Material characterization, Thin films, Solid-liquid interface, and AFM

  • Work Experience/ Education

    Stamicarbon BV

    R&D Expert

    Jul 2019 - Present

    Concr3de BV

    Material Scientist

    Jul 2018 - Jun 2019

    Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands)


    Postdoctoral Researcher

    Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Applied Sciences


    Feb 2016-Jun 2019

    Field: Chemical Engineering

    • Studying the surfactant adsorption during Alkaline surfactant flooding under high pressure high temperature conditions using modified AFM;
    • Helping in design (discussion and user experience) of a new high pressure high temperature AFM with industrial partner

    University of Twente (The Netherlands)

    Ph.D. (Applied Physics)

    Sept 2011- Feb 2016

    Field: Applied Physics

    • Studying the microscopic forces governing the interaction of various components of crude oils (e.g. asphaltenes) onto the model rock surface for better understanding of enhance oil recovery processes;
    • Worked with Matlab and Igor programs to calculate the surface charge of rock/clay surfaces;
    • Utilized AFM (Multimode, Icon and Cypher AFM), Langmuir trough, and Contact angle goniometry techniques for various experiments;
    • Worked with a global team from Copenhagen university, MPI Gottingen and BP Plc., UK

    Freie Universität, Berlin (Germany)

    Summers Internship

    May 2010 - Jul 2010

    Field: Computational chemistry

    • Computed the electronic fluxes accompanying molecular vibrations, specifically for the fluorine gas;
    • Attended the course ‘molecular dynamics on the computer II’ and learnt basic scientific programming in FORTRAN, using UNIX

    University of Oslo (Norway)

    Visiting Research Scholar

    May 2009 - Jul 2009

    Field: Computational Chemistry

    • Implemented a computational model to calculate VDW and Dispersion Interaction for Helium dimer;
    • Developed potential energy surfaces and atomic density matrices using Dalton- Computing program

    Indian institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay

    BS + MS, Chemistry (5 year integrated program)

    Jul 2006 - Jul 2011

    Masters' thesis: Thermodynamics of Turn Formation in Short Peptides

    • Performed molecular dynamic simulation study of turn formation for peptides from Influenza virus Hemagglutinin;
    • Carried out simulations up to 200 ns using GROMACS- molecular dynamics package; 
    • 17% of the total population is found to have an open β-turn conformation;
    • Analysed a mutant of β-Hairpin peptide from staphylococcal nuclease using GROMACS
  • Areas of Interest

    Enhanced oil recovery

    solid-liquid interface

    surface characterization

    computational chemistry

  • Publications

    •  N. Kumar, M. P. Andersson, D. van den Ende, F. Mugele and I. Siretanu, "Probing the surface charge on the basal planes of Kaolinite particles with high resolution Atomic Force Microscopy", Langmuir 2017, accepted.
    • Naveen Kumar, Igor Siretanu, Cunlu Zhao, Aram Klaasen, Dirk van den Ende and Frieder Mugele,” Characterization of the surface charge distribution on kaolinite particles using high resolution atomic force microscopy”, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 175, 100-112 (2016).
    • Mugele, F.; Sîretanu, I.; Kumar, N.; Bera, B.; Wang, L.; Maestro, M.A.; Collins, I. “Charge Control And Wettability Alteration At Solid-liquid Interfaces”. In: SPE Improved Oil Recovery Symposium, 12-16 April, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA (2014)
    • Naveen Kumar; Lei Wang; Igor Siretanu; Michel Duits; and Frieder Mugele, “Salt Dependent Stability of Stearic Acid Langmuir-Blodgett Films Exposed to Aqueous Electrolytes”, Langmuir 2013, 29, 5150−5159
    • Rashmi Tambe Shukla, Naveen Kumar and Yellamraju U. Sasidhar, “Molecular dynamics simulations of certain mutant peptide models from staphylococcal nuclease reveal that initial hydrophobic collapse associated with turn propensity drives β-hairpin folding”, J. Pept. Sci. 1099-1387 (2013)
    • M. D. Stromsheim, N. Kumar, S. Coriani, E. Sagvolden, A. M. Teale and T. Helgaker, “Dispersion interactions in density-functional theory: an adiabatic connection analysis”, J. Chem. Phys. 135, 194109, 2011
  • Openings

    Closed= Opening for Msc/ Bsc or internship position at TU Delft

    Study of surfactant loss during Enhanced oil recovery

    Research project in collaboration with Shell

    To get more information about the project, please send me an email at n.kumar-2@tudelft.nl

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