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Jitendra Kumar

Team Leader and Distinguished Battery Scientist

University of Dayton Research Institute: Power and Energy; School of Engineering: Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering


Email: Jitendra Kumar
Phone: 937-229-5314
1700 S. Patterson Boulevard, Rm N3660 W13, Dayton, OH 45409
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Dr. Jitendra Kumar, Distinguished Battery Scientist, leads the Solid-State Battery and Integrated Systems (S2BIS) team in UDRI's Energy and Environmental Sciences group. He has authored over 35 research publications and a book chapter (solid-state rechargeable lithium-oxygen batteries), holds 5 patents, and has over 11 years of solid-state battery research experience.

Dr. Kumar teaches part-time graduate faculty in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Dayton and supervises master and Ph.D.-level research related to solid-state battery and hybrid power systems. He currently supervises four Ph.D. students in Electrical Engineering who are conducting research in the field of energy storage.

Dr. Kumar joined the university in 2007 after obtaining his Ph.D. in Chemistry (polymer solar cells and data storage devices) that same year from the University of Delhi, India.


Dr. Kumar's energy storage and generation research includes work in the following areas:

  • Solid-state ceramic electrolytes (oxides, phosphates, sulfides)
  • Solid-state cathodes (composite of transition metal oxides/phosphates, sulfur (S), and oxygen (O2) etc. with solid-state electrolytes)
  • Solid-state anodes (Si, Ge, Li, Na, Zn, etc.)
  • Solid-state batteries (LIB, Li-S, Li-O2, Zn-O2)
  • Structural batteries
  • Thin-film batteries and capacitors
  • Extreme temperature space batteries and capacitors
  • Applications: UAVs, autonomous/space vehicles, electronics, sensors, oil-gas exploration, medical, filtration, power grid support


  • Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Delhi, India, 2007
  • M.S., Physical Chemistry, T.M. Bhagalpur University, India, 1999

Honors and Awards

  • Wohlleben-Hochwalt Outstanding Professional Research Award, University of Dayton Research Institute, 2018
  • Exceptional Performance Award, University of Dayton Research Institute, 2016
  • Electrochemical Society Interface Tech Highlights, "A Solid-State, Rechargeable, Long Cycle Life Lithium–Air Battery,” Summer 2010
  • Featured story in CNBC Magazine: Year of the Battery (including solid-state lithium-air batteries), January 2011
  • New Batteries (including solid-state lithium-air battery) for Electric Cars, Forschung and Technik (Switzerland), Mittwoch 3, nr. 27, 2010
  • Young Scientist Award, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, 2007
  • Senior Research Fellowship, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Government of India, 2005
  • Young Scientist Award, International Conference on Electroactive Polymers: Materials and Devices, held in Dalhousie, India, 2004
  • Junior Research Fellowship, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Government of India, 2002


The Electrochemical Society

Selected Publications

B. Kumar, J. Kumar, “A solid state, rechargeable lithium-oxygen battery in the lithium air battery, Fundamentals”, Edited by Imanishi, Nobuyuki; Luntz, Alan C.; Bruce, Peter G. (Eds.) 2014, X, 300 p. Chapter 9, Springer (ISBN 978-1-4899-8061-8).

J. Kumar, P. Kichambare, A.K. Rai, R. Bhattacharya, S. Rodrigues, G. Subramanyam, “A high performance ceramic-polymer separator for lithium batteries”, J. Power Sources 301, 194, 2016.

P. Kichambare, S. Rodrigues, J. Kumar, “Mesoporous nitrogen-doped carbon-glass ceramic cathodes for solid-state lithium-oxygen batteries”, ACS Appl. Mate. & Interfaces 4, 49, 2012.

B. Kumar, P. Kichambare, S. Rodrigues, J. Kumar, R.G. Keil, “Lisicon glass-ceramics mediated catalysis of oxygen reduction”, Electrochem. Solid-State Lett. 14 A97, 2011.

P. Kichambare, J. Kumar, S. Rodrigues, B. Kumar, “Electrochemical performance of highly mesoporous nitrogen doped carbon cathode in lithium–oxygen batteries”, J. Power Sources 196, 3310, 2011.

B. Kumar, J. Kumar, “Cathodes for solid-state lithium–oxygen cells: roles of nasicon glass-ceramics”, J. Electrochem. Soc. 157, A611, 2010.

B. Kumar, J. Kumar, R. Leese, J.P. Fellner, S. Rodrigues, K.M. Abraham, “A solid-state, rechargeable, long cycle life lithium-air battery”, J. Electrochem. Soc. 157, A50, 2010.

J. Kumar, S. Rodrigues, B. Kumar, “Interface-mediated electrochemical effects in lithium/polymer-ceramic cells”, J. Power Sources 195, 327, 2010.

J. Kumar, B. Kumar, “Development of membranes and a study of their interfaces for rechargeable lithium-air battery”, J. Power Sources 194, 1113, 2009.

B. Kumar, D. Thomas, J. Kumar, “Space charge-mediated superionic transport in lithium ion conducting glass-ceramics” J. Electrochem. Soc. 156, A506, 2009.