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Dr. Vijith Kumar


Dr. Vijith Kumar is currently working as Marie Skłodowska-Curie postdoctoral fellow in the Crystal Engineering Research Group at the University of Limerick, Ireland.
Dr. Kumar was born and raised in south part of India. He earned a Master degree in Analytical Chemistry from Mangalore University. After working for a short time in pharmaceutical industry he moved to Indian institute of Science, Bangalore and worked as a research fellow with Professor T. N Guru Row. In 2017, he obtained a PhD for the study of Halogen and hydrogen bond based crystal engineering from Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy, under the supervision of Professor Giuseppe Resnati. Soon after PhD, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the same University with Professor Pierangelo Metrangolo for a year (2017-2018) in the area of macromolecular self-assembly. Later, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow with Professor David L. Bryce at University of Ottawa, Canada (2018-2019) in the scope of solid-state NMR spectroscopy to probe the noncovalent interactions.  
His current research at Professor MiKe Zawarorko’s group focuses on the design and development of new multi-component pharmaceutical materials based on the crystal engineering principles to address the issue of poor (bio) pharmaceutical properties of active pharmaceutical ingredients. 


1. Y. Xu, P. M. J. Szell, V. Kumar, D. L. Bryce, Solid-state NMR spectroscopy for the analysis of element-based non-covalent interactions, Coord. Chem. Rev., 2020,

2. V. Kumar, C. Rodrigue, D. L Bryce, Short and Linear Intermolecular Tetrel Bonds to Tin. Cocrystal Engineering with Triphenyltin Chloride, Cryst. Growth Des., 2020, 20, 3, 2027-2034.

3. V. Kumar, Y. Xu, C. Leroy, D. L Bryce, Direct investigation of chalcogen bonds by multinuclear solid-state magnetic resonance and vibrational spectroscopy, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2020, 22, 3817-3824, cover article.

4. V. Kumar, Y. Xu, C. Leroy, D. L Bryce, Double Chalcogen Bonds: Crystal Engineering Stratagems via Diffraction and Multinuclear Solid‐State Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy, Chem. Eur. J., 2020, 26, 1–13, cover article, hot paper.

5. S. P. Thomas, V. Kumar, K. Alhameedi, T. N. Guru Row, Non-classical synthons: Supramolecular recognition via SO chalcogen bonding in the molecular complexes of Riluzole, Chem. Eur. J., 2019, 25,1-8.

6. V. Kumar, T. Pilati, G. Terraneo, G. Ciancaleoni, A. Macchioni, G. Resnati, P. Metrangolo, Dicarboxylic acid separation by dynamic and size‐matched recognition in solution and in the solid state, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2018, 130, 1341-1345.

7. V. Kumar, C. Leroy, D. L. Bryce, Halide ion recognition via chalcogen bonding in the solid-state and in solution. Directionality and linearity, CrystEngComm., 2018, 20, 6406-6411(cover article).

8. V. Kumar, T. Pilati, S. Quici, M. R. Chierotti, C. Nervi, R. Gobetto, G. Resnati, Proton in a confined space: structural studies of H+⊂crypt-111 iodide and some halogen-bonded derivatives, Chem. Eur. J., 2017, 23, 14462-14468 (cover article).

9. V. Kumar, T. Pilati, G. Terraneo, F. Meyer, P. Metrangolo, G. Resnati, Halogen bonded Borromean networks by design: Topology invariance and metric tuning in a library of multi-component systems, Chem. Sci., 2017, 8, 1801-1810.

10. V. Kumar, D. J. Mulder, G. Cavallo, T. Pilati, G. Terraneo, G. Resnati, A. P. H. J. Schenning, P. Metrangolo, Structural characterization of new fluorinated mesogens obtained through halogen-bond driven self-assembly, Journal of Fluorine Chemistry, 2017, 198, 54-60.


B.Sc. Chemistry (2006-2009) and M.Sc. (2009-2011), Analytical Chemistry from Mangalore University, Mangalore, India. PhD (2013-2017), crystal engineering, Polytechnic University of Milan, Milan, Italy.