Dr. K. Girish Kumar

Dean - Research

Dr. K. Girish Kumar received his Bachelor’s and Post Graduate degree in Chemistry from the University of Kerala in 1982 and 1984 respectively. He obtained his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Kerala in 1989. He started his career in 1989 as a Lecturer in the Dept. of Chemistry, Gandhigram Rural Institute, Tamil Nadu and in 1998 became Reader in Chemistry. In 1999 he joined the Dept. of Applied Chemistry, Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) as Reader in Analytical Chemistry. In 2006 he became Professor of Analytical Chemistry and in 2018 he was promoted to Senior Professor. He has served as Head of the Department of Applied Chemistry at CUSAT from 2007-2010 and 2016-2020 (in rotation).

Prof. Girish Kumar served as Dean, Faculty of Science, CUSAT, from 2019 to 2022. He was Director of the Internal Quality Assurance Cell of CUSAT from 2017 till his retirement in 2023. He also served as the Director of the Research and Development Cell of the university. He is the Chairman of the Board of Studies of Chemistry, CUSAT, and Former Member, of the Senate at CUSAT. He is also a Member of the Academic Council, Faculty of Science and Member of the Research Advisory Committee, CUSAT. In addition, he has served/serving as a member of different academic committees of different universities in the country. He is serving as a NAAC peer team member. He has over 34 years of teaching experience and has been actively involved in research for the last 37 years. He has been a Visiting Professor at the Department of Chemistry, Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. He has a research collaboration with the Polish Academy of Science, POLAND.

He was conferred with the One-Time Research Grant of the UGC in 2014. He is honoured with the Academy Excellence Award of the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), Government of India (2020). His name has appeared in AD Scientific Index of the ranking of world scientists. He has published over 140 research publications in international journals and over 250 presentations in different seminars/conferences. He has a commendable h-index of 27. He has supervised and produced 27 PhDs and six students completed post-doctoral programmes under him. Presently six students are doing Ph.D. under him. He has undertaken many research projects from various agencies like UGC, CSIR, DRDO, KSCSTE and DST.

The book authored by Dr. K. Girish Kumar “Plastic Kathayum Karyavum” (Malayalam) published by NBS, Kerala, depicts the story of plastic for the layman. Not restricting his activities to the scientific community, Dr. Girish Kumar has also published articles for the layman on various environmental and health aspects of chemicals used in daily life. He was the chief coordinator of the Guinness World Record Breaking Event “Largest Practical Science Lesson” held at IIT Delhi on December 7, 2015. He has written and narrated an audiobook (Malayalam) of 10 hours duration on Mahabharata and published it on the international audiobook platform ‘Storytel’. As an artist, Dr.Girish Kumar has done the story, screenplay and direction of two feature short films in Malayalam and the same is available on the YouTube channel.

His research interests include the Development of optical/fluorescent sensors, the Fabrication of electrochemical sensors for the determination of metal ions, pharmaceuticals, biologically active molecules and food additives, Spectrophotometric methods for pharmaceuticals, Trace analysis of metals, Ion removal studies, Electrode modification using carbon nanotubes, conducting polymers, metal nanoparticles and self-assembled monolayers and Fabrication of Biosensors.