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Postdoctoral Fellow
Mitsui-ICReDD Lab. (Taketsugu G)
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sonukumar atmark icredd.hokudai.ac.jp

TAKETSUGU, Tetsuya Group
Principal Investigator
Faculty Members
Postdoctoral Fellows
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    KUMAR, Sonu
Research Collaborators

About the Research

Research Theme

Exploration and searching for novel materials for catalytic and energy applications in heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysis


Heterogeneous catalysis, homogeneous catalysis
Research History

Having significant experience in simulation of energy related processes and heterogeneous catalysis, I am now focusing on chemical reactions catalyzed by catalysts in liquid or gaseous forms i.e. homogeneous catalysis. Specifically, probing atom-economic route to amino acid derivatives through amidocarbonylation and so on. Investigations of such reactions at atomic and molecular level will provide a deeper understanding, which would help provide ways to manipulate and design new chemical reactions in collaboration with experimentalist at ICReDD.

Representative Research Achievements

  • Thermoelectric Response of Bulk and Monolayer MoSe2 and WSe2
    S. Kumar, U. Schwingenschlögl, Chem. Mater., 2015, 27, 1278-1284
    DOI: 10.1021/cm504244b
  • Ultralow lattice thermal conductivity in monolayer C3N as compared to graphene
    S. Kumar, S. Sharma, V. Babar, and U. Schwingenschlögl, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2017, 5, 20407-2041
    DOI: 10.1039/C7TA05872A
  • Arsenene and antimonene: Two-dimensional materials with high thermoelectric figures of merit
    S. Sharma, S. Kumar and U. Schwingenschlögl, Phys. Rev. Applied, 2017, 8 044013
    DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevApplied.8.044013
  • Thermoelectric performance of functionalized Sc2C Mxenes
    S. Kumar and U. Schwingenschlögl, Phys. Rev. B, 2016, 94 035405
    DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.94.035405
  • Boron nitride for enhanced oxidative dehydrogenation of ethylbenzene
    Rui Han, Jianyong Diao, Sonu Kumar, Andrey Lyalin, Tetsuya Taketsugu, Gilberto Casillas, Christopher Richardson, Feng Liu, Chang Won Yoon, Hongyang Liu, Xudong Sun, Zhenguo Huang, accepted in J. Energy Chem., 2020



  • Theoretical Design and Synthesis of Caged Compounds Using X-Ray-Triggered Azo Bond Cleavage
    K. Ogawara, O. Inanami, H. Takakura, K. Saita, K. Nakajima, S. Kumar, N. Ieda, M. Kobayashi, T. Taketsugu, M. Ogawa, Advanced Science, 2024, ,
    DOI: 10.1002/advs.202306586


  • Superior Multielectron-Transferring Energy Storage by Pi-d Conjugated Frameworks
    D. Xia, K. Sakaushi, A. Lyalin, K. Wada, S. Kumar, M. Amores, H. Maeda, S. Sasaki, T. Taketsugu, H. Nishihara, Small, 2022, 18,
    DOI: 10.1002/smll.202202861
  • Catalytic Oxidative Dehydrogenation of Light Alkanes over Oxygen Functionalized Hexagonal Boron Nitride
    S. Kumar, A. Lyalin, Z. G. Huang, T. Taketsugu, ChemistrySelect, 2022, 7,
    DOI: 10.1002/slct.202103795


  • Structural Characterization of Nickel-Doped Aluminum Oxide Cations by Cryogenic Ion Trap Vibrational Spectroscopy
    Y. K. Li, M. C. Babin, S. Debnath, T. Iwasa, S. Kumar, T. Taketsugu, K. R. Asmis, A. Lyalin, D. M. Neumark, J. Phys. Chem. A, 2021, 125, 9527-9535
    DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpca.1c07156
  • Boron Nitride for Enhanced Oxidative Dehydrogenation of Ethylbenzene
    R. Han, J. Y. Diao, S. Kumar, A. Lyalin, T. Taketsugu, G. Casillas, C. Richardson, F. Liu, C. W. Yoon, H. Y. Liu, X. D. Sun, Z. G. Huang, Journal of Energy Chemistry, 2021, 57, 477-484
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jechem.2020.03.0272095-4956/