Ramya Kumar

Department of Chemical Engineering


  • rmykmr@umich.edu


  • Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan, 2018 (Expected)
  • M.S.E. Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan, 2014.
  • B.S.E. Chemical Engineering, BITS Pilani (Honors), India, 2009.


  • Surface-initiated polymerization
  • Biomimetic polymer brushes
  • Interfacial engineering
  • Electrokinetics
  • Interfacial Thermodynamics
  • Statistical modeling in materials discovery and optimization


    • Bally-Le Gal, F., Hussal,C., Kramer, J.J.P., Cheng,K.C.,Kumar, R., Eyster,T., Trouillet,V., Nieger,M.,Brase,S.,& Lahann,J. (2017) Polylutidines: Multifunctional surfaces via vapor-based polymerization of functional pyridinophanes. Chemistry: A European Journal, Accepted.


    • Poster award, Second Place, Material Science & Engineering session, Engineering Graduate Symposium, 2016, University of Michigan.
    • Procter & Gamble Team Innovation Award, 2016, 40th Annual Macro Symposium, Department of Macromolecular Science & Engineering, University of Michigan.
    • Richard & Eleanor Towner Prize for outstanding Graduate Student Instructor (GSI), 2016, University of Michigan.
    • Poster award, First Place, Material & Chemical Technology session,Engineering Graduate Symposium, 2014, University of Michigan.
    • Selected to receive a fellowship for incoming students from Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan, September-December 2012.
    • Monali Dey Memorial Award, BITS Pilani, December 2008, alumni memorial award for the most outstanding chemical engineering undergraduate in a graduating class.
    • Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship, 2017-18, University of Michigan.