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Manish Kumar

Associate Professor

Affiliation(s):

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering

43 Greenberg Building

mxk64@psu.edu

814-865-7519

Personal or Departmental Website

Research Areas:

Biotechnology and Synthetic Biology, Separations and Transport

Interest Areas:

Membranes, Biomimetic membranes, membrane proteins, desalination, self assembly electron microscopy

 
 

 

Education

  • B. Tech, Chemical Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Trichy, 1998
  • MS, Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 2000
  • Ph D, Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 2010

Publications

Book, Chapters

  • Manish Kumar, Michelle M Payne, Sean K Poust and Julie L Zilles, 2012, Polymer-based biomimetic membranes for desalination, Springer Netherlands, pp. 43–62

Parts of Book

  • Manish Kumar, Y. Shen and P. Saboe, 2013, Biological and biomimetic membranes, Wiley Interscience
  • Manish Kumar, S. Adham and W. Pearce, 2007, An Integrated Approach to Pretreatment Evaluation for Seawater Reverse Osmosis using Bench and Pilot Scale Testing, AWWA, Denver, CO
  • Manish Kumar, S. Adham and W. Pearce, 2006, Evaluation of New Generation RO membranes for Brackish Groundwater Desalination

Journal Articles

  • Y Chen, B Stemple, Manish Kumar and N Wei, 2016, "Cell surface display fungal laccase as a renewable biocatalyst for degradation of persistent micropollutants", Environmental Science and Technology
  • H Feroz, C Vanderwelden, B Ikwuagwu, B Ferlez, CS Baker, DJ Lugar, M Grzelakowski, JH Golbeck, Andrew Zydney and Manish Kumar, 2016, "Concentrating membrane proteins using ultrafiltration without concentrating detergents", Biotechnology and Bioengineering
  • P Saboe, E Conte, M Farell, GC Bazan and Manish Kumar, 2016, "Biomimetic approaches for wiring enzymes to electrode interfaces", Energy and Environmental Science
  • P O Saboe, E Conte, S Chan, H Feroz, B Ferlez, M Farell, M F Poyton, I T Sines, H Yan, G Bazan, J H Golbeck and Manish Kumar, 2016, "Biomimetic wiring and stabilization of photosynthetic membrane proteins with block copolymer interfaces", Journal of Materials Chemistry A, (4(40)), pp. 15457-15463
  • P Purushotham, S H Cho, S M Diaz-Moreno, Manish Kumar, B T Nixon, V Bulone and J Zimmer, 2016, "A single plant cellulose synthase isoform is sufficient for cellulose microfibril formation in vitro", Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
  • J Du, V Vepachedu, S H Cho, Manish Kumar and B T Nixon, 2016, "Structure of the cellulose synthase complex of Gluconacetobacter hansenii at 23.4 Å resolution", PLOS One, 1.5, (e0155886)
  • Darrell Velegol, A Garg, R Guha, A Kar and Manish Kumar, 2016, "Origins of Concentration Gradients for Diffusiophoresis", Soft Matter, (2.21), pp. 4686-4703
  • E Licsandru, I Kocsis, Y Shen, S Murail, Y M Legrand, A van der Lee, D Tsai, M Baaden, Manish Kumar and M Barboiu, 2016, "Salt-excluding artificial water channels exhibiting enhanced dipolar water and proton translocation", Journal of the American Chemical Society, (138(16)), pp. 5403-5409
  • T L Wood, R Guha, M Geitner, Manish Kumar and T K Wood, 2016, "Living biofouling-resistant membranes as a model for the beneficial use of engineered biofilms", Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, (113.20), pp. E2802-E2811
  • B Xiong, Andrew Zydney and Manish Kumar, 2016, "Fouling of microfiltration membranes by flowback and produced waters from the Marcellus shale gas play", Water Research, pp. 162-170
  • Harrison Cassady, Emily Cimino, Manish Kumar and Michael A Hickner, 2016, "Specific ion effects on the permselectivity of sulfonated poly (ether sulfone) cation exchange membranes", Journal of Membrane Science, (508), pp. 146-152
  • Manish Kumar, Yue-xiao Shen and T Culp, 2016, "The Sustainability of Desalination"
  • Y Shen, W Si, M Erbakan, K Decker, R Zorzi, P Saboe, Y Kang, S Maid, P Butler, T Walz, A Aksimentiev, J Hou and Manish Kumar, 2015, "Highly Permeable artificial water channels that self-assemble into two-dimensional arrays", Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 112, (32), pp. 9810-9815
  • S H Cho, J Du, I Sines, V G Poosarla, K Kafle, Y B Park, S H Kim, A W Roberts, Manish Kumar and B T Nixon, 2015, "In vitro synthesis of cellulose microfibrils by membrane protein from protoplasts of the non-vascular plant Physcomitrella patens", Biochemical Journal, 470, (2), pp. 195-205
  • M Erbakan, B Curtis, B T Nixon, Manish Kumar and Wayne R Curtis, 2015, "Advancing Rhodobacter sphaeroides as a platform for expression of functional membrane proteins", Protein Expression and Purification, 115, pp. 109-117
  • R Guha, X Shang, Andrew Zydney, Darrell Velegol and Manish Kumar, 2015, "Diffusiophoresis Contributes Significantly to Colloidal Fouling in Low Salinity Reverse Osmosis Systems", Journal of Membrane Science, 479, pp. 67-76
  • B Xiong, T Richard and Manish Kumar, 2015, "Integrated Acidogenic Digestion and Carboxylic Acid Separation by Nanofiltration Membranes for the Lignocellulosic Carboxylate Platform", Journal of Membrane Science, 489, pp. 275-283
  • Mariusz Grzelakowski, Meron F Cherenet, Yue-xiao Shen and Manish Kumar, 2015, "A framework for accurate evaluation of the promise of aquaporin based biomimetic membranes", Journal of Membrane Science, 479, pp. 223-231
  • K. Shebek, A. B. Schantz, S. Velegol and Manish Kumar, 2015, "The flocculating cationic polypeptide from Moringa oleifera seeds damages bacterial cell membranes by causing membrane fusion", Langmuir, 31, pp. 4496-4502
  • Steven S Klara, Patrick O Saboe, Ian T Sines, Mahnoush Babaei, Po-Lin Chiu, Rita DeZorzi, Kaushik Dayal, Thomas Walz, Manish Kumar and Meagan S Mauter, 2015, "Magnetically Directed Two-Dimensional Crystallization of OmpF Membrane Proteins in Block Copolymers", Journal of the American Chemical Society, (138(1)), pp. 28-31
  • P. Saboe, C. Lubner, N. McCool, N. Vargas-Barbosa, H. Yan, S. Chan, B. Ferlez, G. C. Bazan, J. Golbeck and Manish Kumar, 2014, "Two-dimensional Protein Crystals for Solar Energy Conversion", Advanced Materials, 26, (41), pp. 7064-7069
  • Y. Shen, P. Saboe, I. Sines, M. Erbakan and Manish Kumar, 2014, "Biomimetic membranes: A review", J Membr. Sci., 454, pp. 359-381
  • A. Kar, R. Guha, N. S. Dani, Darrell Velegol and Manish Kumar, 2014, "Particle deposition on Microporous Membranes can be Enhanced or Reduced by Salt Gradients", Langmuir, 30, pp. 793-799
  • Y. Kaufman, S. Grinberg, C. Linder, E. Heldman, J. Gilron, Y. Shen, Manish Kumar, R. Lammertink and V. Freger, 2014, "Towards Supported Bolaamphiphile Membranes for Water Filtration: Roles of Lipid Substrate", Journal of Membrane Science, 457, pp. 50-61
  • Mustafa Erbakan, Yue-xiao Shen, Mariusz Grzelakowski, Peter J Butler, Manish Kumar and Wayne R Curtis, 2014, "Molecular Cloning, Overexpression and Characterization of a Novel Water Channel Protein from Rhodobacter sphaeroides", PloS one, 9, (1), pp. e86830
  • Justin M Hutchison, Sean K Poust, Manish Kumar, Donald M Cropek, Irene E MacAllister, Clint M Arnett and Julie L Zilles, 2013, "Perchlorate Reduction Using Free and Encapsulated Azospira oryzae Enzymes", Environmental science & technology, 47, (17), pp. 9934–9941
  • Manish Kumar, J. Habel, Y. Shen, W. Meier and T. Walz, 2012, "High-density reconstitution of functional membrane proteins into vesicular and planar block copolymer membranes", Journal of the American Chemical Society, 134, pp. 18631-18637
  • Fabian Itel, Samer Al-Samir, Fredrik Öberg, Mohamed Chami, Manish Kumar, Claudiu T Supuran, Peter MT Deen, Wolfgang Meier, Kristina Hedfalk and Gerolf Gros, 2012, "CO2 permeability of cell membranes is regulated by membrane cholesterol and protein gas channels", The FASEB Journal, 26, (12), pp. 5182–5191
  • Sania Ibragimova, Michelle Marincel, Manish Kumar, Helen Nguyen, Claus Helix-Nielsen and Julie Zilles, 2011, "Establishing Conditions for Compartmentalized and Lamellar Biomimetic Supported Biomimetic Membranes", Biophysical Journal, 100, (3), pp. 499a
  • David A Ladner, Arun Subramani, Manish Kumar, Samer S Adham and Mark M Clark, 2010, "Bench-scale evaluation of seawater desalination by reverse osmosis", Desalination, 250, (2), pp. 490–499
  • Manish Kumar, 2010, "Biomimetic membranes as new materials for applications in environmental engineering and biology"
  • Mariusz Grzelakowski, Ozana Onaca, Per Rigler, Manish Kumar and Wolfgang Meier, 2009, "Immobilized Protein–Polymer Nanoreactors", Small, 5, (22), pp. 2545–2548
  • Mohammad Badruzzaman, Joan Oppenheimer, Samer Adham and Manish Kumar, 2009, "Innovative beneficial reuse of reverse osmosis concentrate using bipolar membrane electrodialysis and electrochlorination processes", Journal of Membrane Science, 326, (2), pp. 392–399
  • Manish Kumar, Mohammad Badruzzaman, Samer Adham and Joan Oppenheimer, 2007, "Beneficial phosphate recovery from reverse osmosis (RO) concentrate of an integrated membrane system using polymeric ligand exchanger (PLE)", Water research, 41, (10), pp. 2211–2219
  • Samer Adham, Joan Oppenheimer, Manish Kumar, Larry Webb and Richard Kottenstette, 2007, "Beneficial Reuse of RO Concentrate: Innovative Approaches", 2007 Membrane Technology Conference & Exposition Proceedings
  • Manish Kumar, Samer Adham, James DeCarolis and William Pearce, 2007, "Comparative seawater RO pretreatment evaluation using bench-and pilot-scale testing", Journal (American Water Works Association), pp. 168–178
  • Li Liu, Samer Adham, Joan Oppenheimer and Manish Kumar, 2007, "Dewatering reverse osmosis concentrate using forward osmosis", 2007 Membrane Technology Conference & Exposition Proceedings
  • Manish Kumar, Mariusz Grzelakowski, Julie Zilles, Mark Clark and Wolfgang Meier, 2007, "Highly permeable polymeric membranes based on the incorporation of the functional water channel protein Aquaporin Z", Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 104, (52), pp. 20719
  • Manish Kumar, Samer Adham and James DeCarolis, 2007, "Reverse osmosis integrity monitoring", Desalination, 214, (1), pp. 138–149
  • Manish Kumar, S. Adham and W. Pearce, 2006, "Development of a protocol for evaluation of new generation RO membranes", Journal of the American Water Works Association, 98, (4), pp. 122-132
  • Manish Kumar, Samer Adham and William Pearce, 2006, "Developing a protocol to evaluate new-generation membranes for desalinating brackish groundwater", Journal (American Water Works Association), pp. 122–132
  • Samer Adham, Joan Oppenheimer and Manish Kumar, 2006, "Innovative Approaches to RO Concentrate Management: Beneficial Reuse and Concentrate Minimization", Proceedings of the Water Environment Federation, 2006, (8), pp. 4334–4344
  • Manish Kumar, Samer S Adham and William R Pearce, 2006, "Investigation of seawater reverse osmosis fouling and its relationship to pretreatment type", Environmental science & technology, 40, (6), pp. 2037–2044
  • J. DeCarolis, Manish Kumar, S. Adham, W. Pearce and L. Wasserman, 2005, "Double Filtered for Freshness: An Integrated membrane System could expand water reuse options without excessive maintenance", Water Environment and Technology, pp. 41-47
  • S Adham, A Burbano, K Chiu and Manish Kumar, 2005, "Development of a NF/RO Knowledgebase, California Energy Commission", Public Interest Energy Research Program Report
  • James DeCarolis, Samer Adham, Manish Kumar, Bill Pearce and Larry Wasserman, 2005, "Integrity and performance evaluation of new generation desalting membranes during municipal wastewater reclamation", Proceedings of the Water Environment Federation, 2005, (12), pp. 3518–3529
  • S Adham, Manish Kumar and WH Pearce, 2005, "Model developed for brackish and reclaimed water", Desalination & Water Reuse, 15, (3), pp. 38–46
  • Manish Kumar, Samer Adham and William H Pearce, 2004, "Development of a Cost Model for Brackish and Reclaimed Water Membrane Desalination Costs", 2004 AWWA Annual Conference Proceedings
  • Samer Adham, Manish Kumar and William H Pearce, 2004, "Development of a model for brackish and reclaimed water membrane desalination costs", Proceedings of the International Conference on Desalination Costing, Limassol, Cyprus
  • Manish Kumar, James DeCarolis, Samer Adham, Larry Wasserman, Steve Lagos and William H Pearce, 2004, "Integrated membrane systems for wastewater reuse", Proceedings of the Water Environment Federation, 2004, (11), pp. 111–132
  • W Pearce, Manish Kumar and S Adham, 2003, "Evaluation of new generation low pressure brackish water reverse osmosis membranes", 2003 AWWA Annual Conference, pp. 2003

Conference Proceedings

  • M Escotet, Mustafa Erbakan, Manish Kumar and WR Curtis, 2013, "Use of Fluorescent Protein Fusions to Optimize Membrane Protein Expression in Anaerobic Photoheterotrophic Rhodobacter", AICHE conference
  • Manish Kumar, Wolfgang Meier and Julie Zilles, 2011, "Aquaporin based triblock copolymer membranes for water purification", Polymer Preprints, 52, (2), pp. 1060
  • JF De Carolis, P Gagliardo, Manish Kumar and S Adham, 2002, "Integration of low pressure membranes into an existing conventional water treatment facility", 223, pp. U513–U513

Manuscripts

  • DJ Follmer, SE Zappe, Esther Gomez and Manish Kumar, 2016, "Student outcomes from undergraduate research programs: Comparing research experiences for undergraduates models", Council on undergraduate Research Quarterly

Other

  • Manish Kumar, 2010, "Biomimetic membranes as new materials for applications in environmental engineering and biology"

Research Projects

  • May 2016 - April 2021, "CAREER: Bioinspired Artificial Channel Water Treatment Membranes," (Sponsor: National Science Foundation).
  • May 2016 - April 2021, "CAREER: Bioinspired Artificial Channel Water Treatment Membranes," (Sponsor: National Science Foundation).
  • August 2015 - July 2018, "GOALI:Collaborative Research: Nanoporous block copolymer films as support for two-dimensional crystal based biomimetic membranes," (Sponsor: National Science Foundation).
  • August 2014 - July 2018, "Center for Lignocellulose Structure and Function (EFRC)," (Sponsor: Department of Energy).
  • July 2014 - June 2017, "Living Reverse Osmosis Membranes," (Sponsor: National Science Foundation).
  • March 2014 - February 2017, "Collaborative Research: A Multi-Tiered Approach to Generating Increased Carbon Dioxide for Photosynthesis," (Sponsor: National Science Foundation).
  • May 2014 - May 2017, "REU Site: Integration of Biology and Materials in Chemical Engineering," (Sponsor: National Science Foundation).
  • October 2015 - September 2017, "Morphological Characterization of RO/NF Membranes," (Sponsor: DOW Chemical Company).
  • May 2016 - June 2017, "Bioelectrocatalysis on novel electrodes for ambient CO2 capture and conversion to formate," (Sponsor: Materials Research Institute and Penn State Institutes for Energy and the Environment Seed Grant Program).
  • March 2016 - March 2017, "Remediation of flowback water by transformation of organic additives used in fracking operations," (Sponsor: Pennsylvania Water Resources Research Center small grants program, United States Geological Survey).
  • November 2016 - May 2017, "Opportunities and Challenges for High Pressure Reverse Osmosis," (Sponsor: General Electric).
  • January 2017 - November 2017, "Channel based membranes for energy efficient desalination and water reuse," (Sponsor: US Army CERL, Federal).
  • March 2015 - July 2016, "Controlling electrokinetic flows for preventing membrane fouling," (Sponsor: Penn State Institutes for Energy and the Environment Seed Grant Program).
  • June 2016 - November 2016, "Channel based membranes for energy efficient desalination and water reuse," (Sponsor: US Army CERL, Federal).
  • October 2015 - April 2016, "Validation of permeability selectivity relations for Nanofiber materials and MWCO measurements of Gore Prototype Materials," (Sponsor: W. L. Gore and Associates).
  • March 2015 - May 2016, "Piloting Diffusiophoretic Membrane Fouling Reduction," (Sponsor: College of Engineering, Engineering for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ENGINE) grant).
  • March 2015 - July 2016, "Getting the salt out of the water with sunlight and biology," (Sponsor: Penn State Institutes for Energy and the Environment Seed Grant Program).
  • March 2014 - July 2015, "Biomimetic Two-dimensional crystals of PSI for enhanced hydrogen production," (Sponsor: Penn State Institutes for Energy and the Environment Seed Grant Program).
  • August 2014 - July 2015, "Characterization and Treatment of Flowback Water from Marcellus Shale Gas Processing Using Membrane Systems," (Sponsor: Penn State College of Engineering Innovation Grant Program).
  • December 2013 - May 2014, "Collaborative development of membrane protein based water treatment membranes using PDMS-PMOXA block copolymer vesicles and crystals," (Sponsor: Applied Biomimetic (previously AquaZ A/S), Cincinnati Ohio).
  • January 2013 - April 2013, "Testing a new generation of RO pretreatment membranes - Phase II," (Sponsor: PPG Industries/Department of Defense).
  • June 2012 - October 2012, "Testing of new generation of RO pretreatment membranes," (Sponsor: PPG Industries).
  • January 2008 - December 2012, "Synthetic cells imbued with functional biomolecular machinery," (Sponsor: U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center).

Honors and Awards

  • CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, May 2016 - April 2021
  • US Frontiers of Engineering Conference Participant, National Academy of Engineering, March 2016 - December 2016
  • Scholarship for Chinese Students Abroad (Graduate Student Yuexiao Shen), Penn State University, March 2016 - December 2016
  • US Environmental Protection Agency STAR Graduate Fellowship, Penn State University, August 2014 - July 2016
  • Larry Duda Undergraduate Research Fellowship (to undergraduate student Emelia Conte), Penn State University, 2016
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention, US National Science Foundation, 2016
  • Best Poster Award, First Prize (to graduate student Boya Xiong), Gordon Research Conference on Membranes: Materials and Processes, 2016
  • Ezra Klein Travel Award, North American Membrane Society, 2016
  • Best Poster Award, Second Prize, North American Membrane Society Annual Conference, 2016
  • Best Poster Award, Third Prize, North American Membrane Society Annual Conference, 2016
  • Bio Fellowship (to undergraduate student Emelia Conte), Penn State University, 2016
  • 3M Fellowship (to undergraduate student Jeevan Prabhakar), Penn State University, 2016
  • PPG Fellowship, Penn State University, 2016
  • Erickson Summer Discovery Grant, Penn State University, 2016
  • Research Symposium, Presentation First Prize, Penn State College of Engineering, 2016
  • Best Poster Presentation Award, US-Korea Nanotechnology Forum, 2016
  • Genentech Outstanding Student Award (to undergraduate student Jeevan Prabhakar), Genentech Corporation, 2016
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention, US National Science Foundation, 2015
  • Ezra Klein Travel Award, North American Membrane Society, 2015
  • Research Symposium, Penn State College of Engineering, 2015
  • REU Summer Research Grant, Penn State University, 2015
  • Astronaut Fellowship, Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, 2015
  • W. L. Gore Graduate Student Fellowship, W. L. Gore and Associates, 2015
  • Best Poster Award, North American Membrane Society, Annual Meeting, 2015
  • NAMS Graduate Student Fellowship Award, North American Membrane Society, 2015
  • Bio Fellowship, Penn State University, 2015
  • AICHE Separations Division Graduate Student Award, Penn State University, 2014
  • Bio Fellowship, Penn State University, 2014
  • College of Engineering REU summer research grants, Penn State University, 2014
  • NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant Undergraduate Scholarship, Penn State University, 2014
  • Penn State University, 2014
  • Summer Discovery Fellowship, Penn State University, 2014
  • Teaching Fellowship, Penn State University, January 2014 - April 2014
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention, US National Science Foundation, 2012

Service

Service to Penn State:

  • Director, NSF-Research Experience for Undergraduates Site, Integration of Biology and Materials in Chemical Engineering, 2014 - 2017
  • , CAREER award workshop and peer review, Penn State College of Engineering, Steering Committee, May 2016 - July 2016
  • Member, Department of Chemical Engineering, Seminar Committee, September 2015 - August 2016
  • Organizer, Chemical Engineering Seminar Series, August 2015 - May 2016
  • Reviewer, Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment Seed Proposals, 2014 - 2015
  • Organizer, Water Summit, Penn State and DOW Chemical Company, July 2015
  • Reviewer, College of Engineering Research Experience for Undergraduates Program, Penn State, April 2014 - 2015
  • Faculty Advisor, Engineering Advising Center, College of Engineering, Penn State, Engineering Advising Center, August 2014 - December 2014
  • Member, Safety Committee, November 2011 - December 2014
  • , Microscopy and Cytometry Facility, Huck Institute of Life Sciences, Steering Committee, August 2015
  • , Steering Committee, Engineering Energy & Environmental Institute (E3I), 2015
  • Member, Department of Chemical Engineering, Advisory Committee, September 2015
  • , Shared Fermentation Facility, Huck Institute of Life Sciences, Steering Committee, October 2016
  • , Frontier Faculty, College of Engineering, Search Committee, September 2016
  • , Energy-Water Nexus Positions, College of Energy and Mineral Sciences, Search Committee, September 2015
  • DirectorChemical Engineering Research Experience for Undergraduates, March 2014
  • Committee Member, Graduate Admissions Committee, February 2012

Service to External Organizations:

  • Chairperson, Gordon Research Conference on Membranes: Materials and Processes, 2016 - 2018
  • , American Institute of Chemical Engineers, November 2016 - November 2016
  • , North American Membrane Society, Student Program, May 2016 - May 2016
  • Panelist, American Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors, 2015
  • 1st Vice ChairGordon Research Conference on Membranes: Materials and Processes, June 2015 - June 2015
  • Committee Member, North American Membrane Society, Poster Session Organizer, June 2014 - June 2014
  • Peer EvaluatorKing Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Center Competitive Funding (CCF) Program, November 2013 - December 2013
  • Peer EvaluatorEnvironment and Water Industry Programme Office (EWI), Open Call 13/01 for Water Technologies, October 2013 - November 2013
 


 

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