• Yoji Kobayashi, Ph.D. Yoji Kobayashi, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Chemical Science

Research Interests

​Trained as an inorganic materials chemist, Yoji Kobayashi's interests are in solving chemical conversion problems from unusual perspectives. With a focus on hydrogen manipulation, the group will develop new or unorthodox catalytic materials and processes. Research will involve the development of new solid state materials, mesostructured catalysts, and applications to reactions such as the Haber-Bosch process or CO2 methanation.


Selected Publications

  • Metal-Dependent Support Effects of Oxyhydride-Supported Ru, Fe, Co Catalysts for Ammonia Synthesis.
    Tang, Y.; Kobayashi, Y.; Masuda, N.; Uchida, Y.; Okamoto, H.; Kageyama, T.; Hosokawa, S.; ...
    Adv. Energy Mater. 8, 1801772., (2018)
  • Hydride-Enhanced CO2 Methanation : Water-Stable BaTiO2.4H0.6 as a New Support
    Tang, Y.; Kobayashi, Y.; Tassel, C.; Yamamoto, T.; Kageyama, H.
    Adv. Energy Mater. 8, 1800800, (2018)
  • Titanium-Based Hydrides as Heterogeneous Catalysts for Ammonia Synthesis
    Kobayashi, Y.; Tang, Y.; Kageyama, T.; Yamashita, H.; Masuda, N.; Hosokawa, S.; Kageyama, ...
    J. Am. Chem. Soc.139, 1824018246, (2017)
  • Hydride in BaTiO2.5H0.5: a labile ligand in solid state chemistry
    Masuda, N.; Kobayashi, Y.; Hernandez, O.; Bataille, T.; Paofai, S.; Suzuki, H.; Ritter, C....
    J. Am. Chem. Soc. 137, 1531521, (2015)
  • An oxyhydride of BaTiO3 exhibiting hydride exchange and electronic conductivity
    Kobayashi, Y.; Hernandez, O. J.; Sakaguchi, T.; Yajima, T.; Roisnel, T.; Tsujimoto, Y.; Mo...
    Nat. Mater. 11, 507511. , (2012)

Education Profile

  • ​Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley, 2008-2009
  • Ph. D., The Pennsylvania State University, 2008
  • Research Student, Tokyo Institute of Technology, 2002-2003
  • B.S. Honors, Dartmouth College, 2002

Professional Profile

  • 2020-Present: Associate Professor of Chemical Science, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • 2018-2020: Associate Professor, Kyoto University
  • 2012-2018: Lecturer/Junior Associate Professor, Kyoto University
  • 2010-2012: Assistant Professor, Kyoto University


KAUST Affiliations

  • ​KAUST Catalysis Center (KCC)
  • ​Division of Physical Science and Engineering (PSE)