Megalamane S. Bootharaju, Ph.D.

Alumni and Former Staff

​Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest

​I work on controlling the size of the homo- and multi-metal nanoparticles down to discrete atomic-levels to have unique atomic arrangements (different from bulk metal), which would be useful for catalytic and energy-conversion applications 

Selected Publications

  • Templated Atom‐Precise Galvanic Synthesis and Structure Elucidation of a [Ag24Au(SR)18]− Nanocluster
    M. S. Bootharaju, C. P. Joshi, M. R. Parida, O. F. Mohammed, O. M. Bakr
    Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 55, 922-926, (2016)
  • Switching a Nanocluster Core from Hollow to Nonhollow
    M. S. Bootharaju, C. P Joshi, M. J Alhilaly, O. M. Bakr
    Chem. Mater. 28, 32923297, (2016)
  • Gold Doping of Silver Nanoclusters: A 26‐Fold Enhancement in the Luminescence Quantum Yield
    G. Soldan, M. A. Aljuhani, M. S. Bootharaju, L. G. AbdulHalim, M. R. Parida, Abdul‐Hamid E...
    Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 55, 5749-5753, (2016)
  • [Ag25(SR)18]−: The “Golden” Silver Nanoparticle
    C. P. Joshi, M. S. Bootharaju, M. J. Alhilaly, O. M Bakr
    J. Am. Chem. Soc. 137, 11578-11581, , (2015)
  • Ag29(BDT)12(TPP)4: A Tetravalent Nanocluster
    L. G AbdulHalim, M. S. Bootharaju, Q. Tang, S. Del Gobbo, R. G AbdulHalim, M. Eddaoudi, De...
    J. Am. Chem. Soc. 137, 11970-11975, (2015)
  • Reversible Size Control of Silver Nanoclusters via Ligand-Exchange
    M. S. Bootharaju, V. M. Burlakov, T. M. D. Besong, C. P. Joshi, L. G. AbdulHalim, D. M. Bl...
    Chem. Mater. 27, 4289-4297, (2015)
  • Tuning properties in silver clusters
    C. P. Joshi, M. S. Bootharaju, O. M. Bakr
    J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 6, 3023-3035, (2015)
  • Manifestation of the Difference in Reactivity of Silver Clusters in Contrast to Its Ions and Nanoparticles: The Gro...
    A. Som, A. K. Samal, T. Udayabhaskararao, M. S. Bootharaju, T. Pradeep
    Chem. Mater. 26, 3049-3056, (2014)
  • Atomically precise silver clusters for efficient chlorocarbon degradation
    M. S. Bootharaju, G. K. Deepesh, T. Udayabhaskararao, T. Pradeep
    J. Mater. Chem. A 1, 611-620, (2013)
  • Protein‐Directed Synthesis of NIR‐Emitting, Tunable HgS Quantum Dots and their Applications in Metal‐Ion Sensing
    N. Goswami, A. Giri, S. Kar, M. S. Bootharaju, R. John, P. L. Xavier, T. Pradeep, S. K. Pa...
    Small 8, 3175-3184, (2012) 

Education

  • Ph.D., Chemistry, IIT Madras, Chennai (01/2009-02/2014), India, Supervisor: Prof. T. Pradeep
  • M.Sc., Organic Chemistry, Sri Krishnadevaraya University, Anantapur, India (2008)
  • B.Sc., Sri Krishnadevaraya University, Anantapur, India (2006)

Professional Profile

  • ​04/2014-04/2016: Postdoctoral Research Associate, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, Supervisor: Prof. Osman M. Bakr 

Awards

  • ​Best thesis award (Langmuir prize for PhD thesis) in Physical and Theoretical Chemistry for the year 2014 at IIT Madras

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​KAUST Catalysis Center (KCC)

Research Interests Keywords

Nanoparticles nanoclusters size- and structure-control catalysis

Former Faculty

  • ​Jorg Eppinger, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor)
  • Lain-Jong Li, Ph.D. (Professor)
  • Valentin Rodionov, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor)
  • Kazuhiro Takanabe, Ph.D. (Professor)
  • Jr-Hau He, Ph.D. (Associate Professor)

 

Former Research Staff

  • Abou-Hamad edy, Ph.D. Research Engineer
  • Haibo Zhu, Ph.D. (Research Scientist)
  • Isidoro Morales Osorio , Ph.D. (Research Technician)
  • Lu Zhou
  • Rong-rong Jiang (Lab Technician)
  • Douaa Hamed (Lab Technician)
  • Jeremie Pelletier ( Lab Manager)
  • Lan Zhao (Research Technician)
  • Linjie Su (Lab Technician)
  • Jing Fan (Lab Technician)

 

Research Scientist

   
  • Jun Pan, Ph.D.
  • Pavlo Nikolaienko, Ph.D.
  • Sergey Kozlov, Ph.D.
  • Xiulin Yang, Ph.D.
  • Yuanlong Shao, Ph.D.
  • Huaifeng Li, Ph.D.

 

Postdoctoral Fellows

  • Abdesslem Jedidi, Ph.D.                                                     
  • Abhishek Dutta Chowdhury,Ph.D.
  • Akshaya K Samal, Ph.D.
  • Chaochao Yue, Ph.D.
  • Chaojie Cui, Ph.D.
  • Dandan Zhang, Ph.D.
  • Eleonora Fava, Ph.D.
  • Eva Pump, Ph.D.
  • Janet Chakkamadathil Mohandas, Ph.D.
  • Gabriel Buchel, Ph.D.
  • Ida Autiero, Ph.D.
  • Jung-Hyun Park, Ph.D.
  • Tianyou Chen, Ph.D.
  • Zhaolai Chen, Ph.D.
  • Anatoly Peshkov, Ph.D.
  • Chinmoy K. Hazra, Ph.D.
  • Luis Miguel Azofra Mesa
  • ​Manbo Li, Ph.D.
  • Michael Kelly, Ph.D.
  • Mannathan Subramaniyan, Ph.D.
  • Manas Bhunia, Ph.D.

  • Niladri Maity, Ph.D.
  • Olga Gladkovskaya, Ph.D.
  • Raju Dey, Ph.D.
  • Sai Vikrama Chaitanya vummaleti, Ph.D.
  • Jinsong Hu, Ph.D.
  •  Somphonh Peter Phivilay, Ph.D.
  • Sandeep Kumar Mishra, Ph.D.
  • Hassan Ait Ahsaine, Ph.D. 
  • Changguang Yao, Ph.D.
  • Kwangjae Lee, Ph.D.
  • Stefania Evoli, Ph.D.
  • Shixiong Min, Ph.D.
  • Tunc Deniz, Ph.D.
  • Srikanth Pedireddy, Ph.D.
  • Wei Zhao, Ph.D.
  • Won Suk Juang, Ph.D.
  • Xuechao Liu, Ph.D.
  • Xiufang wang, Ph.D.
  • Yuan Wang, Ph.D.
  • Yunfei Cai, Ph.D.
  • Yupeng Pan, Ph.D.
  • Yuri Lebedev, Ph.D.
  • Kushal Deepak Bhatte​,Ph.D.
  • Liangjin Xu, Ph.D.
  • Gangaiah Mettela,Ph.D.
  • Yogesh Raghunath Patil, Ph.D.
  • Jie Chen, Ph. D.


Ph.D. Students

  • Adrian Hol, Ph.D
  • Arwa Makki, Ph.D.
  • Batian Chen, Ph.D.
  • Bilel Hamzaoui, Ph.D.
  • Bedour E. Al-Sabban, Ph.D.
  • Chao Guan, Ph.D.
  • Dalal Noureldine, Ph.D.
  • Duanxing Li, Ph.D.
  • Gabriel Jeantelot, Ph.D.
  • Hind Al-Johani, Ph.D.
  • Haleema Alamri, Ph.D.
  • Hsin-Hua Huang, Ph.D. 
  • Israa Salem Al-Rowaihi, Ph.D.
  • Ibrahim Dursun
  • Reem Alshumrani, Ph.D.
  • Eleanor Ang Pei Ling, Ph.D.
  • Adrian Hohl, Ph.D.
  • Baraa Werghi, Ph.D.
  • Amal A. Baqais, Ph.D.
  • Ding-Jier Yuan, Ph.D.
  • Miguel Dinis Veloso Guerreiro, Ph.D.
  • Nawal alhajri, Ph.D.
  • Nazeeha Alkayal, Ph.D.
  • Noor Almana, Ph.D.
  • Nouf Al Jabri, Ph.D.
  • Reem Al-Shareef, Ph.D.
  • Sarah Almahdali, Ph.D.
  • Sheikha Lardhi, Ph.D.
  • Stefan Grotzinger, Ph.D.
  • Tatsuya Shinagawa, Ph.D.
  • Maha Al Haddad, Ph.D.
  • Muhammad Qureshi, Ph.D.
  • Keisuke Obata, Ph.D.
  • Oleksii Pustovarenko, Ph. D.


Master Students


  • Abdulaziz Khan
  • Alexandra Vancea
  • Ali Hamieh
  • Mram Alyami
  • Kanav Kalra



Former Administration

  • Ann Bauwens (Executive Secretary)
  • Jiao Qiu (Business Administrator)
  • Xianzheng Meng(Business Administrator)
  • Wenwen Zhu(Administrative Assistant)
  • Xijun Deng(Administrative Assistant)