Pradip Das, Ph.D.

Alumni and Former Staff

Postdoctoral Fellow

Alumni and Former Staff

Research Interests

​For the last few decades, the development of non-noble metal or metal-free catalysts for hydrogen economy has been a field of growing interest. Among others, Oxygen reduction reaction (ORR), water splitting and hydrogen evolving reaction (HER) are crucial reactions that must be well controlled to optimize the efficiency of fuel cells. Some metalloprotein is designed in such a way they can protect a biological process from the potentially harmful effects of oxygen and other reactive oxygen-containing molecules such as H2O2. These systems include peroxidases, catalases, and superoxide dismutases. The research is guided by a desire to understand the key structural and functional features of both heme and nonheme enzymes that utilize dioxygen for a wide variety of oxidation reactions. With this goal in mind, the approach is to incorporate these features into synthetic complexes that model enzyme active sites and to examine analogous reactivity at a mechanistic level.

Selected Publications

  • EPR, Resonance Raman and DFT Calculations on Thiolate and Imidazole Bound Iron (III) Porphyrin Complexes: Role of A... 
    P. Das, S. Samanta, S. Chatterjee, A. Dey
    Inorg. Chem., 51, 1070410714, (2012)
  • Resonance Raman, EPR and DFT Calculations of a Phenolate Bound Iron Porphyrin Complex: Electrostatic vs Covalent Co... 
    P. Das, A. Dey
    Inorg. Chem., 53, 73617370, (2014)
  • Spectroscopic characterization of a phenolate bound FeII–O2 adduct: gauging the relative ‘‘push’’ effect of a pheno... 
    P. Das, K. Mittra, A. Dey
    Chem. Commun., 50, 5218-5220, (2014)
  • O2 Reduction Reaction by Biologically Relevant Anionic Ligand Bound Iron Porphyrin Complexes 
    S. Samanta, P. Das, S. Chatterjee, K. Sengupta, B. Mondal, A. Dey
    Inorg. Chem., 52, 12963-12971, (2013)
  • Mixed valence species in synthetic cytochrome P450 model system 
    P. Das, S. Samanta, A. Macquarters, N. Lenhert, A. Dey
    PNAS, 113, 6611-6616, (2016)
  • Electrocatalytic O2 Reduction by [Fe-Fe]-Hydrogenase Active Site Models 
    S. Dey, A. Rana, D. Crouthers, B. Mondal, P. Das, M. Darensbourg, A. Dey
    J. Am. Chem. Soc.,136, 8847-8850, (2014)
  • Tuning the thermodynamic onset potential of O2 reduction reaction by synthetic iron-porphyrin complex 
    S. Amanullah, P. Das, S. Samanta. A. Dey
    Chem. Commun., 51, 10010-10013, (2015)


  • ​Ph.D, 2016, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Kolkata, India

Professional Profile

  • ​2017-2018: Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

KAUST Affiliations

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

Research Interests Keywords

Synthetic Models Reactivity Electrochemistry spectroscopy

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)