Manoja Kumar Samantaray, Ph.D.

Research Scientists

Research Scientist

Research Interests

​My research interest includes synthesis of early transition metal solid supported catalysts and their application in alkane metathesis reaction.  

Selected Publications

  • New Concept of C–H and C–C Bond Activation via Surface Organometallic Chemistry 
    M.K. Samantaray, R. Dey, S. Kavitake, J.-M. Basset
    Top Organomet Chem., 56, pp. 155-188, (2016)
  • Effect of support on metathesis of n-decane: drastic improvement in alkane metathesis with WMe5 linked to silica–al... 
    M.K. Samantaray, R. Dey, E. Abou-Hamad, A. Hamieh, J.-M. Basset
    Chemistry - A European Journal, volume 21, issue 16, 6100-6106, (2015)
  • WMe6 tamed by silica: ≡Si–O–WMe5 as an efficient, well-defined species for alkane metathesis, leading to the observ... 
    M.K. Samantaray, E. Callens, E. Abou-Hamad, A.J. Rossini, C.M. Widdifield, R. Dey, L. Emsl...
    J. Am. Chem. Soc., 136, 1054-1061, (2014)
  • Striking difference between alkane and olefin metathesis by the well-defined precursor [≡Si-O-WMe5]: indirect evide... 
    N. Riache, E. Callens, E. Jeff, A. Dery, M. K. Samantaray, R. Dey, J.-M. Basset
    Catal. Sci. Technol. 5, 280-285, (2015)
  • Evidence for Metal−Surface Interactions and Their Role in Stabilizing Well-Defined Immobilized Ru−NHC Alkene Metath... 
    M. K. Samantaray, J. Alauzun, D. Gajan, S. Kavitake, A. Mehdi, L. Veyre, M. Lelli, A. Les...
    J. Am. Chem. Soc., 135, 3193-3199, (2013)
  • Anticancer and Antimicrobial Metallo-pharmaceutical Agents Based on Palladium, Gold and Silver N-Heterocyclic Carbe... 
    S. Ray, R. Mohan, J. K. Singh, M. K. Samantaray, M. Shaikh, D. Panda, P. Ghosh
    J. Am. Chem. Soc., 129, 15042-1505, (2007)


  • ​Ph.D.,  from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-Bombay)

Professional Profile

  • Currently working as Research Scientist at KAUST
  • 2012-2014 Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2009-2012: Postdoctoral fellow, CPE, Lyon, France

KAUST Affiliations

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

Research Interests Keywords

Alkane metathesis Alkene metathesis Carbene Carbyne