Rajesh Kancherla,Ph.D

Research Scientists

Research Scientist

Research Interests

​Light harvesting metal complexes have gained much attention for the activation of organic molecules by the single-electron or energy transfer processes. We intend to exploit photoredox catalysis in combination with transition metal catalysis to showcase huge diversity of new bond-forming protocols and synthetic methodologies by enabling the coordination-driven access between the metal catalyst and the substrate to facilitates the cleavage of specific C−H bond. 


  • ​B.Sc., Chemistry, Bio-Chem, Bio-Tech, Osmania university, Hyderabad, India, 2005
  • M.Sc., Chemistry, VIT University, Vellore, India, 2007
  • Ph.D., Chemistry, VIT University, Vellore, India, 2012

Professional Profile

  • ​2013-2016: DST Young Scientist, IIT Bombay, India


  • ​DST Fast Track Young Scientist
  • Newton International Fellow

KAUST Affiliations

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

Research Interests Keywords

Photo-catalysis Transition metal catalysis