Rohit K. Rai, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellows

​Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interests

​My research interest is to develop an active nanoparticle catalysts for various industrially important organic reactions in particular low cost non-noble based catalysts that work under mild reaction condition and also understand the role of catalysts and studied their mechanistic pathway.

Selected Publications

  • Room-temperature Chemoselective Reduction of Nitro groups using Non-noble Metal Nanocatalysts in water 
    R. K. Rai, A. Mahata, S. Mukhopadhyay, S. Gupta, P.-Z. Li, K. T. Nguyen, Y. Zhao, B. Patha...
    Inorganic Chemistry, 53, 2904-2909, (2014)
  • Highly Active Bimetallic Ni-Pd Alloy Nanoparticles Catalyzed Suzuki-Miyaura Reactions 
    R. K. Rai, K. Gupta, S. Behrens, J. Li, Q. Xu, S. K. Singh
    ChemCatChem, 7, 1806-1812, (2015)
  • Access to highly active Ni-Pd bimetallic nanoparticle catalysts for C-C coupling reactions 
    R. K. Rai, K. Gupta, D. Tyagi, A. Mahata, S. Behrens, X. Yang, Q. Xu, B. Pathak, S. K. Sin...
    Catalysis Science & Technology, 6, 5567-5579, (2016)
  • Room-temperature synthesis of bimetallic Co-Zn based Zeolitic Imidazolate Frameworks in water for enhanced CO2 and ... 
    G. Kaur, R. K. Rai, D. Tyagi, X. Yao, P.-Z. Li, X.-C. Yang, Y. Zhao, Q. Xu, S. K. Singh
    Material Chemistry A, 4, 14932-14938, (2016)
  • Room temperature catalytic reduction of aqueous nitrate to ammonia over Ni nanoparticles immobilized on Fe3O4@n-SiO... 
    R. K. Rai, D. Tyagi, S. K. Singh
    European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, 2017, 24502456, (2017)
  • Activated nanostructured bimetallic catalysts for C-C coupling reactions: Recent progress 
    R. K. Rai, D. Tyagi, K. Gupta, S. K. Singh
    Catalysis Science & Technology, 6, 3341-3361, (2016)
  • Catalytic hydrogenation of arenes in water over in-situ generated ruthenium nanoparticles immobilized on carbon 
    A. D. Dwivedi, R. K. Rai, K. Gupta, S. K. Singh
    ChemCatChem, 8, 1930-1938, (2017)


  • Ph.D., Chemistry, IIT Indore, Indore, India, 2017
  • M.Sc., Organic Chemistry, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India, 2012
  • B.Sc., Chemistry, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India, 2010

Professional Profile

  • 2018 – present: Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia,
  • 2017-2018: Research associate, IIT Indore, Indore, India

KAUST Affiliations

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

Research Interests Keywords

Heterogeneous catalysts Non-noble metals hydrogenation Ammonia synthesis Hydroformylation Oxidation reaction