Sathiyamoorthy Murugesan , Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellows

​Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest

​Catalysis by Design: New mesoporous materials development and characterization for refining processes. Surface Organometallic Chemistry, Heterogeneous and Homogeneous Catalysis, small molecule activation. 

Selected Publications

  • Catalytic Alkane Transfer Dehydrogenation by PSP-Pincer-Ligated Ruthenium. Deactivation of an Extremely Reactive Fr... 
    X. Zhou, S. Malakar, T. Zhou, S. Murugesan, C. Huang, T. J. Emge, K. Krogh-Jespersen, A. S...
    ACS Catal. 9, 4072, (2019)
  • A Co(I) pincer complex with an 2-C-H Agostic Arene Bond – Facile C-H Bond Cleavage via Deprotonation, Radical Abst... 
    S. Murugesan, B. Stöger, E. Pittenauer, G. Allmaier, L. F. Veiros, K. Kirchner
    Angew.Chem. Int. Ed. 55, 305 , (2016)
  • Non-Precious Metal Complexes with an Anionic PCP Architecture 
    S. Murugesan, K. Kirchner
    Dalton Trans., 45, (2016)
  • Synthesis, Structure, and Reactivity of Co(II) and Ni(II) PCP Pincer Borohydride complexes 
    S. Murugesan, B. Stoger, M. Weil, L. F. Veiros, K. Kirchner
    Organometallics, 34, 1364, (2015)
  • Synthesis and Reactivity of Four- and Five-Coordinate Low-Spin Cobalt(II) PCP Pincer Complexes and Some Nickel(II) ... 
    S. Murugesan, B. Stoger, M. D. Carvalho, L. P. Ferreira, E. Pittenauer, G. Allmaier, L. F....
    Organometallics, 33, 6132, (2014)
  • Regio- and Stereoselective Syntheses of Piperidine Derivatives via Ruthenium-Catalyzed Coupling of Propargylic Amid... 
    S. Murugesan, F. Jiang, M. Achard, C. Bruneau, S. Dérien
    Chem. Commun., 48, 6589 , (2012)


  • Ph.D., Chemistry, TU Wien, Vienna, Austria, 2016.
  • M.Sc., Catalysis Molecules and Green Chemistry, Universite de Rennes 1, Rennes, France, 2011. 

Professional Profile

  • 2018-present: Postdoctoral fellow, KCC, KAUST, KSA. 
  • 2016-2018: Postdoctoral fellow, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA.

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • Member of American Chemical Society (ACS) 


  • 2016-2018: Post-Doctoral Fellowship funded by Centre for Enabling New Technologies Through Catalysis (CENTC) 
  • 2013-2016: Doctoral thesis funded by Austrian Science Fund (FWF)
  • 2009: Indian Academy of Science fellow.

KAUST Affiliations

KAUST Catalysis Center (KCC)

Division of Physical Science and Engineering (PSE)

Research Interests Keywords

Porous material Surface Chemistry catalysis