Shashank Sakleshpur Nagaraja, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interests

Chemical Kinetics, Fuel Design and Characterization, AI/ML 

Selected Publications

  • A hierarchical single-pulse shock tube pyrolysis study of C2–C6 1-alkenes. Nagaraja, Shashank S., Jinhu Liang, Shijun Dong, Snehasish Panigrahy, Amrit Sahu, Goutham Kukkadapu, Scott W. Wagnon, William J. Pitz, and Henry J. Curran. Combustion and Flame 219, 456-466, (2020) 
  • A single pulse shock tube study of pentene isomer pyrolysis. Nagaraja, Shashank S., Jennifer Power, Goutham Kukkadapu, Shijun Dong, Scott W. Wagnon, William J. Pitz, and Henry J. Curran. Proceedings of the Combustion Institute 38, 881-889, (2021)
  • A pyrolysis study of allylic hydrocarbon fuels.Nagaraja, Shashank S., Goutham Kukkadapu, Snehasish Panigrahy, Jinhu Liang, Haitao Lu, William J. Pitz, and Henry J. Curran, International Journal of Chemical Kinetics 52, no. 12, 964-978. (2020)


  • Ph.D., Energy Chemistry, NUI Galway, Ireland, 2020 

Professional Profile

  • 2021-Present, Postdoctoral Fellow, KAUST, Thuwal 2)2016-2017, Research Engineer, Imagineering Inc., Kobe, Japan 

Scientific and Professional Membership

American Chemical Society, Royal Society of Chemistry, The Combustion Institute 


  • SFI Research Grant, KIC Innoenergy Masters fellowship 

KAUST Affiliations

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

Research Interests Keywords

Detailed mechanism development Application of AI to fuel design Sustainable Energy Technologies