Yoji Kobayashi, Ph.D.


​Associate Professor of Chemical Science

Research Interests

​​Trained as an inorganic materials chemist, Yoji Kobayashi's interests are in solving chemical conversion problems from unusual perspectives. With a focus on hydrogen manipulation, the group will develop new or unorthodox catalytic materials and processes. Research will involve the development of new solid state materials, mesostructured catalysts, and applications to reactions such as the Haber-Bosch process or CO2 methanation.

Selected Publications

  • Metal-Dependent Support Effects of Oxyhydride-Supported Ru, Fe, Co Catalysts for Ammonia Synthesis. 
    Tang, Y.; Kobayashi, Y.; Masuda, N.; Uchida, Y.; Okamoto, H.; Kageyama, T.; Hosokawa, S.; ...
    Adv. Energy Mater. 8, 1801772., (2018)
  • Hydride-Enhanced CO2 Methanation : Water-Stable BaTiO2.4H0.6 as a New Support 
    Tang, Y.; Kobayashi, Y.; Tassel, C.; Yamamoto, T.; Kageyama, H.
    Adv. Energy Mater. 8, 1800800, (2018)
  • Titanium-Based Hydrides as Heterogeneous Catalysts for Ammonia Synthesis 
    Kobayashi, Y.; Tang, Y.; Kageyama, T.; Yamashita, H.; Masuda, N.; Hosokawa, S.; Kageyama, ...
    J. Am. Chem. Soc.139, 1824018246, (2017)
  • Hydride in BaTiO2.5H0.5: a labile ligand in solid state chemistry 
    Masuda, N.; Kobayashi, Y.; Hernandez, O.; Bataille, T.; Paofai, S.; Suzuki, H.; Ritter, C....
    J. Am. Chem. Soc. 137, 1531521, (2015)
  • An oxyhydride of BaTiO3 exhibiting hydride exchange and electronic conductivity 
    Kobayashi, Y.; Hernandez, O. J.; Sakaguchi, T.; Yajima, T.; Roisnel, T.; Tsujimoto, Y.; Mo...
    Nat. Mater. 11, 507511. , (2012


  • ​Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley, 2008-2009
  • Ph. D., The Pennsylvania State University, 2008
  • Research Student, Tokyo Institute of Technology, 2002-2003
  • B.S. Honors, Dartmouth College, 2002

Professional Profile

  • ​2020-Present: Associate Professor of Chemical Science, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • 2018-2020: Associate Professor, Kyoto University
  • 2012-2018: Lecturer/Junior Associate Professor, Kyoto University
  • 2010-2012: Assistant Professor, Kyoto University

KAUST Affiliations

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

Research Interests Keywords

Solid state chemistry Heterogeneous catalysis inorganic material Reactivity of solids