Vijay V. Kumar

Postdocs (PD)

Postdoctoral Fellow



Building 3, level 4, area 3, office: 4287-WS09

Research Interest

My research interests focus on synthesis and development of supported metal catalysts for applications in heterogeneous catalysis that include CO2, conversion, biomass valorization and methane/syngas conversions. Exploring structure-function relationships using in situ spectroscopic and adsorption techniques is an integral part of my research to design active and stable catalysts and to study the reaction mechanism.

Selected Publications

  • Conversion of γ‐valerolactone to ethyl valerate over metal promoted Ni/ZSM‐5 catalysts: Influence of Ni0/Ni2+ heterojunctions on activity and product selectivity

    V.V. Kumar, D. Jampaiah, G. Naresh, U. Bentrup, A. Brueckner, S. K. Bhargava, A. Venugopal

    ChemCatChem Accepted (2020)

  • Influence of support for Ru and water role on product selectivity in the vapour phase hydrogenation of levulinic acid to γ-valerolactone: Investigation by probe adsorbed FTIR spectroscopy

    V.V. Kumar, P. G. Bhavani, G. Naresh, B. Venu, K. Manasa, KVR Chary, A. Venugopal

    The Journal of Physical Chemistry C: 122 (2018) 19670-19677                                              

  • Hydrodeoxygenation activity of W modified Ni/H-ZSM-5 catalyst for single step conversion of levulinic acid to pentanoic acid: An insight on the reaction mechanism and structure-activity relationship

    V.V. Kumar, G. Naresh, J. Tardio, S.K. Bhargava, V. Krishna, C. Anjaneyulu, M. Sudhakar, A. Venugopal

         Applied Catalysis A: General 550 (2018) 142-150                                                                               

  • Vapour phase hydrogenation of aqueous levulinic acid over hydroxyapatite supported metal (M = Pd, Pt, Ru, Cu, and Ni) catalysts

    M. Sudhakar, V.V. Kumar, G. Naresh, S.K. Bhargava, M.L. Kantam, A. Venugopal

    Applied Catalysis: B Environmental 180 (2016) 113-120                                                                    

  • Role of Brønsted and Lewis acid sites on Ni/TiO2 catalyst for vapour phase hydrogenation of levulinic acid: Kinetic and mechanistic study

    V.V. Kumar, G. Naresh, M. Sudhakar, J. Tardio, S. Bhargava, A. Venugopal

         Applied Catalysis: A General 505 (2015) 217-223                                                                               

  • Nanowire morphology of mono- and bi-doped α-MnO2 catalysts for remarkable enhancement in soot oxidation

D. Jampaiah, V.V. Kumar, P.V. Swamy, V.E. Coyle, A. Nafady, B.M. Reddy, S.K. Bhargava

            ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 9 (2017) 32652-32666     


  • Ph.D. (Applied Chemistry), RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, 2016.
  • M.Sc. (Chemistry), Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, India, 2012.
  • B.Sc., Government City College, Osmania University, India, 2010.

Professional Profile

  • 2019 – Present; Postdoctoral Fellow, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal, Saudi Arabia.
  • 2018 – 2019; DAAD Research Fellow, Leibniz Institute for Catalysis, Rostock, Germany.
  • 2017 – 2018; Research Associate, CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad, India.


  • DAAD-Leibniz Research Fellowship – 2018.
  • The Perkin Elmer Prize – 2016 in PhD at RMIT University, Australia.
  • Best M.Sc. Dissertation Award – 2012 in Chemistry at IIT Madras India.
  • Gold Medal – 2010 in Chemistry, Govt. City College, Osmania University, India.

KAUST Affiliations

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

Research Interests Keywords

C-H activation CO2 valorization Fluidized beds High throughput testing Catalyst synthesis Zeolites Operando reactors Catalytic Cracking Hydrodeoxygenation