Vijay V. Kumar

Research Scientists (RS)

Research Scientist



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

Research Interests

Experienced chemist in the area of catalysis working on different aspects like catalyst
development, reactor design, and operando spectroscopy. In specific, my research

interests include:

  • Heterogeneous Catalysis: Catalyst development and reactor design

  • Structure–Function relationships, In situ spectroscopic investigations

  • Fine tuning and rational design of efficient catalysts for various catalytic applications

  • CO 2 /CH 4 valorization, H 2 production, Soot/CO oxidation, and Biomass valorization

Selected Publications

  • V. K. Velisoju, J. L. Cerrillo, Y. Attada, H. Mohamed, Q. Cheng, X. Yao, L. Zheng, O. Shekhah, S. Telalovic, J. Narciso, Y. Han, M. Eddaoudi, E.V.R. Fernández, P. Castaño, Copper nanoparticles encapsulated in zeolitic imidazolate framework-8 as a highly stable and selective catalyst for CO2 hydrogenation to methanol, Nature Communications (2023) Accepted.
  • V.K. Velisoju, S. R. Kulkarni, M. Cui, A. I. M. Rabee, P. Paalanen, J. Rabeah, M. Maestri, A. Brückner, J. Ruiz-Martinez, P. Castaño, Multi-technique operando methods and instruments for simultaneous assessment of catalyst structure, performance, dynamics, and kinetics in thermal catalysis, Chem Catalysis 3 (2023) 100666.
  • V.K. Velisoju, D. Jampaiah, G. Naresh, U. Bentrup, A. Brueckner, S. K. Bhargava, A. Venugopal, Conversion of γ‐valerolactone to ethyl valerate over metal promoted Ni/ZSM‐5 catalysts: Influence of Ni 0 /Ni 2+ heterojunctions on activity and product selectivity, ChemCatChem 12 (5), 1341-1349
  • V.K. Velisoju, G. Naresh, J. Tardio, S.K. Bhargava, V. Krishna, C. Anjaneyulu, M. Sudhakar, A. Venugopal, 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, Applied Catalysis A: General 550 (2018) 142-150


  • 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

  • 2023 – Present; Research Scientist, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal, Saudi Arabia.
  • 2019 – 2023; 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