Sivaranjani Kumarsrinivasan, Ph.D.

Research Group Staff
Chemical Sciences​

Research Interests

​I am interested in the synthesis of novel single atom catalysts for industrially important oxidation and reduction reactions as well as in photocatalytic reduction of CO2.

Selected Publications

  • Structure, Electronic Structure, Optical, and Dehydrogenation Catalytic Study of (Zn1−zInz) (O1−xNx) Solid Solution
    M. Mapa, K. Sivaranjani, D. S. Bhange, B. Saha, P. Chakraborty, A. K. Viswanath and C. S. Gopinath
    Chemistry of Materials, 22, 565, (2010)
  • Porosity driven photocatalytic activity of wormhole mesoporous TiO2-xNx in direct sunlight
    K. Sivaranjani and C. S. Gopinath
    Journal of Materials Chemistry, 21, 2639 , (2011)
  • Molecular oxygen-assisted oxidative dehydrogenation of ethylbenzene to styrene with nanocrystalline Ti1-xVxO2
    K. Sivaranjani, A. Verma and C. S. Gopinath
    Green Chemistry, 14, 461, (2012)
  • Toward a Quantitative Correlation between Microstructure and DSSC Efficiency: A Case Study of TiO2-xNx Nanoparticles in a Disordered Mesoporous Framewok
    K. Sivaranjani, S. Agarkar, S. B. Ogale and C. S. Gopinath
    Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 116, 2581, (2012)
  • γ-Al2-xMxO3±y (M = Ti4+ through Ga3+): Potential Pseudo-3D Mesoporous Material with Tunable Acidity and Electronic Structure.
    T. Mathew, K. Sivaranjani, E. S. Gnanakumar, Y. Yamada,T. Kobayashi, and C. S. Gopinath
    Journal of Materials Chemistry, 22, 13484, (2012)
  • Mesoporous TiO2-xNx + Nano Au: An Electronically Integrated Nanocomposite for Solar H2 Generation
    K. Sivaranjani, S. Rajambal, K. Roy, C. S. Gopinath
    Chem Cat chem, 6, 522, (2014)
  • Gold modified RGO-mesoporous TiO2 composite: High performance visible light active catalyst for H2 generation
    P.Bharad, K. Sivaranjani and C. S Gopinath
    Nanoscale, 7, 11206-11215, (2015)
  • Facile Synthesis of Thermally Stable Mesoporous Titania Spheres with Excellent Photocatalytic Activity
    Su Bin Park, K. Sivaranjani, H. J. Na, Z. Li, Y-J. Choi, Y-J. Yang, and Ji Man Kim
    Chem Lett, 44, 61-63 , (2015)
  • Synthesis of alkali promoted mesoporous, nanocrystalline Pd/TiO2 catalyst for water gas shift reaction
    Chengbin Li, K. Sivaranjani, Ji Man Kim
    Catal. Today 2015, ( , (2015)



  • ​Ph.D., Heterogeneous Catalysis, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, India, 411008
  • M.Sc, Chemistry, The American college, Tamilnadu, India.
  • B.Sc., Chemistry, Fatima college, Tamilnadu, India

Professional Profile

  • ​Postdoctoral Fellow, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Current
  • Postdoctoral Fellow,  Sungyunkwan university, suwon, South Korea. 2014-2015
  • Postdoctoral Fellow,  National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, India. 2013-2014

Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • Society for Materials Chemistry


  • ​Junior and Senior Research Fellowship (2008-2013): Awarded by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), India. 
  • Qualified Graduate Aptitude Test in Engg. (GATE) with 98.6 percentile in 2008.
  • Best Research Scholar of the year Award in Catalysis, at National Chemical Lab., Pune in 2012.
  • Best Poster award in CRSI Zonal meeting, NCL, India in 2011

KAUST Affiliations

  • Advanced Membranes and Porous Materials Center(AMPMC)
  • Division of Physical Science and Engineering (PSE)