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Professor Vivek Polshettiwar is Assistant Professor of Chemical Sciences in the Division of Chemical and Life Sciences and Engineering at KAUST. Polshettiwar is affiliated with the KAUST Catalysis Center (KCC) as a Principal Investigator heading the nano-catalysis laboratories.
Before joining KAUST, Dr. Polshettiwar obtained his Ph.D. (2005) under the supervision of Professor M. P. Kaushik from Jiwaji University and DRDO, Gwalior. He then investigated nano-structured silica-catalysts, with Prof. J. J. E. Moreau in 2006 during his postdoctoral research at École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Montpellier (ENSCM). He then moved to U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (2007-2009) as ORISE research associate to research nano-catalysis for green chemistry with Professor R. S. Varma.
He has published more than 65 articles in high-impact journals such as Angewandte Chemie, ACS Nano, ChemComm, Chemistry – A European Journal, Journal of Organic Chemistry and Green Chemistry, including reviews in journals such as Chemical Reviews, ACS Accounts and Chemical Society Reviews, book chapters, patents (US, PCT, GCC). He has also edited one book from the RSC green chemistry series. Several of his articles are rated as Top-10, Top-5, Hot article, Front Cover and highly cited (h-index 24; Total citations more than 1400).
Professor Polshettiwar's research interests are in the area of nano-catalysis. He believes that next generation catalysts can be developed by shape and morphological control of nano- materials which will allows preferential exposure of active site. His nano-catalysis group is working in the area of advanced nano-materials synthesis with controlled shape and morphology and their application as nano-catalysts that allow for more sustainable and green production processes. Polshettiwar's final goal is to push the boundaries of catalysis research by using this technique to develop nanocatalysts based on non-precious metals.
Catalysis, Nanomaterials, Spectroscopic and Microscopic imaging system, Gas/Water purification
* High Surface Area Silica Nanospheres (KCC-1) with Fibrous Morphology. (Hot paper, Front Cover) V. Polshettiwar*, D. Cha, X. Zhang and J. M. Basset, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2010, 49, 9652-9656.
* "Hydro-metathesis" of olefins: a new catalytic reaction with a bifunctional single-site nano-catalyst Ta-H/KCC-1. V. Polshettiwar,* J. Thivolle, J. M. Basset, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2011, 50, 2747-2751.
* Nanoparticle-supported and magnetically recoverable ruthenium hydroxide catalyst: Efficient hydration of nitriles to amides in aqueous medium. V. Polshettiwar* and R. S. Varma, Chem. Eur. J. 2009, 15, 1582-1586.
* Magnetic nanoparticle-supported glutathione: a conceptually sustainable organocatalyst. V. Polshettiwar*, Babita Baruwati, and R. S. Varma, Chem.Commun. 2009, 1837-1839.
* Self-assembly of metal oxides into 3D nano-structures: Synthesis and nano-catalysis. (Top 5 paper) V. Polshettiwar*, Babita Baruwati, and R. S. Varma, ACS Nano 2009, 3, 728-736.
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Nano-Catalysis Laboratory (NanoCat), KAUST Catalysis Center (KCC), King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal 23955 - 6900 Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,
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