The University of South Dakota
Prof. Ranjit T. Koodali
Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director
Department of Chemistry, University of South Dakota
414 E. Clark Street, Vermillion SD 57069, USA
Tel. 1-605-677-6189 (Office); Fax. 1-605-677-6397
Prof. Ranjit T. Koodali is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of South Dakota (USD), Vermillion, South Dakota (SD). He is featured in the link, Our-people.
Dr. Koodali was born in Kerala,India and obtained his M.Sc. and Ph.D. from Indian Institute of Technology (I.I.T.) Madras. His admission to the Ph.D. program was based on two nationally competitive examinations: i.) Joint CSIR-UGC Eligibility Test for Junior Research Fellowship and Lectureship in which he was placed among the top eleven candidates in the nation (India) in the subject of Chemistry, and ii.) Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE), in which he scored 99.25 percentile in Chemistry which placed him in the top ten in the nation. His Ph.D. studies involved research related to the development of photocatalysts for the photocatalytic reduction of nitrate, and nitrite ions.
Dr. Koodali received the USD President’s Research Award for Excellence in the Early/Mid-Career Category in 2010 and was a finalist for the Belbas-Larson Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2010 and 2014. In addition, Dr. Koodali received the 2013 Cutler Award in the Natural Science and Math category for excellence in teaching and research for the period, 2010-2013 from the College of Arts and Sciences, USD. Dr. Koodali is also a recipient of the USD President's Research Award for Excellence in the Established Faculty Category in 2013.
His current research work relates to the application of nanomaterials for environmental remediation and clean energy. His areas of research encompass synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials and their applications towards photochemical storage and conversion of solar energy. Dr. Koodali is also part of an interdisciplinary team interested in impacts of land use to the Missouri River floodplain.
He has one patent in the area of photocatalysis and has over hundred published works.
His very first contribution in the area of solar hydrogen production was cited by the National Science Foundation (NSF) as an example of transformative work in Science and Engineering and was among the eleven projects selected by NSF and highlighted in its budget request to Congress for the fiscal year 2013.
His research activities have been supported by internal grants from USD, The SD Board of Regents, Department of Energy (DOE), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Dr. Koodali serves as a journal reviewer for about 85 scientific journals that include: ACS Catalysis, ACS Nano, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, Catalysis Communications, Catalysis Science and Technology, Catalysis Today, Chemical Communications, Chemistry of Materials, Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, Energy and Environmental Science, Inorganic Chemistry, Journal of Catalysis, Journal of Materials Chemistry, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, Journal of The American Chemical Society, Langmuir, Materials Research Bulletin, Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, and Physical Chemistry, Chemical Physics and Small. He is a reviewer for the American Chemical Society–Petroleum Research Fund (ACS-PRF), German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development (GIF), National Science Foundation (NSF), Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), Research Corporation, and the U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation (CRDF).
He finds mention in 57th, 58th, 60th, 61st, 63rd, 65th, 67th and 68th editions of Who’s Who in America, 6th and 7th editions of Who's Who in Science and Engineering, and the 11th edition of Who's Who among American Teachers & Educators.
He serves as the graduate program director for the Chemistry Department, and serves on several University committees that include: University Scholarship Committee, and the Graduate Council.
In addition, he serves as the Secretary of the Sioux Valley section of the American Chemical Society (ACS). He served as the Program Co-Chair of the Energy and Fuel (ENFL) Division of ACS for the fall 2013 ACS meeting and as National Program Chair for ENFL division for the year 2014.
He has supervised two Doctoral Dissertation, eleven Masters Theses, and eight undergraduate Honors Theses at USD. Thirty one undergraduate students that include 2 Goldwater Scholars, 4 NSF Graduate Research Fellows, 2 National Defense Science and Engineering Grant (NDSEG) Awardees, 1 National Health Corps scholar, 1 NASA National Aeronautics Scholar, and 1 NCAA post-graduate scholar have pursued undergraduate research under his direction.
Graduate students from his group have been awarded nationally competitive grants from the International Precious Metal Institute, Sigma-Xi Grants-in-Aid-Research Awards, and research grants from USD.
His group consists of currently 4 Ph.D., 2 M.S., and 2 undergraduate students.
The Chemistry Department received the second annual Award for Academic Excellence and Innovation given to Departments within USD in 2005. To quote the previous Provost and Vice-President of Academic Affairs, Prof. Royce Engstrom, "The work of the entire department is leading to remarkable accomplishments for students, faculty and the university". To view a picture of the award presentation to the Department of Chemistry, please visit www.usd.edu/urelations/images/ChemAward.jpg.
Prospective graduate students who are interested in getting more details about the M.S. program in Chemistry and Ph.D. program Materials Chemistry in the Chemistry Department at USD are encouraged to contact me via e-mail (Ranjit.Koodali@usd.edu).
Please note, all application materials will have to be mailed to the Graduate School, USD and not to the Chemistry Department. Students can apply for admission to either the spring or fall semesters. The priority date for submitting all the necessary documents for the fall and spring semesters are April 15 and October 15.
Undergraduate students who are majoring in Chemistry and are interested in pursuing research opportunities at the interface of nanosciences, photocatalysis, environmental chemistry, and solar energy conversion can contact me by e-mail (Ranjit.Koodali@usd.edu) or drop by my office in Churchill-Haines (UCL) 109.
Prospective graduate students who are interested in getting more details about the M.S. and Ph.D. program in the Chemistry Department at USD are encouraged to contact me via e-mail (Ranjit.Koodali@usd.edu).
Photocatalysts for the degradation of organic pollutants
1) US Patent US6365007 April 2, 2002, Ranjit, Koodali and Willner, Itamar. Also filed: International Patent WO9916548, April 8, 1999, Willner, Itamar & Ranjit, Koodali T., Australian Patent AU9365498 April 23, 1999, Willner, Itamar & Ranjit, Koodali T., and Israel Patent IL121877 September 13, 2001, Willner, Itamar & Ranjit, Koodali T.
Published works in 2014
1. Prof. N. Rajesh (June to July 2014) - Professor of Chemistry, Birla Institute of Technology and Science - Hyderabad, India.
POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOWS
1. Shrestha, Khadga (May to August 2013)
2. Parayil, Sreenivasan K. (2011-2013) - Currently Faculty, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia,
3. Zhao, Dan (2009-2010) - Currently Faculty, Department of Chemical Engineering, Ningbo University of Technology, Ningbo, China.
1. Blahna, Chris (M.S.)
2. Mahoney, Luther (Ph.D. - NSF-IGERT Fellow, 2011-15)
3. Onserio, Benard (M.S.)
4. Rasalingam, Shivatharsiny (Ph.D. - Best Teaching Assistant Award, 2011-12; USD Graduate Research Grant 2014-15 and 2012-13; finalist at The National Graduate Student Poster Competition, Women in Clean Energy Symposium at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 2013; International Precious Metals Institute Student Honorary Award 2014)
5. Shrestha, Sunav (M.S.)
6. Wu, Chia-Ming (Ph.D. - International Precious Metals Institute Student Honorary Award 2013)
1. Abdessemed, Ala (Ph.D. – April – October 2014, visiting student from Constantine University, Algeria
2. Balasanthiran, Vagulejan (M.S. - 2010) – currently Ph.D. Chemistry at Ohio State University and International Precious Metals Institute Student Award 2013
3. Budhi, Sridhar (M.S. - 2010 - Best Teaching Assistant Award, 2009-10, USD Graduate Research Grant, 2009-10) - currently Ph.D. Chemistry at Colorado School of Mines - International Precious Metals Institute Metro New York Chapter Award 2013
4. Dewitt, Jeremy (M.S., 2013-2014)
5. Hussein, AbdulMenan (Ph.D., co-advisor as part of NSF funded IGERT program) – Ph.D. Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, NSF-IGERT Fellow, 2011-14)
6. Kibombo, Harrison (Ph.D. 2013 - International Precious Metals Institute Student Award 2010, Sigma XI Award 2011, and USD Graduate Research Grants 2010 and 2013) – currently at Intel Corporation, OR.
7. Peng, Rui (Ph.D. 2014 - Sigma XI Award 2012 and USD Graduate Research Grant 2011 and 2013) – currently Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, TN.
8. Psota, Rhett J. (M.A. - 2007) – currently Chemistry Instructor at Central Community College, Grand Island, NE
9.Raghupathi, Krishna Reddy (M.S.-2009 - USD Graduate Research Grant, 2009-10) – currently Ph.D. Chemistry at University of Massachusetts-Amherst
10.Sadhu, Satya Sai (M.S.-2008) – currently Ph.D. Pharmaceutical Sciences at South Dakota State University
11.Subramanian, Hari (M.S.-2008) – currently Ph.D. Chemistry at North Dakota State University
12.Thiruppathi, Eagappanath (M.S.-2011) - Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, at University of South Dakota, 2014 (Sigma Xi grant 2013 and USD Graduate Research Grant 2013-14)
1. Dramstad, Thorn
2. Naasz, Hayley (Mickelson Scholar)
3. Stern, Kaitlyn (working on a joint collaborative project in the group of Prof. Sam Newton, Sanford School of Medicine at USD)
1. Alberts, Blake D. (B.S. - Chemistry – 2010 – Summa Cum Laude, Sanford School of Medicine Alumni Student Scholar, undergraduate research - summer and fall 2007, currently M.D. at Columbia University)
2. Becker, John (B.S.-Chemistry 2011 undergraduate research – spring and summer 2010, currently at Archer Daniels Midland, Omaha, NE)
3. Berdanier (nee Patrick), Catherine (B.S. – Chemistry 2010 – Magna Cum Laude, University Scholar, 2011 NASA Aeronautics Scholarship (among the 5 in the nation) and 2010 National Science Foundation - Graduate Research Fellowship Program Awardee, currently Ph.D. at Purdue University)
4. Bloch, Tyler (undergraduate research - summer 2011)
5. Boote, Brett (NSF-REU - summer 2006 student from Northwestern College, Orange City, IA)
6. Castle (Gonshorowski) Andi (B.S. – Chemistry – 2011 – Cum Laude, undergraduate research – spring 2009, summer 2009, spring 2010, and summer 2010, currently Ph.D. in Chemistry at Iowa State University).
7. DeWitt, Jeremy (B.S. - Chemistry - 2013, currently M.S. in Chemistry at USD)
8. Fischer, Logan (Joint with Dr. M. Kadarkaraisamy, NSF-REU - summer 2013 student from Wayne College, Wayne, NE)
9. Fleming, Daniel (B.S. - Chemistry – 2010, undergraduate research - fall 2008, spring 2009, and summer 2009)
10. Freeman, Katie L. (Joint student with Prof. Miles D. Koppang) (B.S. - Chemistry - 2008 - University Scholar, Summa Cum Laude, 2008 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Postgraduate Fellow - Women's Soccer, M.D. Carver School of Medicine, University of Iowa, 2012, Residency at University of California, San Francisco, CA)
11. Gillespie, Andrea (B.S. - Chemistry – 2010 – undergraduate research - fall 2009 and spring 2010)
12. Grady, Anne M. (B.S. – Chemistry 2010 – Presidential Alumni Scholar, Magna Cum Laude, University Scholar, 2011 National Health Service Corps Scholar, currently M.D. at Sanford School of Medicine, USD)
13. Haeder, Paul R. Dr. (B.S. – Mathematics - 2007 - University Scholar, Cum Laude, M.D. Sanford School of Medicine, The University of South Dakota, 2011, currently Residency at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN)
14. Huber (Jones), Nicole M. (joint with Prof. A.C. Manna, B.S. – Psychology – 2007 – P.A. – 2009, currently PA-C, Sanford Health, Vermillion, SD)
15. Jacobson, Andrew (B.S. – Chemistry – 2011, undergraduate research - spring 2011)
16. Kindle, Trevor (B.S. – Chemistry 2013,Summa Cum Laude undergraduate research – fall 2012 and spring 2013, Summa Cum Laude, Merck Index Award Winner given to Chemistry majors with outstanding academic performance entering Medical or Pharmacy Schools, American Chemical Society Sioux Valley Section Outstanding Senior Award winner, currently M.D. at Sanford School of Medicine, USD)
17. Kumaraswamy, Vyshnavi (joint with Dr. G. Forster)
18. Leibfarth, Frank A. (B.A. - Chemistry, Physics - 2008 - University Scholar, Summa Cum Laude, Mickelson Scholar, 2006 Goldwater Scholar, 2007 All-USA College Academic First Team, 2008 National Science Foundation - Graduate Research Fellowship Program Awardee, and 2008 National Defense Science and Engineering Grant (NDSEG) Awardee) Ph.D. Chemistry at University of California - Santa Barbara, Post-Doc MIT, MA)
19. Nettleton, Elizabeth G. (B.S. - Chemistry - 2008, University Scholar, Summa Cum Laude, 2007 Goldwater Scholar, 2009 National Science Foundation - Graduate Research Fellowship Program and 2009 NDSEG Awardee – M.A. Chemistry at University of Texas – Austin, currently Consultant at Trinity Consultants, Austin, TX)
20. Parker, Nicole M. (B.S. - Chemistry - 2007 - Cum Laude), undergraduate research – summer 2006 and spring 2007, Creighton School of Nursing
21. Peterson, Alexander (undergraduate research - fall 2011)
22. Rodriguez, Adrian M. (B.S. - Chemistry - 2012, undergraduate research - summer 2009, fall 2009, summer 2010, and summer 2011)
23. Rydell, Rachel R. (B.S. - Chemistry - 2006 - Cum Laude, Physician Assistant (P.A.)- 2011, undergraduate research - spring 2006, currently PA-C, Sanford Health, Sioux Falls, SD)
24. St.Pierre, Jordan J. (B.S. - Chemistry - 2010 - University Scholar)
25. Turgeon, Anthony (undergraduate research – spring 2006, currently 3M, MN)
26. Turner, Mark D. (undergraduate research – spring 2009, currently M.D. at Sanford School of Medicine, USD)
27. Weber, Amanda S. (B.S. - Chemistry - 2009 University Scholar, 2010 National Science Foundation - Graduate Research Fellowship Program Awardee - currently Ph.D. Chemistry at University of California – Irvine)
28. Wieseler, Carissa (B.S. – Chemistry 2014)
29. Zeleke, Samerawit (B.S. - Chemistry - 2008 undergraduate research – spring 2008)
Team Koodali - 2014
Research Instrumentations - Koodali Laboratory
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