The University of South Dakota

       
Prof. Ranjit T. Koodali
 Dean, Graduate School and Professor of Chemistry
University of South Dakota
414 E. Clark Street, Vermillion SD 57069, USA






Awards



Biography

Prof. Ranjit T. Koodali is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of South Dakota (USD), Vermillion, South Dakota (SD). 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 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.

After extensive Post-Doctoral experiences in the laboratories of Prof. Itamar Willner, Late Prof. Larry Kevan and Prof. Kenneth J. Klabunde, he joined USD in August 2005.

Dr. Koodali received the USD President’s Research Award for Excellence in the Early/Mid-Career Category in 2010. 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, 2010-2012 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 and twenty five 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 and was among the eleven projects highlighted by NSF in its budget request to Congress for the fiscal year 2013.

His research has 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 regular journal reviewer for over 100 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, 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, Physical Chemistry and Chemical Physics, Scientific Reports, Small etc.
Dr. Koodali is an Associate Editor for RSC Advances and Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology, and also serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Civil Engineering and Environmental Sciences.
He finds mention in 57th, 58th, 60th, 61st, 63rd, 65th, 67th, 68th, and 69th editions of Who’s Who in America, 6th and 7th editions of Who's Who in Science and Engineering, and the 11th and 12th editions of Who's Who among American Teachers & Educators.
Dr. Koodali serves as the Public Relations (PR) Chair of the Sioux Valley local section and Program Secretary for the Energy and Fuel (ENFL) Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS). He served as the National Program Co-Chair of the ENFL Division of ACS for the fall 2013 ACS meeting and as National Program Chair of the ENFL division for the calendar year 2014. He has supervised five Doctoral Dissertations, twelve Masters, and ten undergraduate Honors Theses.
Thirty two undergraduate students that include two Goldwater Scholars, four NSF Graduate Research Fellows, two National Defense Science and Engineering Grant (NDSEG) Awardees, one National Health Corps scholar, one NASA National Aeronautics Scholar, and one 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 InstituteSigma-Xi Grants-in-Aid-Research Awards, and research grants from USD. His group consists of currently one Ph.D., two M.S., and one undergraduate student.
Dr. Koodali appears once a month (the fourth Friday) on South Dakota Public Broadcasting (SDPB) radio show, Dakota Midday: Innovation to talk about cutting edge research in Chemistry.
Dr. Koodali currently serves as the Dean of Graduate School at USD.


Newsletters

Koodali-Newsletter-2015

Koodali-Newsletter-2014


Newsworthy Accomplishments (Research)

  1. Crystal Engineering Communications - Inside cover story in Feb. 14, 2016 issue.
  2. USD chemistry graduate student awarded at MIT clean energy symposium/USD graduate student wins award at MIT symposium
  3. 14 USD scholars selected for U.Discover summer research (Thorn Dramstad)
  4. Selected articles in Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy brought by Co-Editor-in-Chief John Turner
  5. USD students to present research at Pierre poster session
  6. Nanomaterials For environmental applications
  7. Chemistry student presents poster at prestigious MIT women in clean energy Symposium
  8. Converting sunlight to hydrogen fuel: Splitting water using photocatalysts (Check out the You Tube video link, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5QMF6B9fwY)
  9. USD recognizes faculty with President’s research awards
  10. 2013 Cutler awards honor distinguished faculty members at USD
  11. Recent advances in solar energy conversion and utilization

  12. Catalysis Today focus issue: Solar fuels, guest edited by R. Subramanian, V. Subramani, and R. Koodali

  13. Undergraduate research played an integral part in my experience at USD

  14. USD student recipient of International young scientist award

  15. USD researchers honored with Nelson faculty research grant

  16. Hot perspective: Lanthanide doped photocatalysts (this paper was among the top 10 downloaded articles in Catalysis Science and Technology for February and April 2012).

  17. USD Professor shoots for the moon (courtesy - Sioux  City Journal)

  18. USD chemistry professor earns plaudits for extraordinary research (Mesoporous Material Transforms Solar Energy Into Fuel, also cited in the NSF Budget Request to Congress for FY 13)

  19. Dr. Ranjit Koodali of the University of South Dakota (USD) discusses the application of mesoporous materials towards creating cost-efficient solar technology

  20. Three USD faculty members honored for research excellence

  21. Student from the U recognized for precious metals research

  22. Physical chemistry professor at the U nets NSF grant

  23. Gov. Rounds awards grants to university-based researchers


News (Others)
  1. Chemistry Professor named Dean of Graduate School (link to Aviso)
  2. Students and Faculty Honored at President's Celebration of University Leadership (Thorn Dramstad and Sunav Shrestha)
  3. A creative approach to solar energy use
  4. Sustainability and solar energy conversion
  5. USD initiates 32 into state's only Phi Beta Kappa chapter (Hayley Naasz) 
  6. Cover image credit to catalysis journals - Elsevier
  7. NMM concert featured Peebles
  8. Sustainability - Faculty spotlight
  9. USD chemistry professor oversees ENFL symposia at national ACS gathering
  10. SUNEC 2014
  11. USD chemistry professor oversees ACS international meeting activities
  12. Chemists in the real word  (Featured chemist in March 2014)
  13. Bazinga!
  14. USD physical chemistry professor organizes solar energy symposium
  15. S.D. connects with bio companies
  16. Professor at the U contributes to environmental applications of nanoscience symposium book series
  17. Nettleton becomes USD's eighth Goldwater scholar
  18. Student at The U recognized by USA TODAY for academic and civic achievement
  19. USD student Frank Leibfarth wins national Goldwater scholarship

  • Research Opportunities
     

    Undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing research at the interface of nanosciences and sustainability (environmental remediation and solar energy conversion) can contact me by e-mail (Ranjit.Koodali@usd.edu).

    Prospective graduate students who are interested in the M.S. and Ph.D. programs in the Chemistry Department may contact Prof. Chaoyang Jiang at Chaoyang.Jiang@usd.edu.


    Published works in 2016


    1. Nanoparticles: from fundamentals to applications, Ranjit T. Koodali, Handbook of Industrial Chemistry and Biotechnology, 13th Edition, Editor: Scott Barnicki, Springer, New York, U.S.A., (accepted for publication), 2016.

    2. A sustainable rural food-energy-water nexus framework for the northern great plains, Heidi Sieverding, David E. Clay, Eakalak Khan, Jayaraman Sivaguru, Mahesh Pattabiraman, Ranjit T. Koodali, Mafany Ndiva-Mongoh, James J. Stone, Agriculture and Environmental Letters (10.2134/ael2016.02.0008), 1, 160008 (4 pages), 2016.

    3. Efficient photocatalytic hydrogen evolution system by assembling earth abundant NixOy nanoclusters in cubic MCM-48 mesoporous materials, Rui Peng, Khadga Shrestha, Gautam Mishra, Jonas Baltrusaitis, Chia-Ming Wu, Ranjit T. Koodali, RSC Advances (10.1039/c6ra09126a), 6, 59169–59180, 2016.

    4. Mechanism of alkaline lignin oxidation using laccase-methyl syringate mediator system, Bin Yao, Praveen Kolla, Ranjit Koodali, Chia-Ming Wu, Alevtina Smirnova, International Journal of Chemistry, (10.5539/ijc.v8n2p56), 8, 56-63, 2016.

    5. Ionic liquid-mesoporous silica blend as a novel adsorbent for the adsorption and recovery of palladium ions and its applications in continuous flow study and an industrial catalyst, Shivani Sharma, Chia-Ming Wu, Ranjit T. Koodali, N. Rajesh, RSC Advances, (10.1039/C5RA26673D), 6, 26668-26678, 2016.

    6. Charge transfer mechanism in titanium-doped microporous silica for photocatalytic water-splitting applications, Wendi Sapp, Ranjit Koodali, Dmitri Kilin, Catalysts (Invited article in the Special Issue,"Surface Chemistry and Catalysis" (10.3390/catal6030034), 6, 34, (12 pages), 2016.

    7. Solar hydrogen generation over CdS incorporated in Ti-MCM-48 mesoporous materials under visible light illumination, Rui Peng, Chia-Ming Wu, Jonas Baltrusaitis, Nada M. Dimitrijevic, Tijana Rajh, Ranjit T. Koodali, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy (10.1016/j.ijhydene.2016.01.040), 41, 4106-4119, 2016.

    8. Visible-light driven oxygen evolution over CoTiO3 perovskites via modified Pechini method: Impact of humidity on its phase composition, Shivatharsiny Rasalingam, Ranjit T. Koodali, Crystal Engineering Communications, (10.1039/C5CE02452H),  18, 868-871, 2016 (Inside Cover Story in Feb. 14, 2016 issue).




     



    Radio Appearances
    1. SDPB Innovation 07/22/2016 - Turning plastics into fuel
    2. SDPB Innovation 04/22/2016 - Graphene
    3. SDPB Innovation 02/26/2016 - Renewable energy research
    4. SDPB Innovation 02/25/2011 - Research in chemistry at USD


    Research Group Members


    VISITING FACULTY

    Past

    1. Prof. N. Rajesh (June to July 2014) - Professor of Chemistry, Birla Institute of Technology and Science - Hyderabad, India


    POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOWS

    Past

    1.   Shrestha, Khadga (May to August 2013)

    2.   Parayil, Sreenivasan K. (2011-13) - Currently Faculty, M.E.S. Kalladi College, India

    3.   Zhao, Dan (2009-10) - Currently Faculty, Department of Chemical Engineering, Ningbo University of Technology, Ningbo, China


    GRADUATE STUDENTS

    Current

    1. Blahna, Chris (M.S.)

    2. Harts, Daniel (M.S.)

    3. Selvaratnam, Balaranjan (Ph.D.)

    Past

    1. Abdessemed, Ala (Ph.D.) – April to October 2014, visiting Ph.D. student from Constantine University, Algeria

    2. Balasanthiran, Vagulejan (M.S. 2010) – International Precious Metals Institute Student Award 2013 - Ph.D. Ohio State University, OH, Jul. 2015

    3. Budhi, Sridhar (M.S. 2010) - Best Teaching Assistant Award, 2009-10, USD Graduate Research Grant, 2009-10, International Precious Metals Institute Metro New York Chapter Award 2013, Ph.D. Colorado School of Mines, CO, Aug. 2015 - currently Faculty at Eastern Wyoming College, WY

    4. Dewitt, Jeremy (M.S. 2013-14 and B.S. Chemistry 2013)

    5. Hussein, AbdulMenan (Ph.D.) co-advisor as part of NSF-IGERT program  - NSF-IGERT Fellow, 2011-14 - Ph.D. South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, SD, Jul. 2015 -  currently Research Scientist and Process Engineer at SDSMT, SD

    6. Kibombo, Harrison (Ph.D. 2013 and M.S. 2011) - International Precious Metals Institute Student Award 2010, Sigma XI Award 2011, and USD Graduate Research and Creative Grant 2009-10 and 2012-13 - currently at Intel Corporation, OR

    7. Mahoney, Luther (Ph.D. 2015) - NSF-IGERT Fellow, 2011-15 and USD Graduate Research Grant 2014-15 – currently at U.S. Army Research Laboratory, MD

    8. Peng, Rui (Ph.D. 2014 and M.S. 2011) - Sigma XI Award 2012 and USD Graduate Research and Creative Grant 2010-11 and 2012-13) – currently at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, TN

    9. Psota, Rhett J. (M.A. 2007) – currently at Central Community College,  Grand Island, NE

    10. Raghupathi, Krishna Reddy (M.S. 2009) - USD Graduate Research Grant, 2009-10 – Ph.D. University of Massachusetts-Amherst, MA - currently at PepsiCo Inc.

    11. Rasalingam, Shivatharsiny (Ph.D. 2015 and M.S. 2012) - 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, and International Precious Metals Institute Student Honorary Award 2014 – currently at University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka

    12. Sadhu, Satya Sai (M.S. 2008) – Ph.D. South Dakota State University (SDSU), SD, May 2015 - currently at SDSU, SD

    13. Shrestha, Sunav (M.S. 2016) - Third Place in Graduate Poster Competition at Fourth Annual Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) Symposium at MIT, 2015; 2015-2016 USD Graduate Research and Creative Grant, TX

    14. Subramanian, Hari (M.S 2008) – currently Ph.D. at North Dakota State University, ND

    15. Thiruppathi, Eagappanath (M.S. 2011 and Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering 2014) - Sigma Xi grant 2013 and USD Graduate Research and Creative Grant 2013-14 – currently at Immutrix Therapeutics, SD

    16. Wu, Chia-Ming (Ph.D. 2015, M.S. 2008) - International Precious Metals Institute Student Honorary  Award 2013 – currently, NY


    UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

    Current


    1. Anderson, Zach (2016 Undergraduate Award in Organic Chemistry, 2016 American Chemical Society Sioux Valley Section Outstanding Senior Awardee)

    2. Dramstad, Thorn (Presidential Alumni Scholar, 2015 U.Discover Summer Scholar, 2016 USD Council on Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship, 2016-2017 Dean Joseph H. Cash Award for Excellence in Writing, 2016-2017 John W. Carlson Research Grant, 2016-2017 SD Space Grant Consortium Fellowship)


    Past

    1. Alberts, Blake D. (B.S. Chemistry Summa Cum Laude 2010) – Sanford School of Medicine Alumni Student Scholar, undergraduate research - summer and fall 2007 - M.D. Columbia University, NY

    2. Becker, John (B.S. Chemistry 2011) undergraduate research – spring and summer 2010 - currently M.S. at University of South Dakota, SD

    3. Berdanier (Patrick), Catherine (B.S. Chemistry Magna Cum Laude 2010-University Scholar) – 2011 NASA Aeronautics Scholarship (among the 5 in the nation), 2010 National Science Foundation - Graduate Research Fellowship Program Awardee and NSF IGERT fellow) - currently Ph.D. at Purdue University, IN

    4. Bloch, Tyler (undergraduate research - summer 2011)

    5. Boote, Brett (NSF-REU student 2006 from Northwestern College) - currently Ph.D. at Iowa State University, IA

    6. Castle (nee Gonshorowski) Andi (B.S. Chemistry Cum Laude 2011) – undergraduate research – spring 2009 and summer 2009, spring 2010 and summer 2010) - currently Ph.D. at Iowa State University, IA

    7. Fischer, Logan (Joint with Dr. M. Kadarkaraisamy, NSF-REU - undergraduate research summer 2013 student from Wayne College, Wayne, NE - currently Process Laboratory Technician at Michael Foods

    8. Fleming, Daniel (B.S. Chemistry 2010) undergraduate research - fall 2008, spring 2009, and summer 2009)

    9. Freeman, Katie L. (Joint student with Prof. Miles D. Koppang) (B.S. Chemistry Summa Cum Laude 2008-University Scholar), 2008 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Postgraduate Fellow, M.D. Carver School of Medicine, University of Iowa, 2012) - currently Residency at University of California, San Francisco, CA

    10. Gillespie, Andrea (B.S. Chemistry 2010) – undergraduate research - fall 2009 and spring 2010), - currently at B/E Aerospace, NH.

    11. Grady, Anne M. (B.S. Chemistry Magna cum Laude 2010-University Scholar) – Presidential Alumni Scholar, 2011 National Health Service Corps Scholar - M.D.  and Residency, Sanford School of Medicine, USD, 2015.

    12. Haeder, Paul R. Dr. (B.S. Mathematics Cum Laude 2007-University Scholar), M.D. USD, 2011 - currently Residency at KU School of Medicine-Wichita, KS

    13. Helenurm, Kevin (NSF-REU student from Whitman College - joint with Dr. A. Sykes

    14. Jacobson, Andrew (B.S. Chemistry 2011) - undergraduate research - spring 2011

    15. Kindle, Trevor (B.S. Chemistry Summa Cum Laude 2013) -  undergraduate research – fall 2012 and spring 2013, Merck Index Award Winner and American Chemical Society Sioux Valley Section Outstanding Senior Award winner) – currently M.D. at Sanford School of Medicine, USD

    16. Kumaraswamy, Vyshnavi (joint with Dr. Gina Forster) (B.S. Biology 2014) - currently at Sanofi Pasteur, Swiftwater, P

    17. Leibfarth, Frank A. (B.A. Chemistry, Physics Summa Cum Laude – 2008 - University Scholar) – Mickelson Scholar, 2006 Goldwater Scholar, 2007 All-USA College Academic First Team, 2007 Pardee Prize, 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, NSF Post-Doc Fellow at MIT, MA – currently faculty at University of Carolina – Chapel Hill, NC

    18. McGurk (Nettleton), Elizabeth G. (B.S. Chemistry Summa Cum Laude – 2008 – University Scholar), 2007 Goldwater Scholar, 2008 Pardee Prize, 2009 National Science Foundation-Graduate Research Fellowship Program, and 2009 NDSEG Awardee – M.A. University of Texas–Austin - currently at Trinity Consultants, Austin, TX

    19. Naasz, Hayley (2012 Argus Leader Academic All Star, Mickelson and Phi Beta Kappa Scholar, 2015 Pardee Prize, 2015 American Chemical Society Sioux Valley Section Outstanding Senior Awardee, 2016 USD Council on Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship, 2016 Undergraduate Research Excellence Award, 2016 Merck  Index Award, Honors Thesis Distinct Scholar) – will start M.D. degree at Sanford School of Medicine, USD, SD

    20. Parker, Nicole M. (B.S. Chemistry Cum Laude 2007) - undergraduate research – summer 2006 and spring 2007, Creighton University School of Nursing

    21. Peterson, Alexander (undergraduate research fall 2011)

    22. Rodriguez, Adrian M. (B.S. Chemistry 2012) -  undergraduate research summer and fall 2009, summer 2010 and summer 2011) - currently IT Specialist at Black Hills Federal Credit Union, Rapid City, SD

    23. Rydell, Rachel R. (B.S. Chemistry 2006 and P.A. 2011) - Cum Laude - undergraduate research - spring 2006 - currently PA-C, Sanford Health, Sioux Falls, SD

    24. St.Pierre, Jordan J. (B.S. Chemistry 2010 University Scholar) - currently Lead Scribe at Scribe.ology. Fort Worth TX

    25. Stern, Kaitlyn (USD Council on Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship-2016, Honors Thesis nominated for Distinction)

    26. Turgeon, Antony undergraduate research – spring 2006, currently 3M, MN

    27. Turner, Mark D. (B.S. Chemistry 2010, Magna Cum Laude) undergraduate research – spring 2009), M.D. Sanford School of Medicine, USD

    28. Weber, Amanda S. (B.S. Chemistry 2009 University Scholar, 2010 National Science Foundation-Graduate Research Fellowship Program Awardee - Ph.D. Chemistry at University of California–Irvine Aug. 2015 – currently at Intel, Portland, OR.

    29. Wieseler, Carissa (B.S. Chemistry 2014) - American Chemical Society Sioux Valley Section Outstanding Senior Award winner) - currently at Ross University School of Medicine, Dominica

    30. Zeleke, Samerawit (B.S. Chemistry 2008) undergraduate research – spring 2008, MD Indiana University School of Medicine - currently residency at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, IN.


    HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

    1. Ragothaman, Sowmya (2016 Argus Leader Academic All Star) – will start at University of Kansas, KS

    2. Venkatachalam, Ananth




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