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

 

Biography

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.

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 and was a finalist for the Belbas-Larson Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2010, 2014, and 2015. 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 90 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, Small etc. 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, 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. He serves as the graduate program director for the Chemistry Department, and serves on several University committees that include: Graduate Council, Research Computing Advisory Committee, University Budget Committee, University Research Council, and University Scholarship Committee to name a few.

In addition, he serves as the Public Relations (PR) Chair of the Sioux Valley local section of the American Chemical Society (ACS). He served as the National Program Co-Chair of the Energy and Fuels (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 three Doctoral Dissertations, eleven Masters Theses, and eight undergraduate Honors Theses at USD. Thirty two 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 InstituteSigma-Xi Grants-in-Aid-Research Awards, and research grants from USD. His group consists of currently 3 Ph.D., 2 M.S., and 3 undergraduate students.

Chemistry Department
 
The Chemistry Department at USD is home to State of SD's funded IGERT program from the National Science Foundation and several other research collaboratives.

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.


Graduate Programs
 

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.

Please take a look the following links Graduate Program and Graduate School - Application for more details regarding the M.S. in Chemistry and Ph.D. program in Materials Chemistry.


Newsletter


Newsworthy Accomplishments (Research Related)
 
  1. USD students to present research at Pierre poster session
  2. Nanomaterials For environmental applications
  3. Chemistry student presents poster at prestigious MIT women in clean energy Symposium
  4. Converting sunlight to hydrogen fuel: Splitting water using photocatalysts (Check out the You Tube video link, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5QMF6B9fwY)
  5. USD recognizes faculty with President’s research awards
  6. 2013 Cutler awards honor distinguished faculty members at USD
  7. Recent advances in solar energy conversion and utilization

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

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

  10. USD student recipient of International young scientist award

  11. USD researchers honored with Nelson faculty research grant

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

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

  14. 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)

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

  16. Three USD faculty members honored for research excellence

  17. Student from the U recognized for precious metals research

  18. Physical chemistry professor at the U nets NSF grant


In the News (Others)
 

  • Opportunities
     

    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. programs in the Chemistry Department may contact me at Ranjit.Koodali@usd.edu.


    Published works in 2015


    1. An insight into the adsorption and photocatalytic degradation of rhodamine B in periodic mesoporous materials, Shivatharsiny Rasalingam, Rui Peng, and Ranjit T. Koodali, Applied Catalysis B:  Environmental, (10.1016/j.apcatb.2015.02.040), 174-175, 49-59, 2015.

    2. Robust and Effective Ru-Bipyridyl Dye Sensitized Ti-MCM-48 Cubic Mesoporous Materials for Photocatalytic Hydrogen Evolution under Visible Light Illumination, Shivatharsiny Rasalingam, Rui Peng, Chia-Ming Wu, Kadarkaraisamy Mariappan, and Ranjit T. Koodali, Catalysis Communications, (10.1016/j.catcom.2015.02.019), 65, 14-19, 2015.

    3. Modulation of pore sizes of titanium dioxide photocatalysts by a facile template free hydrothermal synthesis method: Implications for photocatalytic degradation of rhodamine, Shivatharsiny Rasalingam, Chia-Ming Wu, and Ranjit T. Koodali, ACS: Applied Materials and Interfaces (10.1021/am508883f), 7, 4368–4380, 2015.

    4. Expeditious one-pot three component synthesis of N-aryl dithiocarbamate derivatives using mesoporous Cu-materials, Soumen Payra, Arijit Saha, Rui Peng, Chia-Ming Wu, Ranjit T. Koodali, and Subhash Banerjee, Tetrahedron Letters (10.1016/j.tetlet.2015.01.158), 56, 1609-1613, 2015.

    5. A Brief Overview of Periodic Mesoporous Materials as Robust Supports for Photocatalytic Splitting of Water, Rui Peng, Luther Mahoney, and Ranjit T. Koodali, ECS Transactions (accepted for publication), 2015.

    6. Dye-sensitized and Doped TiO2 Mesoporous Materials for Visible Light Induced Photocatalytic Hydrogen Evolution, Luther Mahoney, Shivatharsiny Rasalingam, and Ranjit T. Koodali, in Surface Chemistry for Photocatalysis Edited by D. S. Kilin, American Chemical Society, Washington DC (accepted for publication), 2015.

    7. Pd-Ti-MCM-48 Cubic Mesoporous Materials for Solar Simulated Hydrogen Evolution, Rui Peng, Jonas Baltrusaitis, Chia-Ming Wu, and Ranjit T. Koodali, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy (10.1016/j.ijhydene.2014.11.089), 40, 905-918, 2015.

     


    Research Group

    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. Mahoney, Luther (Ph.D.) - NSF-IGERT Fellow, 2011-15 and USD Graduate Research Grant 2014-15

    3. 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, and International Precious Metals Institute Student Honorary Award 2014

    4. Shrestha, Sunav (M.S.)

    5. Wu, Chia-Ming (Ph.D.) - International Precious Metals Institute Student Honorary Award

    2013

    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 - currently Ph.D. at Ohio State University, OH

    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 - currently Ph.D. at Colorado School of Mines, CO

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

    5. Hussein, AbdulMenan (Ph.D.) co-advisor as part of NSF-IGERT program  - NSF-IGERT Fellow, 2011-14 - Ph.D. at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, SD

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

    7. Peng, Rui (Ph.D. 2014) - Sigma XI Award 2012 and USD Graduate Research Grant 2010-11 and 2012-13) – 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, MA

    10. Sadhu, Satya Sai (M.S. 2008) – currently Ph.D. at South Dakota State University, SD

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

    12. Thiruppathi, Eagappanath (M.S. 2011 and Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering 2014) - Sigma Xi grant 2013 and USD Graduate Research Grant 2013-14


    UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

    Current

    1. Dramstad, Thorn (Presidential Alumni Scholar)

    2. Naasz, Hayley (Mickelson Scholar)

    3. Stern, Kaitlyn (working on a joint collaborative project in the group of Prof. Samuel Sathyanesan, Sanford School of Medicine at USD)

    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 - currently M.D. at 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 (nee 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. Dewitt, Jeremy (B.S. Chemistry 2013).

    8. 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

    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 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

    11. Gillespie, Andrea (B.S. Chemistry 2010) – undergraduate research - fall 2009 and spring 2010)

    12. Grady, Anne M. (B.S. Chemistry Magna Cum Laude 2010-University Scholar) – Presidential Alumni Scholar, 2011 National Health Service Corps Scholar - currently M.D. at Sanford School of Medicine, USD

    13. 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

    14. Huber (Jones), Nicole M. (worked on a collaborative project with Prof. A.C. Manna) (B.S. Psychology 2007 and 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 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

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

    18. 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, 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 – currently NSF Post-Doc Fellow at MIT, MA

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

    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 Support Analyst at National American University, 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. Turgeon, Antony undergraduate research – spring 2006, currently 3M, MN

    26. Turner, Mark D. (B.S. Chemistry 2010, Magna Cum Laude) 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, CA

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

    29. 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.


     
     
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