Team Koodali

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


Prof. Ranjit T. Koodali is Dean of The Graduate School and 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 in India.

After extensive Post-Doctoral experiences, 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, an award he received in his first year of eligibility. His current research work relates to the application of nanomaterials for environmental remediation and solar 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 thirty five published works.

His very first research project in 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 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 is the Chair of Membership for the Energy and Fuel (ENFL) Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS). He served as the National Program Co-Chair for the fall 2013 ACS meeting and as National Program Chair of the ENFL division for 2014. 
He has supervised five Doctoral Dissertations, thirteen Masters Theses, and twelve undergraduate Honors Theses. Thirty three 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 in his group. 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 research group consists of two Ph.D. and one M.S. student.
Dr. Koodali usually appears once a month (the fourth Friday) on South Dakota Public Broadcasting (SDPB) In the Moment: Innovation to talk about current research in Chemistry.
In 2016, Dr. Koodali, became the first Chemist in the Dakotas to be a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC).

Curriculum Vitae




Newsworthy Accomplishments (Research)
  1. 2018 Catalysts Best Paper Award
  2. Crystal Engineering Communications - Inside cover story in Feb. 14, 2016 issue.
  3. USD chemistry graduate student awarded at MIT clean energy symposium/USD graduate student wins award at MIT symposium
  4. 14 USD scholars selected for U.Discover summer research (Thorn Dramstad)
  5. Selected articles in Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy brought by Co-Editor-in-Chief John Turner
  6. USD students to present research at Pierre poster session
  7. Nanomaterials for environmental applications (Special issue in Journal of Nanomaterials)
  8. Chemistry student presents poster at prestigious MIT women in clean energy symposium
  9. Converting sunlight to hydrogen fuel: Splitting water using photocatalysts (Check out the You Tube video link,
  10. USD recognizes faculty with President’s research awards
  11. 2013 Cutler awards honor distinguished faculty members at USD
  12. Recent advances in solar energy conversion and utilization

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

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

  15. USD student recipient of International young scientist award

  16. USD researchers honored with Nelson faculty research grant

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

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

  19. 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)

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

  21. Three USD faculty members honored for research excellence

  22. Student from the U recognized for precious metals research

  23. Physical chemistry professor at the U nets NSF grant

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

News (Others)
  1. GRE® Board (Graduate School Dean Elected to GRE Board)
  2. ChemLuminary Award for Outstanding Leadership Development Program for Energy and Fuels Division
  3. Western Academic Leadership Academy (WALA)
  4. USD Hosts Entrepreneurship Boot Camp and USD Graduate Students, Faculty and Staff Attend Entrepreneurship Boot Camp
  5. USD Graduate School host 3MT competition (Theepan wins first 3MT competition)
  6. Frank Leibfarth: 2017 Alumni Emerging Leader Award
  7. Dean of Graduate School and Professor of Chemistry Receives Award from American Chemical Society/Chemistry professor awarded for hard work and dedication
  8. Five minutes with Ranjit Koodali
  9. Koodali elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (First FRSC from the Dakotas!)
  10. Researchers to train STEM students for Business
  11. Chemistry Professor named Dean of Graduate School
  12. Students and Faculty Honored at President's Celebration of University Leadership (Thorn Dramstad and Sunav Shrestha)
  13. A creative approach to solar energy use
  14. Sustainability and solar energy conversion
  15. USD initiates 32 into state's only Phi Beta Kappa chapter (Hayley Naasz) 
  16. Cover image credit to catalysis journals - Elsevier
  17. NMM concert featured Peebles
  18. Sustainability - Faculty spotlight
  19. USD chemistry professor oversees ENFL symposia at national ACS gathering
  20. SUNEC 2014
  21. USD chemistry professor oversees ACS international meeting activities
  22. Chemists in the real word  (Featured chemist in March 2014)
  23. Bazinga!
  24. USD physical chemistry professor organizes solar energy symposium
  25. S.D. connects with bio companies
  26. Professor at the U contributes to environmental applications of nanoscience symposium book series
  27. Nettleton becomes USD's eighth Goldwater scholar
  28. Student at The U recognized by USA TODAY for academic and civic achievement
  29. USD student Frank Leibfarth wins national Goldwater scholarship
  30. Chemistry student at The U receives prestigious travel grant

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Last updated May 27, 2019