Dr. Ranjit T. Koodali

Professor of Chemistry

University of South Dakota, 414 East Clark Street, Vermillion SD 57069, USA


Prof. Ranjit T. Koodali is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of South Dakota and former Dean of the Graduate School. Dr. Koodali 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 national examinations: i.) Joint CSIR-UGC Eligibility Test for Junior Research Fellowship and Lectureship in which he was placed among the top eleven candidates in Chemistry, and ii.) Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering, in which he scored 99.25 percentile in Chemistry, which placed him in the top ten. 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 from the College of Arts and Sciences. 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 areas of research encompass synthesis of nanomaterials and their applications towards photochemical storage and conversion of solar energy and drug delivery. Dr. Koodali is part of an interdisciplinary team interested in the Missouri River floodplain. He has one patent and over one hundred and twenty five peer reviewed papers. His first project in solar hydrogen production was cited by NSF as an example of transformative work and was among the eleven projects highlighted by NSF in its budget request to Congress for FY 13. His research has been supported by grants from USD, SD Board of Regents, Department of Energy, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and National Science Foundation. Dr. Koodali serves as a regular journal reviewer for over 100 scientific journals that include: ACS Nano, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 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, 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 Chair of the Sioux Valley section and Membership Chair for the Energy and Fuel Division of the American Chemical Society. He served as the National Program Co-Chair for the fall 2013 ACS and National Program Chair for spring and fall 2014 ACS meetings. He has supervised five Doctoral Dissertations, fourteen Masters Theses, and twelve undergraduate Honors Theses. Thirty three undergraduates that include two Goldwater Scholars, four NSF Graduate Research Fellows, two National Defense Science and Engineering Grant Awardees, one National Health Corps scholar, one NASA National Aeronautics Scholar, and one NCAA post-graduate scholar have pursued 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 grants from USD. His research group consists of two graduate students. Dr. Koodali usually appears once a month on South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Innovation to talk about research in Chemistry. In 2016, Dr. Koodali, became the first Chemist in the Dakotas to be a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.





Newsworthy Accomplishments (Research)
  1. Publons-Top 1% Reviewers in Chemistry Award 2019
  2. Publons-Top 1% Reviewer in Cross-Field Award 2019
  3. 2018 Catalysts Best Paper Award
  4. Publons-Top 1% Reviewer in Chemistry Award 2018
  5. Crystal Engineering Communications - Inside cover story in Feb. 14, 2016 issue.
  6. USD chemistry graduate student awarded at MIT clean energy symposium/USD graduate student wins award at MIT symposium (Sunav Shrestha)
  7. 14 USD scholars selected for U.Discover summer research (Thorn Dramstad)
  8. Selected articles in Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy brought by Co-Editor-in-Chief John Turner
  9. USD students to present research at Pierre poster session (Nathan Vincent)
  10. Nanomaterials for environmental applications (Special issue in Journal of Nanomaterials)
  11. Chemistry student presents poster at prestigious MIT women in clean energy symposium (Shivatharsiny Rasalingam)
  12. Converting sunlight to hydrogen fuel: Splitting water using photocatalysts (Check out the You Tube video link, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5QMF6B9fwY)
  13. USD recognizes faculty with President’s research awards
  14. 2013 Cutler awards honor distinguished faculty members at USD
  15. Recent advances in solar energy conversion and utilization

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

  17. Undergraduate research played an integral part in my experience at USD (Trevor Kindle)

  18. USD student recipient of International young scientist award (Shivatharsiny Rasalingam)

  19. USD researchers honored with Nelson faculty research grant

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

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

  22. 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)

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

  24. Three USD faculty members honored for research excellence

  25. Student from the U recognized for precious metals research (Harrison Kibombo)

  26. Physical chemistry professor at the U nets NSF grant

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

News (Others)
  1. USD-N3 third cohort receives tailored interdisciplinary approach to STEM education
  2. National Science Foundation research trainees start interdisciplinary graduate program
  3. GRE® Board (Graduate School Dean Elected to GRE Board)
  4. ChemLuminary Award for Outstanding Leadership Development Program for Energy and Fuels Division
  5. Western Academic Leadership Academy (WALA)
  6. USD Hosts Entrepreneurship Boot Camp and USD Graduate Students, Faculty and Staff Attend Entrepreneurship Boot Camp
  7. USD Graduate School host 3MT competition (Kulatheepan Thanabalasingam)
  8. First N3 cohort begins at USD
  9. Frank Leibfarth: 2017 Alumni Emerging Leader Award
  10. Dean of Graduate School and Professor of Chemistry Receives Award from American Chemical Society/Chemistry professor awarded for hard work and dedication
  11. Five minutes with Ranjit Koodali
  12. Koodali elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (First FRSC from the Dakotas!)
  13. Researchers to train STEM students for Business
  14. Chemistry Professor named Dean of Graduate School
  15. Students and Faculty Honored at President's Celebration of University Leadership (Thorn Dramstad and Sunav Shrestha)
  16. A creative approach to solar energy use (Thorn Dramstad)
  17. Sustainability and solar energy conversion
  18. USD initiates 32 into state's only Phi Beta Kappa chapter (Hayley Naasz) 
  19. Cover image credit to catalysis journals - Elsevier
  20. NMM concert featured Peebles
  21. Sustainability - Faculty spotlight
  22. USD chemistry professor oversees ENFL symposia at national ACS gathering
  23. SUNEC 2014
  24. USD chemistry professor oversees ACS international meeting activities
  25. Chemists in the real word  (Featured chemist in March 2014)
  26. Bazinga!
  27. USD physical chemistry professor organizes solar energy symposium
  28. S.D. connects with bio companies
  29. Professor at the U contributes to environmental applications of nanoscience symposium book series
  30. Nettleton becomes USD's eighth Goldwater scholar
  31. Student at The U recognized by USA TODAY for academic and civic achievement (Frank Leibfarth)
  32. USD student Frank Leibfarth wins national Goldwater scholarship
  33. Chemistry student at The U receives prestigious travel grant (Frank Leibfarth)

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Last updated April 28, 2020