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Radha Motkuri

Radha Motkuri

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352
(509) 371-6484

Biography

Dr. Radha Kishan Motkuri is a senior research scientist with the PNNL Energy Processes and Materials Division. He serves as principal investigator (PI), Co-PI, and project manager in diverse range of projects in material chemistry and chemical security. He has over 18 years of experience in inorganic and material chemistry with an emphasis on nanoporous materials such as zeolites, MOFs, COFs, mesoporous silica and porous carbon materials for potential applications including sorption, separation, catalysis and sensing. Few examples including adsorption cooling/refrigeration, CO2 capture, water sorption for cooling and dehumidification, flurocarbon sorption and separation, Xenon/Krypton separation, polar/non-polar solvents, ets., Recent success of his projects including a series of cooling technology development projects and PNNL's 2017 R&D 100 Award winning thermal vapor-compression cooling technology. Also, a new capability development for novel, continuous and bulk production of MOFs and their composites (US patent filed and licensed). His work supports the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), ARPA-E, Department of State's Chemical Security Program (CSP), and PNNL's LDRD programs. Dr. Motkuri has published more than ~70 peer-reviewed publications (including ten journal cover articles) with h-index of 22. Also, Dr. Motkuri has 18 international patents while seven of them are USA patents/applications. Dr. Motkuri organized or co-organized several sessions at American Chemical Society (ACS) meetings, including Functional Porous Materials for Sustainable Energy (253rd ACS National Meeting); Porous Materials for Energy Conversion (246th ACS National Meeting), Carbon Dioxide Management (248th ACS National Meeting). He is an active reviewer for many ACS, Wiley, Springer, elsevier journals and grants like DOE-BES, ACS-PRF. He is a editorial board member for the journals Inorganic Chimica Acta (Elsevier) and Scientific Reports (Nature).

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ORCID: Radha Kishan Motkuri (0000-0002-2079-4798)

Featured Research Highlights

Research Interests

  • Engineering of nanoporous Materials including MOFs, COFs, zeolites, mesoporous silica, and porous carbon
  • Gas adsorption and separation
  • Nanoporous materials for heating/cooling, adsorption chiller, and power generation
  • Carbon sequestration
  • Heterogeneous catalysis
  • Novel synthetic methodologies for continuous and bulk production of MOFs
  • Graphene and graphene oxide materials
  • Chemical safety and security
  • Supramolecular chemistry and nanotechnology

Education and Credentials

  • Ph.D in Organic/supramolecular Chemistry, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India 2003
  • M.S., Physical Chemistry, Osmania University, 1997
  • B.S., Industrial Chemistry, Osmania University, 1995

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • Editorial Board member (2017-present): Scientific Reports (Nature journal)
  • Editorial Board member (2017-present): Inorganica Chimica Acta (Elsevier journal)
  • International Advisory Committee Member in 2018 U.S. Department of State's Chemical Security Program (CSP) sponsored Indo-US workshops on "Safeguarding Dual-Use Chemicals" during July 2018 at Punjab University, Chandigarh and GITAM University, Vizag, India.
  • International Advisory Committee Member in 2017 U.S. Department of State's Chemical Security Program (CSP) sponsored Indo-US workshops on "Vulnerability Assessment for weaponizable Dual Use Agrochemicals" in New Delhi (1st August 2017), Ahmedabad (4th August 2017) and Hyderabad (8th August 2017), India.
  • Editorial Board member (2016-present): Synthesis and Catalysis: Open Access journal (2016-present)
  • Organizer/Co-organizer – Functional Porous Materials for Sustainable Energy, in 253rd ACS National Meeting & Exposition, Division of Fuel Chemistry, April 2-6, 2017, San Francisco, California
  • Editorial Board member (2015-present): Journal of Bioterrorism and Biodefense
  • International Advisory Committee Member in 2016 U.S. Department of State’s Chemical Security Program (CSP) sponsored Indo-US workshop on "Vulnerability Assessment for weaponizable Dual Purpose Chemicals" during July 28-29, 2016 at CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad, India.
  • Organizer/Co-organizer - Carbon dioxide Management: Recent advances in Carbon dioxide Capture, Conversion, Utilization and Storage in 248th ACS National Meeting & Exposition, Division of Fuel Chemistry, August 10-14, 2014, San Francisco, California
  • Invited Talk – "Engineering of nanoporous metal-organic frameworks for potential applications" Joint Engineering and Science Seminar, , Washington State University, Richland, WA, February 21, 2014
  • Organizer/Co-organizer – Porous materials for Energy conversion and storage in the Division of Energy and Fuels at the upcoming 246th ACS Meeting at Indianapolis, Indiana during September 8-12, 2013, Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • Reviewer for:
    AAAS Journal: Science Advances
    ACS journals: Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS), Journal of Physical Chemistry, Crystal Growth & Design, Inorganic Chemistry, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
    Wiley journals: Angwandte Chemie International Journal, Advanced Materials, Chemistry European Journal, ChemSelect
    RSC journals: Energy & Environment Science, Chemical Communications, CrystEngComm, Green Chemistry, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, Journal of Material Chemistry A, Inorganic chemistry Frontiers, New Journal of Chemistry, RSC Advances, Dalton Transactions.
    Springer journals: Nature Energy, Nature Communications, Scientific Reports, Journal of Porous Materials, Journal of Inclusion Phenomena and Macrocyclic Chemistry,
    Elsevier journals: Journal of CO2 utilization, Inorganic Chimica Acta, Journal of Solid State Chemistry, Journal of Energy Storage
    Taylor &Francis journals: Synthetic Communications
    DE Gruyter: Reviews in Chemical Engineering (DEG)
  • Grant Reviewer:
    – Department of Energy – Basic Energy Science (DOE-BES)
    – American chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund (ACS-PRF)
    – Laboratory Development Research and Development (LDRD) PNNL
  • Key member of Divisional Safety Organization Committe (DSOC) at Energy and Environment Directorate at PNNL for safe lab operations.
  • Key member of VOTES (Voice of the EED Staff at PNNL) committee which serves as an advisory group to EED management on a variety of topics to make a great organization.
  • Cognizant space manager for two chemical labs at PNNL and empowered to provide leadership to the workers and act as athe steward in this pace for safe lab operations.
  • Member - American Chemical Society, Alexander von Humboldt foundation.

Awards and Recognitions

  • 2017 R&D 100 award: MARCool – Cool air from waste heat
  • 2017: Outstanding performance award, PNNL, USA in recognition of the work on pore-engineering of MOFs for adsorption cooling applications, published in Jurnal of the American Chemical Society (JACS).
  • 2017: Director's Choice Award, PNNL's Science-as-art contest-2017 for the best image selected by PNNL Director Steven Ashby, represents research that will contribute to the development of materials to treat and reduce vehicle exhaust or power plant emissions.
  • 2017: Popular Choice Award, PNNL's Science-as-art contest-2017 for the best image selected by maximum online votes.
  • 2016: Outstanding performance award, PNNL, USA for going above and beyond to ensure a successful workshop with IICT under US State department project.
  • 2014: PNNL Staff accomplishment award, PNNL, USA for organizing successful American Chemical Society symposiums.
  • 2013: Outstanding performance award, PNNL, USA: In appreciation of extraordinary engagement in safe lab move during the Energy and Environment Directorate moves.
  • 2012: Outstanding performance award, PNNL, USA: In appreciation of extraordinary help and support during the Energy and Environment Directorate moves.
  • 2010: Outstanding performance award, PNNL, USA: Outstanding efforts in developing flexible metal-organic frameworks for gas, vapour sorption and separation
  • 2005: Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, Germany: Development of Rotaxane-based novel topological chiral architectures coined as "Bonnanes", 2005
  • 2003: Hindustan Platinum award for best oral presentation: Best orator in 1st Indo-German Conference & 16th National Symposium on Catalysis, IICT-Hyderabad, India, Feb 6-8, 2003
  • 2002: DFG (Germany) - DST (India) award & Participation in the meeting of Nobel Laureates and students in Lindau, Germany: I am one among the team of 20 young researchers chosen to represent INDIA in this meeting from July 1-5th, 2002.
  • 2002: Dr. K.V. Rao Research Award: Dr. K.V. Rao Research Award-2002, for the title "Molecular Sieves to Macrocycles and Macrocycles to Molecular Sieves"
  • 2000: Prolog to Discovery- New idea scheme (IICT / CSIR- India): A competitive based financial support (3 years) for the concept "Molecular sieves to Supra molecules and vice versa", 2000
  • 2000: CSIR-India, Senior research fellowship, 2000
  • 1997: University Second Rank holder in M.Sc., Physical Chemistry, Osmania University, Hyderabad, India

PNNL Patents

PNNL Publications

2018

  • Estevez L., D. Barpaga, J. Zheng, S.R. Sabale, R.L. Patel, J. Zhang, and B.P. McGrail, et al. 2018. "Hierarchically Porous Carbon Materials for CO2 Capture: The Role of Pore Structure." Industrial Engineering Chemistry Research 57, no. 4:1262-1268. PNNL-SA-129228. doi:10.1021/acs.iecr.7b03879
  • Liu J., J. Zheng, D. Barpaga, S.R. Sabale, B.W. Arey, M.A. Derewinski, and B.P. McGrail, et al. 2018. "A Tunable Bimetallic MOF-74 for Adsorption Chiller Applications." European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry 2018, no. 7:885-889. PNNL-SA-129916. doi:10.1002/ejic.201800042
  • Liu J., M.D. Bearden, C.A. Fernandez, L.S. Fifield, S.K. Nune, R.K. Motkuri, and P.K. Koech, et al. 2018. "Techno-economic analysis of magnesium extraction from seawater via a catalyzed organo-metathetical process." JOM. The Journal of the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society 70, no. 3:431-435. PNNL-SA-119113. doi:10.1007/s11837-017-2735-6
  • Motkuri R.K., V.S. Vemuri, D. Barpaga, H.T. Schaef, J.S. Loring, P.F. Martin, and D. Lao, et al. 2018. "An Efficient, Solvent-Free Process for Synthesizing Anhydrous MgCl2." ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 6, no. 1:1048-1054. PNNL-SA-119379. doi:10.1021/acssuschemeng.7b03366
  • Sivanantham A., P. Ganesan, L. Estevez, B.P. McGrail, R.K. Motkuri, and S. Shanmugam. 2018. "A Stable Graphitic, Nanocarbon-Encapsulated, Cobalt-Rich Core-Shell Electrocatalyst as an Oxygen Electrode in a Water Electrolyzer." Advanced Energy Materials 8, no. 14:Article No. 1702838. PNNL-SA-127978. doi:10.1002/aenm.201702838

2017

  • Jenks J., R.K. Motkuri, W.E. TeGrotenhuis, B.K. Paul, and B.P. McGrail. 2017. "Simulation and Experimental Study of Metal Organic Frameworks Used in Adsorption Cooling." Heat Transfer Engineering 38, no. 14-15:1305-1315. PNNL-SA-129940. doi:10.1080/01457632.2016.1242965
  • Sabale S.R., P. Kandesar, V. Jadhav, R.E. Komorek, R.K. Motkuri, and X. Yu. 2017. "Recent Developments in Synthesis, Properties, and Biomedical Applications of Core/Shell Superparamagnetic Iron Oxide Nanoparticles with Gold." Biomaterials Science 5, no. 11:2212-2225. PNNL-SA-126076. doi:10.1039/C7BM00723J
  • Zheng J., V.S. Vemuri, L. Estevez, P.K. Koech, T. Varga, D.M. Camaioni, and T.A. Blake, et al. 2017. "Pore-Engineered Metal-Organic Frameworks with Excellent Adsorption of Water and Fluorocarbon Refrigerant for Cooling Applications." Journal of the American Chemical Society 139, no. 31:10601-10604. PNNL-SA-124980. doi:10.1021/jacs.7b04872

2016

  • Banerjee D., C.M. Simon, A.M. Plonka, R.K. Motkuri, J. Liu, X. Chen, and B. Smit, et al. 2016. "Metal-Organic Framework with Optimal Adsorption, Separation, and Selectivity towards Xenon." Nature Communications 7. PNNL-SA-116761. doi:10.1038/ncomms11831
  • Das A.K., V.S. Vemuri, I.V. Kutnyakov, B.P. McGrail, and R.K. Motkuri. 2016. "An Efficient Synthesis Strategy for Metal-Organic Frameworks: Dry-Gel Synthesis of MOF-74 Framework with High Yield and Improved Performance." Scientific Reports 6, no. 28050. PNNL-SA-113461. doi:10.1038/srep28050
  • Oleksiak M.D., A. Ghorbanpour, M.T. Conato, B.P. McGrail, L.C. Grabow, R.K. Motkuri, and J.D. Rimer. 2016. "Synthesis strategies for ultrastable zeolite GIS polymorphs as sorbents for selective separations." Chemistry - A European Journal 22, no. 45:16078-16088. PNNL-SA-120609. doi:10.1002/chem.201602653
  • Prodinger S., V.S. Vemuri, T. Varga, B.P. McGrail, R.K. Motkuri, and M.A. Derewinski. 2016. "Impact of chabazite SSZ-13 textural properties and chemical composition on CO2 adsorption applications." New Journal of Chemistry 40, no. 5:4375-4385. PNNL-SA-114645. doi:10.1039/C5NJ03205A
  • Sabale S.R., J. Zheng, V.S. Vemuri, X. Yu, B.P. McGrail, and R.K. Motkuri. 2016. "Recent Advances in Metal-Organic Frameworks for Heterogeneous Catalyzed Organic Transformations." Synthesis and Catalysis : Open Access 1, no. 1:Article No. 5. PNNL-SA-122322.
  • Zhang W., D. Banerjee, J. Liu, H.T. Schaef, J.V. Crum, C.A. Fernandez, and R.K. Kukkadapu, et al. 2016. "Redox-Active Metal-Organic Composites for Highly Selective Oxygen Separation Applications." Advanced Materials 28, no. 18:3572-3577. PNNL-SA-112948. doi:10.1002/adma.201600259

2015

  • Annapureddy H., S.K. Nune, R.K. Motkuri, B.P. McGrail, and L.X. Dang. 2015. "A Combined Experimental and Computational Study on the Stability of Nanofluids Containing Metal Organic Frameworks." Journal of Physical Chemistry B 119, no. 29:8992-8999. PNNL-SA-104453. doi:10.1021/jp5079086
  • Banerjee D., A. Cairns, J. Liu, R.K. Motkuri, S.K. Nune, C.A. Fernandez, and R. Krishna, et al. 2015. "Potential of Metal-Organic Frameworks for Separation of Xenon and Krypton." Accounts of Chemical Research 48, no. 2:211-219. PNNL-SA-104995. doi:10.1021/ar5003126
  • Jenks J.W., W.E. TeGrotenhuis, R.K. Motkuri, B. Paul, and B.P. McGrail. 2015. "A COMPUTATIONAL AND EXPERIMENTAL STUDY OF METAL AND COVALENT ORGANIC FRAMEWORKS USED IN ADSORPTION COOLING." In ASME 2015 13th International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels, and Minichannels collocated with the ASME 2015 International Technical Conference and Exhibition on Packaging and Integration of Electronic and Photonic Microsystems, July 6-9, 2015, San Francisco, California, Paper No. ICNMM2015-48822; V001T03A012. New York, New York:ASME. PNNL-SA-116030. doi:10.1115/ICNMM2015-48822
  • Jeon J., L. Zhang, J. Lutkenhaus, D.D. Laskar, J.P. Lemmon, D. Choi, and M.I. Nandasiri, et al. 2015. "Controlling Porosity in Lignin-Derived Nanoporous Carbon for Supercapacitor Applications." ChemSusChem 8, no. 3:428-432. PNNL-SA-106038. doi:10.1002/cssc.201402621
  • Sevigny G.J., R.K. Motkuri, D.W. Gotthold, L.S. Fifield, A.P. Frost, and W. Bratton. 2015. SEPARATION OF TRITIATED WATER USING GRAPHENE OXIDE MEMBRANE. PNNL-24411. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

2014

  • Annapureddy H.V., R.K. Motkuri, P.T. Nguyen, T.B. Truong, P.K. Thallapally, B.P. McGrail, and L.X. Dang. 2014. "Computational studies of adsorption in metal organic frameworks and interaction of nanoparticles in condensed phases." Molecular Simulation 40, no. 7-9:571-584. PNNL-SA-96111. doi:10.1080/08927022.2013.829224
  • Motkuri R.K., H.V. Annapureddy, M. Vijayakumar, H.T. Schaef, P.F. Martin, B.P. McGrail, and L.X. Dang, et al. 2014. "Fluorocarbon Adsorption in Hierarchical Porous Frameworks." Nature Communications 5. PNNL-SA-99164. doi:10.1038/ncomms5368
  • Motkuri R.K., J. Liu, C.A. Fernandez, S.K. Nune, P.K. Thallapally, and B.P. McGrail. 2014. "Metal-Organic Frameworks - Synthesis and Applications." In Industrial Catalysis and Separations: Innovations for Process Intensification, edited by KV Raghavan and BM Reddy. 61-103. Waretown, New Jersey:Apple Academic Press Inc. PNNL-SA-97713.
  • Sreedhar I., R.K. Motkuri, and K.V. Raghavan. 2014. "Microenvironment Management in Heterogeneous Catalysis." In Industrial Catalysis and Separations: Innovations for Process Intensification, edited by KV Raghavan and BM Reddy. 43-57. Waretown, New Jersey:Apple Academic Press, Inc. PNNL-SA-99209.

2013

  • Motkuri R.K., P.K. Thallapally, and B.P. McGrail. 2013. "Porous Hexacyanometalates for CO2 capture applications." Proceedings of A.P. Akademi of Sciences XV, no. 2:81-84. PNNL-SA-93375.

2012

  • Thallapally P.K., J.W. Grate, and R.K. Motkuri. 2012. "Facile xenon capture and release at room temperature using a metal-organic framework: a comparison with activated charcoal." Chemical Communications 48, no. 3:347-349. PNNL-SA-81537. doi:10.1039/c1cc14685h

2011

  • Motkuri R.K., P.K. Thallapally, S.K. Nune, C.A. Fernandez, B.P. McGrail, J.L. Atwood, and J.L. Atwood. 2011. "Role of hydrocarbons in pore expansion and contraction of a flexible metal-organic framework." Chemical Communications 47, no. 25:7077-7079. PNNL-SA-77576. doi:10.1039/c1cc11738f

2010

  • Fernandez C.A., P.K. Thallapally, R.K. Motkuri, S.K. Nune, J.C. Sumrak, J. Tian, and J. Liu. 2010. "Gas-Induced Expansion and Contraction of a Fluorinated Metal-Organic Framework." Crystal Growth & Design 10, no. 3:1037-1039. PNNL-SA-68508. doi:10.1021/cg9014948
  • Fernandez C.A., S.K. Nune, R.K. Motkuri, P.K. Thallapally, C.M. Wang, J. Liu, and G.J. Exarhos, et al. 2010. "Synthesis, characterization, and application of metal organic framework nanostructures." Langmuir 26, no. 24:18591-18594. PNNL-SA-75145. doi:10.1021/la103590t
  • Motkuri R.K., J. Tian, P.K. Thallapally, C.A. Fernandez, S.J. Dalgarno, J.E. Warren, and J.E. Warren, et al. 2010. "Flexible metal-organic supramolecular isomers for gas separation." Chemical Communications 46, no. 4:538-540. PNNL-SA-65215. doi:10.1039/b913910a
  • Motkuri R.K., P.K. Thallapally, B.P. McGrail, and B.S. Ghorishi. 2010. "Dehydrated Prussian Blues for CO2 Storage and Separation Applications." CrystEngComm 12, no. 12:4003 - 4006. PNNL-SA-73618. doi:10.1039/C0CE00199F
  • Thallapally P.K., C.A. Fernandez, R.K. Motkuri, S.K. Nune, J. Liu, and C.H. Peden. 2010. "Micro and Mesoporous Metal Organic Frameworks for Catalysis Applications." Dalton Transactions 39, no. 7:1692 - 1694. PNNL-SA-68558. doi:10.1039/b921118g
  • Thallapally P.K., R.K. Motkuri, C.A. Fernandez, B.P. McGrail, and G.s. Behrooz. 2010. "Prussian Blue Analogues for CO2 and SO2 Capture and Separation Applications." Inorganic Chemistry 49, no. 11:4909-4915. PNWD-SA-8578. doi:10.1021/ic902397w
  • Tian J., R.K. Motkuri, and P.K. Thallapally. 2010. "Generation of 2D and 3D (PtS, Adamantanoid) Nets with a Flexible Tetrahedral Building Block." Crystal Growth & Design 10, no. 9:3843 - 3846. PNNL-SA-72598. doi:10.1021/cg1005677
  • Tian J., R.K. Motkuri, P.K. Thallapally, and B.P. McGrail. 2010. "Metal-Organic Framework Isomers with Diamondoid Networks Constructed of a Semi-Rigid Tetrahedral Linker." Crystal Growth & Design 10, no. 12:5327-5333. PNNL-SA-75153. doi:10.1021/cg101222w

2008

  • Thallapally P.K., J. Tian, R.K. Motkuri, C.A. Fernandez, S.J. Dalgarno, B.P. McGrail, and J.E. Warren, et al. 2008. "Flexible (Breathing) Interpenetrated Metal-Organic Frameworks for CO2 Separation Applications." Journal of the American Chemical Society 130, no. 50:16842-16843. PNNL-SA-61822. doi:10.1021/ja806391k

Selected Publications

2009

  • Kossev I, W Reckien, T Felder, Motkuri Radha Kishan, CA Schalley, and M Sokolowski. 2009. “Molecular Recognition between the Constituents of a Pseudorotaxane Studied by Scanning Tunneling Microscopy.” The Journal of Physical Chemistry 113 (29), pp 12870–12877. doi: 10.1021/jp903668x.

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