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Satish Nune

Satish Nune

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352
(509) 371-6632


Dr. Nune, after his brief stay in Japan as JSPS postdoctoral fellow, he moved to University of Missouri-Columbia to work on the use of nanomaterials for biomedical applications. Before Joining PNNL, Dr. Nune was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Kansas (KU) where he worked in a collaborative project between KU-Conoco-Phillips on the use of nanoparticles for enhanced oil recovery applications. His work has been highlighted in several external presses (National Cancer Institute; NCI, Royal Society of Chemistry; RSC), including Science Editorial Choice [Science 2008]. Dr. Nune currently is a research scientist working on the development of smart nanomaterials for gas storage, separation, sensing, delivery, and imaging applications.

Research Interests

  • Nanomaterials/ Nanoparticle Synthesis and Fabrication/ Nanochemistry
  • Gas Storage and Separation
  • Carbon Capture and Storage
  • Nanoparticles Based Detector Systems (Sensor Applications)
  • Safer Nanomaterials for Biomedical Applications (MRI)
  • Enhanced Oil Recovery
  • Electrochromic and Photochromic Materials
  • Organophosphorus Compounds
  • Heterocycles Synthesis
  • Homogeneous Catalysis
  • Organometallics/ Polymer-metal interactions

Education and Credentials

  • Ph.D Organic Chemistry, University of Hyderabad, INDIA 2004
  • M.S., Chemistry, University of Hyderabad, INDIA 1999
  • B.S., Chemistry with highest distinction, Osmania Univeristy, INDIA 1997

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)
  • Peer Reviewer for:
  • ACS NANO (ACS); Biomacromolecules (ACS); The Journal of Physical Chemistry(ACS); Molecular Pharmaceutics (ACS)
  • Small (Wiley); Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences (Wiley)
  • Journal of Materials Chemistry (RSC);Chemical Communications (RSC); Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (RSC); Dalton Transactions (RSC)
  • Nanomedicine (Elsevier) ;Journal of Controlled Release (Elsevier); Analytica Chimica Acta (Elsevier)
  • Critical Reviews in Therapeutic Drug Carrier Systems
  • Drug Targeting

Awards and Recognitions

  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowship-JAPAN 2004-2006
  • Outstanding Performance in Academics during 1994-97; Madhu Malancha Degree College, Osmania University.

PNNL Patents

PNNL Publications


  • Cho SJ, MJ Uddin, PK Alaboina, SS Han, MI Nandasiri, YS Choi, E Hu, KW Nam, AM Schwarz, SK Nune, JS Cho, KH Oh, and D Choi. 2017. "Exploring Lithium Deficiency in Layered Oxide Cathode for Li-ion Battery." Advanced Systainable Systems 1(7):Article No. 1700026.  doi:10.1002/adsu.201700026
  • De S, MI Nandasiri, HT Schaef, BP McGrail, SK Nune, and J Lutkenhaus. 2017. "Water-based assembly of polymer-metal organic framework (MOF) functional coatings." Advanced Materials Interfaces 4(2):Article No. 1600905.  doi:10.1002/admi.201600905
  • McGrail BP, PK Thallapally, J Liu, and SK Nune. 2017. Magnetic Partitioning Nanofluid for Rare Earth Extraction from Geothermal FluidsPNNL-26721, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 
  • Yao J, D Lao, X Sui, Y Zhou, SK Nune, X Ma, T Troy, M Ahmed, Z Zhu, DJ Heldebrant, and XY Yu. 2017. "Two Coexisting Liquid Phases in Switchable Ionic Liquids." Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. PCCP 19(34):22627-22623.  doi:10.1039/C7CP03754F


  • Choi D, X Li, WA Henderson, Q Huang, SK Nune, JP Lemmon, and VL Sprenkle. 2016. "LiCoPO4 Cathode from a CoHPO4xH2O Nanoplate Precursor for High Voltage Li-ion Batteries ." Heliyon 2(2):, doi:10.1016/j.heliyon.2016.e00081
  • Jambovane SR, SK Nune, RT Kelly, BP McGrail, Z Wang, MI Nandasiri, S Katipamula, CD Trader, and HT Schaef. 2016. "Continuous, One-pot Synthesis and Post-Synthetic Modification of NanoMOFs Using Droplet Nanoreactors." Scientific Reports (6):36657.  doi:10.1038/srep36657
  • Lao D, RK Kukkadapu, L Kovarik, BW Arey, DJ Heldebrant, and SK Nune. 2016. "Switchable Ionic Liquids: An Environmentally-friendly Medium to Synthesize Nanoparticulate Green Rust." Current Inorganic Chemistry 6(2):92-99.  doi:10.2174/1877944106999160317160621
  • Nandasiri MI, J Liu, BP McGrail, JWJ Jenks, HT Schaef, V Shutthanandan, Z Nie, PF Martin, and SK Nune. 2016. "Increased Thermal Conductivity in Metal-Organic Heat Carrier Nanofluids." Scientific Reports 6:27805.  doi:10.1038/srep27805
  • Nandasiri MI, SR Jambovane, BP McGrail, HT Schaef, and SK Nune. 2016. "Adsorption, Separation, and Catalytic Properties of Densified Metal-Organic Frameworks ." Coordination Chemistry Reviews 311:38-52.  doi:10.1016/j.ccr.2015.12.004
  • Nune SK, D Lao, DJ Heldebrant, J Liu, MJ Olszta, RK Kukkadapu, LM Gordon, MI Nandasiri, GA Whyatt, CK Clayton, DW Gotthold, MH Engelhard, and HT Schaef. 2016. "Anomalous Water Expulsion from Carbon-Based Rods at High Humidity." Nature Nanotechnology 11(9):791-797.  doi:10.1038/nnano.2016.91
  • Zhang W, D Banerjee, J Liu, HT Schaef, JV Crum, CA Fernandez, RK Kukkadapu, Z Nie, SK Nune, RK Motkuri, KW Chapman, MH Engelhard, JC Hayes, KL Silvers, R Krishna, BP McGrail, J Liu, and PK Thallapally. 2016. "Redox-Active Metal-Organic Composites for Highly Selective Oxygen Separation Applications." Advanced Materials 28(18):3572-3577.  doi:10.1002/adma.201600259
  • Zhou Y, J Yao, Y Ding, J Yu, X Hua, JE Evans, X Yu, D Lao, DJ Heldebrant, SK Nune, B Cao, ME Bowden, XY Yu, X Wang, and Z Zhu. 2016. "Improving the Molecular Ion Signal Intensity for In Situ Liquid SIMS Analysis." Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry 27(12):2006-2013.  doi:10.1007/s13361-016-1478-x


  • Annapureddy HVR, SK Nune, RK Motkuri, BP McGrail, and LX Dang. 2015. "A Combined Experimental and Computational Study on the Stability of Nanofluids Containing Metal Organic Frameworks." Journal of Physical Chemistry B 119(29):8992-8999.  doi:10.1021/jp5079086
  • Banerjee D, A Cairns, J Liu, RK Motkuri, SK Nune, CA Fernandez, R Krishna, DM Strachan, and PK Thallapally. 2015. "Potential of Metal-Organic Frameworks for Separation of Xenon and Krypton." Accounts of Chemical Research 48(2):211-219.  doi:10.1021/ar5003126
  • Fernandez CA, SK Nune, HV Annapureddy, LX Dang, BP McGrail, F Zheng, E Polikarpov, DL King, CJ Freeman, and KP Brooks. 2015. "Hydrophobic and moisture-stable metal-organic frameworks." Dalton Transactions 44(30):13490 - 13497.  doi:10.1039/C5DT00606F
  • Fu S, C Zhu, Y Zhou, G Yang, JW Jeon, JP Lemmon, D Du, SK Nune, and Y Lin. 2015. "Metal-Organic Framework Derived Hierarchically Porous Nitrogen-Doped Carbon Nanostructures as Novel Electrocatalyst for Oxygen Reduction Reaction." Electrochimica Acta 178:287-293.  doi:10.1016/j.electacta.2015.08.021
  • Jeon JW, L Zhang, J Lutkenhaus, DD Laskar, JP Lemmon, D Choi, MI Nandasiri, A Hashmi, J Xu, RK Motkuri, CA Fernandez, J Liu, MP Tucker, BP McGrail, B Yang, and SK Nune. 2015. "Controlling Porosity in Lignin-Derived Nanoporous Carbon for Supercapacitor Applications." ChemSusChem 8(3):428-432.  doi:10.1002/cssc.201402621
  • Motkuri RK, PK Thallapally, HV Annapureddy, LX Dang, R Krishna, SK Nune, CA Fernandez, J Liu, and BP McGrail. 2015. "Separation of polar compounds using a flexible metal-organic framework." Chemical Communications 51(40):8421-8424.  doi:10.1039/c5cc00113g
  • Nune SK, PK Thallapally, BP McGrail, HV Annapureddy, LX Dang, D Mei, NK Karri, KJ Alvine, MJ Olszta, BW Arey, and A Dohnalkova. 2015. "Adsorption Kinetics in Nanoscale Porous Coordination Polymers ." ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 7(39):21712-21716.  doi:10.1021/acsami.5b04109


  • Jeon JW, R Sharma, P Meduri, BW Arey, HT Schaef, J Lutkenhaus, JP Lemmon, PK Thallapally, MI Nandasiri, BP McGrail, and SK Nune. 2014. "In Situ One-Step Synthesis of Hierarchical Nitrogen-Doped Porous Carbon for High Performance Supercapacitors." ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 6(10):7214-7222.  doi:10.1021/am500339x
  • Motkuri RK, J Liu, CA Fernandez, SK Nune, PK Thallapally, and BP McGrail. 2014. "Metal-Organic Frameworks - Synthesis and Applications." Chapter 3 in Industrial Catalysis and Separations: Innovations for Process Intensification, ed. KV Raghavan and BM Reddy, pp. 61-103.  Apple Academic Press Inc., Waretown, NJ. 


  • McGrail BP, PK Thallapally, J Blanchard, SK Nune, JWJ Jenks, and LX Dang. 2013. "Metal-Organic Heat Carrier Nanofluids." Nano Energy 2(5):845-855.  doi:10.1016/j.nanoen.2013.02.007


  • Shukla R, N Chanda, A Zambre, K Katti, A Upendran, RR Kulkarni, SK Nune, SW Casteel, CJ Smith, E Boote, JD Robertson, P Kan, H Engelbrecht, LD Watkinson, TL Carmack, JR Lever, C Cutler, C Caldwell, R Kannan, and KV Katti. 2012. "Laminin receptor specific therapeutic gold nanoparticles ((AuNP)-Au-198-EGCg) show efficacy in treating prostate cancer ." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 109(31):12426-12431.  doi:10.1073/pnas.1121174109


  • Motkuri RK, PK Thallapally, SK Nune, CA Fernandez, BP McGrail, and JL Atwood. 2011. "Role of hydrocarbons in pore expansion and contraction of a flexible metal-organic framework." Chemical Communications 47(25):7077-7079.  doi:10.1039/c1cc11738f
  • Nune SK, P Gunda, BK Majeti, PK Thallapally, and FM Laird. 2011. "Advances in Lymphatic Imaging and Drug Delivery." Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews 63(10-11):867-885.  doi:10.1016/j.addr.2011.05.020


  • Thallapally PK, CA Fernandez, RK Motkuri, SK Nune, J Liu, and CHF Peden. 2010. "Micro and Mesoporous Metal Organic Frameworks for Catalysis Applications." Dalton Transactions 39(7):1692 - 1694.  doi:10.1039/b921118g
  • Fernandez CA, PK Thallapally, RK Motkuri, SK Nune, JC Sumrak, J Tian, and J Liu. 2010. "Gas-Induced Expansion and Contraction of a Fluorinated Metal-Organic Framework." Crystal Growth & Design 10(3):1037-1039.  doi:10.1021/cg9014948
  • Fernandez CA, SK Nune, RK Motkuri, PK Thallapally, CM Wang, J Liu, GJ Exarhos, and BP McGrail. 2010. "Synthesis, characterization, and application of metal organic framework nanostructures." Langmuir 26(24):18591-18594.  doi:10.1021/la103590t
  • Nune SK, PK Thallapally, A Dohnalkova, CM Wang, J Liu, and GJ Exarhos. 2010. "Synthesis and Properties of Nano Zeolitic Imidazolate Frameworks." Chemical Communications 46(27):4878-4880. 
  • Nune SK, PK Thallapally, and BP McGrail. 2010. "Metal organic gels (MOGs): a new class of sorbents for CO2 separation applications." Journal of Materials Chemistry 20(36):7623-7625.  doi:10.1039/c0jm01907k


  • Nune SK, P Gunda, PK Thallapally, YY Lin, LM Forrest, and CJ Berkland. 2009. "Nanoparticles for Biomedical Imaging ." Expert Opinion on Drug Delivery 6(11):1175-1194. 

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