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Satish Nune

Satish Nune

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


Dr. Satish K. Nune came to PNNL in 2009, he is a senior scientist in Applied Functional Group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory with a background in nanomaterial synthesis and functionalization. He is internationally known as an innovator in the development of porous nanomaterials for water management, geothermal fluids, low temperature geothermal applications, and energy storage. He serves as a principal investigator (PI) and Co-PI on various projects funded by PNNL-LDRD, U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE)-ARPA-E and Geothermal Office (GTO). Dr. Nune has organized and co-organized multiple symposiums at American Chemical Society’s (ACS-ENFL) division and AICHE-Nanoparticles (3D). Dr. Nune has over 60 peer-reviewed publications (3 more in press) including 4 reviews, 1 book chapter and 12 patents (4 US patents and 5 Japan patents issued; 3 US patents filed). His research work is highly regarded with numerous citations (>2590) from research groups worldwide and has h-index 24. He is the topic area, Nanoparticles (3D) chair at 2018 AICHE meeting. He was also an adjunct teaching faculty at Washington State University (WSU-Tri-Cities), taught Nanomaterials (537). Dr. Nune recently accepted to be on editorial board for SCIENTIFIC REPORTS published by Springer NATURE.

Research Interests

  • Engineered Hierarchical Porous Materials (MOFs, Silica, Porous carbons)
  • Synthesis and Functionalization of Nanostructured Materials with Engineered Porosity
  • Nanomaterials, Nanoparticle Synthesis and Fabrication/ Nanochemistry
  • Catalytic Reversible Organic Transformations
  • Clathrate Hydrates for Potable Water
  • Advanced Porous Composite Materials
  • Aqueous MOF-based Coatings
  • MOF-Polymer Interactions
  • Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carriers
  • Respirator Cartridge Performance Evaluation
  • Safer Nanomaterials for Biomedical Applications
  • Scale Inhibition and Nanomaterials in Enhanced Oil Recovery
  • Electrochromic and Photochromic Materials
  • Organophosphorus Compounds-Catalytic Degradation
  • Organometallics/ Polymer-metal interactions

Education and Credentials

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

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • Editorial Board member for Scientific Reports (Springer Nature) (2016-present)
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 2011-2015
  • Topic Area Chair, Nanoparticles (3D), AICHE, 2018.
  • Chair, Organic Chemistry Division, ACS-NORM 2018.
  • Profiles of Excellence, AICHE, Particle Technology Forum (PTF), 2016
  • Treasurer (2013-2014) Richland Section of American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • Session Chair/ Co-Chair ENFL, American Chemical Society (ACS).
  • Session Chair/ Co-Chair Nanoparticles (3D), AICHE
  • President (2018-2019), LabOratories Club, Toastmasters International Club located in Richland Washington.
  • AREA B2-Director (2018-2019), District 9, Toastmasters International
  • Treasurer (2017-Present), Lab Oratories, President's Distinguished club of Toastmasters International located in Richland Washington.
  • Secretary (2013-2014) Lab-Oratories, President's Distinguished club of Toastmasters International located in Richland Washington

Awards and Recognitions

  • 2015 PNNL-Science as Art Winner
  • 2009, 2011 and 2013 Outstanding performance award, PNNL, Richland WA.
  • 2014 PNNL Staff accomplishment award
  • 2004-2006 Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowship-JAPAN
  • 2000-2004 Graduate Research Fellowship from Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), INDIA
  • 1999 Junior Research Fellowship (JRF)-UGC, INDIA
  • Outstanding Performance in Academics, during 1994, 1995, 1997; Madhu Malancha Degree College, Osmania University.
  • Raghupathi Venkaiah Memorial Award-Outstanding Overall Performance in 1997, Madhu Malancha Degree College, Osmania University.
  • Basheeruddin Babukhan Memorial Award- Outstanding Overall Performance 1994, Madhu Malancha Degree College, Osmania University.

PNNL Patents

PNNL Publications



  • Miller Q., H.T. Schaef, S.K. Nune, K. Jung, J.A. Burghardt, P.F. Martin, and M.S. Prowant, et al. 2019. "Geophysical Monitoring with Seismic Metamaterial Contrast Agents." In Unconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTeC 2019), July 22-24, 2019, Denver, CO, Paper No 1123. Richardson, Texas:Society of Petroleum Engineers. PNNL-SA-148890. doi:10.15530/urtec-2019-1123
  • Murugesan V., J. Cho, N. Govind, A. Andersen, M.J. Olszta, K. Han, and G. Li, et al. 2019. "Lithium Insertion Mechanism in Iron Fluoride Nanoparticles Prepared by Catalytic Decomposition of Fluoropolymer." ACS Applied Energy Materials 2, no. 3:1832-1843. PNNL-SA-138144. doi:10.1021/acsaem.8b01983
  • Nune S.K., D. Lao, M.E. Bowden, H.T. Schaef, V.S. Vemuri, R.K. Motkuri, and B.P. McGrail. 2019. "Investigation of Reactive Intermediates During the Synthesis of Di-n-butylmagnesium." Inorganica Chimica Acta 489. PNNL-SA-119108. doi:10.1016/j.ica.2019.01.035
  • Polikarpov E., C.A. Fernandez, G.W. Coffey, S.K. Nune, A.J. Karkamkar, B.J. Garcia, and T.L. Lemmon, et al. 2019. "Toward Polarization-Switched Molecular Pumps." ACS Applied Energy Materials 2, no. 6:4092-4097. PNNL-SA-138089. doi:10.1021/acsaem.9b00252


  • Evans K.A., Z.C. Kennedy, B.W. Arey, J.F. Christ, H.T. Schaef, S.K. Nune, and R.L. Erikson. 2018. "Chemically Active, Porous 3D-Printed Thermoplastic Composites." ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 10, no. 17:15112-15121. PNNL-SA-129492. doi:10.1021/acsami.7b17565
  • 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
  • Miller Q., S.K. Nune, H.T. Schaef, K. Jung, K.M. Denslow, M.S. Prowant, and P.F. Martin, et al. 2018. "Microporous and Flexible Framework Acoustic Metamaterials for Sound Attenuation and Contrast Agent Applications." ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 10, no. 51:44226-44230. PNNL-SA-139317. doi:10.1021/acsami.8b19249
  • 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


  • Cho S., M. Uddin, P.K. Alaboina, S.S. Han, M.I. Nandasiri, Y.S. Choi, and E. Hu, et al. 2017. "Exploring Lithium Deficiency in Layered Oxide Cathode for Li-ion Battery." Advanced Sustainable Systems 1, no. 7:Article No. 1700026. PNNL-SA-126077. doi:10.1002/adsu.201700026
  • De S., M.I. Nandasiri, H.T. Schaef, B.P. McGrail, S.K. Nune, and J. Lutkenhaus. 2017. "Water-based assembly of polymer-metal organic framework (MOF) functional coatings." Advanced Materials Interfaces 4, no. 2:Article No. 1600905. PNNL-SA-121155. doi:10.1002/admi.201600905
  • McGrail B.P., P.K. Thallapally, J. Liu, and S.K. Nune. 2017. Magnetic Partitioning Nanofluid for Rare Earth Extraction from Geothermal Fluids. PNNL-26721. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Magnetic Partitioning Nanofluid for Rare Earth Extraction from Geothermal Fluids
  • Yao J., D. Lao, X. Sui, Y. Zhou, S.K. Nune, X. Ma, and T. Troy, et al. 2017. "Two Coexisting Liquid Phases in Switchable Ionic Liquids." Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 19, no. 34:22627-22623. PNNL-SA-122167. doi:10.1039/C7CP03754F


  • Choi D., X. Li, W.A. Henderson, Q. Huang, S.K. Nune, J.P. Lemmon, and V.L. Sprenkle. 2016. "LiCoPO4 Cathode from a CoHPO4xH2O Nanoplate Precursor for High Voltage Li-ion Batteries." Heliyon 2, no. 2. PNNL-SA-112654. doi:10.1016/j.heliyon.2016.e00081
  • Jambovane S.R., S.K. Nune, R.T. Kelly, B.P. McGrail, Z. Wang, M.I. Nandasiri, and S. Katipamula, et al. 2016. "Continuous, One-pot Synthesis and Post-Synthetic Modification of NanoMOFs Using Droplet Nanoreactors." Scientific Reports. PNNL-SA-119000. doi:10.1038/srep36657
  • Lao D., R.K. Kukkadapu, L. Kovarik, B.W. Arey, D.J. Heldebrant, and S.K. Nune. 2016. "Switchable Ionic Liquids: An Environmentally-friendly Medium to Synthesize Nanoparticulate Green Rust." Current Inorganic Chemistry 6, no. 2:92-99. PNNL-SA-110524. doi:10.2174/1877944106999160317160621
  • Nandasiri M.I., J. Liu, B.P. McGrail, J.W. Jenks, H.T. Schaef, V. Shutthanandan, and Z. Nie, et al. 2016. "Increased Thermal Conductivity in Metal-Organic Heat Carrier Nanofluids." Scientific Reports 6. PNNL-SA-116018. doi:10.1038/srep27805
  • Nandasiri M.I., S.R. Jambovane, B.P. McGrail, H.T. Schaef, and S.K. Nune. 2016. "Adsorption, Separation, and Catalytic Properties of Densified Metal-Organic Frameworks." Coordination Chemistry Reviews 311. PNNL-SA-114703. doi:10.1016/j.ccr.2015.12.004
  • Nune S.K., D. Lao, D.J. Heldebrant, J. Liu, M.J. Olszta, R.K. Kukkadapu, and L.M. Gordon, et al. 2016. "Anomalous Water Expulsion from Carbon-Based Rods at High Humidity." Nature Nanotechnology 11, no. 9:791-797. PNNL-SA-112991. doi:10.1038/nnano.2016.91
  • 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
  • Zhou Y., J. Yao, Y. Ding, J. Yu, X. Hua, J.E. Evans, and X. Yu, et al. 2016. "Improving the Molecular Ion Signal Intensity for In Situ Liquid SIMS Analysis." Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry 27, no. 12:2006-2013. PNNL-SA-118036. doi:10.1007/s13361-016-1478-x


  • 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
  • Fernandez C.A., S.K. Nune, H.V. Annapureddy, L.X. Dang, B.P. McGrail, F. Zheng, and E. Polikarpov, et al. 2015. "Hydrophobic and moisture-stable metal-organic frameworks." Dalton Transactions 44, no. 30:13490 - 13497. PNNL-SA-106696. doi:10.1039/C5DT00606F
  • Fu S., C. Zhu, Y. Zhou, G. Yang, J. Jeon, J.P. Lemmon, and D. Du, et al. 2015. "Metal-Organic Framework Derived Hierarchically Porous Nitrogen-Doped Carbon Nanostructures as Novel Electrocatalyst for Oxygen Reduction Reaction." Electrochimica Acta 178. PNNL-SA-106861. doi:10.1016/j.electacta.2015.08.021
  • 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
  • Motkuri R.K., P.K. Thallapally, H.V. Annapureddy, L.X. Dang, R. Krishna, S.K. Nune, and C.A. Fernandez, et al. 2015. "Separation of polar compounds using a flexible metal-organic framework." Chemical Communications 51, no. 40:8421-8424. PNNL-SA-106787. doi:10.1039/c5cc00113g
  • Nune S.K., P.K. Thallapally, B.P. McGrail, H.V. Annapureddy, L.X. Dang, D. Mei, and N.K. Karri, et al. 2015. "Adsorption Kinetics in Nanoscale Porous Coordination Polymers." ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 7, no. 39:21712-21716. PNNL-SA-104104. doi:10.1021/acsami.5b04109


  • Jeon J., R. Sharma, P. Meduri, B.W. Arey, H.T. Schaef, J. Lutkenhaus, and J.P. Lemmon, et al. 2014. "In Situ One-Step Synthesis of Hierarchical Nitrogen-Doped Porous Carbon for High Performance Supercapacitors." ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 6, no. 10:7214-7222. PNNL-SA-99833. doi:10.1021/am500339x
  • 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.


  • McGrail B.P., P.K. Thallapally, J. Blanchard, S.K. Nune, J.W. Jenks, and L.X. Dang. 2013. "Metal-Organic Heat Carrier Nanofluids." Nano Energy 2, no. 5:845-855. PNNL-SA-92428. doi:10.1016/j.nanoen.2013.02.007


  • Shukla R., N. Chanda, A. Zambre, K. Katti, A. Upendran, R.R. Kulkarni, and S.K. Nune, et al. 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, no. 31:12426-12431. PNNL-SA-86596. doi:10.1073/pnas.1121174109


  • 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
  • Nune S.K., P. Gunda, B.K. Majeti, P.K. Thallapally, and F.M. Laird. 2011. "Advances in Lymphatic Imaging and Drug Delivery." Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews 63, no. 10-11:867-885. PNNL-SA-69744. doi:10.1016/j.addr.2011.05.020


  • 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
  • Nune S.K., P.K. Thallapally, A. Dohnalkova, C.M. Wang, J. Liu, and G.J. Exarhos. 2010. "Synthesis and Properties of Nano Zeolitic Imidazolate Frameworks." Chemical Communications 46, no. 27:4878-4880. PNNL-SA-70605.
  • Nune S.K., P.K. Thallapally, and B.P. McGrail. 2010. "Metal organic gels (MOGs): a new class of sorbents for CO2 separation applications." Journal of Materials Chemistry 20, no. 36:7623-7625. PNNL-SA-73546. doi:10.1039/c0jm01907k
  • 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


  • Nune S.K., P. Gunda, P.K. Thallapally, Y. Lin, L.M. Forrest, and C.J. Berkland. 2009. "Nanoparticles for Biomedical Imaging." Expert Opinion on Drug Delivery 6, no. 11:1175-1194. PNNL-SA-67470.

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