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Chaitanya Narula

Materials Science & Technology Division, ORNL


Dr. Chaitanya K. Narula is a distinguished research staff member in Materials Science & Technology Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Professor of Chemical Engineering, faculty in the Bredsen Center, and adjunct faculty in Materials Science and Engineering Department at University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Rajasthan University, Jaipur in 1982. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Delaware with Prof. R.F. Heck (Nobel Prize 2010), Alexander-von-Humboldt Fellow at the University of Munich with Prof. H. Nöth, and a research associate at the University of New Mexico with Prof. R.T. Paine before joining Ford Research Laboratory in 1988. He started a new research programs on materials chemistry related to automotive industry while at Ford and was rapidly promoted to a group leader and staff technical specialist position in 1996. His sabbatical appointments were at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1993-4) and California Institute of Technology (summer, 1996). He joined Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 2002 as a distinguished research staff member and served as a group leader (2004-13). Dr. Narula has published over 75 papers in refereed journals; several review articles and book chapters, and a monograph. He has been awarded 32 US patents and 16 European patents. He received 25 innovation awards (1991-2003), a quality award (1991), and a Technical Achievement award (1999) from Ford Motor Co.


The core areas of my ongoing research activities include theoretical, experimental, and nano-structural characterization studies to advance catalysis science. Our fundamental research enables us to address issues preventing deployment of technologies. For example, we are carrying out extensive research employing emission treatment catalysts as models to develop a catalyst by design protocol that can speed up the discovery process. Employing this protocol, we have shown that atomistic changes in zeolite catalysts can enable us to co-relate their catalytic activity with nanostructure. The new modified zeolites are highly effective low-temperature NOx reduction catalysts. We are exploring the catalytic activity of our newly discover zeolites for hydrocarbon upgrading and direct ethanol conversion to fuel. These topics include extensive mechanistic studies. My research is supported by DOE-OVT and DOE-BTO offices.


Moses-DeBusk, M.; Yoon, M.; Allard, L.; Mullins, D.; Wu, Z.; Yang, X.; Veith, G.; Stocks, G.; Narula, C. K.; CO Oxidation on Supported Single Pt Atoms – Experimental and Ab Initio Density Functional Studies of CO interaction with Pt Atom on theta-Al2O3(010) Surface, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2013, 135, 12634-12645.

Yang, X.; Wu, Z.; Debusk, M.M.; Mullins, D.R.; Mahurin, S.M.; Geiger, R.A.; Kidder, M.; Narula, C.K.; Heterometal Incorporation in M-Exchanged Zeolites Enables Low Temperature Catalytic NOx Reduction Activity, J. Phys. Chem., C, 2012, 116, 23322.

Narula, C.K. Stocks, M.G.; Ab-Initio Density Functional Studies of Adsorption of Transition Metal Atoms on theta-Alumina Surfaces, J. Phys. Chem. C, 2012, 116, 5628.

Klobukowski, E.; Taenhaeff, W.; McCamy, J.; Harris, C.; Narula, C.K.; Atmospheric Pressure Chemical Vapor Deposition of High Silica SiO2-TiO2 Antireflective Thin Films for Glass Based Solar Panels, J. Mater. Chem. C., 2013, 1, 6188.

Narula, C.K.; Nakouzi, S.R.; Wu, R.; Sol-gel Processed BaO-nAl2O3 Materials Derived from Ba[Al(OiC3H7)4]2 : Their Evaluation as NOx Trap Materials, AIChE Journal 47 (2001) 744.

Narula, C.K.; Allison, J.E.; Bauer, D.; Gandhi, H.S.; Materials Chemistry Issues Related to Automo¬tive Applications of Advanced Materials, Chem. Mater., 8 (1996) 984.

Narula, C.K.; Hack, L.; Chun, W.; Graham, G.W.; Synthesis and Oxygen Storage Capacity of Single Phase PrOy-nZrO2 and PrOy-CeO2-nZrO2 Materials: A Comparison with CeO2-ZrO2 Materials, J. Phys. Chem. B, 103 (1999) 3634.

Narula, C.K.; Riaz, U.; Varshney, A.; Atmo¬spheric Pressure Chemical Vapor Deposition of SiO2-TiO2 Antireflective Films from [Tri-(tert-butoxy)siloxy tri-(tert-butoxy)]titanium, [tC4H9O]3Si-O-TiOtC4H9]3, which is a single Source Alkoxide Precursor, Chem. Vap. Deposition (in Advanced Materials), 2 (1996) 13.

Narula, C.K.; Czubarow, P.; Seyferth, D.; Thin Films of Titanium Nitride on Alumina Substrates from [CH3]3SiNHTiCl3 for Automotive Applica¬tions, Chem. Vap. Deposition (in Advanced Materials), 1 (1995) 51.

Narula, C.K.; Schaeffer, R.O.; Paine, R.T.; Datye, A.; Hammetter, W.F.; Synthesis of BN Ceramics from Poly(borazinyl)amine, J. Amer. Chem. Soc., 109 (1987) 5556.

Narula, C.K.; Nöth, H.; Preparation and Characterization of Salts Contain¬ing Cations of Tricoordinate Boron, Inorg. Chem., 23 (1984) 4147.

Narula, C.K.; Mak, K.T.; Heck, R.F.; Palladium Catalyzed Cyclization of Bromodienes, J. Org. Chem., 48 (1983) 2792.

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