Radha Kishan Motkuri

Radha Kishan Motkuri Radha Kishan Motkuri
Sr. Research Scientist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, Washington, USA.


Dr. Motkuri is a senior research scientist with the PNNL Energy processes and Materials Division. He has over 18 years of experience in material chemistry with an emphasis on porous materials such as zeolites, metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), covalent organic frameworks (COFs), mesoporous silica and porous carbon for potential applications. He serves as principal investigator (PI), Co-PI, and project manager and task manager in diverse range of projects in material chemistry. His works is funded by the US Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency, DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), US State Department Chemical Security Program, and PNNL?s internal Laboratory Directed Research.

Research Interest

Engineering of nanoporous materials (MOFs, COFs, zeolites, mesoporous silica and Porous carbon) for energy applications, Rational design of porous MOFs for gas sorption (CO2, N2, CH4, SO2, H2S, NO, Xe, Kr, fluorocarbons and refrigerants) for CO2 sequestration, xenon separation, energy storage, adsorption chiller applications, Nanoporous materials for heating/cooling, adsorption chiller and power generation, Design of novel nanoporous materials for vapor sorption (polar and non-polar solvents) for separation and geothermal applications Exploration of MOF materials as heterogeneous catalysis, Design and pore-engineering of functional MOFs for energy and environmental applications, Novel synthetic methodologies for bulk and continuous production of MOFs, Molecular modelling studies of gas sorption, separation in porous materials, Development of in-situ tools for understanding the formation mechanism for zeolites and MOFs, Development of novel zeolitic structures for sorption, separation and catalysis applications, Graphene based membranes for water transport and separation applications (Tritum treatment, bioethanol purification), MOFs and MOFs derived porous materials for electrocatalysis applications, Chemical safety and Security.