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Research Engineer/Scientist

United States
December 09, 2018

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Curriculum Vitae

Dr K. Narayana Rao

Senior Research Engineer

Heesung Catalysts Ltd, Siheung City

#***-***, ****-*, ******** of Korea, 15088


Mobile Phone: +82-105*******

Professional Summary

Professional Research scientist with more than 7 years experience in mobile emissions catalysts R&D. Extensive background in chemistry, oxide composite, material science, nanomaterials and their catalytic applications. My key areas of expertise include, but are not limited to the following;

●Having a good reputation for designing new catalyst formulation and process optimization

●Materials and surface characterization by advanced microscopy and spectroscopy techniques

●Excellent technical writing and communication skills, published 25+ research articles

●Establish effective relationships with internal teams and other industrial partners

●Guiding and effective team building with co-workers to deliver end product

Professional Experience

May 2012 - Present Senior Research Engineer, Heesung Catalysts (BASF joint venture), Korea

(5+ years) After treatment system formulation for Gasoline and Diesel engines

New Material characterization, optimization of washcoat properties

Mar 2010 - 2012 Visiting Scientist, Functional Material Center, KIST, Korea

(2 years) Worked in NOx abatement by methane and ammonia on Pd, Ag/Al2O3

Synthesis of dendrimer encapsulated nanoparticles and nano architectures

April - Oct. 2009 Guest PhD student in Inha University, Incheon, Korea

(6 months) Successfully synthesized new generation CeO2-ZrO2 materials for ODH of

ethylbenzene using CO2 (SABIC project)

Academic Qualifications

2005 - 2010 Ph.D. (Material Science and Heterogeneous Catalysis)

Title: Design of Nanosized Ceria-based Multi Component Oxide for Catalytic Applications, Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT)

Osmania University, Hyderabad, India

2003 - 2005 M.Sc. (Inorganic Chemistry)

Main campus, Osmania University, Hyderabad, India

1999 - 2002 B.Sc. (Chemistry, Computer Science and Mathematics)

Kavitha Memorial College, Khammam, AP, India

Research Experience

Designing and development of active metal supported catalysts and new concepts

Understanding the reaction mechanism and surface characterization

Catalyst preparation methods:

Co-precipitation, deposition precipitation, sol-gel and wet-impregnation

Atomic plasma deposition (APD) of PGM on Al2O3, SiO2, CeO2-ZrO2 etc

Washcoat process development, optimization of slurry properties

Catalytic reactions studied:

Oxidation reactions: VOC (Benzene, Toluene etc), CO & soot oxidation, selective oxidation of 4-methylanisole

Oxidative dehydrogenation (ODH) of ethylbenzene, diethylbenzene and propane

CH4 and ammonia SCR catalysts: Ag/Al2O3, V2O5/TiO2, Cu/Fe-chabazite etc

Commercial TWC catalysts: Pd only and Pt/Pd/Rh for MCC and UCC

Experienced hands on various catalyst characterization techniques:

XRD, HT-XRD, BET SA, UV-Vis, TGA, TPR, physisorption and chemisorption methods.

Surface characterization: DRIFT-FTIR, ESCA/XPS, SEM and TEM-EDAX

Analytical techniques:

GC, GC-MS, HPLC, mass spectrometry and gas analysers

Awards and Honours

●Received ‘Certificate of Recognition’ for outstanding contribution on research activities and product development at Heesung catalyst, 2015

●Received national level ‘Best PhD thesis award’ and silver medal from Catalysis Society of India, Dec. 2010

●Invited and awarded for a ‘visiting PhD student fellowship’ to work on CO2 utilization project at Inha Industry Partnership Institute, Incheon, Korea from April to Oct. 2009

●Received best poster award in national workshop in catalysis for energy, India, 2006

●Selected to participate in national level ‘Interactive Meet of Indian Research Scholars & Students with European and Indian Science Icons’, had an opportunity to interact with nobel laureates and president of India, Department of Science and Technology, 8th Feb. 2007

●Qualified in CSIR-UGC National Eligibility Test for junior and senior research fellowship from 2005 to 2010


[1] K.Y. Lee, KN Rao, J.W. Song, “A three-way catalyst comprising Ph-Rh alloy”

Korea Patent: 10-201*-******* (Open), US and EU patent (Review)

[2] K.N. Rao, J.W. Song, “A NOx trap catalyst having a non-platinum group NOx trap layer”

Patented countries: US, EU, Korea Patent (Filed)


Komateedi Narayana Rao

Title: New Generation Non-noble Bimetallic Catalysts for TWC Applications

LAP Lambert Academic Publishing GmbH & Co. KG, Germany

ISBN: 978-3-8443-2368-9

Research Publications (Complete list on request)

Published 25 research articles in reputed international journals with 1000+ citations. Designed project proposals and successfully completed the research activities on several area like emission catalysts, composite oxide, nanomaterials, fine chemical synthesis, etc

[1] K.N. Rao, H.P. Ha, “Cs promoted Ag/Al2O3 catalysts for selective catalytic reduction of NOx

by methane: Effect of SO2 and H2O”,

Catalysis Science & Technology 2 (2012) 495-498.

[2] K.N. Rao, P.V. Swamy, B.M. Reddy, “Structural Characterization and Catalytic Evaluation of

Supported Copper-Ceria Catalysts for Soot Oxidation”

Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 50 (2011) 119**-*****.

[3] K.N. Rao, B.M. Reddy,S.-E. Park, “Efficient CeO2 promoted TiO2–ZrO2 nanocomposite oxides

for CO2 utilization and oxidative dehydrogenation of diethyl benzene”,

Applied Catalysis B: Environmental 100 (2010) 472-480.

[4] B.M. Reddy, G.K. Reddy, K.N. Rao, I. Ganesh, ”Characterization and photocatalytic activity of

TiO2-M2O3 (M2O3 = SiO2, Al2O3, and ZrO2) mixed oxides synthesized by microwave-induced solution combustion technique”,

Journal of Material Science 44-200*-****-****.

[5] H.S. Bae, K.N. Rao, H.P. Ha, “Structural Characterization and Catalytic Activity of Pt

Dendrimer Encapsulated Nanoparticles Supported over Al2O3 for SCR of NOx”,

J. of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 11 (2011) 6136-40.


Dr Hyun-Sik Hun

Vice President and Plant Manager

Heesung Catalysts Ltd

#507-1Da, 1251-6, Jeongwang 1-dong

Siheung-si, Republic of Korea, 429-450

Phone: +82-10-814*-****


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