Abhishek Dutta Chowdhury

Postdoctoral Fellows

​Postdoctoral Fellow


Research Interests

​Dehydrogenation of alkanes and characterization of the post-reacted catalyst materials​

Selected Publications

  • Recent Trends and Fundamental Insights in the Methanol-to-Olefins Process, I. Yarulina, A. D. Chowdhury, F. Meirer, B. M. Weckhuysen, J. Gascon, Nat. Catal., 1, 398-411 (2018).
  • Bridging the Gap between the Direct and Hydrocarbon Pool Mechanisms of the Methanol-to-Hydrocarbon Process, A. D. Chowdhury, A. L. Paioni, K. Houben, G. T. Whiting, M. Baldus, B. M. Weckhuysen, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 57, 8095-8099 (2018)
  • Electrophilic Aromatic Substitution over Zeolites Generates Wheland-type Reaction Intermediates, A. D. Chowdhury, K. Houben, G.T. Whiting, M. Baldus, S. Chung, B.M. Weckhuysen, Nat. Catal., 1, 23-31 (2018).
  • Initial Carbon-Carbon Bond Formation during the Early Stages of Methanol-to-Olefin Process Proven by Zeolite-Trapped Acetate and Methyl Acetate, A. D. Chowdhury, K. Houben, G.T. Whiting, M. Mokhtar, A.M. Asiri, S.A. Al- Thabaiti, S.N. Basahel, M. Baldus, B.M. Weckhuysen, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 55, 15840-15845 (2016).
  • Towards a Practical Development of Light-Driven Acceptorless Alkanes Dehydrogenation, A. D. Chowdhury, N. Weding, R. Jackstell, J. Julis, R. Franke, M. Beller, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 53, 6477-6781 (2014)


  • Ph.D., Chemistry, Indian Institute of Techonology-Bombay, India (2012)
  • M.Sc., Inorganic Chemistry, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India (2007)
  • B.Sc., Chemistry, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India (2005)

Professional Profile

  • 2018-present: Postdoctoral Fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2014-2018: Marie-Curie Fellow, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
  • 2013-2014: DAAD-Leibniz Fellow, Leibniz Institute for Catalysis, Germany

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​KAUST Catalysis Center (KCC), Advanced Catalytic Materials
  • Division of Physical Science and Engineering (PSE)

Research Interests Keywords

Catalysis Heterogeneous Catalysis Nanoporous Materials Heterogeneous Catalysis Crystal Design Synthesis and Functionalization Crystal Structure Determination XRD