Hakkim Vovusha

Postdoctoral Fellows

​Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interests

  1. Molecular modeling of membranes using classical molecular dynamics (MD) simulations and density 
  2. functional theory (DFT) calculations.
  3. Sensing of biomolecules (DNA/RNA, Proteins), small molecules with different 2D nanomaterials and metal surfaces.
  4. Elucidation of catalytic mechanisms of copolymerization.
  5. Modeling of Li, K, Na, Mg, and Ca battery materials.
  6. Modeling of CO2 storage materials

Selected Publications

  • Gas separation and water desalination performance of defect-free interfacially polymerized para-linked polyamide th... 
    Z. Ali, Y. Wang, W. Ogieglo, F. Pacheco, H. Vovusha, Y. Han, I. Pinnau
    Journal of Membrane Science, Volume 618, 118572, (2020)
  • Finely Tuned Submicroporous Thin‐Film Molecular Sieve Membranes for Highly Efficient Fluid Separations 
    Z. Ali, B. S. Ghanem, Y. Wang, F. Pacheco, W. Ogieglo, H. Vovusha, G. Genduso, U. Schwinge...
    Adv. Mater., 2001132, (2020)
  • Mechanism of wettability alteration of the calcite {101 [combining macron] 4} surface 
    Huifang Li, Hakkim Vovusha, Sitansh Sharma, Nirpendra Singh, Udo Schwingenschlögl
    Physical Chemistry Chemical Physic, (2020)
  • Sensitivity enhancement of stanene towards toxic SO2 and H2S 
    Hakkim Vovusha, Tanveer Hussain, Muhammad Sajjad, Hoonkyung Lee, Amir Karton, Rajeev Ahuja...
    Applied Surface Science, (2019)
  • Density Functional Theory Analysis of Gas Adsorption on Monolayer and Few Layer Transition Metal Dichalcogenides: I... 
    Vasudeo Babar, Hakkim Vovusha (equal contribution), Udo Schwingenschlögl
    ACS Applied Nano Materials, (2019)


  • ​Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Madras, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India, 2013
  • M.Sc., Chemistry, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai, Tamilnadu, India, 2007
  • B.Sc., Chemistry, The American College, Madurai, Tamilnadu, India, 2005

Professional Profile

  • ​2015-present: Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2014-2015: Researcher, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
  • 2012-2014: Postdoctoral fellow, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
  • 2010-2012: Senior Research Fellow, CSIR-CLRI, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India
  • 2007-2010: Junior Research Fellow, CSIR-CLRI, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India


  • Senior Research Fellow, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi, India, 2010
  • Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering, 2007
  • Prof. C. Srinivasan endowment gold medal for topper in M.Sc, physical chemistry, 2007
  • Maveeran Sundaralingam endowment scholarship for having secured the highest marks in M.Sc. 
  • (Chemistry), 2007

Research Interests Keywords

membranes sensors MD simulation and DFT