Abdul Malek, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interests

Dr. Malek's research interests lie in the synthesis of nanomaterials and their application in clean energy production, especially in PV-coupled seawater electrolysis, and Electrochemical CO2 reduction using microfluidic electrolyzers. 

Selected Publications

  1. Hydrogen production from human and cow urine using in situ synthesized aluminium nanoparticles
    A. Malek, A. Ganta, D. G. Priya, I. M.Nambi*, T. Thomas*
    International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 46 (54), 27319-27329, 2021. 
  1. Waste-to-Wealth Approach in Water Economy: Beneficiation of Mercury-contaminated Water in Hydrogen Production
    A. Malek, G. R. Rao, and T. Thomas*
    International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 46 (52), 26677-26692, 2021. 

  2. Synthesis of Stable Al (0) Nanoparticles in Water in the form of Al (0) @Cu and Sequestration of Cu2+(aq.) with Simultaneous H2 Production
    A. Malek, E. Prasad*, Tiju Thomas*
    ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 7, 12, 10332-10339, 2019. 
  1. Development of a Next-Generation Fluorescent Turn-On Sensor to Simultaneously Detect and Detoxify Mercury in Living Samples
    A. Malek, K. Bera, S. Biswas, G. Perumal, A. K. Das, M. Doble, T. Thomas* and E. Prasad*
    Analytical Chemistry, 91 (5), 3533–3538, 2019. 
  1. Evidence of Nano-galvanic Couple Formation on in-situ Formed Nano-aluminum amalgam Surfaces for Passivation-bypassed Water Splitting
    A. Malek, T. Thomas*, E. Prasad*
    International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 43, 10878-10886, 2018. 
  1. Chimie douce hydrogen production from Hg contaminated water, with desirable throughput, and simultaneous Hg-removal
    A. Malek, E. Prasad*, A. Subrahmanyam, T. Thomas*,
    International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 42 (24), 15724-15730, 2017. 
  1. Visual and optical sensing of Hg2+, Cd2+, Cu2+ and Pb2+ in water and its beneficiation via gettering in the nano-amalgam form
    A. Malek, T. Thomas*, E. Prasad*
    ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 4, 3497-3503, 2016. 


  • Ph.D., Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India, 2019

  • M.Sc., Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India, 2015

  • B.Sc., University of Calcutta, Kolkata, India, 2013 

Professional Profile

  • 2021-Present, Postdoctoral Fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2019-2021, Postdoctoral Fellow, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India


  • Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE): All India rank 52 in Chemistry, 2015.
  • National Eligibility Test (NET): All India rank 37 (lectureship), June-2014.
    Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) NET and Junior Research Fellowship (JRF): All India rank 41, Dec-2014.
  • DST INSPIRE Scholarship: A Science Scholarship for Higher Education (SHE) instituted by the Department of Science & Technology
    (DST) to award to the top 1% students in India. Received INR 4,00,000 from 2010 to 2015.

KAUST Affiliations

  • Clean Combustion Research Center (CCRC)

  • Division of Physical Sciences and Engineering (PSE)

Research Interests Keywords

PV-EC Water Splitting Microfluidic Electrolyzer CO2 reduction Seawater Electrolysis Green Hydrogen nanomaterials