Binod Raj Giri, Ph.D.


Senior Research Scientist


B5/L4, 4216-WS05

Research Interests

My research interest lies in applying both of the experimental and theoretical methods to understand the reactions of combustion importance. To this end, my areas of research primarily focus at understanding of chemical reactions in the gas phase at a molecular level to deduce reasonable thermodynamic and kinetic parameters.  The pressure and temperature dependence of the rate coefficients that are determined experimentally, are further analyzed using statistical rate theory. In addition, my research also focuses in the areas of sour gas properties and sulfur chemistry relevant to the production, processing and utilization of sour natural gas, sour crude oils, oil sands and their related products with particular interest in the experimental determination and modeling of the viscosity surface of sour and/or acid gas fluids, and hydrocarbon system to quantify the effects of salinity and specific gravity in the water content of the system.

Selected Publications


  • B.Eng., Applied Petroleum, SAIT Polytechnic, Calgary, Canada, 2012
  • Ph.D., Chemistry (Magna Cum Laude), University of Karlsruhe, Germany, 2005
  • MSc., Chemistry(Gold Medalist with distinction)​, Tribhuvan University, Nepal, 1995 

Professional Profile

  • 2009-2013: Asst. Professor, University Research Center, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada
  • 2008: Asst. Professor, Acadia University, Wolfville, Canada
  • 2005-2007: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Argonne National Laboratory, Chicago, USA
  • 2001-2005: Scientific Staff, Inst. of Physical Chemistry, University of Karlsruhe, Germany 

Scientific and Professional Membership

Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), American Geophysical Union (AGU), editorial board member for journal of chemistry 


  • ​2000-2001: DAAD Scholarship for Research and Teaching, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
  • 1998: Pandit Narayan Medal, Awarded by Nepal Chemical Society
  • 1997: Amrit medal for securing the highest marks in Chemistry
  • 1997: Gold Medal awarded by His Majesty the King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev for outstanding performance in Chemistry
  • 1988: Gold Medal for being the High School valedictorian 

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​Chemical Kinetics and Laser Diagnostics Laboratory, Clean Combustion Research Center
  • Division of Physical Sciences and Engineering

Research Interests Keywords

Gas Phase Kinetics Laser Flash Photolysis Shock Tube Studies Statistical Rate Theory Calculations Computational Chemistry Laser Diagnostic in Combustion Thermo-Physical Properties Measurements Fluid Phase Equilibria