Shamjad Moosakutty, Ph.D.


Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interests

My research involves understanding the formation and behavior of tiny particles known as aerosols within the atmosphere by conducting field and chamber experiments. I measure aerosol physical, chemical, and optical properties using various techniques such as mass spectrometry, light attenuation, etc. The scattering and absorption of sunlight by atmospheric aerosols controls Earth's radiative budget. My research focuses on understanding the interaction of various aerosol species with light causing warming or cooling of the atmosphere. I also study the formation of aerosols from biogenic precursors in a process know as gas-to-particle conversion using chamber studies. Currently, I am focusing on combustion aerosols to understand their impact on air pollution and to develop better fuels. Apart from experimental studies, I use various modeling tools to identify the mixing state, new particle formation, and radiative forcing of aerosols.

Selected Publications


  • ​Ph.D., Atmospheric Science, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India, 2017
  • M. Tech., Environmental Engineering and Management, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India, 2011
  • B. Tech., Civil Engineering, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India, 2008

Professional Profile

  • ​2019-Present: Postdoctoral fellow, Clean Combustion Research Center, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2017-2019: Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Chemistry, Atmospheric Physical Chemistry Division, Aarhus University, Denmark.
  • 2015: Visiting researcher, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Duke University, North Carolina, USA. 
  • 2013: Visiting researcher, Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
  • 2012: Visiting researcher, Bhabha Atomic Research Center, Mumbai, India.



  • ​A grant from Aarhus University Research Foundation for research startup, 2017
  • A grant from Goldschmidt society to attend Goldschmidt-2014 conference at Sacramento, California, USA, 2014
  • A grant from the Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India for international
  • travel, 2014
  • Best paper award during Indian Atmospheric Science and Technology Association (IASTA) conference in Bombay, India, 2012
  • Scholarship from the Ministry of Human Resources and Development-India during Ph.D., 2011
  • Scholarship from the Ministry of Human Resources and Development-India during M. Tech, 2009

Research Interests Keywords

combustion chemistry Aerosol physical optical and chemical properties Atmospheric chemistry Air pollution Climate change Evolution of organic aerosols Volatile organic carbon