Abdul Malek, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest

Dr. Malek's research interests lie in the synthesis of nanomaterials and their application in clean energy, especially in PV-coupled seawater electrolysis. He also works on green hydrogen combustion for mixed-fuel engines. 

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 


  • 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

Seawater Electrolysis nanomaterials Flow cell Electrolyzer Plasmonic Nanoparticles Photocatalysis hydrogen combustion