Research Scientist, Separations Materials
Research Scientist, Separations Materials


Dr. Jothi Kothandaraman joined Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in 2017, where she is currently a research scientist in the Separations Materials team under the Energy and Environment Directorate. She has over 10 years of experience in catalysis with an emphasis on development of green and sustainable chemical processes that are relevant to the U.S. Department of Energy and various industries. Her research focuses on carbon dioxide capture and conversion to value added chemicals, fuels and polymers, and hydrogen carriers. Before PNNL, Dr. Kothandaraman worked at GlaxoSmithKline (UK), where she focused on organic chemical synthesis for pharmaceutical applications.

Research Interest

  • CO2 capture and conversions
  • Liquid organic hydrogen carriers
  • Chemical separations
  • Methane conversions
  • Mechanisms of catalytic processes
  • Homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis


  • PhD, Chemistry, University of Southern California
  • MS, Chemistry, University of Madras
  • BS, Chemistry, University of Madras

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • Member of American Chemical Society, 2012–present
  • Editorial Board Member for Frontiers in Chemistry Journal, 2020–present
  • Editorial Board Member for Sustainability Journal, 2020–present

Awards and Recognitions

  • Phi Kappa Phi Award for Creative and Scholarly Achievements, 2017
  • William P. Weber Award for Outstanding Graduate Research, 2016
  • John Stauffer Endowed Fellowship, 2015
  • Morris S. Smith Endowed Fellowship for Excellent Progress in Research, 2014
  • GlaxoSmithKline R&D Recognition Award, 2010
  • United Kingdom-India Education and Research Initiative Fellowship (UKIERI), 2009
  • Gold Medal for Academic Achievement in Master’s Program, 2009




  • Kothandaraman J., L. Cosimbescu, and M.S. Swita. 2022. "Solvent-Induced Selectivity of Isoprene from Bio-Derived Prenol." Frontiers in Chemistry 10. PNNL-SA-169731. doi:10.3389/fchem.2022.879129


  • Kothandaraman J., J. Saavedra Lopez, Y. Jiang, E.D. Walter, S.D. Burton, R.A. Dagle, and D.J. Heldebrant. 2021. "Integrated Capture and Conversion of CO2 to Methane using a Water-lean, Post Combustion CO2 Capture Solvent." ChemSusChem 14, no. 21:4812-4819. PNNL-SA-162553. doi:10.1002/cssc.202101590


  • Grubel K., J. Su, J. Kothandaraman, K.P. Brooks, G. Somorjai, and S. Autrey. 2020. "Research Requirements to Move the Bar forward Using Aqueous Formate Salts as H2 Carriers for Energy Storage Applications." Journal of Energy and Power Technology 2, no. 4:21. PNNL-SA-154330. doi:10.21926/jept.2004016
  • Heldebrant D.J., and J. Kothandaraman. 2020. "Solvent-Based Absorption." In Carbon Capture and Storage: RSC Energy and Environment Series, edited by M. Bui and N MacDowell. 36-68. Cambridge:Royal Society of Chemistry. PNNL-SA-137049. doi:10.1039/9781788012744-00036
  • Kothandaraman J., and D.J. Heldebrant. 2020. "Catalytic coproduction of methanol and glycol in one pot from epoxide, CO2, and H2." RSC Advances 10, no. 69:42557-42563. PNNL-SA-153614. doi:10.1039/D0RA09459E
  • Kothandaraman J., and D.J. Heldebrant. 2020. "Towards environmentally benign capture and conversion: Heterogeneous metal catalyzed CO2 hydrogenation in CO2 capture solvents." Green Chemistry 22, no. 3:828-834. PNNL-SA-148329. doi:10.1039/C9GC03449H


  • Kothandaraman J., J. Zhang, V. Glezakou, M.T. Mock, and D.J. Heldebrant. 2019. "Chemical Transformations of Captured CO2 into Cyclic and Polymeric Carbonates." Journal of CO2 utilization 32. PNNL-SA-139496. doi:10.1016/j.jcou.2019.04.020
  • Mehta H.S., Y. Chen, J.A. Sears, E.D. Walter, M. Campos, J. Kothandaraman, and D.J. Heldebrant, et al. 2019. "A Novel High-Temperature MAS Probe with Optimized Temperature Gradient across Sample Rotor for In-situ Monitoring of High-Temperature High-Pressure Chemical Reactions." Solid State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance 102. PNNL-SA-143153. doi:10.1016/j.ssnmr.2019.06.003


  • Kothandaraman J., R.A. Dagle, V. Dagle, S.D. Davidson, E.D. Walter, S.D. Burton, and D.W. Hoyt, et al. 2018. "Condensed-Phase Low Temperature Heterogeneous Hydrogenation of CO2 to Methanol." Catalysis Science & Technology 8, no. 19:5098-5103. PNNL-SA-133245. doi:10.1039/C8CY00997J