Himanshu Aggarwal, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral Fellow​​


Research Interests

​​I am interested in studying structure-function relationships of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). Exploring new and reported MOFs for their gas sorption and separation properties is always fascinating to me.​

Selected Publications

  • solation of a Structural Intermediate During Switching of Degree of Interpenetration in a Metal-Organic Framework 
    H. Aggarwal, R. K. Das, P. M. Bhatt, and L. J. Barbour
    Chem. Sci., 2015, 6, 4986-4992, (2016)
  • Anomalous Anisotropic Thermal Expansion in a One Dimensional Coordination Polymer Driven by Conformational Flexibil... 
    R.K. Das, H. Aggarwal and L.J. Barbour
    Inorg. Chem., 2015, 54 (17), 81718173, (2015)
  • Transformation from non- to double-interpenetration in robust Cd(II) doubly-pillaredlayered metal–organic framework... 
    H. Aggarwal, P. Lama, and L.J. Barbour
    Chem. Commun. 2014, 50, 14543-14546, (2014)
  • Direct Evidence for Single-Crystal to Single-Crystal Switching of Degree of Interpenetration in a Metal−Organic Fra... 
    H. Aggarwal, P.M. Bhatt, C.X. Bezuidenhout, and L.J. Barbour
    J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2014, 136 (10), 37763779, (2014)
  • Cobalt Complexes Appended with para- and meta-Arylcarboxylic Acids: Influence of Cation, Solvent, and Symmetry on H... 
    G. Kumar, H. Aggarwal, and R. Gupta
    Cryst. Growth Des., 2013, 13 (1), 7490, (2013)
  • Crystal Structure of Methyl Paraben Polymorph II 
    N.K. Nath, H. Aggarwal, and A. Nangia
    Cryst. Growth Des., 2011, 11 (4), 967971, (2011)


  • ​Ph.D., Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 2015
  • M.Sc., ​​​Inorganic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, India, 2010​

Professional Profile

  • ​July 2016 - Present: Post-doctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • January 2016 – June 2016: Consolidoc Post-doctoral Fellow, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Afric

KAUST Affiliations

Advanced Membranes and Porous Materials Center (AMPM)
Division of Physical Sciences and Engineering (PSE)​​​​

Research Interests Keywords

Metal-organic framework Gas separation Gas sorption Interpenetration Heterobimetallic porous frameworks