Towsif Abtab Sk Md, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral Fellow​


Research Interests

Dr. Abtab is interested in the development of solid adsorbents (Metal Organic Frameworks, with characteristics of high surface area) that selectively adsorb CO2 at partial pressures applicable to carbon capture and separation (CCS).

Selected Publications

  • Tetranuclear hetero-metal [CoII2LnIII2] (Ln = Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, La) complexes involving carboxylato bridge in a rare µ4-η2:η2 mode: synthesis, crystal structures and magnetic properties
    S.M.T. Abtab, M.C. Majee, M. Maity, J. Titiš, R. Boča  and M. Chaudhury
    Inorg. Chem.  53, 1295-1306, (2014)
  • Homo- and hetero-metal complexes of oxido-metal Ions with a triangular [V(V)O-MO-V(V)O] [M = V(IV) and Re(V)] Core: reporting mixed-oxidation oxido-vanadium(V/IV/V) compounds with valence trapped structures
    K. Bhattacharya, M. Maity, S.M.T. Abtab, M.C. Majee and M. Chaudhury
    Inorg. Chem. 52, 9597−9605, (2013)
  • Tetranuclear homo- (ZnII4 and CdII4) and hetero-metal (ZnII2TbIII2 and CdII2TbIII2) complexes with a pair of carboxylate ligands in a rare η2:η2:μ4-bridging mode: syntheses, structures and emission properties
    S.M.T. Abtab, A. Audhya, N. Kundu, S.K. Samanta, P.S. Sardar, R.J. Bucher, S. Ghosh and M. Chaudhury
    Dalton Trans. 42, 1848–1861, (2013)
  • Syntheses, structures and magnetic properties of a family of tetranuclear hydroxido-bridged NiII2LnIII2 (Ln = La, Gd, Tb and Dy) complexes: display of slow magnetic relaxation by the Zinc(II)-dysprosium(III) analogue
    S.M.T. Abtab, M. Maity, K. Bhattacharya, E.C. Sañudo and M. Chaudhury
    Inorg. Chem. 51, 10211−10221, (2012)
  • Triple-stranded helicates of Zinc(II) and Cadmium(II) involving a new Redox-active multiring nitrogenous heterocyclic ligand: synthesis, structure, and electrochemical and photophysical properties
    N. Kundu, S.M.T. Abtab, S. Kundu, A. Endo, S.J. Teat, and M. Chaudhury
    Inorg. Chem. 51, 2652−2661, (2012)
  • Single crystal-to-single crystal irreversible transformation from a discrete vanadium(V)-alcoholate to an aldehydic-vanadium(IV) oligomer
    P.B. Chatterjee, A. Audhya, S. Bhattacharya, S.M.T. Abtab, K. Bhattacharya and M. Chaudhury
    J. Am. Chem. Soc. 132, 15842–15845, (2010)


  • 2006-2012, Ph.D. Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, India
  • 2004-2006, M.Sc. (Inorganic Chemistry), The University of Burdwan, India
  • 2001-2004, B.Sc. (Chemistry), The University of Burdwan, India

Professional Profile

  • 2014-Present : Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2013-2014 : Postdoctoral fellow, NSYSU, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Scientific and Professional Membership

Life Member, Indian Physical Society (IPS)


  • Selected as Research Associate (CSIR) under the subject code CHEM-22, 2013
  • Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) All India Rank -47, 2006
  • National Eligibility Test (NET) December, 2005, Qualified CSIR, 2005

KAUST Affiliations

Advanced Membranes & Porous Materials Center (AMPM)
Physical Sciences and Engineering (PSE)

Research Interests Keywords

Metal Organic Frameworks Gas sorption High pressure gas sorption Low pressure gas sorption X-Ray crystallography MOF synthesis MOF characterization