Buddha Ratna Shrestha, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellows


Research Interests

​I am highly interested in atomistic level understanding of the interfacial processes, nano-engineering of the material and its rational design for electrochemical applications. I am equally interested in deciphering the interplay & the influence of hydrogen bonding, electrostatic force, van der Waals force, ion specific force, ion correlation force, etc., on hydrophobic forces with molecular level understanding of the arrangements of small molecules at hydrophobic surfaces. My new interest is the nanoscale characterization of the interaction of polymers with biological interfaces to optimize their properties for lubrication and bio-adhesion.

Selected Publications

  • Shrestha B. R., Banquy X., Hydration force at solid and fluid interfaces, Biointerphases , 11, 2016

  • Raman S., Malms L., Utzig T., Shrestha B. R., Stock P., Krishnan S., Valtiner M. Adhesive barnacle peptides exhibit a steric-driven design rule to enhance adhesion between asymmetric surfaces, Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, 152, 2017
  • Faivre J., Shrestha B. R., Burdynska J., Xie G., Delair T., Benayoun S. David L., Matyjaszewski K.A., Banquy X., Wear protection without surface modification using a synergistic mixture of molecular brushes and linear polymers. ACS nano, 2017
  • Geiger S., Kasian O., Shrestha B. R., Mingers A. M., Mayrhofer K. J. J., Cherevko S., Activity and Stability of Electrochemically and Thermally Treated iridium for the Oxygen Evolution Reaction, Journal of Electrochemical Society 163 (11), 2016
  • Cherevko S., Geiger S., Kasian O., Kulyk N., Grote J., Savan A., Shrestha B. R., Merzlikin S., Breitbach B., Ludwig A., Mayrhofer K. J. J., Oxygen and hydrogen evolution reactions on Ru, RuO2, Ir, and IrO2 electrodes in acidic and alkaline electrolytes: A comparative study on activity and stability, Catalysis Today, 262,170-180, 2016
  • Renner F.U., Ankah G. N., Bashir A., Ma D., Biedermann U., Shrestha B. R., Nellessen M., Khorashadizadeh A., , Duarte M.J., Raabe D., Valtiner M.: Star-shaped crystallographic cracking of localized nanoporous defects, Advanced Materials, 2015
  • Baimpos T., Shrestha B. R., Hu Q., Genchev G. and Valtiner M., “Real-time multiple beam interferometry reveals complex deformations of MOF crystals upon humidity adsorption/desorption”, The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2015, 119 (29), 2015
  • Shrestha B. R., Qingyun H., Baimpos T., Kristensen K., Israelachvili J. and Valtiner M.: Real-time Monitoring of Aluminum Crevice Corrosion and its inhibition by Vanadates using White Light Interferometry in a Surface Forces Apparatus, Journal of Electrochemical Society 162 (7) C327-C332, 2015
  • Shrestha B. R., Bashir A., Ankah G. N., Valtiner M., and Renner F.U.: Localized dealloying corrosion mediated by self-assembled monolayers used as an inhibitor system, Faraday Discussion, Corrosion Chemistry, Advance Article, 2015
  • Shrestha B.R., Baimpos T., Raman S. and Valtiner M.: Angstrom-resolved real-time dissection of electrochemically active noble metal interfaces, ACS Nano, 8 (6), 2014
  • Raman S., Utzig T., Baimpos T., Shrestha B. R., and Valtiner M.: Deciphering the scaling of single molecule interactions using Jarzynski’s equality. Nature Communications, 2014
  • Shrestha B. R., Eiji T., and Nishikata A. (2014): Chloride effect on platinum dissolution, Electrochemica Acta, 143, 2014


  • 2009-2012: PhD in Materials Science and Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

Professional Profile

  • ​​2015 – 2017: Post-doctoral associate, GRUM fellow, Université de Montréal, Canada
  • 2014 – 2015: Visiting Scientist, Institute for Materials Research IMO, Belgium
  • 2013 – 2015: Max Planck Post-doctoral fellow, Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH, Germany

KAUST Affiliations

  • Water Desalination and Reuse Center (WDRC)
  • Division of Physical Sciences and Engineering (PSE)​​​​