Dilshad Masih, PhD

Research Group Staff

Research Technical Specialist

Research Interests

Synthesis of nanomaterials and fabrication of devices for applications in environment and renewable energy sectors. Development of materials for harvesting solar energy. Understanding reaction dynamics by spectroscopic investigations.

Selected Publications

  • Screened coulomb hybrid DFT investigation on band gap and optical absorption predictions of CuVO3, CuNbO3 and Cu5Ta11O30 materials

    M. Harb, D. Masih & K. Takanabe

    Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, Accepted (2014)

  • Investigations of Optical Properties of Tantalates with Cu(I) Incorporations into Multimetal Oxides

    M. Harb, D. Masih, S. Ould-Chikh, P. Sautet, J-M. Basset & K. Takanabe

    J. Physical Chemistry C 117, 17477–17484 (2013)

  • Methanol Conversion to Lower Olefins over RHO type Zeolite

    D. Masih, H. Imai, T. Yokoi, J. N. Kondo & T. Tatsumi

    Catalysis Communications 37, 1–4 (2013)

  • Development of Micro-mesoporous Iron Oxide Materials for the Removal of Arsenic

    D. Masih, Y. Seida & Y. Izumi

    Water, Air, and Soil Pollution: Focus 9, 203–211 (2009)

  • State-sensitive Monitoring of Gold Nanoparticles Site on Titania and the Interaction of Positive Au Site with O2 by Au Lα1-selecting X-ray Absorption Fine Structure

    Y. Izumi, D. M. Obaid, K. Konishi, D. Masih, M. Takagaki, Y. Terada, H. Tanida & T. Uruga

    Inorganica Chimica Acta 361, 1149–1156 (2008)

  • Hydrothermal Synthesis of Pure ZSM-22 under Mild Conditions

    D. Masih, T. Kobayashi & T. Baba

    Chemical Communications 31, 3303–3305 (2007)

  • Photo-oxidation of Ethanol on Mesoporous Vanadium-Titanium Oxide Catalysts and the Relation to Vanadium(IV) and (V) Sites

    D. Masih, H. Yoshitake & Y. Izumi

    Applied Catalysis A-General 325, 276–282 (2007)

  • Creation of Micro and Mesoporous Fe(III) Materials utilizing Organic Template followed by Carboxylates Exchange for the Low Concentrations of Arsenite Removal

    Y. Izumi, D. Masih, K. Aika & Y. Seida

    Microporous and Mesoporous Materials 94, 243–253 (2006)

  • Characterization of Intercalated Iron(III) Nanoparticles and Oxidative Adsorption of Arsenic on them Monitored by XAFS Combined with Fluorescence Spectrometry

    Y. Izumi, D. Masih, K. Aika & Y. Seida

    Journal of Physical Chemistry B 109, 3227–3232 (2005)

  • X-ray Absorption Combined with Fluorescence Spectrometry. Improvement of Spectral Resolution at 9–29 keV

    Y. Izumi, H. Nagamori, F. Kiyotaki, D. Masih, T. Minato, E. Roisin, J-P. Candy, H. Tanida & T. Uruga

    Analytical Chemistry 77, 6969–6975 (2005)


  • PhD, Chemistry, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, 2006
  • MSc, Chemistry, Quaid-i-Azam University, Pakistan, 2000

Professional Profile


  • 2014–present: Research Technical Specialist, Ultrafast Laser Spectroscopy and Imaging Laboratory, Solar & Photovoltaics Engineering Research Center, Division of Physical Sciences and Engineering, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • 2013-2014: Laboratory Development/Fit-Out Specialist, Laboratory Design & Development E&PM, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • 2011-2013: Postdoctoral Fellow, Photocatalysis Laboratory, KAUST Catalysis Center, Division of Physical Sciences and Engineering, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • 2006-2011: Postdoctoral Fellow/TT Assistant Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
  • 2000-2002: Research Associate, Geosciences Laboratory Islamabad, Pakistan


Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • Member of the American Chemical Society
  • Member of Chemical Society of Pakistan

KAUST Affiliations

Solar & Photovoltaics Engineering Research Center (SPERC)

Division of Physical Sciences and Engineering (PSE)