Cafer T. Yavuz

Professor, Chemical Science

Physical Science and Engineering Division
Center membership : 
Advanced Membranes and Porous Materials, KAUST Catalysis Center


Education Profile

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2010
  • Ph. D. Chemistry, Rice University, 2008
  • M.S. Chemistry, Rice University, 2005
  • B.S. Middle East Technical University, 2001

Research Interests

​Prof. Yavuz's research interests focus on developing sustainable nano & porous materials chemistry to address global challenges in the environment, particularly those related to CO2, water, and methane. His current projects include dry reforming of methane for circular carbon economy, CO₂ capture with tethered amines, CO₂ conversion to cyclic carbonates, water capture from air, methane storage in porous polymers, electrocatalytic water splitting, electronic waste recycling, seawater mining, and micro pollutant removal from water.

Selected Publications

  • ​Y. Song, E. Ozdemir, S. Ramesh, A. Adishev, S. Subramanian, A. Harale, M. Albuali, B. Fadhel, A. Jamal, D. Moon, S. H. Choi, C. T. Yavuz, 2020, Dry reforming of methane by stable Ni-Mo nanocatalysts on single crystalline MgO, Science, 367, 6479, 777-781.
  • Y. Hong, D. Thirion, S. Subramanian, M. Yoo, H. Choi, H. Y. Kim, J. F. Stoddart, C. T. Yavuz, 2020, Precious metal recovery from electronic waste by a porous porphyrin polymer, Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, 117 (28), 16174-16180.
  • S. Subramanian, J. Oppenheim, D. Kim, T. S. Nguyen, W. M. H. Silo, B. Kim, W. A. Goddard III, C. T. Yavuz, 2019, Catalytic non-redox carbon dioxide fixation in cyclic carbonates, Chem, 5, 3232-3242. 
  • V. Rozyyev, D. Thirion, R. Ullah, J. Lee, M. Jung, H. Oh, M. Atilhan, C. T. Yavuz, 2019, High-capacity methane storage in flexible alkane-linked porous aromatic network polymers, Nature Energy, 4, 604-611.
  • H. Shin, D. Kim, H. J. Kim, J. Kim, K. Char, C. T. Yavuz, J. W. Choi, 2019, Fluorinated covalent organic polymers for high performance sulfur cathodes in lithium–sulfur batteries, Chemistry of Materials, 31, 19, 7910-7921.