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Nachiketa Rai
Nachiketa Rai Assistant Professor nrai.fes[at]
Areas of Interest
  • Planetary Science, Geochemistry, High Pressure – High Temperature experiments, Planetary Volatiles, Mineral Physics, Aqueous Geochemistry and Isotopes
Professional Background
2016presentAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Earth Sciences, IIT Roorkee, India
20132016Leverhulmne Fellow (PDRA)UCL-Birkbeck Centre for Planetary Sciences, & Dept. of Earth Sciences Natural History Museum, London
20092013Postdoctoral Research AssociateDepartment of Earth Sciences, VU University, Netherlands
Sept. 2007Dec. 2007Visiting ResearcherDepartment of Earth Sciences, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Educational Details
PhDEarth SciencesUniversity of Bristol, United Kingdom2009
MScApplied GeologyUniversity of Allahabad, India2003
Administrative Background
2017PresentOC Geochemistry LaboratoryIIT Roorkee
2018PresentOC StoreIIT Roorkee
2017PresentFaculty in-charge, XRF facility, Institute Instrumentation CentreIIT Roorkee
2017PresentConvener, Faculty Search CommitteeIIT Roorkee
2017PresentMember, DRCIIT Roorkee
2017PresentWarden, Govind BhawanIIT Roorkee
  • Geochemical Society, Member
  • Mineralogical Society, Member
  • American Geophysical Union , Member
  • Meteoritical Society, Member
Teaching Engagements
TitleCourse CodeClass NameSemester
Applied GeochemistryESN-346Integrated M.Tech Geological TechnologySpring
Crystallography and MineralogyESN-104Integrated M.Tech Geological Technology, & Integrated M.Tech, Geophysical TechnologySpring
Planetary GeosciencesIES-04IMT, BTech (Institute Elective Course)Autumn
Crystallography and MineralogyESN-511MSc (Applied Geology)Autumn
GeochemistryESN-512MSc (Applied Geology)Autumn
Research Scholar Groups
Scholar NameInterest
Mr. Biruk Teshome Desta Hydrogeochemistry
Ms. Pipasa LayakPlanetary Sciences, and Cosmochemistry
Mr. Naushad AhmadGeochemistry
Mr. Mohd Usman KhanGeochemistry
Mr. Soumya Ranjan SahooPlanetary Sciences, and Cosmochemistry
Ms. Akhtar JahanAqueous Geochemistry and Isotopes
ManveerPlanetary Science
Books Authored

van Westrenen, W., Rai, N., Perrillat, J.P., Sanloup, C., Petitgirard, S., Mezour, M., van Kan Parker, M. (2017). Experimental determination of the high-pressure, high-temperature density and viscosity of silicate melts. Mesures en conditions extrêmes, 101

Refereed Journal Papers

1. Knibbe, J.S.,  Luginbühl, S.M., Stoevelaar, R., van der Plas, W.,  van Harlingen, D.M., Rai, N., Steenstra, E.S.,  van de Geer, R., van Westrenen, W. (2018). Calibration of a multi-anvil high-pressure apparatus to simulate planetary interior conditions. EPJ Techniques and Instrumentation 5 (1), 5:5

2. Maurya, A.S., Rai, S.P., Joshi, N., Dutt, K.S., Rai, N. (2018) Snowmelt runoff and groundwater discharge in Himalayan rivers: a case study of the Satluj River, NW India (Accepted manuscript, Environmental Earth Sciences)

3. Rai N, Perrillat J-P, Mezouar M., Petitgirard S, Colin A, van Westrenen W. (2018) In-situ viscometry of lunar magmas at high pressure and high temperature (under revision Geochim Cosmochim AC)

4. Rai N, Downes H, Smith, CL. (2018) An integrated model of early planetesimal formation and destruction: the Ureilite Parent Body (under revision for Geochim Cosmochim AC)

5. Steenstra, E. S., Lin, Y., Dankers, D., Rai, N., Berndt, J., Matveev, S., & van Westrenen, W. (2017). The lunar core can be a major reservoir for volatile elements S, Se, Te and Sb. Scientific Reports (Nature), 7, 14552. 

6. Steenstra, E.S., Sitabi, A.B., Lin, Y.H., Rai, N., Knibbe, J.S., Berndt, J., Matveev, S., van Westrenen, W. (2017). The effect of melt composition on metal-silicate partitioning of siderophile elements and constraints on core formation in the angrite parent body. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 212, 62-83. 

7.  Steenstra, E.S., Lin, Y.H., Rai, N., Jansen, M., van Westrenen, W. (2017) Carbon as the dominant light element in the lunar core. American Mineralogist 102 (1), 92-97. 

8. Steenstra E, Kinbbe, J, Rai N and van Westrenen, W. (2016) Core formation in Vesta: constraints from metal-silicate partitioning of siderophile elements. Geochim Cosmochim AC, 177, 48-61.

9. Steenstra E, Rai N and van Westrenen, W. (2016) New geochemical models of core formation in the Moon from metal–silicate partitioning of 15 siderophile elements. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 441, 1-9. 

10. Rai N and van Westrenen, W. (2014) Constraints on the formation of a lunar core from the metal‐silicate partitioning of siderophile elements. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 388, 343-352. 

11. Rai N, Ghosh, S., Walle, M., van Westrenen, W (2013) Quantifying the effect of solid phase composition and structure on solid-liquid partitioning of siderophile and chalcophile elements in the iron-sulfur system. Chemical Geology, 357, 85-94. 

12. Rai N and van Westrenen, W (2013) Core-mantle differentiation in Mars. Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, DOI: 10.1002/jgre.20093.  

13. Sanloup C, Drewitt J, Dalladay-Simpson P, Morton D, Rai N, van Westrenen W, Konopkova Z & Morgenroth W (2013) Structural Change in Molten Basalt at Deep Mantle P-T Conditions. Nature, 503, No. 7474, 07.11.2013, p. 104-107. 

14. van Kan Parker M, Sanloup C, Sator N, Guilot B, Tronche EJ, Perrillat J‐P, Mezouar M, Rai N, van Westrenen W (2012) Neutral buoyancy of titanium‐rich melts in the deep lunar interior. Nature Geoscience doi:10.1038/ngeo1402. 

15. van Kan Parker M, Sanloup C, Tronche EJ, Perrillat J‐P, Mezouar M, Rai N, van Westrenen W (2010) Calibration of a diamond capsule cell assembly for in situ determination of liquid properties in the Paris‐Edinburgh press. High Pressure Research 30, 332‐341. 

16. Rai N, Walter M.J. and Hawkesworth C.J. (2006) Effect of silicate melt composition and fO2 on metal ‐ silicate partitioning of Si, Nb, Ta and V, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, Volume 70, 18, Supplement 1,  2006.