Nachiketa Rai - Department of Earth Sciences,Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee
Nachiketa Rai
Nachiketa Rai Assistant professor
Areas of Interest
  • Planetary Science, Geochemistry, High Pressure – High Temperature experiments, Planetary Volatiles, Mineral Physics, Aqueous & Low-T Geochemistry and Isotopes
Professional Background
2016-10-01OngoingAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Earth Sciences, IIT Roorkee, India
2013-12-012 years 9 months Leverhulmne Fellow (PDRA)UCL-Birkbeck Centre for Planetary Sciences, & Dept. of Earth Sciences Natural History Museum, London
2009-04-014 years 8 months Postdoctoral Research AssociateDepartment of Earth Sciences, VU University, Netherlands
2007-09-013 months Visiting ResearcherDepartment of Earth Sciences, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Multiple Posts
2020-03-03OngoingFaculty in-charge, ICPMS Analytical facility, Institute Instrumentation Centre in IIT RoorkeeIIT Roorkee
2017-01-01OngoingOC Geochemistry LaboratoryIIT Roorkee
2020-07-07OngoingChief Warden, Govind BhawanIIT Roorkee
2020-03-03OngoingCo-cordinator, XRF & EPMA analytical facilities, Institute Instrumentation CentreIIT Roorkee
2019-05-15OngoingMember, DAPC, Earth SciencesIIT Roorkee
2018-01-01OngoingOC StoreIIT Roorkee
2017-01-013 years 2 months Faculty in-charge, XRF facility, Institute Instrumentation CentreIIT Roorkee
2017-01-013 years 6 months Warden, Govind BhawanIIT Roorkee
2017-01-012 years 4 months Member, DRC, Earth SciencesIIT Roorkee
2017-07-011 year 11 months Convener, Faculty Search CommitteeIIT Roorkee
Educational Details
PhDEarth SciencesUniversity of Bristol, United Kingdom2009
MScApplied GeologyUniversity of Allahabad, India2003
  • 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
Experimental and Analytical Techniques Applied in GeosciencesESN-904Pre-PhDSpring
GeochemistryESN-512MSc (Applied Geology)Autumn
Planetary GeosciencesIES-04IMT, BTech (Institute Elective Course)Autumn
Crystallography and MineralogyESN-511MSc (Applied Geology)Autumn
Crystallography and MineralogyESN-104Integrated M.Tech Geological Technology, & Integrated M.Tech, Geophysical TechnologySpring
Field Work-IESN-222IMT Geophysical TechnologyAutumn
Research Scholar Groups
Scholar NameInterest
Mr. Biruk Teshome DestaGeochemistry
Ms. Pipasa LayakPlanetary Sciences, and Cosmochemistry
Mr. Naushad AhmadGeochemistry
Mr. Mohd Usman KhanGeochemistry
ManveerPlanetary Science
Ms. Akhtar JahanIsotope Geochemistry
Mr. Tanveer Ali DarAqueous Geochemistry and Isotopes
Mr. Adarsh TripathiHPHT Experimental Geosciences
Ms. Kalpana VermaGeochemistry
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. Rai, N., Downes, H., Smith, C. (2020). Ureilite meteorites provide a new model of early planetesimal formation and destruction. Geochemical Perspectives Letters.14, 20–25.

2. Rai N, Perrillat J-P, Mezouar M., Petitgirard S, Colin A, van Westrenen W. (2019) In-situ viscometry of lunar magmas at high pressure and high temperature. Frontiers in Earth Science 7, 94.

3. Behera, A.K., Chakrapani, G.J., Kumar, S., Rai,N. (2019). Identification of seawater intrusion signatures through geochemical evolution of groundwater: a case study based on coastal region of the Mahanadi delta, Bay of Bengal, India. Natural Hazards 97 (3), 1209-1230.

4. 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. 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. Environmental Earth Sciences 77 (694)

6. 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.

7. 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.

8.  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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. 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.

13. Rai N and van Westrenen, W (2013) Core-mantle differentiation in Mars. Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 118, 1195–1203 DOI: 10.1002/jgre.20093.  

14. 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.

15. 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.

16. 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.

17. Rai N, Walter M.J. and Hawkesworth C.J. (2007) Metal silicate partitioning of Ge, Mo, Ga and P: Constraints on core formation, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 71 (15), A817

18. 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, Issue 18, 1, A514.


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