Research Opportunities


The Chemical and Petroleum Engineering department aims to provide world-class education and research in chemical and petroleum engineering, and related disciplines to produce engineers and future leaders who are capable of meeting or exceeding the needs and expectations in business, industry, and academia in Chemical and Petroleum education, research, and development. This is accomplished by providing appropriate mechanisms for technical exchange, collaboration, and employment of students. The department currently offers a BSc, MSc, and PHD degrees in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering.

The Chemical Engineering program at KU ranked in the top 150 in the world by the 2022 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) by subject. 

The Petroleum Engineering program at KU ranked 8th in the world by the 2023 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings by Subject – Engineering and Technology.

Career Opportunities

Chemical Engineers work in an industry, where physical transformation of matter takes place. Following is a list of industries they work:

  • in the manufacture of inorganic products such as acids, alkalis, ammonia, fertilizers, paint pigments, ceramics, semiconductors and other electronic materials
  • in the manufacture of organic products such as polymer fibers, films, coatings, textiles, cellulose, paper, dyes, explosives, rubber, rocket propellants, solvents, plastics, agricultural chemicals, pharmaceuticals, coal-based fuels and petrochemicals
  • in the manufacture of materials such as graphite, calcium carbide, abrasives, or those in wet and dry batteries, fuel cells and more complex materials systems
  • in the electroplating, metallurgical and materials processing industries
  • in food processing techniques, and methods of producing fertilizers, to increase the quantity and quality of available food
  • in the fermentation industry for the production of antibiotics, feed supplements and other biochemical products
  • in the field of biotechnology, where applications range from utilization of the activities of microorganisms and cultured cells, to enzyme engineering, to the manufacture of foods, and in the biomedical field to the design of prosthetic devices and artificial human organs
  • Chemical and Petroleum engineers are also particularly well suited for dealing with problems associated with the disposal of industrial wastes and other forms of pollution, as well as with environmental protection.
  • In addition, of course chemical and petroleum engineering underlies most of the energy field, including the efficient production and utilization of coal, petroleum, natural gas, tar sand, oil shale, geothermal deposits, and nuclear energy.
  • There is also a high demand for new chemical technologies, the development of alternative carbon sources, like biofuels, batteries, and solar the integration of renewable energy in chemical production.

Most Chemical Engineers work in offices, laboratories, or industrial plants. Others may spend time outdoors at construction sites and oil and gas exploration and production sites, where they monitor or direct operations or solve onsite problems. Not all chemical engineers wear hard hats, nor do they work solely in chemical plants. Although the specific responsibilities of Chemical Engineers vary among industries — and even within companies. Typical functions include:

  • Plant Process Engineer
  • Quality Control Engineer
  • Technical Engineer
  • Process Safety Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Regulatory Affairs Engineer
  • Consultant
  • Production Engineer
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Professor
  • Research & Development Engineer
  • Product Engineer
  • Sales and Marketing Engineers
  • Business Coordinator
  • Technical Services Engineers
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Computer Application Technology Engineer
  • Process Design Engineer


    On the other hand, the graduates of the Petroleum Engineering program will find various opportunities in National Oil Companies (NOCs), International Oil Companies (IOCs), and Service Companies. Accordingly, our graduates find jobs in ADNOC, Dragon Oil, and Sharjah National Oil Company (SNOC), Exxon Mobil, BP, Total Energies, and various service industries, such as Schlumberger, Baker Hughes, Halliburton, Al Masaood Oil Industry, etc. Also, the UAE has an initiative of in-country-value (IOC) by which local students are guaranteed a job in other IOCs and service companies. Along with the industrial organizations, academic institutes in the UAE and wordwide also look for talented students to apply for the graduate programs and research support positions.

Career Specializations

Petroleum engineering graduates can be specialized in different jobs including:

  • Reservoir Management Engineering
  • Reservoir Simulation Engineering
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Drilling Engineering
  • Production Engineering
  • Surface Facility Engineering
  • Well Engineering
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Academic Faculty

Prof. fawzi banat Professor, Department Chair
Prof. ali almansoori Professor, Associate Provost for Education
Prof. hassan arafat Professor, Senior Director
Prof. lourdes vega Professor, Director, Research and Innovation Center on CO2 and Hydrogen (RICH), Acting Senior Director, Petroleum Institute
Dr. shadi w. hasan Associate Professor, Director, Center for Membranes and Advanced Water Technology
Ahmed Al Shoaibi Associate Professor
Dr. waleed alameri Associate Professor, Assistant Vice President, Student Affairs & Outreach
Prof. giovanni palmisano Professor, Deputy Director of the Research and Innovation Center on CO2 and Hydrogen



Research Scientists
Post-Doctoral Fellows
Research Associates

Graduate Students

Lina Jarrar Graduate Student, PHD ENGR
Hongyu Zhao Graduate Student, PHD ENGR
Faisal Saeed Aljaberi Graduate Student, PHD ENGR
Sikandar Kumar Graduate Student, PHD ENGR
Chuangchuang Qi Graduate Student, PHD ENGR
Mursal Vagif Zeynalli Graduate Student, PHD ENGR
Mohammed AlDhuhoori Graduate Student, PHD ENGR
Sameer Al-Hajri Graduate Student, PHD ENGR
Fatima Alhameli Graduate Student, PHD ENGR
Omar Mohamad Chaabi Graduate Student, PHD ENGR
Waleed Diab Graduate Student, PHD ENGR
Ahmed Taha Graduate Student, PHD ENGR
Samar Abd Elwadood Graduate Student, PHD ENGR
Adetola Ogungbenro Graduate Student, PHD ENGR
Javad Iskandarov Graduate Student, PHD ENGR
Ramanzani Kalule Graduate Student, PHD ENGR
Anoo Sebastian Maprayil Graduate Student, PHD ENGR
Johny Mouallem Graduate Student, PHD ENGR
Bibqiao Wang Graduate Student, PHD ENGR
Jawaher AlYammahi Graduate Student, PHD ENGR
Haiyang Zhang Graduate Student, PHD ENGR
Fadi Dawaymeh Graduate Student, PHD ENGR
Noora Almarzooqi Graduate Student, PHD ENGR
Mariam Binari Graduate Student, PHD ENGR
Talal AlHajeri Graduate Student, PHD ENGR
Riffat Amna Graduate Student, PHD ENGR
Muhammad Ashraf Sabri Graduate Student, PHD ENGR
Yu Ting Li Graduate Student, PHD ENGR
Balsam Swaidan Graduate Student, PHD ENGR
Awais Zaka Graduate Student, PHD ENGR
Khizar Hayat Graduate Student, PHD ENGR
Elham Ali Abdulkarem Graduate Student, PHD ENGR
Hooralain Bushnaq Graduate Student, PHD ENGR
Fatema Khamis Graduate Student, PHD ENGR
Ahmad Al Masri Alwan Graduate Student, PhD CEEN
Asma Al Blooshi PHD and M.SC Student
Abdelateef Mohammed Abdelrhman Graduate Student, M.SC PEEG
Reem Saeed Salem Saeed Alyaqoubi Graduate Student, M.SC PEEG
Aaron Guadaulupe G. Tellez Arellano Graduate Student, M.SC PEEG
Batool Ramadan Ali Alwerfalli Graduate Student, M.SC PEEG
Mahmoud Sami Aboushanab Graduate Student, M.SC PEEG
Anisa Purwanto Nugrahaningtyas Graduate Student, M.SC PEEG
Mohamed Ayman Elbary Graduate Student, M.SC PEEG
Mohsen Osman Osman Graduate Student, M.SC PEEG
Andreas Fernández Moncada Graduate Student, M.SC PEEG
Amaar Imdad Siyal Graduate Student, M.SC PEEG
Alvaro Francisco Morales Graduate Student, M.SC PEEG
Ravan Azad Farmanov Graduate Student, M.SC PEEG
Madhavan Annebarassou Graduate Student, M.SC CHEG
Ahmed Masood Graduate Student, M.SC CHEG
Reham Alnuaimi Graduate Student, M.SC CHEG
Alya Almazrouei Graduate Student, M.SC CHEG
Maryam Alqaydi Graduate Student, M.SC CHEG
Farah Abuhantash Graduate Student, M.SC CHEG
Salwa Albadi Graduate Student, M.SC CHEG
Salma Alremeithi Graduate Student, M.SC CHEG
Salem Alsaedi Graduate Student, M.SC CHEG
Omar Khalifa Graduate Student, M.SC CHEG
Najah Abumounshar Graduate Student, M.SC CHEG
Nada Abuelnoor Graduate Student, M.SC CHEG
Hossam Abdrabou Graduate Student, M.SC CHEG
Omar Ibrahim Graduate Student, M.SC CHEG
Hamda Alblooshi Graduate Student, M.SC CHEG
Ghadeer Mubarak Graduate Student, M.SC CHEG
Eisa Bin Eisa Graduate Student, M.SC CHEG
Azeeza Alrashdi Graduate Student, M.SC CHEG
Ali Alnajjar Graduate Student, M.SC CHEG
Alanood Alzaabi Graduate Student, M.SC CHEG
Alanood Almemari Graduate Student, M.SC CHEG
Ahmed Alqubati Graduate Student, M.SC CHEG
Afnan Alanqar Graduate Student, M.SC CHEG

The Chemical Engineering Department at Khalifa University is at the forefront of innovative and high impact, cutting-edge research activities. It hosts a variety of research programs in fundamental as well as applied research in various chemical engineering spectrums and field. Our research work have received various Abu Dhabi, UAE, GCC and international recognition. Our department family comprises of diverse, accomplished, internationally renowned and distinguished professor that are doing significant contribution from Khalifa university to Abu Dhabi’s 2030 vision of a sustainable knowledge-based economy.  Focus areas of the department research are as follows;

  • Applied and environmental engineering
  • Bimolecular and bioengineering
  • Catalysis and reaction engineering
  • Computational flow modeling
  • Colloid and surface science and interfacial engineering
  • Drilling and Well Completion
  • Energy and fuel
  • Electrochemical and ectrolytic process
  • Flow assurance
  • Enhanced / improved oil recovery
  • Mass transport and separation technology
  • Nanotechnology and biomaterials
  • Numerical methods and computation
  • Nuclear engineering
  • Oil refinery and gas processing
  • Process simulation, modeling and optimization
  • Polymers and advanced materials
  • Reservoir Characterization, Simulation and Modeling
  • Sulfur based novel materials
  • Solar energy
  • Thermodynamics and molecular modeling
  • Unconventional Reservoirs

These areas represent key domains in which we like to offer expertise and research solutions. Our ultimate goal is to achieve practicable and pragmatic solutions, to offer the potential of creating new knowledge, and make important gains against the challenges faced by our shareholders and partners.  The following research themes & centers are represented by department faculty members: