Dr. Ali Al Hammadi received his BSc in Chemical Engineering (CE) from the Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi (honors with distinction, 2011) and received his PhD from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CHBE) at Rice University, Houston, TX, USA (2016). His research is focused mainly on the challenges facing the oil industry as more heavy crude oils are produced; in particular, the clogging of wellbores, chocks, pumps, and reservoirs caused by the presence of asphaltene. The effect of asphaltene is an example of how both thermodynamics and kinetics can contribute to a problem. On the thermodynamic part, it mainly concerns with how asphaltene presence in a mixture or crude oil can affect the phase behavior and PVT properties. On the kinetics part, it mainly emphasizes the precipitation, aggregation, and deposition interactions and the prediction of the extent of such deposit.
Another main research of Dr. Al Hammadi are nanotubes and fiber-reinforced composites. Experiments are being established to purify nanotubes by removing byproducts that hinder the full capabilities of nanotubes and study their scalability. Such nanotubes composites can be used for better electrical efficiency, lower densities, and extreme temperature applications.