Dr. Ali Al Hammadi
Dr. Ali Al Hammadi Assistant Professor
Bio
Education
Teaching Areas
Research Interests
Bio

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering

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.

Education
  • PhD, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Rice University (USA), 2011-2016
  • BSc, Chemical Engineering, Petroleum Institute (UAE), 2007–2011
Teaching Areas
  • Thermodynamics
  • Reaction Engineering
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Deep Learning
Research Interests
  • Asphaltene flow assurance
  • Crude oil characterization
  • Carbon nano-tubes (CNTs) and boron nitride nano-tubes (BNNTs)
  • Fiber-reinforced composites using 3D manufacturing