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Dr. Hanifa Taher

Dr. Hanifa Taher

Assistant Professor – Chemical Engineering
Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering
Phone number:  97128109308
E-mail address: hanifa.alblooshi@ku.ac.ae

Dr. Hanifa Taher earned her PhD in Chemical Engineering from the UAE University in June 2014. Her PhD and MSc research work both focused on the enzymatic production of biodiesel from lipids extracted from different feedstock using supercritical carbon dioxide, and developing and integrated production process. During her MSc and PhD studies, Dr. Taher was appointed as graduate teaching assistant and researcher, respectively, at UAE University. In addition, she was a visiting scholar at the Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia, USA, during that time. In March 2014, Dr. Taher joined Masdar Institute (now Khalifa University) as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering.

Dr. Taher has reviewed a number of research articles submitted for publication to international journals including Biomass and Bioenergy, Fuel, the Journal of Supercritical Fluids and other waste management journals. In addition, she was member in the organizing committees of several events organized by UAE University including the Renewable Energy Conference in 2010 and 2012 and the Future UAE Energy and Environment leaders’ Competitions in 2013 and 2014.

  • Dr. Hanifa Taher earned her PhD in Chemical Engineering from the UAE University in June 2014
  • Principles of Chemical Engineering
  • Heat Transfer
  • Biofuel Production
  • Processes Intensification
  • Green Technologies (Supercritical fluids, Ionic liquids, Deep Eutectic Solvents)
  • Algal biomass production
  • Oil Spills clean-up
  • Y. Abdi et al., Improving the reusability of an immobilized lipase-ionic liquid system for biodiesel production, Biofuels (2018) 1-7
  • F. Merza et al., Effectiveness of Using Deep Eutectic Solvents as an Alternative to Conventional Solvents in Enzymatic Biodiesel Production from Waste Oils, Energy Reports 4 (2018) 77-883
  • H. Taher et al., Enzymatic production of biodiesel from waste oil in ionic liquids medium, Biofuels (2017)
  • S. Al-Zuhair and H. Taher, Supercritical Fluids Technology in Lipase Catalyzed Processes, CRC Press, 2016 (Book)
  • H. Taher and S. Al-Zuhair, The use of alternative solvents in enzymatic biodiesel production: a review, Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining, 11 (2016) 168-194
  • H. Taher et al., Growth of microalgae using CO2 enriched air for biodiesel production in supercritical CO2, Renewable Energy, 82 (2015) 61-70
  • H. Taher et al., Effective extraction of microalgae lipids from wet biomass for biodiesel production, Biomass and Bioenergy, 66 (2014) 159-167
  • H. Taher et al., Mass transfer modeling of Scenedesmus sp. lipids extracted by supercritical CO2, Biomass and Bioenergy, 70 (2014) 530-541
  • H. Taher et al., Enzymatic biodiesel production of microalgae lipids under supercritical carbon dioxide: Process optimization and integration, Biochemical Engineering Journal, 90 (2014) 103-113
  • H. Taher et al., Supercritical carbon dioxide extraction of microalgae lipid: Process optimization and laboratory scale-up, The Journal of Supercritical Fluids, 86 (2014) 57-66.

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