Dr. Khalid Al-Ali

Dr. Khalid Al-Ali

Assistant Professor – Chemical and Environmental Engineering
Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering
Phone number:  +971 2 810 9303
Email address: khalid.alali@ku.ac.ae

Dr. Khalid Al-Ali received his BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the United Arab Emirates University, Al-Ain, UAE, in 2006. Following that, he worked for three years as a site integrity engineer for oil and gas company ADMA-OPCO, in Abu-Dhabi, UAE. He got hands-on experience through in-service inspection, ensuring that equipment remained safe to operate within defined operating boundaries. After this work experience, Dr. Al-Ali joined the Masdar Institute Fellowship Program to obtain his MSc and PhD degrees in Chemical Engineering from the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan, in 2011 and 2014, respectively. During his PhD program, he involved in the study of solar assisted methane reforming in a direct contact bubble reactor, and solar biomass gasification. Dr. Al-Ali joined Masdar Institute (now Khalifa University), in the late of 2014 and is currently an Assistant Professor in the department of Chemical Engineering.

Dr. Al-Ali was a visiting scholar in the Green Group at MIT since 2016. He joined the group for one year long and is involved in a collaborative research project with Prof. William Green on the topic of Solar Thermochemical decomposition of Hydrogen Sulfide. The concept is to use the plentiful solar energy available in Abu Dhabi to convert toxic H2S (produced in large quantity in Abu Dhabi as a waste product of oil refining, and also from gas sweeting process) into valuable hydrogen (H2), with many environmental and practical advantages.

At Khalifa University, Dr. Al-Ali’s current research focuses on solar fuel production which is based on thermochemical processes for synthesis gas / hydrogen production. Dr. Al-Ali interested in exploration of reaction mechanisms networks and discover the subset of species and reactions that are able to represent the macroscopic properties of the complete reaction network. Predicting detailed chemical kinetics and mechanisms are necessary for simulation of today’s complex processes including, pyrolysis, biomass transforming, hydrocarbons reforming, water/H2S splitting and CO2 capture, utilization and conversion.

  • BSc in Mechanical Engineering, United Arab Emirates University, Al-Ain, UAE – 2006
  • MSc in Chemical Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan – 2011
  • PhD in Chemical Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan – 2011
  • Kinetics and Mechanisms
  • Reaction Engineering
  • Computational Methods in Chemical Engineering
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Solar Fuel Production and thermo-chemical processes
  • Solar-based methane reforming / hydrogen production systems
  • Biomass pyrolysis and gasification
  • Thermal system modeling and simulation
  • Micro-kinetics modeling, analysis, and chemical reaction engineering
  • Gillis, R. J., Al-Ali, K., & Green, W. H. (2018). Thermochemical production of hydrogen from hydrogen sulfide with iodine thermochemical cycles. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy.
  • Ogungbenro, A. E., Quang, D. V., Al-Ali, K. A., Vega, L. F., & Abu-Zahra, M. R. (2018). Physical synthesis and characterization of activated carbon from date seeds for CO2 capture. Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering.
  • Osahon O., Al-Ali K., Abu Zahra M., Quang D., Gillis R., Green W. (2017), Material Screening for Two-step solar thermochemical decomposition of H2S using metal sulfide. Submitted for SolarPACES-2017 conference, Santiago de Chile, Sept. 2017
  • Adetola E. Ogungbenro, Dang V. Quang, Khalid Al-Ali, Mohammad R.M. Abu-Zahra (2017). Activated Carbon from Date Seeds for CO2 Capture Applications. 13th international Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies, GHGT-13. Energy Procedia, Volume 114 Pages 2313-2321
  • Al-Ali, K., Kodama, S., & Sekiguchi, H. (2014). Modeling and simulation of methane dry reforming in direct-contact bubble reactor. Solar Energy, 102, 45-55.
  • Al-Ali, K., Kodama, S., & Sekiguchi, H. (2014). Comparison of the performance of a direct-contact bubble reactor and an indirectly heated tubular reactor for solar-aided methane dry reforming employing molten salt. Chemical Engineering and Processing: Process Intensification, 83, 56-63.
  • Ratchahat, S., Al-Ali, K., Kodama, S., Tanthapanichakoon, W., & Sekiguchi, H. (2014). Biomass-to-syngas production in catalyst loaded molten salt: catalytic enhancement and conceptual process design. In Proceeding of 5th International Conference on Sustainable Energy and Environment (SEE2014): Science, Technology and Innovation for ASEAN Green Growth (pp. 96-101).
  • Al-Ali K., Kodama S., Kaneko H., Sekiguchi H., Tamaura T. and Chiesa M (2012). Solar upgrade of methane using dry reforming in direct contact bubble reactor. In: Proceedings of 2012 SolarPACES, concentrating solar power and chemical energy systems conference Marrakech, Morocco, September 11th–14th, 2012.