Dr. Mohammad Abu Zahra
Dr. Mohammad Abu Zahra Professor
Teaching Areas
Research Interests

Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering

Dr. Mohammad Abu Zahra joined Khalifa University (Masdar Institute) in 2011 as an Assistant Professor in Chemical Engineering and he became Associate Professor in 2014 and Full Professor in 2021. Prior to joining, he worked for the International Energy Agency Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme (IEAGHG) as a project manager in the capture and integrated system team. He was responsible of initiating and managing various projects and technical studies with a major focus on CO2 capture.

Dr. Abu Zahra worked (2005-2009) for the Separation technology department in the Dutch research institute (TNO) in the Netherlands as a senior research engineer. His R&D activities were in the area of process development and gas treatment technologies, primarily in the development of the CO2 capture technologies using post- and pre-combustion capture. He was involved in the major Dutch and European CCS projects (e.g. CASTOR, CESAR, Dynamis, and CATO).

He received his Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Jordan and his Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering and the degree of Professional Doctorate in Engineering (PDEng) from the University of Twente in the Netherlands in 2005. In 2009, he was awarded the degree of Doctor from Delft University of Technology after defending his Ph.D. thesis entitled “Carbon dioxide capture from flue gas: development and evaluation of existing and novel process concepts”.

His current research focuses on the development of CO2 capture and utilization technologies including the development of advanced solvents, solid sorbents and novel processes. Dr. Abu Zahra is affiliated with the research and innovation center on CO2 and Hydrogen (RICH) and the leader of teh CO2 capture theme. He was leading major related projects such as the Siemens-Masdar Institute CCS collaboration, the Masdar-Masdar Institute-RTI project and the Masdar Institute-ENGSL CO2 utilization project.

Dr. Abu Zahra is an associate editor at the International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control and the Asia regional editor for the Current Environmental Engineering journal and an editorial board member at the Journal of Clean Energy. His work is published in 7 book chapters, and more than 100 refereed journal publications, conference proceedings and keynote presentations. As a result of his work and scholar research he was awarded the Masdar institute best research award for the academic year 2014-2015.

  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Delft University of Technology (Netherlands)
  • PDEng, University of Twente University (Netherlands)
  • MSc, Chemical Engineering, University of Twente (Netherlands)
  • BSc, Chemical Engineering, University of Jordan (Jordan)
Teaching Areas
  • Transport Phenomena
  • Mass Transfer
  • Separation Processes
  • Process Design
  • Simulation Economic Evaluation
  • Aspen Plus
Research Interests
  • Carbon dioxide capture processes development and evaluation
  • Development of novel materials for carbon capture/reduction applications
  • Carbon dioxide conversion and utilization
  • Chemical processes simulation, design, development, and techno-economic evaluation
  • Clean energy technologies development and evaluation
  • Reject brine and fly ash utilization and treatment