Dr. Mohammad Abu Zahra

Dr. Mohammad Abu Zahra

Program: Chemical Engineering
Associate Professor – Chemical Engineering
E-mail: mohammad.abuzahra@ku.ac.ae

Phone number:  028109181

Dr. Abu Zahra joined the Khalifa University in 2011 as Assistant Professor in Chemical Engineering and he became Associate Professor in 2014. 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 post-combustion 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 PhD 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 the coordinator of the CCUS research activities within Masdar Institute and he is 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 the Asia regional editor for the Current Environmental Engineering journal and an editorial board member for the International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control. 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.

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 PhD thesis titled “Carbon dioxide capture from flue gas: development and evaluation of existing and novel process concepts”.

  • Transport phenomena
  • Heat transport
  • Mass transport
  • Separation processes
  • Processes design and simulation
  • Carbon dioxide capture processes development and evaluation
  • Development of novel materials for carbon capture/reduction applications (solvents, solid sorbents, hybrid systems)
  • Carbon dioxide conversion and utilization
  • Chemical processes simulation, design, development and techno-economic evaluation
  • Clean energy technologies development and evaluation (Chemical looping combustion, oxy-fuel combustion, hydrogen production)
  • Reject brine and fly ash utilization and treatment
  • Liquid fuels characterization, Gas Treatment and processing
  • Abdallah Dindi, Dang Viet Quang, Inas AlNashef, Mohammad RM Abu-Zahra, 2018. A process for combined CO 2 utilization and treatment of desalination reject brine. Desalination, Volume 442, Pages 62-74.
  • Ahmed Sodiq, Nabil El Hadri, Earl LV Goetheer, Mohammad RM Abu‐Zahra, 2018. Chemical reaction kinetics measurements for single and blended amines for CO2 postcombustion capture applications. International Journal of Chemical Kinetics, https://doi.org/10.1002/kin.21187.
  • Dang Viet Quang, Abdallah Dindi, Mohammad RM Abu-Zahra, 2017. One-step process using CO2 for the preparation of amino-functionalized mesoporous silica for CO2 capture application. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, Volume 5, 4, Pages 3170-3178.
  • Nabil EL Hadri, Dang Viet Quang, Earl L. V. Goetheer, and Mohammad R. M. Abu Zahra, 2017. Aqueous Amine Solutions Characterization for CO2 Post-Combustion Capture Process. Applied Energy, Volume 185, 2, Pages 1433-1449.
  • Dang Viet Quang, Mustapha Soukri, Jak Tanthana, Pradeepkumar Sharma, Thomas O Nelson, Marty Lail, Luke JI Coleman, Mohammad RM Abu-Zahra, 2016. Investigation of CO2 adsorption performance and fluidization behavior of mesoporous silica supported polyethyleneimine. Powder Technology, Volume 301, Pages 449-462.
  • Akinola Olanrewaju, Shadi Hasan, and Mohammad Abu-Zahra, 2016. Rheological and Physicochemical Characterization of UAE Crude Oil. Petroleum Science and Technology, Volume 34, 7, Pages 659-664.
  • Dang Quang, Alan Hatton, and Mohammad Abu-Zahra, 2016. Thermally stable amine-grafted adsorbent prepared by impregnating 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane on mesoporous silica for CO2 capture. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, Volume 55, 29, Pages 7842-7852.
  • Adel Seif El Nasr, Thomas Nelson, Atish Kataria and Mohammad Abu-Zahra, 2015. Benchmarking of A Novel Solid Sorbent CO2 Capture Process for Natural Gas Combined Cycle Power Generation. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, Volume 42, Pages 583-592.
  • Abdallah Dindi, Dang Quang, and Mohammad Abu-Zahra, 2015. Simultaneous Carbon Dioxide Capture and Utilization using Thermal Desalination Reject Brine. Applied Energy, Volume 154, Pages 298-308.
  • Dang Viet Quang, Abdallah Dindi, Aravind V Rayer, Nabil El Hadri, Abdurahim Abdulkadir, Mohammad RM Abu‐Zahra, 2015. Effect of moisture on the heat capacity and the regeneration heat required for CO2 capture process using PEI impregnated mesoporous precipitated silica. Greenhouse Gases: Science and Technology, Volume 5, Issue 1, Pages 91-101.