Dr. Giovanni Palmisano
Dr. giovanni palmisano Associate Professor Chemical Engineering

Contact Information
giovanni.palmisano@ku.ac.ae +971 2 312 4288


Dr. Giovanni Palmisano joined Masdar Institute – which later merged into Khalifa University – in 2014 and he is currently an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, working mostly in the field of photocatalysis applied to water, environment, materials functionalization, and energy. He is the co-author of ca. 140 highly cited journal papers, 8 patents, 7 books and 9 book chapters. He has been recipient of internal and external funding regularly, and recipient of the ADEK Award for Research Excellence twice. In 2018 he received the Faculty Research Excellence Award granted by Khalifa University for the category “Associate Professor” of the College of Engineering. Since 2019, he has been an elected member of the Faculty Academic Council of Khalifa University.  Since 2022 he is an executive editor of the Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering (Elsevier, I.F. 7.9) where he formerly had associate editor duties. Recently he was listed among world’s top 2{eca436d86c222ab3e9dab4c32851a5f0e8b92f21bb36ef315e982b8f746c99ed} scientists by the Stanford University ranking (2020). Since 2021 he is Member of the Mohammed bin Rashid Academy of Scientists under the “Engineering & Technology” category and theme lead of “Novel materials and nanomaterials for water application” at the Center for Membranes and Advanced Water Technology (CMAT) at Khalifa University. He has been main advisor of 6 Ph.D. students and 5 M.Sc. students, one of whom won the outstanding thesis award. He has also been supervisor of a number of research engineers and postdoctoral researchers. Dr. Palmisano regularly serves in local and international committees and he has delivered several invited presentations, key-note lectures and plenary lectures in well renowned conferences.

  • Ph.D., Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Palermo (Italy), 2009
  • Laurea (summa cum laude) in Chemical Engineering, University of Palermo (Italy), 2005

  • Chemical reaction engineering
  • Materials science & engineering
  • Heterogeneous catalysis
  • Designed experimentation
  • Engineering economics
  • Chemical engineering thermodynamics

Affiliated Research Institutes/Centers
  • Center for Membranes and Advanced Water Technology
  • Research and Innovation Center on CO2 and Hydrogen

Research Interests
  • Photocatalysis
  • Multi-functional coatings
  • Water treatment
  • H2 production from waste materials
  • CO2 reduction

Research Projects

Fixed-bed reactor for water microbial disinfection via supported metal over kaolin and metal oxide nanoparticles composites

Lab-On-Chip Blood analysis for intensive care unit patients by means of nanostructure-enhanced infrared spectroscopy

Ferrite MFe2O4 nanoparticles in advanced oxidation processes for water treatment

Phthalocyanine doped nanofiber membranes for persistent pollutants remediation from wastewaters

Supported multifunctional catalysts for water remediation and antifouling / fouling-releasing surfaces

Photocatalytic hydrogen production from wastes using TiO2-based s-scheme heterojunctions

Photocatalytic reduction of supercritical CO2: integrating experimental and computational approaches

Research Staff and Graduate Students:

Samar Al Jitan Postdoctoral researcher
Ahmed Yusuf Postdoctoral researcher
Reem Al Sakkaf Research Engineer
Hebah Sami Jarusheh PhD student
Ameera Nawaf Almanea MSc student
Zhe Wang PhD student
Sara Hamdan PhD student