Ibrahim graduated from University of Miami, FL, with a PhD in Organic Chemistry. After postdoctoral researches in University of Miami, FL, and Case Western Reserve University, OH, he was appointed to assistant professorship in chemistry at Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi in 2013. In 2022, he was promoted to Associate Professorship. His previous research involved synthesis, characterization, and applications of nanoparticles in material and biomedical sciences. At KU, he has taught General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry courses. His research interests at KU comprised computational modeling of reaction mechanisms and environmental chemistry. Recently, he has started supervising projects related to imaging and drug delivery systems using supramolecular assemblies. He is passionate about teaching, and uses a variety of tools in his classes including modeling sets, software, and online learning tools.
Transition metal-catalyzed reactions inside cellular environments could provide novel opportunities. These reactions in cellular compartments possess some limitations. Delivery of reactants inside cells poses a significant challenge. Some of these reactions are not compatible with aqueous/cellular environments. Biocompatible polymers as carriers and nano-reactors for these reactions can solve these limitations for in vivo and in vitro applications. These polymers can form nanometer-sized micellar structures in aqueous/biological conditions, encapsulate the reactants, carry them inside cells, and provide a protective and compatible venue for chemical reactions. In this regard, we are develop biocompatible polymers using commercially available macromolecules, and carry out Palladium-catalyzed organic reactions, such as activation of pro-drugs, synthesis of fluorescent molecules, and synthesis of chemotherapeutics in cellular environments.