Dr. Maryam Khaleel
Dr. maryam khaleel Assistant Professor Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

Contact Information
maryam.khaleel@ku.ac.ae +971 2 312 3304


Dr. Maryam Khaleel worked on the synthesis and characterization of hierarchical zeolites, in particular Faujasite nanostructures, for applications in catalysis and separation. Her work focused on i) developing a better understanding of the nucleation and growth of hierarchical morphologies of Faujasite formed by FAU/EMT intergrowth using transmission electron microscopy imaging (room temperature and cryogenic) and diffraction, and ii) developing a novel approach for the synthesis of nano-sized Faujasite from inorganic sols.

Her current research interests are on porous materials including zeolites, MOFs, and carbons, particularly on the design and synthesis of hierarchical and nano-materials for applications in separation, sustainable catalysis, and thermal and electrical energy storage.

  • Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, U.S.A. (2011-2015, advisor: Michael Tsapatsis). Thesis title: Nucleation and Growth of Faujasite Zeolite Nanostructures.
  • B.S. Chemical Engineering, Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E (2007–2011, honors with distinction)

  • Fluid Mechanics (CHEG232)
  • Gas Processing Engineering (LTCM335)
  • Mass Transfer (CHEG324)
  • Principles of Chemical Engineering (ECCE672)
  • Reaction Engineering (CHEG443)
  • Transport Phenomena (MDCM999)

Affiliated Research Institutes/Centers
  • Center for Catalysis and Separation
  • Research and Innovation Center on CO2 and Hydrogen
  • Masdar Institute
  • Petroleum Institute

Research Interests
  • Nanoscale engineering of porous materials, including zeolites, MOFs, carbons, and multifunctional materials for applications in separation and catalysis, particularly in sustainable chemistry (e.g. CO2 capture, hydrogen production and purification, production of platform chemicals from CO2 and biomass)
  • Nucleation and growth of porous materials
  • Synthesis of hierarchical and nanosized porous materials
  • Thermal and electrical energy storage

Research Projects

Catalytic Conversion of CO2 to Olefins

Selective surface chemistry enhancement of microfluidic devices using Zeolites and MOFs

Twining catalytic deoxygenation (HDO) and catalytic cracking (ZC) towards high quality hydrocarbon fuels and added value chemicals

Highly selective membranes for energy efficient separations

Electrocatalytic conversion of carbon dioxide to methanol

Research Staff and Graduate Students:

Dr. Abdelhakim Elmhamdi Post Doctoral Fellow
Dr. Azhagapillai Prabhu Research Scientist
Dr. Deepa Kishor Dumbre Research Scientist
Youssef Kaddoura MSc student
Taofeeqah Agbaje PhD student
Lina Jarrar PhD student
Sadiya Muhammad Mushtaq Mushtaq PhD student
Abdelrahman Akram Fouda MSc student