Dr. Mohammad Abu Haija
Dr. mohammad abu haija Associate Professor Chemistry

Contact Information
mohammad.abuhaija@ku.ac.ae 023123291


Dr. Mohammad Abu Haija completed his Ph.D. in 2006 at the Technical University of Berlin in cooperation with the Fritz-Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, Germany. Then, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory, USA. Following that role, he worked as an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry at King Khalid University, Saudi Arabia.

In 2012 Dr. Mohammad joined The Petroleum Institute, which became part of Khalifa University in 2017. He is the Deputy Director of Advanced Materials Chemistry Center (AMCC) at Khalifa University. He received the Commendation for Research in 2018, and the Faculty Research Excellence Award in 2019 and 2022. Dr. Mohammad is the main advisor of 5 PhD students and 15 MSc students. His research group focuses on the design and synthesis of functional nanomaterials and their applications in catalysis, energy, and water treatment.

  • PhD in Chemistry, Technical University of Berlin (Germany), 2006
  • MSc in Chemistry, Yarmouk University (Jordan), 1997
  • BSc in Chemistry, Yarmouk University (Jordan), 1995

  • Corrosion Science & Advanced Physical Chemistry (CHEG416)
  • Physical Chemistry II (CHEM332)
  • Advanced Industrial Catalysis (CHEM630)
  • Recent Advances in Physical Chemistry (CHEM713)

Affiliated Research Institutes/Centers
  • Advanced Materials Chemistry Center
  • Petroleum Institute

Research Interests
  • Fundamental and applied research on functional nanomaterials.
  • Catalysis; Surface chemistry; Surface science and engineering.
  • Material Science; Composition-structure-property relationships.
  • Water treatment; Advanced Oxidation Processes (AOPs); Adsorption.
  • Synchrotron radiation; Spectroscopy and induced reactions.

Research Projects

Nanocomposites in adsorption and catalytic advanced oxidation processes for water treatment. 

For example: Catalytic activation of peroxymonosulfate using CeVO4 for phenol degradation: An insight into the reaction pathway, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 266, 2020, 118601, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apcatb.2020.118601.

UV and visible photocatalytic degradation of pharmaceutical pollutants. 

For example: Effective removal of azithromycin by novel g-C3N4/CdS/CuFe2O4 nanocomposite under visible light irradiation, Chemosphere, 337, 2023, 139372, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2023.139372.

Quantum dots (QDs) for photocatalytic and photoelectrocatalytic reduction of CO2.

For example: Dual-functional paired photoelectrocatalytic system for the photocathodic reduction of CO2 to fuels and the anodic oxidation of furfural to value-added chemicals, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 298, 2021, 120520, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apcatb.2021.120520.

H2S adsorption and catalytic properties MOF nanocomposites.

Functionalized fibrous nanosilica for CO2 adsorption.

For example: Tailoring the pore structure of amine-functionalized KCC fibrous nanosilica for efficient CO2 adsorption, Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering, 11, 2023, 110350, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jece.2023.110350.

Electrochemical hydrogenation and oxidation of furfural into fuels.

For example: Highly efficient PdNiB decorated over carbon supports for the electrochemical valorization of furfural and 5-hydroxymethylfurfural into fuels, Fuel, 353, 2023, 129241, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fuel.2023.129241.

Research Staff and Graduate Students:

Dr. Nagy Torad Research Scientist
Bayan Alqassm PhD Student
Israa Othman PhD Student
Abdul Samad Butt PhD Student
Nozaina Abbasi PhD Student
Noor Albadawi PhD Student
Sara Alherbawi UG Student