Abdalla, Ahmed A


Title: Professor
College: Texas A&M University at Qatar
Department: Chemical Engineering Program
Email: ahmed.abdala@qatar.tamu.edu
Website: https://www.qatar.tamu.edu/programs/chemical-engineering/faculty-and-staff/dr.-ahmed-abdala
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Short Bio:

Dr. Ahmed Abdala joined the Chemical Engineering Program, Texas A&M at Qatar, as Associate Professor in Spetember 2017. Prior to joining TAMUQ he was Senior Scientist at Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI) and Associate Professor at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), Doha Qatar. Dr. Abdala received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Petroleum Refining Engineering from Suez Canal University in Egypt and MS and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University. After completeing his Ph.D., he joined Princeton University as Research Associate (2003-2004) before returning to his home country, Egypt, as Assistant Professor at Suez Canal University (2004-2006). In 2006, he joined the Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi as Assistant Professor and was then promoted to Associate Professor (2011) and served as the Deputy Chair of the Chemical Engineering Department (2012-20014).

Abdala research focuses on development of advanced materials for energy and environmental applications based on polymers and carbon nanomaterials including polymer nanocomposites, functionalized graphene materials, polymeric membranes for gas separation and water treatment, and nanohybirds of metal oxides and 2D carbon materials. In addition to materials development, applications of polymers and surfactants in enhanced oil recovery (EOR) is another area of his research. He published 45 peer-reviewed articles that received over 8900 citations and he is granted 7 US patents.

Abdala is the recipient of “Qatar Excellence in Innovation” Award for Citation Impact Classified by Web of Science from Thomson Reuters, October, 2016; “Science Lantern Faculty Award” from Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), 2013 and 2014; “Best Paper Award (First Prize) from Kuwait Foundation for Advancement of Science, Kuwait, 2011; and “Nancy G. Pollack Thesis and Dissertation Award” for the best Ph.D. thesis in College of Engineering from North Carolina State University, 2003.


Research:

Abdala research focuses on development of advanced materials for energy and environmental applications based on polymers and carbon nanomaterials including polymer nanocomposites, functionalized graphene materials, polymeric membranes for gas separation and water treatment, and nanohybirds of metal oxides and 2D carbon materials. In addition to materials development, applications of polymers and surfactants in enhanced oil recovery (EOR) is another area of his research. He published 45 peer-reviewed articles that received over 8900 citations and he is granted 7 US patents.


Recent Publications:

Since 2015

Patents

 

  1. S. Alkhazraji, A. Abdalla, S. Aldhaheri, D. Fadlalla, S. Qeshta, “Thermoplastic based sulfur nanocomposites,” US Patent No 9,783,652, October 10th, 2017.
  2. F. Serinc, J. Barret, and A. Abdala, “Compositions Including Poly(Hydroxyalkanoates) and Graphene,” US Patent No 9,353,23, May 31st, 2016.
  3. A. Abdala, K. Mahmoud, and A. Ali, “Novel process for scalable synthesis of 2-D carbon -metal oxide Nanocomposites,” US Provisional Application Number:  62352599, June 21st, 2016.

Book Chapters

  1. Kui Wang, Ahmed A. Abdala, Nidal Hilal, Marwan K. Khraisheh, “Mechanical Characterization of Membranes. In handbook “Membrane Characterization”, N. Hilal et al, Elsevier, ISBN: 978-0-444-63776-5, 2017.
  2. S. Boukettaya, F. Almaskari, A. Abdala, A. Alawar, H. Ben Daly, and A. Hammami. "Water Absorption and Stress Relaxation Behavior of PP/Date Palm Fiber Composite Materials." In Design and Modeling of Mechanical Systems-II, pp. 437-445. Springer International Publishing, 2015.

Journal Articles

  1. I. Ismail, J. Vandenberg, A. Abdala, C. Macosko, “Modeling the intrinsic viscosity of polydisperse disks,” Journal of Rheology 61 (5), 997-1006, 2017.
  2. A. Subrati, S. Mondal, M. Ali, A. Alhindi, R. Ghazi, A. Abdala, D. Reinalda, and S. Alhassan, Developing Hydrophobic Graphene Foam for Oil spill Cleanup. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 56 (24), 6945–69512017.
  3. Kui Wang, Ahmed A. Abdala, Nidal Hilal, and Marwan K. Khraisheh, Mechanical properties of water desalination and wastewater treatment membranes, Desalination, 401 (2), 190–205, 2017.
  4. Muhammad Z. Iqbal, Priyabrata Pal, Mohamad Shoaib and Ahmed A. Abdala, “Efficient Removal of Different Basic Dyes Using Graphene,” Desalination and Water Treatment, 68, 226-235, 2017.
  5. Sunil P. Lonkar, Vishnu Pillai, Ahmed Abdala and Vikas Mittal, “In-situ Formed Graphene/ZnO Nanostructured Composites for Low Temperature Hydrogen Sulfide Removal from Natural Gas, RSC Advances., 6, 81142-81150, 2016.
  6. H. Alhumade, A. Yu, A. Elkamel, L. Simon, and A. Abdalac, Epoxy/Graphene Composite as protective coatings on Stainless Steel type 304,” Express Polymer Letters 10 (12), 1034-1046, 2016.
  7. A. Manasrah, U. Al-Mubaiyedh, T. Laui, R. Ben-Mansour, M. J Al-Marri, I. W Almanassra, A. Abdala, M. A Atieh, Heat transfer enhancement of nanofluids using iron nanoparticles decorated carbon nanotubes, Applied Thermal Engineering, 107, 1008–1018, 2016.
  8. M. Z. Iqbal, A. Abdala, V. Mittal, S. Seifert¢, A. Herring, M. Liberatore, “Processable Conductive Graphene/Polyethylene Nanocomposites: Effects of graphene dispersion and polyethylene blending with oxidized polyethylene on rheology and microstructure,” Polymer, 98 (19), 143-155, 2016.
  9. A. K. Farda, T. Rhadfi, G. Mckay, M. Al-marri, A. Abdala, Nidal Hilal, Muataz A. Hussien, Enhancing Oil Removal from Water using Ferric Oxide Nanoparticles Doped Carbon Nanotubes Adsorbents, Chemical Engineering Journal, 293, 90-101, 2016.
  10. Lonkar, S. P., Pillai, V. V., Stephen, S., Abdala, A., and V. Mittal, Facile In Situ Fabrication of Nanostructured Graphene–CuO Hybrid with Hydrogen Sulfide Removal Capacity, Nano-Micro Letters, 8 (4), 1-8, 2016. DOI: 10.1007/s40820-016-0090-8.
  11. L. Cui, G. Hirasaki, Y. Chen, A. Elhag, A. A. Abdala, L. J. Lu, M. Puerto, K. Ma, I. Tanakov, R. Pudasaini, K. Johnston, and S. Biswal1, “CO2 foam mobility control at reservoir conditions: high temperature, high salinity and carbonate reservoirs,” SPE Journal, 21 (4), SPE-179726-PA, 2016.
  12. M. Iqbal, A. Abdala, and M Liberatore, Synthesis and Characterization of Polyethylene/Oxidized Polyethylene (PE/OPE) Miscible Blends and Role of OPE as a Viscosity Control, Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 133, 43521, 2016.
  13. H. Alhumade, A. Abdala, A. Yu, A. Elkamel and L. Simon, "Corrosion inhibition of copper in sodium chloride solution using polyetherimide/graphene composites” Canadian Chemical Engineering Journal, 94 (5), 896, 2016.
  14. G George, N Bhoria, S AlHallaq, A. Abdala, V. Mittal, Polymer membranes for acid gas removal from natural gas, Separation and Purification Technology 158, 333-356, 2016.
  15. S. Varghesea, Lonkar, K Singh, S. Swaminathan, A. Abdala, "Recent advances in graphene based gas sensors," Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, 218, 160-183, 2015
  16. A. Abdala, S. Amin, J. van Zanten, and S. Khan, “Tracer microrheology of associative polymers," Langmuir, 31 (13), 3944-3951, 2015
  17. S. Lonkar, Y. Deshmukh, and A. Abdala, “Recent advances in chemical modifications of graphene”, Nano Research, 8 (4), 1039-1074, 2015
  18. L Cui, K Ma, AA Abdala, J Lu, IM Tanakov, SL Biswal, GJ Hirasaki, “Adsorption of a switchable cationic surfactant on natural carbonate minerals,” SPE Journal, 20 (1), 70-78, 2015

Keywords:

Polymers, polymer nanocomposites, polymer rheology, nanomaterials, graphene, 2-D materials, membranes, adsorption, polymeric coatings, graphene-based hybrid materials