CPG

Dr. Ben Mansour Dia

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Dr. Ben Mansour Dia

Research Scientist III, CIPR

Ben received M.Sc. and Master’s degrees in Applied Mathematics from Gaston Berger University and then Ph.D. in 2012.  His doctoral studies had been taken place jointly at Gaston Berger University and at the Royal Institute of Technology of Stockholm.  He joined CPG in October 2017 as Research Scientist III. Prior to that, he was a postdoctoral researcher with Prof. Raul Tempone at KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology).  His work, at KAUST, is centered on stochastic optimal control, Bayesian Experimental Design, and is applied to a wide range of engineering problems like EOR, failures detection in composite materials, and Social Interactions.

Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics, Gaston Berger University/Royal Institute of Technology
  • M.S. in Applied Mathematics, Gaston Berger University
  • M.S. in Applied Maths and Computer Science, Gaston Berger University.

Research Interests

  • Uncertainty Quantification: Sampling techniques, Bayesian Experimental Design
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics: 2-D shallow water flow, Two phase flow
  • Control Theory & Applications : flow stabilization, optimal control of SDE
  • Numerical Analysis: Finite Elements Method, Variational Multi-Scale formulation

Selected Publications

  • Joakim Beck, Ben Mansour Dia, Luis FR Espath, Quan Long, Raul tempone, Fast Bayesian experimental design: Laplace-based importance sampling for the expected information gain, 2017, arXiv:1710.03500.
  • Ben Mansour Dia, Jesper Oppelstrup, Stabilizing local boundary conditions for 2d shallow water equations, Advances in Mechanical Engineering, 2017, Vol. 9(9) 1–11.
  • Tomas Chacon Rebollo, Ben Mansour Dia,  Variational Multi-Scale method with spectral approximation of the sub-scales: Application to 1-d convection-diffusion equation, Comput. Methods Appl. Mech. Engrg 285 (2015) 406-426.
  • Dario Bauso, Ben Mansour Dia, Boualem Djehiche, Hamidou Tembine and Raul Tempone, Mean Field Games for Marriage,  PLOS ONE 9(5): e94933, 2014.
  • Ben Mansour Dia,Exponential Stability of shallow water equations with time dependent boundary action, Int. J. Dynam. Control (2014) 2:247–253.
  • Ben Mansour Dia and Jesper Oppelstrup, Boundary feedback control of 2-D shallow water equations, J. Dynam. Control (2013) 1:41–53.

Awards & Honors

  • International Science Programme (ISP, Uppsala University) fellowship, 2009 – 
  • Institute of Mathematics of the University of Sevilla (IMUS) fellowship, 2010.
Tel: +966 (013) 860-1369

Location: Bldg. 78, Rm. 2027

Dr. Liu Xu

Research Scientist III, CIPR

Dr. Xu Liu joint CIPR/KFUPM on September, 2017 as Research Scientist III.

Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D. degree in Geophysics from the University of Adelaide, Australia.
  • M.S. degree in Geophysics from the University of Science and Technology of China.
  • B.S. degree in Geophysics from the Chengdu University of Technology, China.

Research Interests

  • Numerical modelling of seismic waves in reservoir;
  • Seismic, magnetotelluric data processing and inversion;
  • Resistivity and IP inversion.

Selected Publications

  • Liu Xu. Greenhalgh S., Zhou B. and Li H.J., 2019. Explicit Q expressions for inhomogeneous P and SV waves in isotropic viscoelastic media. The Journal of Geophysics and Engineering, DOI: 10.1093/jge/gxz106, in pressing
  • Liu Xu. Greenhalgh S., 2019. Fitting viscoelastic mechanical models to seismic attenuation and velocity dispersion observations and applications to full waveform modelling. Geophysical Journal International, Vol.219, 1741-1756. DOI: 10.1093/gji/ggz395.
  • Liu Xu. Greenhalgh S., 2019. Frequency-domain FD with an adaptable NPML boundary condition for poro-viscoelastic wave upscaled form effective Biot theory. Geophysics, Vol.84(4), WA59-WA70. DOI: 10.1190/GEO2018-0372.1
  • Liu Xu. Greenhalgh S., Zhou B. and Greenhalgh M., 2019. Frequency-domain seismic wave modelling in heterogeneous porous media using the mixed-grid finite-difference method. Geophysical Journal International, Vol.216, 34-54. DOI: 10.1093/gji/ggy410.
  • Liu Xu, Greenhalgh S., Zhou B. and Greenhalgh M., 2018. Effective Biot theory and its generalization to poroviscoelastic models. Geophysical Journal International, Vol.212, 1255-1273. DOI: 10.1093/gji/ggx460.

Awards & Honors

  • Ludger Mintrop Award 2013 presented to Greenhalgh S., Liu Xu, and Zhou B by European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers for the paper entitled ‘Velocity and attenuation dispersion relations for the effective Biot model: total-field formulation’ published in Near Surface Geophysics, Vol.10, pp.197-
Tel: +966 (013) 860-3240
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Location: Bldg. 78, Rm. 2029

Dr. Abduljamiu Olalekan Amao

Research Scientist III, CIPR

Dr. Amao is a Research Scientist working on modern benthic foraminifera in the Arabian Gulf, with focus on sampling whole communities along environmental gradients to understand ecological structures and environmental change. He has other interests in applied mineralogy and big data statistics

Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D., Geology (King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia).
  • M.S., Environmental Sciences (King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia).
  • B.S., Biology (Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria).

Research Interests

  • Micropaleontology and Biostratigraphy
  • Statistics and Applied Mineralogy
  • Applied Marine Geology

Selected Publications

  • Amao, A. O., Qurban, M. A., Kaminski, M. A., Joydas, T. V., Manikandan, P. K., & Frontalini, F. (2020). Dataset showing the abundance and distribution of benthic foraminifera in relation to marine sediment parameters from western Arabian Gulf. Data in brief, 28, 105014.
  • Amao, A. O., Qurban, M. A., Kaminski, M. A., Joydas, T. V., Manikandan, P. K., & Frontalini, F. (2019). A baseline investigation of benthic foraminifera in relation to marine sediments parameters in western parts of the Arabian Gulf. Marine pollution bulletin146, 751-766.
  • Wilson, B, P Farfan, L Hayek, M Kaminski, Amao O, and C Hughes (2019). Agglutinated and planktonic foraminifera of the Nariva Formation, Central Trinidad, as indicators of its age and paleoenvironment. Micropaleontology.
  • Amao, A. O., Kaminski, M. A., Rostami, M. A., Gharaie, M. H. M., Lak, R., & Frontalini, F. (2018). Distribution of benthic foraminifera along the Iranian coast. Marine Biodiversity, 1-14.
  • Amao, A. O., Kaminski, M. A., & Babalola, L. (2018). Benthic Foraminifera in Hypersaline Salwa Bay (saudi Arabia): An Insight into Future Climate Change in the Gulf Region? Journal of Foraminiferal Research48(1), 29-40.
Tel: +966 (013) 860-2439
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Location: Bldg. 78, Rm. 1028

Dr. Badr Bageri

Research Scientist III, CIPR

Dr. Badr joined the CIPR in September 2021 as Research Scientist. His main expertise is essentially in evaluating and improving the drilling fluid properties using new materials. He has other interests in stimulating the formation damage caused during the drilling operations.

Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D., Petroleum Engineering, KFUPM, KSA, 2017
  • M.Sc., Petroleum Engineering, KFUPM, KSA, 2012
  • B.S., Haramout University, Yemen, 2007

Research Interests

  • Drilling Fluid Properties
  • Filter Cake Removal
  • Formation Damage

Selected Publications

  • Bageri, B.S., Adebayo, A. R., Al Jaberi, J., Patil, S., and Babu, R.,, 2021, Evaluating drilling fluid infiltration in porous media – Comparing NMR, gravimetric, and X-ray CT scan methods, Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, vol. 198.
  • Bageri, B. S., Gomaa, I., Mahmoud, M., Patil, S., and Al Nakhli, A., 2020, Complex barite filter cake removal using in situ generated acids by thermochemicals,” Scientific Reports, Nature, 15773 (2020).
  • Bageri, B.S., Adebayo, A. R., Al Jaberi, J., and Patil, S., 2019, Effect of perlite particles on the filtration properties of high-density barite weighted water-based drilling fluid,” Powder Technology, PTEC-14912, p. 10.
  • Bageri, B.S., Adebayo, A. R., Barri, A., Al Jaberi, J., Patil, S., Hussaini, R., and Babu, R., 2019, Evaluation of secondary formation damage caused by the interaction of chelated barite with formation rocks during filter cake removal,” Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, vol. 183.
  • Bageri, B. S., Benaafi, M., Mahmoud, M., Patil, S., Mohamed, A., and Elkatatny, S., 2019, Effect of Arenite, Calcareous, Argillaceous, and Ferruginous Sandstone Cuttings on Filter Cake and Drilling Fluid Properties in Horizontal Wells,” Geofluids, vol. 2019.

Extended Publications (+)

  • Bageri, B.S., Mahmoud, M., Abdulraheem, A., Al-Mutairi, S. H., Elkatatny, S., and Shawabkeh, R. A., 2017, Single stage filter cake removal of barite weighted water based drilling fluid, Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, vol. 149.
  • Bageri, B. S., Al-Mutairi, S. H.; Mahmoud, M., 2013, Different Techniques for Characterizing the Filter Cake,” in SPE Unconventional Gas Conference and Exhibition, 28-30 January, Muscat, Oman.
  • Bageri B. S., Mahmoud M.A., Shawabkeh R.A., and Abdulraheem A., Barite Filter Cake Removing Composition and Method. Application Number: US20170145289A1. Filed: 2015-Grant: 2019
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Location: Bldg. 78, Rm. 2021

Dr. Safwat Abdel-Azeim

Research Scientist III, CIPR

Dr. Safwat Abdel-Azeim received his Ph.D. and M.Sc. degrees from Paris XI University in Molecular Physical Chemistry, 2008 and 2004, respectively. Before joining KFUPM, in February 2017, he was a research associate at KAUST, Solar and Photovoltaic Engineering Research Center (SPERC). His main expertise is Molecular dynamics simulations, Density Functional Theory (DFT), and, the hybrid method between quantum mechanics and molecular mechanics (QM/MM).  He has abroad research experience including bio-molecules modeling, surface chemistry, NMR simulation, reaction kinetics, and, polymer modeling. At CIPR, he is interested in EOR (chemical) related research mainly colloid stability and wettability alteration.

Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, University of Paris-Sud XI, France, 2008. MSc. Physical Chemistry, University of Paris-Sud XI France, 2004.
  • DES Non-organic Chemistry, Cairo University, Egypt, 2000.
  • BS, Chemistry, Cairo University, Egypt, 1997.

Research Interests

  • Enhanced Oil Recovery (chemical) & Rational design of new potent surfactants & Nano-particles applications in EOR
  • Modelling of organic photovoltaic and COF polymers using Molecular Dynamics Simulations and DFT.
  • Modelling of chemical reactions in the complex systems (Bio-catalysis).
  • Modelling of molecular interactions (protein-ligand, RNA/DNA-ligand and Protein-DNA interactions).

Selected Publications

  • Mohamed M. EL-Deeb, Hamed M. Alshammari and Safwat Abdel-Azeim, Effect of Ortho-Substituted Aniline on the Corrosion Protection of Aluminum in 2M H2SO4 Solution, Canadian Journal of Chemistry, Feb, 13 (2017).
  • S. Matthew Menke, Aditya Sadhanala, Mark Nikolka, Niva A. Ran, Mahesh Kumar Ravva, Safwat Abdel-Azeim, Hannah, L. Stern, Ming Wang, Henning Sirringhaus, Thuc-Quyen Nguyen, Jean-Luc Brédas, Guillermo C. Bazan, and Richard H. Friend. Limits for Recombination in a Low Energy Loss Organic Heterojunction, ACS Nano, (2016), 10 (12), 10736–10744.
  • Safwat Abdel-Azeim, Abdesslem Jedidi, Jorg Eppinger and Luigi Cavallo, Mechanistic Insights on the Reductive Dehydroxylation Pathway for the Biosynthesis of Isoprenoids Promoted by the IspH Enzyme, Chemical Science, (2015),6, 5643-5651.
  • Safwat Abdel-Azeim, Romina Oliva, Edrisse Chermak, Raimondo De Cristofaro and, Luigi Cavallo, Molecular Dynamics characterization of five pathogenic factor X mutants associated with decreased catalytic activity. Biochemistry, (2014), 53 (44), 6992.
  • Safwat Abdel-Azeim, Edrisse Chermak, Anna Vangone, Romina Oliva, and Luigi Cavallo, MDcons: Intermolecular contact maps as a tool to analyze the interface of protein complexes from molecular dynamics trajectories, BMC Bioinformatics, (2014), 15 (Suppl 5):S1
  • Safwat Abdel-Azeim, X. Li, L. W. Chung and K. Morokuma, Zinc-Homocysteine Binding in Cobalamin-Dependent Methionine Synthase and its Role in the Substrate Activation: DFT, ONIOM and QM/MM Molecular Dynamics Studies, Journal of Computational Chemistry, (2011), 30;32(15):3154.
  • Safwat Abdel-Azeim, “Protein ligand binding interactions – ONIOM and molecular mechanics studies” VDM Verlag Dr. Müller (21 July 2010).

Awards & Honors

  • CREST Post Doc fellowship, Kyoto University, Japan, 2008/09.
  • SIDACTION Post Doc fellowship, ENS-Cachan, France, 2009/11.
  • KAUST Post Doc fellowship, 2012/14.
  • CECAM-HQ-EPFL fellow to attend tutorial on Hybrid Quantum Mechanics/Molecular Mechanics (QM/MM) Approaches to Biochemistry and Beyond, 2013.
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Location: Bldg. 78, Rm. 2025

Dr. Huijian Li

Research Scientist III, CIPR

Dr. Li is a Research Scientist III at the Center for Integrative Petroleum Research. Before joining KFUPM, he was a postdoctoral researcher at Petroleum Exploration & Production Research Institute, SinoPEC from 2015 to 2018. His research mainly contains seismic moment tensor forward modeling and inversion using elastic wave equation and Mathematical Morphology applied to seismic data processing.

Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D., Geophysics, China University of Petroleum, Beijing, China, 2015 
  • M.E., Geophysics, China University of Petroleum, Beijing, China, 2012
  • B.E., Geophysics, China University of Petroleum, Beijing, China, 2009                                                                                                            

Research Interests

  • Seismic moment tensor forward modelling/inversion
  • Mathematical Morphology
  • Seismic wave absorption and attenuation compensation
  • Seismic Interference

Selected Publications

  • Liu, Xu, Stewart Greenhalgh, Bing Zhou, and Huijian Li. Explicit Q expressions for inhomogeneous P-and SV-waves in isotropic viscoelastic media. Journal of Geophysics and Engineering (2019).
  • Huang W., R. Wang, Li and Y. Chen, 2017, Unveiling the signals from extremely noisy microseismic data for high-resolution hydraulic fracturing monitoring, Scientific Reports, 7(1):11996.
  • Li H., R. Wang, S. Cao, Y. Chen, N. Tian and X. Chen. 2016, Weak signal detection using multiscale morphology in microseismic monitoring, Journal of Applied Geophysics, 133, 39-49
  • Li H., R. Wang, S. Cao, Y. Chen and W. Huang, 2016, A method for low-frequency noise suppression based on mathematical morphology in microseismic monitoring, Geophysics, 81, V159-167
  • Huang, W., R. Wang, Y. Chen, Li, and S. Gan, 2016, Damped multichannel singular spectrum analysis for 3D random noise attenuation, Geophysics, 81, V261-V270
  • Li H., R. Wang, and S. Cao, 2015, Microseismic forward modeling based on different focal mechanisms used by the seismic moment tensor and elastic wave equation, Journal of Geophysics and Engineering, 12(2), 155-166
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Location: Bldg.78, Rm. 1021

Dr. Mahmoud Abdulhamid

Research Scientist III, CIPR

Dr. Abdulhamid is currently a Research Faculty (Research Scientist III) in the Center for Integrated Petroleum Research, College of Petroleum Engineering & Geoscience, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals. Dr. Abdulhamid has background in organic and polymer chemistry with main focus on porous polymers and membranes for separation applications. Dr. Abdulhamid has obtained his Ph.D. degree in Chemical Science from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in 2019 under the supervision of Prof. Ingo Pinnau (Founded director of Advanced Membrane and Porous Materials Center). He joined Szekely’s group as a postdoc in KAUST in 2019, where he worked with Prof. Gyorgy Szekely on developing advanced polymeric membranes for energy-efficient separations. In 2021 he joined CPG to be a part of CIPR

Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D., Chemical Science, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), KSA, 2019.
  • M.S.II, Organic and Polymer Chemistry, Lebanese University, Lebanon, 2013.
  • M.S.I, Molecular Chemistry, Lebanese University, Lebanon, 2012.
  • B.S., General Chemistry Lebanese University, Lebanon, 2011

Research Interests

  • Developing of microporous polymers for membrane-based gas separations
  • Structure-property relationship of polymers and their performance
  • Molecular engineering of high-performance nanofiltration membranes
  • Water-soluble polymers
  • Enhanced oil recovery
  • CO2-EOR
  • Water purification and desalination

Selected Publications

  • M.A. Abdulhamid, S.-H. Park, H. Vovusha, F.H. Akhtar, K.C. Ng, U. Schwingenschlogl, G. Szekely, Molecular engineering of high-performance nanofiltration membranes from intrinsically microporous poly(ether-ether-ketone), Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2020, 8, 24445. (selected for front cover)– IF: 12.7.
  • H. Akhtar, M.A. Abdulhamid, H. Vovusha, K.C. Ng, U. Schwingenschlogl, G. Szekely, Defining sulfonation limits of poly(ether-ether-ketone) for energy-efficient dehumidification, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2021, 9, 17740-17748. (Selected for front cover)– IF: 12.7.
  • M.A. Abdulhamid, R. Hardian, G. Szekely, Waltzing around the stereochemistry of membrane crosslinkers for precise molecular sieving in organic solvents, Journal of Membrane Science, 2021, 638, 119724 – IF: 8.7
  • M.A. Abdulhamid, S.-H. Park, Z. Zhou, D.A. Ladner, G. Szekely, Surface engineering of intrinsically microporous poly(ether-ether-ketone) membranes: From flat to honeycomb structures, Journal of Membrane Science, 2021, 621, 118997 – IF: 8.7.
  • M.A. Abdulhamid, H.W.H. Lai, Y. Wang, Z. Jin, Y.C. Teo, X. Ma, I. Pinnau, Y. Xia, Microporous polyimides from ladder diamines synthesized by facile catalytic arene–norbornene annulation as high-performance membranes for gas separation, Chemistry of Materials, 2019, 31, 1767-1774– IF: 9.8.

Extended Publications (+)

  • M.A. Abdulhamid, G. Genduso, X. Ma, I. Pinnau, Synthesis and characterization of 6FDA/3, 5-diamino-2, 4, 6-trimethylbenzenesulfonic acid-derived polyimide for gas separation applications, Separation and Purification Technology, 2021, 257, 117910– IF: 7.3.
  • A. Abdulhamid, G. Genduso, Y. Wang, X. Ma, I. Pinnau, Plasticization-resistant carboxyl-functionalized 6FDA-polyimide of intrinsic microporosity (PIM–PI) for membrane-based gas separation, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 2019, 59, 5247-5256– IF: 3.72.
  • M.A. Abdulhamid, X. Ma, B.S. Ghanem, I. Pinnau, Synthesis and characterization of organo-soluble polyimides derived from alicyclic dianhydrides and a dihydroxyl-functionalized spirobisindane diamineACS Applied Polymer Materials, 2018, 1, 63-69–IF: 4.08.
  • A. Abdulhamid, X. Ma, X. Miao, I. Pinnau, Synthesis and characterization of a microporous 6FDA-polyimide made from a novel carbocyclic pseudo Tröger’s base diamine: Effect of bicyclic bridge on gas transport properties, Polymer, 2017, 130, 182-190. –IF: 4.43.
  • Gao, V.M. Le Corre, A. Gaïtis, M. Neophytou, M.A. Abdulhamid, K. Takanabe, P. M. Beaujuge, Homo‐tandem polymer solar cells with voc >1.8 v for efficient pv‐driven water splitting, Advanced Materials, 2016, 28, 3366-3373. (Selected for back cover)–IF: 30.85.
  • Ma, M.A. Abdulhamid, I. Pinnau, Design and synthesis of polyimides based on carbocyclic pseudo-Troger’s base-derived dianhydrides for membrane gas separation applications, Macromolecules, 2017, 50, 5850-5857–IF: 5.98.
  • Ma, M.A. Abdulhamid, X. Miao, I. Pinnau, Facile synthesis of a hydroxyl-functionalized Tröger’s base diamine: A new building block for high-performance polyimide gas separation membranes, Macromolecules, 2017, 50, 9569-9576–IF: 5.98
  • Topuz, M.A. Abdulhamid, S.P. Nunes, G. Szekely, Hierarchically porous electrospun nanofibrous mats produced from intrinsically microporous fluorinated polyimide for the removal of oils and non-polar solvents, Environmental Science: Nano, 2020, 7, 1365. (selected for front cover)– IF: 7.86.
  • Cseri, F. Topuz, M.A. Abdulhamid, A. Alammar, P.M. Budd, G. Szekely, Electrospun adsorptive nanofibrous membranes from ion exchange polymers to snare textile dyes from wastewater, Advanced Materials Technologies, 2021, 6, 2000955 – IF: 7.85.
  • Topuz, M.A. Abdulhamid, T. Holtz, G. Szekely, Nanofiber engineering of microporous polyimides through electrospinning: Influence of electrospinning parameters and salt addition, Materials & Design, 2021, 198, 109280– IF: 7.99.
  • Topuz, M.A. Abdulhamid, R. Hardian, T. Holtzl, G. Szekely, Nanofibrous membranes comprising intrinsically microporous polyimides with embedded metal–organic frameworks for capturing volatile organic compounds, Journal of Hazardous Materials, 2022, 424, 127347 – IF: 10.6.
  • H. Yang, L. Gutiérrez-Arzaluz, P. Maity, M.A. Abdulhamid, J. Yin, Y. Zhou,, C. Chen, Y. Han, G. Szekely, O.M. baker, O. F. Mohammed, Air-resistant lead halide perovskite nanocrystals embedded into polyimide of intrinsic microporosity, Energy Material Advances, 2021

Patents:

  • Pinnau, B.S. Ghanem, M.A. Abdulhamid, Polyimide, dianhydride monomers, and polymers, methods of making and uses thereof. US Patent 11,001,672 .
  • A. Abdulhamid, X. Ma, I. Pinnau, Pseudo tröger’s base amines and microporous polymers derived from pseudo tröger’s base amines. US20200165189A1.
  • Ma, M.A. Abdulhamid, I. Pinnau, Pseudo tröger’s base-derived dianhydrides and polyimides derived from pseudo tröger’s base-derived dianhydrides. US Patent 20200199141A1.
  • M. A. Abdulhamid, G. Szekely, Hybrid polyether ether ketone polymers. WO2021152481A1

Awards & Honors

  • KAUST Ph.D. scholarship, 2014-2019
  • National Council for Scientific Research (CNRS) scholarship (Lebanon & France), 2013
  • Irshad and Islah scholarship, 2011-2012
  • Rafik Hariri Association scholarship, 2009-2011
Tel: + 966 (013) 860-XXXX

Location: DTV Bldg. 248 (PEGTC), Rm. 113

Dr. Ahmed M. El-Zohry

Research Scientist III, CIPR

Expert in charge dynamics studies for condensed phases at bulk, surface, and across interfaces using various tools of non-linear ultrafast optical spectroscopy. Interested in fundamental studies that contain applications related to renewable energy, catalysis, interface physics, and biological fields. Contributed with more than 65 papers in highly reputed journals, and wide contributions in conferences and workshops.

Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D. in Chemical Physics (2016) from UU, Sweden

Research Interests

  • Nonlinear Ultrafast Spectroscopy
  • Renewable energy resources
  • Catalysis

Selected Publications

  • “Ultralong Radiative States in Hybrid Perovskite Crystals: Compositions for Sub-Millimeter Diffusion Lengths “, JPCL, 2017, 8, 4386-4390.
  • “Gigantic Relevance of Twisted Intramolecular Charge Transfer for Organic Dyes Used in Solar Cells”. JPCC, 2018, 122, 23998−24003.
  • “Extraordinary Carrier Diffusion on CdTe Surfaces Uncovered by 4D Electron Microscopy” Chem, 2019, 5, 1-13.
  • ” Unprecedented Ultralow Detection Limit of Amines using a Thiadiazole-Functionalized Zr (IV)-Based Metal–Organic Framework.”, JACS 2019, 141 (18), 7245-7249.
  • “Long-Lived Charge Transfer State Induced by Spin-Orbit Charge Transfer Intersystem Crossing (SOCT-ISC) in a Compact Spiro Electron Donor/Acceptor Dyad.” Angew. Chem, 2020, 59, 11591–11599
Tel: +966 (013) 860-3917
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Location: Bldg. 15, Rm. 3404

Dr. Sivabalan S. Vijayalakshmi

Research Scientist III, CIPR

Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D., Petroleum Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India. 2016.
  • M.S., Chemistry, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli, India. 2010.
  • B.S., Chemistry, Thiruvalluvar University, Vellore, India. 2008.

Research Interests

  • Flow assurance
  • Enhanced oil recovery
  • Rheology of complex fluids
  • Interfacial phenomenon.

Selected Publications

  • Velusamy, S., Sakthivel, S., and Sangwai, J. S. (2017). Effect of Imidazolium-based Ionic Liquids on the Interfacial Tension of the Alkane-Water System and its Influence on the Wettability Alteration of the Quartz under Saline Condition through Contact Angle Measurements. Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 56, 13521-13534. (ACS publication).
  • Velusamy, S., Sakthivel, S. and Sangwai, J. S. (2017). Effects of Imidazolium-Based Ionic Liquids on the Rheological Behavior of Heavy Crude Oil under High-Pressure and High-Temperature Conditions, Energy Fuels. 31, 8765-8775 (ACS publication).
  • Velusamy, S., Sakthivel, S., Neelakantan, L. and Sangwai, J. S. (2017). Imidazolium-Based Ionic Liquids as an Anti-corrosive Agent for Completion Fluid Design, J. Earth Sci., In Press. 28 (5), 949-961. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12583-017-0780-2. (Springer Publication).
  • Sakthivel, S., Velusamy, S., Nair, V., Sharma, T. and Sangwai, J. S. (2017). Interfacial Tension of Crude Oil-Water System with Imidazolium and Lactam-based Ionic Liquids and Their Evaluation for Enhanced Oil Recovery under High Saline Environment, Fuel. 191, 239-250 (Elsevier publication).
  • Sakthivel, S., Gardas, R. L. and Sangwai, J. S. (2016). Effect of alkyl ammonium ionic liquids on the interfacial tension of the crude oil-water system and their use for the enhanced oil recovery using ionic liquid-polymer flooding. Energy Fuels. 30, 2514-2523. (ACS publication).
  • Sakthivel, S., Gardas, R. L. and Sangwai, J. S. (2016). Spectroscopic investigations to understand the enhanced dissolution of heavy crude oil in the presence of lactam, alkyl ammonium and hydroxyl ammonium based ionic liquids. J. Mol. Liq. 221, 323-332 (Elsevier publication).
  • Sakthivel, S., Velusamy, S., Gardas, R. L. and Sangwai, J. S. (2015). Use of aromatic ionic liquids in the reduction of surface phenomena of crude oil-water system and their synergism with brine. Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 54, 968-978. (ACS publication).
  • Sakthivel, S., Velusamy, S., Gardas, R. L. and Sangwai, J. S. (2015). Adsorption of aliphatic ionic liquids at low waxy crude oil-water interfaces and the effect of brine. Colloids Surf., A. 468 62-75. (Elsevier publication).
  • Sakthivel, S., Velusamy, S., Gardas, R. L. and Sangwai, J. S. (2015). Synergistic effect of lactam, ammonium and hydroxyl ammonium based ionic liquids with and without NaCl on the surface phenomena of crude oil/water system. Fluid Phase Equilib. 398, 80-97. (Elsevier publication).
  • Velusamy, S., Sakthivel, S., Gardas, R.L. and Sangwai, J.S. (2015). Substantial enhancement of heavy crude oil dissolution in low waxy crude oil in the presence of ionic liquid, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 54, 7999-8009. (ACS publication).
  • Sakthivel, S., Velusamy, S., Gardas, R. L. and Sangwai, J. S. (2014). Eco-efficient and green method for the enhanced dissolution of aromatic crude oil sludge using ionic liquids. RSC Advances. 4, 31007-31018. (RSC publication).
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Awards & Honors

  • Received Shri. J. C. Bose Patent award for the invention of “Composition and process for enhanced oil recovery” on 23rd July 2016.
  • Presented paper at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, 28-30 September 2015, Houston, Texas, USA, titled “Nature friendly application of ionic liquids for dissolution enhancement of heavy crude oil”
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