Our research is at the interphase between chemical engineering, catalysis, surface kinetics, and analytical-physical chemistry. We aim to bridge the fundamental aspects of chemical reactions and catalysis with reactor design and process development.
Our core competencies are:
Our competencies enable us to aim for the following eight research goals, which are transversal and are aligned with Vision 2030 established by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia:
The catalytic processes we investigate fall into (1) hydrocarbon sustainability, (2) alternative feedstock and (3) circular carbon economy and waste-valorization, such as the transformations of small molecules (carbon dioxide, methane, ammonia, alkanes, methanol) or bulkier ones in complex mixtures (refinery residues, crude, biomass, lignin, plastic wastes, used tires) into hydrogen, light olefins/alkenes, platform chemicals or high-quality fuels.
Below is an overall scheme of processes we investigate and more details about them, who works here, and our publications.
Reactor design and optimization for converting crude (and refinery wastes) to chemicals in one step through steam-fluidized catalytic cracking
Controlling selectivity and stability of zeolite catalysts for methanol to hydrocarbons and ethylene oligomerization