International Conference & Exhibition

Improving Chemistry – Road to a Sustainable and a Safer Future

  • 08 – 09 Nov, 2020
  • Pre-Conference Courses
  • 10 – 12 Nov, 2020
  • Conference & Exhibition
  • Gulf Hotel
  • Kingdom of Bahrain

Course Attendees



On behalf of the organizing committee, I would like to welcome you to the First Gulf Chemistry Association International Conference and Exhibition (GCA-2022), which will be held from November 15 to 17, 2022, at the Gulf Convention Center in the Gulf Hotel, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain.

In line with the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the theme of the GCA-2022 is Role of Chemistry in Sustainable Energy for Oil and Petrochemical Industries, which will cover vital and contemporary topics in the chemistry field, including:

  • CO2 Capturing and its Applications
  • Circular Carbon Economy (CCE)
  • Enhanced and Improved Oil Recovery (EOR/IOR)
  • Renewable Energy
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Big Data and Robotics in Chemistry

The main objectives of the conference are: To foster the contemporary chemistry and its application in the region, and to support the industry and academia research and studies by providing a world-class platform for dialogue and the exchange of knowledge.

The GCA-2022 is a unique version of chemistry conferences in the region because it involves all the GCC chemistry associations and societies as well as the highly recognized international ones, such as IUPAC and ACS. The GCA-2022 is targeting 1,000+ delegates and more than 100 exhibitors who will make your experience rich in knowledge and exposure.

I am looking forward to meeting you at GCA-2022!

Yousef Al Marzooq
Chairman GCA2022



About GCA International Conference & Exhibition 2020

The GCU and the SAICSC-ACS are pleased to announce the International Conference & Exhibition (GCA 2020)

The GCA Conference is the leading Middle East strategic platform for Chemistry professionals to address business challenges, share best practices & unlock potential opportunities through collaboration and partnerships. Striving towards excellence, this forum aims at engaging regional & international stakeholders across the business, academia & technology providers to capitalize on solution, innovation & growth.

The conference will bring together regional, national and international experts in all aspects of laboratory operation, including staff development, quality management, health, safety and the environment. The conference aims to provide an opportunity for all delegates to interface with subject matter experts from testing laboratories, supporting gas, oil, petrochemical, and water industries; in addition to meeting with scientists, engineers, academics and technologists from all over the world.

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H.E. Dr. Mohamed bin Mubarak Bin Daina
Minister of Oil and Environment Special Envoy for Climate Affairs
Prof. Abdulazim MJ Marafi
Senior Researcher Scientist, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research


Ph.D. (Aug. 1996) Chemical Engineering, University of Oklahoma, USA
M.Sc.(Jan. 1988) Chemical Engineering, University of Southern California, USA
B.Sc .(June 1983) Chemical Engineering, Kuwait University

Work Experience

Program: Optimization Petroleum Refining Processes (OPRP)

Recent Publications on Refereed Journal

  1. Cho-I Parka, Kyeongseok Ohb, Adel Al-Mutairic, Ikpyo Hongd, Jung-Chul And, Abdulazeem MJ Marafiec, Xiaoliang Mac, Seong-Ho Yoone, Yukown Jeonf,*, Joo-Il Parka,*Molecular Behaviors on Asphaltenes during Atmospheric Residue Hydrodesulfurization. 2021. Sent to Energy & Fuel.
  2. Qingyan Cui,a, e Xiaoliang Ma,b, Koji Nakano,c Koji Nakabayashi,a Jin Miyawaki,a Adel Al-Mutairi,b Abdulazeem M.J. Marafi,b Ahmed M. Al-Otaibi,b Seong-Ho Yoon,a Isao Mochida d, Effect of blending on hydrotreating reactivities of atmospheric residues: Synergistic effects Fuel 293 Fuel (2021) 120429
  3. Min-Seok Jeon, Adel Al-Mutairi, Hoi- Kyoeng Jung, Ik-Phyo Hong, Jung-Chul An, Cho-I Park, Doo-Won Kim, Yukwon Jeon, Abdulazim Mj Marafi, Xiaoliang Ma, and Joo-Il Park* Molecular Characteristics of Light Cycle Oil Hydrodesulfurization Over Silica- Alumina- Supported NiMo Catalysts .ACS Omega- 2020- Pages :29747-29754

Recent Publications on Conferences

  1. Xiaoliang Ma,* Adel Al-Mutairi, Abdulazeem M.J. Marafi Qingyan CuiIsao Mochida “Effect of Blending on Viscosity and Hydrotreating Reactivities of Atmospheric Resid” The 20th Japan-Kuwait Symposium in advancement on Refining 7-9, Feb , 2022
  2. Marafi A. M. Rana “Catalyst Design for Heavy Oil Upgrading.” Material 2022. Spain July 12-16th , 2022.
  3. Marafi A. and A. Al-Mutairi” Effect of Catalyst on the quality of Product.” 27th MAM (North American Catalysis) May 7-12. 2022. New York. USA
  4. Marafi A. Advancement in Clean Fuel Technologies” Fatheya Turkey 17-22 Oct 2021.


Julia Hicks
Director of Blue H2 & CCUS Task Force, Air Products

Julia Hicks is the Director of the Blue H2 & CCUS Task Force, leading a team of experts developing the latest Blue H2 & CCUS technology for Air Products globally and supporting Air Products’ strategic goals of being the market leader in blue hydrogen. In addition to developing blue H2 offerings, the task force is working to reduce the carbon intensity of hard-to-abate industries such as refining, petrochemical, steel and cement, and collaborating with subsurface teams to develop integrated sequestration solutions.

Julia joined Air Products in 2004 and during her career has gained significant experience in project and product development, having developed projects ranging from O2 VSAs and spec gas systems to large ASUs and led the development and management of Air Separation products. With a life-long passion for sustainability, other career highlights include business development for H2 fuelling systems in the UK and a patent to enhance efficiency of industrial-scale power generation.

Julia graduated from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), UK, with a master’s degree in Chemical Engineering. She is a chartered engineer with the Institute of Chemical Engineers and has an MBA from Kingston Business School.

Prof. Ahmed Al-Harrasi
Professor of Organic Chemistry, Vice Chancellor for graduate studies at University of Nizwa

Prof. Ahmed Al-Harrasi obtained his PhD in Organic Chemistry in 2005 as a DAAD-fellow under the supervision of Prof. Hans-Ulrich Reissig. His PhD work was on New Transformations of Enantiopure 1,2-oxazines. Then he received the Fulbright award in 2008 for postdoctoral research in chemistry for which he joined Prof. Tadhg Begely group at Cornell University where he worked on Synthesis of isotopically-labeled thiamin pyrophosphate. After a postdoctoral research stay at Cornell University in 2009, he started his independent research at the University of Nizwa, Oman where he founded the chair of Oman’s Medicinal Plants and Marine Natural Products merging chemistry and biology research that became a center of excellent in natural and medical sciences.

The budget of his interdisciplinary-funded projects exceeds $ 15 million. He was a chair and invited speaker in many international conferences. He is a referee for more than 15 international chemistry and biotechnology Journals. He has authored and co-authored over 500 scientific papers, five books and 15 book chapters. He is named in Stanford University’s global list of top 2% Scientists in year 2019-2020 and 2020-2021.

Prof. Angela K. Wilson
ACS President

President, 2022, American Chemical Society

Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives, Michigan State University

Prof. Adah Al-Mutairi
Prof. of pharmaceutical chemistry; and Director of the Center for Excellence in Nanomedicine and Engineering in the Institute of Engineering in Medicine at UCSD).

Adah Almutairi (Arabic: غادة المطيري; born November 1, 1976), one of Forbes’s top ten most influential female engineers in the world,[1] is a scholar of science and engineering, inventor, and entrepreneur. Almutairi is a professor of pharmaceutical chemistry; faculty in the departments of Bioengineering and NanoEngineering; and director of the Center for Excellence in Nanomedicine and Engineering in the Institute of Engineering in Medicine at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Her work focuses on nanomedicinenanotechnologychemistry, and polymer science. Almutairi is a 2016 Kavli Fellow and has received numerous honors and awards such as the NIH director’s new innovator award in 2009[2] for her work on “Chemically Amplified Response Strategies for Medical Sciences”. Almutairi’s groundbreaking work was highlighted by U.S. NIH director Francis Collins to Congress as one of the 4 most important American technology breakthroughs of the year 2012. Almutairi holds 13 U.S. patents issued, some of which are currently licensed in Industry. Almutairi is the Founder of eLux Medical Inc. [1].

Dr. Ghassan Saed
President of National Arab American Medical Association in Michigan, Professor of Gynecologic Oncology

Director of Ovarian Cancer Research Departments of OB/GYN and Karmanos Cancer Institute, Detroit MI, USA
Member of Tumor Biology and Microenvironment Program

Professor Omar M. Yaghi
James and Neeltje Tretter Chair Professor of Chemistry at the University of California

Professor Omar M. Yaghi accomplishments in the design and synthesis of new materials have been honored by the Solid-State Chemistry Award of the American Chemical Society and Exxon Co. (1998) and the Sacconi Medal of the Italian Chemical Society (2004). His work on hydrogen storage was recognized by Popular Science Magazine which listed him among the ‘Brilliant 10’ scientists and engineers in USA (2006), and the US Department of Energy Hydrogen Program Award for outstanding contributions to hydrogen storage (2007). He was the sole recipient of the Materials Research Society Medal for pioneering work in the theory, design, synthesis and applications of metal-organic frameworks and the AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize for the best paper published in Science (2007). He is also the recipient of the American Chemical Society Chemistry of Materials Award (2009), Izatt-Christensen International Award (2009), United Kingdom’s Royal Society of Chemistry Centenary Prize (2010), China Nano Award (2013), King Faisal International Prize in Science (2015), Mustafa Prize in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (2015), TÜBA Academy Prize in Basic and Engineering Sciences (2016), Royal Society of Chemistry Spiers Memorial Award (2017), King Abdullah II Order of Distinction of the First Class (2017), Japan Society of Coordination Chemistry International Award (2017), Bailar Medal in Inorganic Chemistry (2017), Kuwait Prize in Fundamental Sciences (2017), Albert Einstein World Award of Science conferred by the World Cultural Council (2017), BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Basic Sciences (2018), and Wolf Prize in Chemistry (2018). He published >250 articles.

Prof. Haider A. J. Al Lawati
Professor, Department of Chemistry, Sultan Qaboos University

A professor at the Department of Chemistry, College of Science, Sultan Qaboos University, Sultanate of Oman. His research focuses on utilizing new materials like metal-organic framework, carbon dots and other nano- materials for developing novel analytical methods using portable and miniaturized platforms like 3D printed microfluidics and lab on a paper.

Dr. Gérard de Nazelle
Manager of R&DC, Saudi Aramco

Gérard de Nazelle joined Saudi Aramco end Sep 2019 from Reliance Industries, where he was Head of Technology from 2014 to 2019.

From 2010 to 2014, as an entrepreneur, Gerard de Nazelle was the CEO of Polygenta Technologies in India: Polygenta won the Financial Times – International Finance Corporation Award (FT-IFC) of the “Sustainable Investment of the Year 2012”.

Before joining Polygenta, he was a Director at the European Commission, and served as the first Director of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), to contribute to the improvement of Europe’s innovation performances.

He joined Shell in 1990 and was Global Manager Innovation & Research, responsible for the development of new technology options for all Shell businesses and clean energy futures, until he joined the EIT in 2009. In 1994, he moved to Japan, then to Singapore, where he participated in the construction and start-up of two large petrochemical projects (1996 – 2003). He held the position of Technology Manager of Shell (Singapore), before becoming Chief Technologist of the multi-billion CNOOC-Shell project in China (2004-2007).

Dr. de Nazelle has been a member of the “Chemical and Environmental Engineering Consultative Committee” of the National University of Singapore (2001-2003), and a member of the Expert Panel on Carbon Capture and Utilization at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A* Star) in Singapore. Other involvement into Joined Industry Partnerships includes his participation (representing Shell) to the CO2 Capture and Storage Committee of the Energy Technology Institute (ETI, UK). An entrepreneur in creating both profitable and sustainable businesses, Gerard de Nazelle has presented the success story of Polygenta at various conferences as a (modest) example of innovation driven growth.

He holds an MSc degree (Chem. Eng.) from ENSIC (France) and a PhD (Physics) from Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands).

Dr. Thomas Blanton
Executive Director International Center for Diffraction Data, USA

Dr. Blanton is a superb X-ray diffraction and microscope specialist and known world-widely for his significant contributions in this field. He is a great scientist, administrator, speaker, and pleasant professional to work with.

Dr. Blanton is a scientific manager leading a team of 40 scientists. Results-driven research and development scientist with success in leading materials development from benchtop R&D to commercialization. Expert in materials characterization, establishing structure-property relationships. Coordinates technical team activities with business research, commercialization, corporate legal, health and safety, intellectual property, and program management teams. Collaborates with universities and industrial partners taking advantage of external resources to perform novel materials analyses and reduce product development cycle time.

Proven track record of innovation with U.S. (46) and international (57) patents; and >100 journal papers. Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Dr. George Manos
Professor, Dept of Chemical Engineering at University of College London

Dr George Manos joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at UCL in 1998 and is currently a Professor. Dr Manos’s research activities are primarily in the area of Hydrocarbon Catalytic Reactions (Coking/Deactivation of Zeolites, Polymer Recycling via Catalytic Cracking of Plastic Waste), Homogeneous Catalysis, Supercritical Fluid Reactions, and Molecular Simulation/Statistical Mechanical Modelling (Adsorption on Zeolites, Supercritical Fluids, Electronic Functional Materials). Total number of publications: 127. Additionally, Dr Manos is co-editor of the book “Adsorption and Phase Behaviour in Nanochannels and Nanotubes” published by Springer Publishers in 2010 and reviewer for a number of international journals. He is a member of the EPSRC Peer Review College, a European Research Programmes Evaluator and reviewer ofinternational research grant proposals. Dr Manos is a member of the UCL Materials Chemistry Centre. Moreover, Dr Manos is a member of the Greek Engineering Council (Chartered Engineer Status) and the Greek Institute of Chemical Engineers. He is also a graduate member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and a member of its Applied Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Subject Group.

Prof. Martin Tangney OBE
Founder and President of Celtic Renewables

Internationally recognised expert in microbial biofuel production, particularly biobutanol. Professor Tangney is Director of the Biofuel Research Centre at Edinburgh Napier University, which conducted the innovative research to develop the fermentation technology being commercialised by Celtic Renewables. Martin advises the Scottish Government on biofuels, and represents the government on its MOU with India on Renewable Energy. Martin is a prominent international speaker in the biofuel area and regularly features in the media, and his international profile, domain expertise and connections will be hugely beneficial to Celtic Renewables Ltd.

Prof. Kuo-Wei Huang
Professor of chemical sciences at KAUST

Kuo-Wei Huang is currently Professor of Chemical Science at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. He received his B.S. from National Taiwan University and Ph.D. from Stanford University. Prior to joining KAUST as a founding faculty member in 2009, he had been an Assistant Professor in National University of Singapore and a Goldhaber Distinguished Fellow at Brookhaven National Laboratory. He has coauthored over 230 publications and is a co-inventor of 20 patents and patent applications. The research interests of his group include CO2 utilization, hydrogen storage, small molecules activation (particularly on the PN3(P) ligand platform his group has developed) and kinetic and DFT studies of transition metal and organocatalysis. He has received numerous awards, including Appreciation of distinguished teaching contribution, Ministry of Education, Saudi Arabia (2017), Rising Stars Lectureship, 41st International Conference on Coordination Chemistry (2014), and Asian Rising Stars Lectureship, the 15th Asian Chemical Congress (2013).

Prof. Reuben Jih-Ru Hwu
Chair professor at National Tsing Hua University


9/78–6/82 – Stanford University, Stanford, California, U.S.A.

Ph.D. Chemistry, June 1982

 9/72–6/76 – National Taiwan University, Taiwan, R.O.C.

B.S. Chemistry, June 1976



Tsing Hua Distinguished Chair Professor

National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan



 Federation of Asian Chemical Societies


Chair Professor

National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan



The 9th AFMC International Medicinal Chemistry Symposium 2013


Regional Editor 

Mini-Reviews in Medicinal Chemistry


Editorial Advisory Board Member

 Anti-Infective Agents in Medicinal Chemistry


Editorial Board Member

Journal of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering


Ex Officio, Editorial Advisory Board Member

Journal of Medicinal Chemistry


Editorial Advisory Board Member

European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry


National Representative of Chemical Society Located in Taipei

Asian Federation for Medicinal Chemistry


National Representative of Chemical Society Located in Taipei 

International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry,

Chemistry and Human Health Division Committee


Founding Director, Preparatory Office for College of Biomedical Science and Engineering, National Central University

Jhongli City, Taoyuan County, Taiwan


Dean, College of Science, National Central University

 Jhongli City, Taoyuan County, Taiwan


Curriculum Director (4/96–6/99) and Principal Lecturer

  The International Scientific Instrument Technology Workshops, International Foundation for Sciences (Headquarters at Sweden) and National Science Council, Taiwan, R.O.C.



Chinese American Chemical Society, U.S.A.


Associate Member 

International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, Commission on Nomenclature of Organic Chemistry


Sssociate and Assistant Professor of Chemistry

The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A.


                         Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award (2018)

Marquis Who’s Who

                         Award for Outstanding Achievement and Contribution (2017),

Asia Pacific Society for Materials Research

National Academic Research Innovation Award (2017, co-inventor),

Institute for Biotechnology and Medicine Industry, Taiwan

                         National Chair Professorship (2015–2018),

Ministry of Education, Taiwan, R.O.C.

                         Taiwan Conference & Exhibition Award:  Convention A Class (2014),  Ministry of Economy, Taiwan, R.O.C.

Distinguished Service Award (2014)

The Chemical Society Located in Taipei

                         Nano Industrial Technology Excellence Award (2013),

(co-principal investigator), Ministry of Economy, Taiwan, R.O.C.

Book Prize of ChemMedChem Wiley–VCH at AIMECS (2013)

                         Outstanding Scholar Award (2007–12),

Foundation for Advancement of Outstanding Scholarship, Taiwan

Asian Core Program Lectureship Award of China (2010),

Cutting-Edge Organic Chemistry in Asia

                         Award for an Outstanding Achievement (2008),

International Journal of Molecular Medicine and

International Journal of Oncology

                         Honorable Research Fellow Award (2008),

National Science Council, Taiwan, R.O.C.

National Innovation Award (2007),

Institute for Biotechnology and Medicine Industry, Taiwan, R.O.C.

National Biotech. and Medical Care Quality Award (2007, co-inventor),

Institute for Biotechnology and Medicine Industry, Taiwan, R.O.C.

                         Senior Distinguished Research Fellow (2005–07),

National Science Council, Taiwan, R.O.C.

                         Service Medal (2004),

The Executive Yuan, Republic of China

                         Distinguished Research Fellow (2001–04),

National Science Council, Taiwan, R.O.C.

                         Distinguished Research Award (1999–2001),

National Science Council, Taiwan, R.O.C.

The 1997 Third World Academy of Sciences Award (in Chemistry), 

The Third World Academy of Sciences

                         Distinguished Research Award (1995–97),

National Science Council, Taiwan, R.O.C.

The Outstanding Young Persons of the World for 1994 

                               (in Scientific and/or Technological Development),

Junior Chamber International

Outstanding Research Award (1994–95),

National Science Council, Taiwan, R.O.C.

                         Federation of Asian Chemical Societies 1992 and 1993 Distinguished Young Chemist Award,

Federation of Asian Chemical Societies

                         Ten Outstanding Young Persons of Taiwan, R.O.C. (1993),

(in Scientific and/or Technological Development),

Taiwan, R.O.C. Junior Chamber

                         Distinguished Research Award (1992–94),

National Science Council, Taiwan, R.O.C.

                         Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow (1986–1988 and 1988–1990),

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, U.S.A.

Stuart Pharmaceuticals Achievement Award (1986),

ICI Americas Inc.


                               Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts


                               Co-principal Investigator of Higher Education Sprout Project:

Enhance International Competitiveness (2018–2023),

Ministry of Education and Ministry of Science and Technology, R.O.C.

                         President-elect, Federation of Asian Chemical Societies (2017–2019)

                               Bentham Ambassador (2016–2017), Bentham Science Publishers

                               Representative of Chemical Society Located in Taipei for bidding with  success on hosting the 2019 Asian Chemical Congress in Taipei (2016)

                         Fellow of Asian Federation for Medicinal Chemistry (2013–present)

                         President of Asian Federation for Medicinal Chemistry (2012, 2013)

                         Consortium Partner of FP7 SILVER Project, European Commission


                         Vice-Chairman of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons Association of

Taiwan, R.O.C. (2010–2013)

                         Guest Professor of Peking University, China (2007–2009)

                         Honorary Visiting Professor of Zhengzhou University, China (2007–2009)

Honorary Professor of Henan Normal University (2007–)

Guest Researcher of Institute of Chemistry,

Henan Academy of Sciences, China (2007–)

Honorary President of Chinese Youth Entrepreneurs Association (2007–)

                         Fellow of The Royal Society of Chemistry (2005present)

                         Visiting Chair Professor of Peking University, China (2005)

Senior Superior Educationist, Ministry of Education, R.O.C. (2002)

                         Visiting Scholar of Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst for

Six Universities and Institutes of Germany (2001):

Universities of Berlin, Frankfurt, Göttingen, Hamburg, and Osnabrück, as well as Bayer AG, Pharma Research

                         Fellow of International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (2000­–present)

                         Visiting Professor of Royal Society of Chemistry for Five Universities of United Kingdom (2000):  Universities of Cambridge, Glasgow, Manchester, and Nottingham, as well as Imperial College

                         Fellow of The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World


                         Visiting Professor of Universite Louis Pasteur and C.N.R.S.,

France (1998)

Biographee of Asia/Pacific-Who’s Who (1998)

                         Glory of the Association for Ten Outstanding Young Persons of  Taiwan, R.O.C. (1997)

                         Binational Exchange Visiting Professor and Academic Consultant (1997) Foundation for Research Development, South Africa and

University of Cape Town


                          Invented >14 new biochemical products as merchandize being sold on the

market, including AquaClean, BB King, CleanMite, FluFree, FungiFree, Happy, HappyToe, K99, MaxFresh, PetClean, SmoKiller, TickleFree, VegClean, WELLAST, etc.



                          Drug Design and Synthesis, DNA-cleaving Agents, Nano-biomaterials, Natural Product Synthesis, Organosilicon Chemistry, New Reactions and New Reagents, Synthetic Methods


More than 220 scientific papers in international journals,

more than 50 patents, and more than 443 presentations worldwide

Prof. Christopher Brett
President of IUPAC

Christopher Brett is a professor of chemistry at the University of Coimbra, Portugal and is President of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) 2020-21.

After his MA and DPhil in electrochemistry at the University of Oxford, he spent a year at British Petroleum, London before moving to Coimbra in 1981. His research interests have focused on the development of new materials in electrochemistry and their application in different areas, particularly in sensing. This has included new nanostructured electrode materials and nanomaterials on modified electrodes, the use of electroactive and redox polymers, corrosion and its inhibition, electrochemical aspects of green chemistry, electrochemical sensors and biosensors. Most recently, he has been exploring deep eutectic solvents for the preparation of nanostructured materials with different properties than those made in aqueous media and room temperature ionic liquids for electrochemical sensors and biosensors. Applications have been in the environmental, food and pharmaceutical areas, the subject of over 300 publications.

He is Director of the Electroanalysis and Corrosion Laboratory, Instituto Pedro Nunes, Coimbra, the technological innovation link between the University of Coimbra and the industrial sector and which provides services in analytical electrochemistry, environmental chemistry, and evaluation of corrosion.

He was President of the International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE) from 2007-8 and is President of the Analytical Chemistry Division of the Portuguese Chemical Society 2018-20.

Prof. Mohamed Kheireddine
Head of the Centre for CCDCU at Sunway University

Professor Mohamed Kheireddine Aroua holds a Degree in Chemical Engineering from Tunisia and a Master in Material Sciences and Engineering from the University of Nancy 1, France. He obtained his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry in 1992 from the University of Nancy I, France.

He joined the Department of Chemical Engineering, the University of Malaya in 1993 as a lecturer and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2002, then to a Professor in 2007 and to a senior Professor in 2010.

He was appointed as the Deputy Dean of the Institute of Graduate Studies from May 2009 until July 2016 and Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering from 2016 to 2017. In addition, he has been the Head of the Center for Separation Science and Technology (CSST) from 2012 to 2017.

Currently, he is a Professor with Sunway University, Malaysia and Lancaster University in the UK and was appointed as Honorary Professor at the University of Malaya since January 2018. He is also the Associate Dean (Research) at the School of Science and Technology and Head of the Centre for Carbon Dioxide Capture and Utilization (CCDCU) at Sunway University.

He is very active in postgraduate student supervision. So far 27 Ph.D. including 2 Dual Ph.D. and 20 Master students successfully graduated under his supervision and currently he is supervising 7 Ph.D. and 3 Master students.

His research focuses on three challenges facing mankind namely water security, energy security, and environment and climate change. More specifically, he is leading research in fundamental and applied separation processes such as CO2 capture using alkanolamine technology, membrane processes, adsorption, and electrochemical processes using activated carbon and modified activated carbon produced from agriculture waste. He is also active in research related to biodiesel from various feedstocks such as Jatropha seeds and oil, the development of super-adsorbent materials produced from agriculture waste by physical and chemical modifications, CO2 separation using ionic liquids, and membrane processes for drinking water supply during disasters and to remote villagers.

Professor Mohamed Kheireddine outstanding scientific research generated more than 200 scientific articles in ISI journals and his work was cited more than 8000 times. With an h-index of 44, his work has impacted significantly the field of his research. He has 2 granted patents and 2 patent applications. He was listed by Clarivate Analytics as Top Cited Researcher 2018 and 2019.

Recently his team developed a solar-powered self-cleaning mobile Ultrafiltration (UF) system. The innovative self-cleaning system has already touched and impacted the lives of many people. It was used during the recent severe floods that hit Malaysia to treat flood and river water to produce clean water to flood victims and 6 units were recently installed in remote villages (without access to clean water) in the states of Kelantan, Sarawak, and Perak in Malaysia to produce drinking quality water. This work made him the winner of the 2016 University of Malaya’s award of outstanding achievement in the category of community engagement and the project was a winner at the IChemE Global Awards 2018 in Water category.