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Dr. Youssef Belmabkhout
Dr. Youssef Belmabkhout KAUST, Saudi Arabia


​Dr. Youssef Belmabkhout has a PhD in applied Science from the University of Mons in Belgium. He hold also a chemical engineering degree (oil and gas technologies) from the "Gubkine" Russian State University of oil and gas in Moscow (Russia).

Prior to his appointment as a research scientist at the King Abdullah university of Science and technology (KAUST, KSA) in Prof Eddaoudi group, Dr Youssef Belmabkhout spent few months in ICPET-NRC (Ottawa, Canada) in 2010 working on Solid Oxide Fuel Cell. He occupied a research associate position in the department of chemistry at the university of Ottawa (Canada) with Prof Sayari from 2007 to 2010 and one and half year in the prestigious French Institute of Petroleum (IFP) in Lyon, France from 2006 to 2007.

After his PhD, Dr Y. Belmabkhout was awarded Marie-Curie Fellowship at IFP and the prestigious NSERC Postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Ottawa.    

Dr Y. Belmabkhout research interests in the last years focus on the development and evaluation of novel nanostructured materials for various applications such as separation, gas storage, sensing and catalysis.  During his short research career, Dr Youssef Belmabkhout explored the use of several classes of materials, such as activated carbons, zeolites, mesoporous silicas and metal organic frameworks, for applications related to energy efficiency and environmental sustainability.

All sessions by Dr. Youssef Belmabkhout

  • Day 2Tuesday, February 21st
Session 3: Advanced Porous Functional Materials/Modeling II
11:30 am

MOF molecular sieves to address challenging gas/vapor separations: Myth or fact?

The separation of molecules with close physical properties is a challenging task, commonly performed using the conventional low temperature fractional distillation technique which is recognized to be highly energy intensive. After more than 6 decades of revolutionary use of zeolites molecular sieves for separation of physically similar molecules within 1 Å difference in size, researchers from both academia and industry have been dedicating a lot of effort to push the limit of sieving separation to lower than 1 Å. The main purpose of this endeavour is to switch the separation of important isomers and commodities from distillation to more energy efficient adsorption or membranes technologies.
In the last 2 decades, major developments in Metal-Organic Frameworks was dedicated mainly to high surface area materials with large pores rather than molecular sieves with rigid or flexible small pores apertures. In my talk, I will illustrate the progress made at FMD3/KAUST in the development of tunable platforms with a variety of interesting intrinsic properties to target challenging separation of important isomers in petroleum and petrochemical industries. The optimal structural control at the molecular level of these particular platforms led to the discovery of new generations of MOF molecular sieves, to address challenging separations such as linear paraffin/mono-branched paraffin, mono-branched paraffin /disbranched paraffin and olefin-paraffin.

Level 0, between bld. 4 and 5 11:30 - 12:00 Details