Research Interests

​A focus on synthesis, characterization, and applications of inorganic membranes with ordered porous structures, such as zeolites, mesoporous silica or carbon and metal-organic frameworks. In addition, the coupling of inorganic and polymeric materials to develop novel mixed matrix membranes. Another area of interest includes the synthesis of porous materials into nanostructures such as core-shell nanostructure and the study of their potential applications such as drug delivery and micro-membrane reactors.


Selected Publications


Education Profile

  • Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst, United States, 2003
  • MSc, Tsinghua University, P.R. China, 1998
  • BE, Tsinghua University, P.R. China, 1995

Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • Saudi Chemistry Society
  • American Chemistry Society

KAUST Affiliations

  • Advanced Membranes and Porous Materials (AMPM)
  • Division of Physical Science and Engineering (PSE)