Bader Ghanem, Ph.D.

Research Scientists

​Senior Research Scientist

Research Interests

​● Design, synthesis and characterization of a wide range of intrinsically microporous polymeric materials with excellent membrane gas separation performance. These membranes show an excellent combination of high permeability and selectivity for a number of important gas pairs (e.g, O2/N2, CO2/CH4, N2/CH4, H2/N2, H2/CH4, CH4/C4H10) which makes them good candidate membrane materials for different applications such as (i) generation of oxygen-enriched air and onsite nitrogen production; (ii) natural gas purification; and (iii) recovery of H2 from petrochemical waste gas streams.

● Synthesis of microporous network polymers that mimic the properties of the traditional microporous materials and have high adsorption capacity toward various gases.

Selected Publications


  • ​Ph.D., School of Chemistry, Manchester University, United Kingdom, 2005
  • M. Sc., Department of Chemistry, Yarmouk University, Irbid, Jordan, 1988
  • B.Sc., Department of Chemistry, Yarmouk University, Irbid, Jordan, 1986

Professional Profile

  • ​August 2012-present: Senior Research Scientist, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • May 2005-August 2008: Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry, Taibah University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • May 2005 – May 2007: Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Chemistry, Cardiff University, Cardiff, United Kingdom
  • Oct.1990 – Aug.2002: Lecturer, King Saud University-Abha branch, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • ​American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • Membrane society of Australasia (MSA)


  • ​Overseas scholarship student (OSS), UK (2002-2005).
  • Chemistry department scholarship (2004-2005), The University of Manchester, UK.
  • Cardiff University Postdoctoral Research Award, 2005-2007

Research Interests Keywords

​Polymers of intrinsic microporosity triptycene membrane gas separation gas sorption polyimides ladder polymers