Lukman Alimi, Ph.D.

Research Scientists

Research Scientist

Research Interests

​Design and preparation of solid-state materials that display unusual response/behavior to external stimuli (i.e. smart materials) such as temperature, light, mechanical stress, etc.

Selected Publications

  • Reversible thermosalience of 4-aminobenzonitrile 
    L. O. Alimi, D. P. van Heerden, P. Lama, V. J. Smith and L. J. Barbour
    Chemical Communication, 54, 62086211, (2018)
  • Hand-twistable plastically deformable crystals of a rigid small organic molecule 
    L. O. Alimi, P. Lama, V. J. Smith and L.J. Barbour
    Chemical Communication, 54, 29942997, (2018)
  • Large volumetric thermal expansion of a novel organic cocrystal over a wide temperature range 
    L. O. Alimi, P. Lama, V. J. Smith and L. J. Barbour
    Crystal Engineering Communication, 20, 631635, (2018)
  • Hydration-dependent anomalous thermal expansion behaviour in a coordination polymer 
    P. Lama, L. O. Alimi, R. K. Das and L. J. Barbour
    Chemical Communication, 52, 32313234, (2016)


​Ph.D., Chemistry, Stellenbosch University, South Africa 2018

Professional Profile

​2019-: Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • Member, Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), United Kingdom.
  • Member, The South African Chemical Institute (SACI), South Africa.
  • Member, The South African Crystallographic Society (SACrS), South Africa. 


  • ​​Royal Society of Chemistry, Travel Grants, United Kingdom.
  • Newton Fund International Scholarship, United Kingdom.

Research Interests Keywords

Design1 preparation and charcterisation of smart materials