Mahmoud Abdulhamid, Ph.D.


Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interests

Design and synthesis of novel polymeric materials for different industrial applications including gas separation, and organic solvent nanofiltration (OSN).

Selected Publications

  • Plasticization-Resistant Carboxyl-Functionalized 6FDA-Polyimide of Intrinsic Microporosity (PIM–PI) for Membrane-Ba... 
    M. A. Abdulhamid, G. Genduso, Y. Wang, X. Ma, I. Pinnau
    Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 59, 12, 52475256, (2020)
  • Synthesis and Characterization of Organo-Soluble Polyimides Derived from Alicyclic Dianhydrides and a Dihydroxyl-Fu... 
    M.A. Abdulhamid, X. Ma, B.S. Ghanem, I. Pinnau
    ACS Appl. Polym. Mater.,1 (1), pp. 63-69, (2019)
  • Molecular engineering of high-performance nanofiltration membranes from intrinsically microporous poly(ether-ether-... 
    M. A. Abdulhamid, S.-Hee Park, H. Vovusha, F. H. Akhtar, K. C. Ng, U. Schwingenschlögl, G...
    J. Mater. Chem. A, 2020, Advance Article, (2020)
  • Microporous Polyimides from Ladder Diamines Synthesized by Facile Catalytic Arene–Norbornene Annulation as High-Per... 
    M.A. Abdulhamid, H.W.H. Lai, Y. Wang, Z. Jin, Yew C. Teo, X. Ma, I. Pinnau, and Y. Xia
    Chem. Mater., 31 (5), pp. 1767-1774, (2019)
  • Synthesis and characterization of 6FDA/3,5-diamino-2,4,6-trimethylbenzenesulfonic acid-derived polyimide for gas se... 
    M. A. Abdulhamid, G. Genduso, X. Ma, I. Pinnau
    Separation and Purification Technology, Volume 257, 117910, (2020)
  • Synthesis and characterization of a microporous 6FDA-polyimide made from a novel carbocyclic pseudo-Tröger's base d... 
    M. A. Abdulhamid, X Ma, X Miao, I Pinnau
    Polymer, 2017, 130,182-190, (2017)
  • Homo‐Tandem polymer solar cells with VOC> 1.8 V for efficient PV‐driven water splitting 
    Y Gao, V Corre, A Gaïtis, M Neophytou, M. A. Abdulhamid, K Takanabe, P M Beaujuge
    Advanced Materials, 28 (17), 3366-3373, (2016)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           PATENTS
  • M. A. Abdulhamid, X. Ma & I. Pinnau. Psuedo Tröger’s base amines and microporous polymers derived from pseudo-Tröger’s base amines. US20200165189A1. 
  • X. Ma, M. A. Abdulhamid & I. Pinnau. Pseudo Tröger’s base-derived dianhydrides and polyimides derived from pseudo-Tröger’s base-derived dianhydrides. US20200199141A1.
  • I. Pinnau, B. Ghanem & M. A. Abdulhamid, Polyimide, dianhydride monomers, and polymers, methods of making and uses thereof. US20190085132A1.


  • ​B.Sc. in General Chemistry, Lebanese University, Lebanon, 2011
  • M.Sc. in Organic Chemistry, Lebanese University, Lebanon, 2013
  • Ph.D. in Chemical Science (Organic and polymer chemistry), KAUST, Saudi Arabia, 2014-2018

Professional Profile

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


  • 2014-2019: Ph.D. scholarship from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
  • 2012-2013: Scholarship from National Council for Scientific Research (CNRS)-Lebanon
  • 2011-2012: Scholarship from Irshad and Islah Association 
  • 2009-2011: Scholarship from Rafik Hariri Association

Research Interests Keywords

Design1 synthesis and characterization of porous polymers Membrane Fabrication and gas separation Organic Synthesis