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Mohammad Abu Zahra

Mohammad Abu Zahra

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Dr. Mohammad Abu Zahra joined the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in 2011 as assistant professor of Chemical Engineering and became associate professor in 2014. Prior to joining the institute, he worked for the International Energy Agency Greenhouse Gas R&D Program (IEAGHG) as a project manager in the capture and integrated system team. He was responsible of initiating and managing various projects and technical studies with a major focus on CO2 post-combustion capture.

Dr. Abu Zahra worked for the Separation Technology Department in the Dutch research institute TNO in the Netherlands from 2005 to 2009 as a senior research engineer. His R&D activities were in the area of process development and gas treatment technologies, primarily in the development of the CO2 capture technologies using post- and pre-combustion capture. He was also involved in the Dutch and European carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) projects CASTOR, CESAR, Dynamis, and CATO.

He received his Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Jordan and his Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering and the degree of Professional Doctorate in Engineering (PDEng) from the University of Twente in the Netherlands in 2005. In 2009, he was awarded the degree of Doctor from Delft University of Technology after defending his PhD thesis titled “Carbon dioxide capture from flue gas: development and evaluation of existing and novel process concepts”.

At Masdar Institute, Dr. Abu Zahra’s current research focuses on the development of CO2 capture and utilization technologies including the development of advanced solvents, solid sorbents and novel processes. He is the coordinator of the carbon capture utilization and sequestration (CCUS) research activities within Masdar Institute and he is leading major related projects such as the Siemens-Masdar Institute CCS collaboration, the Masdar-Masdar Institute-RTI project and the Masdar Institute-ENGSL CO2 utilization project.

Dr. Abu Zahra is also the Asia regional editor for the Current Environmental Engineering journal and an editorial board member for the International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control. His work has been published in three book chapters, and more than 100 refereed journal publications, conference proceedings and keynote presentations. As a result of his work and scholar research he was awarded the institute best research award for the academic year 2014-2015.

Courses/Teaching

  • CHE502: Analysis of Transport Phenomena
  • CHE508/CHE 601: Separation Processes for CO2 Capture Applications
  • Aspen Plus Process Simulation

 

Advisor to current Masdar Institute students:

  • Quang Dang (Senior Scientist): Testing and Evaluation of CO2 Capture and Utilization and Development of Solid-Based CO2 Capture Technologies
  • Maryam AlMazrouei (MSc, Co-Advisor): Economic effects of carbon capture, utilization and storage in Abu Dhabi: a general equilibrium analyses and on the direct and indirect impacts
  • Ahmed Yusuf (MSc): Techno-economic evaluation of CO2 capture process using Zeolite Calcium based framework
  • Alia Aljasmi (MSc): Techno-economic evaluation of CO2 capture and NGCC at Mirfa plant
  • Vinicius Bueno (MSc): The evaluation of oxygen utilization from Mirfa plant using oxy-fuel combustion technology
  • Adetola Ogunbbero (MSc): The utilization of Date Stone as solid sorbent for CO2 capture applications
  • Abdullah Al Hinai (MSc): Development and characterization of amine blends solvents for CO2 post-combustion capture
  • Abdallah Dindi (PhD): Testing and evaluation of fly ash for CO2 capture and utilization
  • Talal Al Hajri (PhD): Development and evaluation of solid sorbent for Natural Gas Sweetening
  • Idowu Azeez Adeyemi (PhD, CO-advisor): The use of DES’s for CO2 capture applications

Advised former Masdar Institute students:

  • Nabil El Hadri (Postdoc): Solvent Blends-Based Technologies for CO2 Post-Combustion Capture: Enthalpy, Kinetics and Thermal Degradation
  • Aravind Rayer (Postdoc): Contactor Design for Hybrid Systems (Liquid and Precipitation Systems for CO2 Capture)
  • Zeina Abbas (Research Engineer): Solvent Blends-Based Technologies for CO2 Post-Combustion Capture: VLE
  • Ali Imran (Postdoc): Solvent Blends-Based Technologies for CO2 Post-Combustion Capture: Solvent Screening
  • Zeina Abbas (MSc, May 2012): Evaluation of CO2 Purification Requirements and Techno-Economic Evaluation of Processes for Impurities Deep Removal from the CO2 Product Stream
  • Adewale Adeosun (MSc, May 2013): Development of new sorbents systems for CO2 post-combustion capture, Best chemical engineering thesis award 2013.
  • Adel Seif El Nasr (MSc, May 2013): Techno-economic evaluation of the advanced solid-based capture technology for NGCC applications
  • Laila Nurrokhmah (MSc, May 2013): Evaluation of handling approaches of solid waste generated from the POSTCAP process considering the regulations in the UAE
  • Stephen Fedayi (MSc, May 2013): Life cycle assessment of natural gas combined cycle integrated with CO2 post-combustion capture plant using MEA solvent
  • Meshayeal Abdullah (MSc, May 2013): Economic modeling and evaluation of CCS in steel and aluminum industrial applications
  • Iman Ustadi (MSc, May 2014): The Evaluation of the Integrated Natural Gas Combined Cycle Power Plants with CO2 Capture
  • Hessa Al Shehhi (MSc, May 2014): Thermal degradation of monoethanolamine for CO2 post-combustion
  • Abdullah Dindi (MSc, May 2014): The use of the reject brine from the desalination plant for CO2 capture applications, to convert the CO2 into inorganic minerals that maybe used in building materials
  • Abdulrahem Ahmed (MSc, May 2014): Chemical solvents reaction enthalpy measurement and thermodynamic modeling
  • Ahmed Sodiq (MSc, May 2015): Development of new sorbents systems for CO2 post-combustion capture: reaction kinetics measurement and evaluation, Best chemical engineering thesis award 2015.
  • Akinola Olanrewaju (MSc, May 2015): Liquid fuels characterization and evaluation for gas turbine applications
  • Muna Abdullah (MSc, May 2015): CO2 capture novel materials techno-economic evaluation and validation with pilot plant results

Research Interests:

  • Post-combustion capture systems development and characterization, which includes:
    • Aqueous based solvents
    • Organic based solvents
    • Solid adsorbents
    • Measurement of physical and thermodynamic properties
  • Capture processes concepts development and techno-economic evaluation
    • Advanced process concepts
    • Heat recovery
    • Integration with power plants and desalination plants
    • Process simulation
  • Environmental impact and waste managements
    • Chemical and gases emissions
    • Solvent degradation
    • Reclaiming processes
    • CO2 purification
  • CO2 utilization
  • Natural gas sweetening

 

Research Projects

  • Testing and Evaluation of CO2 Capture and Utilization, funded by Engineering Solutions Minerals (ESL)
  • Evaluation of the Use of Oxygen from the Mirfa Plant, funded by Maersk Oil
  • Testing and Evaluation of an Advanced Solid Sorbent-Based CO2 Capture Process for Natural Gas Combined Cycle Power Plants, funded by Masdar Special Projects in collaboration with RTI and US DOE
  • Development of New Sorbents Systems for CO2 Post-Combustion Capture, funded by Masdar Institute in collaboration with MIT
  • Liquid Fuels Characterization and Physical Properties Measurement, funded by Siemens    
  • Contactor Design for Hybrid Systems (Liquid and Precipitation Systems for CO2 Capture), funded by Siemens
  • Evaluation of handling approaches of solid waste generated from the POSTCAP process considering the regulations in the UAE, funded by Siemens
  • Evaluation of CO2 Purification Requirements and Techno-Economic Evaluation of Processes for Impurities Deep Removal from the CO2 Product Stream, funded by Siemens
  • Solid sorbent development and evaluation for NG sweetening applications, funded by Masdar institute

 

  • Abdallah Dindi, Dang Quang, and Mohammad Abu-Zahra, 2015. Simultaneous Carbon Dioxide Capture and Utilization using Thermal Desalination Reject Brine. Applied Energy, Volume 154, Pages 298-308.
  • Dang Quang, Abdallah Dindi, Aravind Rayer, Nabil Hadri, Abdurahim Abdulkadir, Mohammad Abu‐Zahra, 2015. Effect of Moisture on the Heat Capacity and the Regeneration Heat Required for CO2 Capture Process using PEI Impregnated Mesoporous Precipitated Silica. Greenhouse Gases: Science and Technology, Volume 5 (1), Pages 91-101.
  • Ahmed Sodiq, Aravind Rayer, Akinola Olanrewaju, Mohammad Abu-Zahra, 2014. Reaction Kinetics of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Absorption in Sodium Salts of Taurine and Proline Using a Stopped‐Flow Technique. International Journal of Chemical Kinetics, Volume 46, Issue 12, Pages 730–745.
  • Laila Nurrokhmah, Toufic Mezher and Mohammad Abu-Zahra, 2013. Evaluation of Handling Approaches of Solid Waste Generated from the CO2 Capture Process Considering Regulations in UAE. Environmental Science and Technology (ACS Publication), Volume 47, Issue 23, Page 13644-13651.
  • Zeina Abbas, Toufic Mezher and Mohammad R. M. Abu-Zahra, 2013. CO2 Purification Part I: Purification Requirement Review and the Selection of Impurities Deep Removal Technologies. The International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, Volume 16, Page 324-334.3.
  • Mohammad R. M. Abu-Zahra, Léon H. J. Schneiders, John P. M. Niederer, Paul H. M. Feron, Geert F. Versteeg, 2007. CO2 Capture from Power Plants part I: A Parametric Study of the Technical Performance Based on Mono-Ethanolamine. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 1, 37-46.