Associate Professor - Chemical Engineering
Phone number: +971 2 810 9181
Dr. Abu Zahra joined the Masdar Institute of Science & Technology as assistant professor in Chemical Engineering. Prior to joining, he worked for the International Energy Agency Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme (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 (2005-2009) for the Separation technology department in the Dutch research institute (TNO) in the Netherlands 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 involved in the major Dutch and European CCS projects (e.g. 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 entitled “Carbon dioxide capture from flue gas: development and evaluation of existing and novel process concepts”.
Dr. Abu Zahra is a member of the reviewing panel and steering committees for different journals and conferences in his area of expertise and the coordinator of the 1st post-combustion capture conference. His current research focuses on CO2 capture technologies; he is leading the Siemens-Masdar Institute CCS collaboration and the coordinator of the CCS research activities within Masdar Institute.
Courses / Teaching Interests:
- Analysis of Transport Phenomena (CHE502)
- Separation Processes for CO2 Capture Applications (CHE508)
- Aspen Plus Process Simulation
Advisor to current Masdar Institute students:
- Ahmed Sodiq
- Akinola Olanrewaju
- Hessa Mohammed Al Shehhi
- Abdallah Olasunkanmi Dindi
- Abdurahim Ahmed Abdulkadir
- Iman Ibrahim Ustadi
- Laila Nurrokhmah (PhD)
Research Interest/Research Projects:
1. Post-combustion capture systems development and characterization, which includes:
- Aqueous based solvents
- Organic based solvents
- Solid adsorbents
- Membrane separation processes
- Measurement of physical and thermodynamic properties
2. Capture processs concepts development and techno-economic evaluation
- Advanced process concepts
- Heat recovery
- Integration with power plants and desalination plants
- Process simulation
3. Environmental impact and waste managements
- Chemical and gases emissions
- Solvent degradation
- Reclaiming processes
4. CO2 purification
Current Research Projects
Siemens / Masdar Institute Collaboration in the area of CO2 post-combustion capture
- Evaluaton of CO2 purification requirements and techno-economic evaluation of processes for impurities deep removal from the CO2 product stream
- Evaluation of handling approaches of solid waste generated from the post-combustion capture process considering regulations in UAE
MIT/Masdar Institute Collaboration in area of post-combustion capture
- Mathieu Lucquiaud, Olivia Erreya, Hannah Chalmers, Xi Liang, Jon Gibbins, Mohammad Abu Zahra, 2010. Techno-economic assessment of future-proofing coal plants with post-combustion capture against technology developments. Proceedings of GHGT-10, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
- Mohammad R. M. Abu Zahra, Eva Sanchez Fernandez, Earl L. V. Goetheer, 2010. Guidelines for Process Development and Future Cost Reduction of CO2 Post-Combustion Capture. Proceedings of GHGT-10, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
- F. Franco, R. Anantharaman, O. Bolland, N. Booth, E. van Dorst, C. Ekstrom, E. S. Fernandez, E. Macchi, G. Manzolini, M. J. Prins, A. Pfeffer, S. Rezvani, L. Robinson, M. Abu Zahra, 2010. Common framework and test cases for transparent and comparable techno-economic evaluations of CO2 capture technologies – the work of the European Benchmarking Task Force. Proceedings of GHGT-10, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
- Mohammad R. M. Abu-Zahra, Paul H. M. Feron, Peter J. Jansens, Earl L. V. Goetheer, 2009. New process concepts for CO2 post-combustion capture process integrated with co-production of hydrogen. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 34, 9, 3992-4004.
- Mohammad R. M. Abu-Zahra, John P. M. Niederer, Paul H. M. Feron, Geert F. Versteeg, 2007. CO2 Capture from Power Plants part II: A Parametric study of the Economical Performance Based on Mono-Ethanolamine. International journal of greenhouse gas control, 1, 135-142.
- 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.
- Mohammad Abu-Zahra, Paul Feron, Pascal Alix, Ole Biede, Paul Broutin, Hans de Jong, Jean Kittel, Jacob Knudsen, Ludovic Raynal, Poul-Jacob Vilhelmsen, 2007. Development of post-combustion capture of CO2 within the CASTOR Integrated Project: First results from the pilot plant operation using MEA. Proceedings of 3rd CCT, Sardinia, Italy.
- Mohammad R. M. Abu-Zahra, John P. M. Niederer, Paul H. M. Feron, Geert F. Versteeg, 2006. The technical and economical analysis of CO2 capture based on an absorption/desorption process using mono-ethanolamine. Proceedings of GHGT-08, Trondheim, Norway.
Selected Oral Presentations
- Mohammad Abu Zahra, 2011. CO2 Post-Combustion Capture: Activities, Challenges and Future Vision. Masdar Institute, Abu Dhabi.
- Mohammad Abu Zahra, 2010. CCS status and challenges to large scale deployment. Linde Clean Energy Workshop, Munich.
- Earl Goetheer, Mohammad Abu Zahra, Lodewijk Nell, 2009. Amino acid salts for post combustion capture: pilot plant experimentation with CORAL. Trondheim CCS conference, Trondheim.
- Mohammad Abu-Zahra, 2009. Piloting CO2 post-combustion capture. CO2NET East workshop, Bratislava.
- Mohammad Abu-Zahra, Earl Goetheer, 2008. Economic modelling and integration of post-combustion capture process. CO2NET annual seminar, Warsaw.
- Mohammad Abu-Zahra, Annemieke van de Runstraat, 2007. Preliminary study of using ammonia as a CO2 absorption solvent. CO2NET annual seminar, Lisbon.
- Mohammad Abu Zahra, Paul Feron, Pascal Alix, Ole Biede, Paul Broutin, Hans de Jong, Jean Kittel, Jacob Knudsen, Ludovic Raynal, Poul-Jacob Vilhelmsen, Jørgen Nørklit Jensen, 2007. Development of post-combustion capture of CO2 within the CASTOR Integrated Project: First results from the pilot plant operation using MEA. The 3rd international conference on clean coal technologies for our future, Cagliari.
- Mohammad R. M. Abu-Zahra, John P. M. Niederer, Paul H. M. Feron, Geert F. Versteeg, 2006. The technical and economic analysis of CO2 capture bases on an absorption/desorption process using MEA, 8th international conference on greenhouse gas technologies, Trondheim.