Raed Hashaikeh

Raed Hashaikeh


Associate Professor - Materials Science and Engineering
Phone number: 971 2 810 9152

Dr. Raed Hashaikeh completed his PhD in Materials Engineering from McGill University in 2005 and had one year of post-doctoral training on the gasification of biomass to hydrogen using supercritical water. Before joining Masdar Institute he spent two years at FP Innovations-Paprican division, Canada (the world’s largest private, not-for-profit forest research institute) as a scientist (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Industrial Research and Development Fellow) where he studied sulphuric acid hydrolysis of pulp fibers to extract nanocrystalline cellulose. In the year 2008-2009 he was a visiting scholar at MIT.

Courses/Teaching interests:

  • Electrochemical Processing of Materials
  • Structure and Properties of Polymers 

Advisor to current Masdar Institute students:

  • Azza Ahmed Al Raisi   
  • Farah Ejaz Ahmed    
  • Shaheen Fatima Anis   
  • Haoran  Liu   
  • Abdullah Khalil (PhD)
  • Lin Li (PhD)

Graduated students:

  • Hatem Abu Shammala ( MI distingiushed MSc. thesis award for the year 2011)
Research interests and projects:
  • Advanced Cellulosic materials
  • Natural, sustainable and Biodegradable materials
  • Polymer Nanocomposites.
  • Biofuels production.
  • Chemical process development
  • Electrospun micro-porous membranes
  • Advanced materials for electrochemical devices (Fuel cells, batteries and Dye Sensitized Solar


  • R. Hashaikeh, Thomas Hu, Richard Berry, “Crystalline sulfated cellulose II and its production from sulfuric acid hydrolysis of cellulose”, WO Patent WO/2010/127,451, 2010, United States Patent Application 20100286387 (2010).
  • R. Hashaikeh, J. Szpunar, “Multilayer thermal barrier coatings for nickel superalloy turbine blades.” PCT Int. Appl., WO  0297162   (2002).
  • R. Hashaikeh, H. Abushammala, Cellulosic gel material as a pharmaceutical excipient -. Patent application filed.
  • Hashaikeh, R., P. Krishnamachari, Production of eco-efficient, high strength biodegradable composite materials through enforcing PLA with cellulose nanocrystals-. Patent application filed.

Journal papers

  • Hashaikeh, R., I.S. Butler, J.A. Kozinski, “Selective promotion of catalytic reactions during biomass gasification  to hydrogen,” Energy & Fuels  (2006),  20 (6),  2743-2747.(Impact factor: 2.44, cited 17)
  • Hashaikeh, R., I.S. Butler, J.A. Kozinski,  “Thin-film ruthenium dioxide (RuO2) coatings via ozone-mediated chemical vapor deposition,” Thin Solid Films (2006), 515 (4), 1918-1921 (Impact factor: 1.909, cited 4).
  • Hashaikeh, R.,  Z. Fang, I. S. Butler, J. Hawari, And J. A. Kozinski, “Hydrothermal dissolution of willow in hot compressed water as a model for biomass conversion,” Fuel  (2007) 86, 1614–1622.( Impact factor: 3.6, cited  29)
  • Hashaikeh*, R., H. Abushammala, “Acid Mediated Networked Cellulose: Preparation and Characterization.  Carbohydrate Polymers," (2011) 83 (3), 1088-1094. (Impact factor: 3.463). Published with my student
  • Hashaikeh*, R. and J. Szpunar "Electrophoretic fabrication of thermal barrier coatings." Journal of Coatings Technology and Research, (2011) 8 (2), 61-169. (Impact factor: 1.056).
  • Abushammala, H. and R., Hashaikeh *, "Enzymatic Hydrolysis of cellulose and the Use of TiO2 Nanoparticles to Open up the Cellulose Structure,” Biomass and Bioenergy, 35 (2011) 3970-3975. (Impact factor: 3.84). Published with my student.
  • Krishnamachari, P., R. Hashaikeh*, M. Tiner, "Modified Cellulose Morphologies and its Composites; SEM and TEM Analysis."  Micron 42 (2011) pp. 751-761 (invited contribution) (Impact Factor: 1.649). Published with my postdoc.
  • Krishnamachari,P., R. Hashaikeh*, M. Chiesa, K.  GadElrab,”Effects of acid hydrolysis time on cellulose nanocrystals properties:  Nanoindentation and thermogravimetric studies, Cellulose Chemistry and Technology, (Accepted).
  • Abushammala, H., R. Hashaikeh*. C. Cooney, “Microcrystalline Cellulose Powder Tableting via Networked Cellulose-Based Gel Material”. Powder Technology. (Accepted-DOI: 10.1016/j.powtec.2011.10.002). Written with my student.
  • Asghar, A., Y. Abdul Samad, R. Hashaikeh*, -Cellulose/PEO blends with enhanced water absorption and retention functionality, Journal of Applied Polymer Science. (Accepted). Written with my students.
  • Hashaikeh, R.,  Z. Fang, I.S. Butler, J.A. Kozinski, “Sequential Hydrothermal Gasification of Biomass to Hydrogen,” Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, (2005), 30, 2231-2237 (Impact factor:1.794, cited 19)


  • Hashaikeh, R.,  Z. Fang, I.S. Butler, J.A. Kozinski, “Sequential Hydrothermal Gasification of Biomass to Hydrogen,” Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, (2005), 30, 2231-2237 (Impact factor:1.794, cited 19)
  • Pirani, S., R. Hashaikeh, “Nanocrystalline cellulose extraction process and utilization of the byproduct to make biofuels,” 2nd EPNOE International Polysaccharide Conference (EPNOE 2011), 29. Aug-2. Sept 2011, Wageningen, Netherlands.
  • Hashaikeh, R., H. Abushammala, C.  Cooney, P. Krishnamachari,” Upgrading Cellulosic Resources as Specialty Polymers,” International Conference on Materials for Advanced Technologies ( ICMAT2011), suntec, Singapore, 26 June-July2, 2011.
  • Abushammala, H., R. Hashaikeh*. Networked Cellulose as a Pharmaceutical Excipient. Nanocon, Olomouc, Czech Republic, EU, 12- 14 Oct, 2010.
  • Hashaikeh*, R. and C. Cooney, “A new regeneration strategy for biofuels production from cellulose,” Proceedings, International Conference on Renewable Energy Generation and Application (ICREGA'10), Al Ain, United Arab Emirates, Feb, 2010.
  • Hashaikeh R. and J. A. Szpunar, “Electrolytic processing of MgO coatings,” International Conference on Advanced Structural and Functional Materials Design, Osaka, Japan, 10–12 November 2008.
  • Hashaikeh, R., Z. Fang, I. Gökalp and J. A. Kozinski, “Gasification of Selected Biofuels to Hydrogen in Supercritical Water,” 3rd European Combustion Meeting, pp.12-1.1-12-1.5, Chania, Crete/Greece, April 11-13, 2007.
  • Hashaikeh, R., Z. Fang, I. S. Butler, and J. A. Kozinski, Biomass to Hydrogen Conversion: A Source of Clean and Efficient Energy, 1st International Symposium of Biofuels & Boenergy, Moscow, pp. 19-23, 2005.
  • Hashaikeh, R., Z. Fang, I. S. Butler, J. Hawari, And J. A. Kozinski, “Conversion of Biomass to Hydrogen: Gasification, Reactivity and Phase Behavior,” Combustion Institute/Canadian Section: Spring Technical Meeting 2005, Dollhouse University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, May 15-18, 2005.
  • Hashaikeh, R., Z. Fang, J. Hawari, I.S. Butler, J.A. Kozinski, “Catalytic Gasification of Glucose in Subcritical Water,” Combustion Institute / Canadian Section: Spring Technical Meeting 2004, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, May 9 - 12, 2004.
  • Kozinski, J. A., F. Eldabbagh, R. Hashaikeh, E. Rosen, J. Hawari, J.-P. Farant, W. Hutny, P. Gangli and M. Grooves, “Biomass-Based Fuels: A Source of Clean Renewable Energy,” International World Climate & Energy Congress: Rio 3, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Dec 1-6, 2003, pp. 25-30.
  • Kozinski, J. A.,  T. Whidden, R. Hashaikeh, K. Buckle, R. Vintila, D. Fletcher, Z. Fang, G. Mendoza, H. Liu, J. Szpunar, R. Drew , “GHG-Free Generation of Hydrogen Fuel,” International World Climate & Energy Congress: Rio 3, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Dec 1-6, 2003,  pp. 127-133.