Dr. Mohammad Ashraf Ali
Research Scientist

ACADEMIC RECORD:

Ph.D. (Chemical Engineering) -- University of Bath, United Kingdom. Dissertation Title: Preparation, Characterization and Catalytic Evaluation of Zeolite Catalysts for Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether Synthesis.

M.S. (Organic Chemistry) -- King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. Thesis Title: Investigation of Nitrogen Compound Types in High-Boiling Petroleum Distillates from Saudi Arabian Crude Oils.

AREA OF SPECIALIZATIONS:

I have been involved in the scientific research work on the development of catalysts that are used in refining and petrochemicals processes in Saudi Arabia and rest of the world. All seven refineries owned by Saudi Aramco and the SABIC affiliated industries in Jubail and Yanbu utilize these expensive catalysts worth of millions of dollars. There is also strategic need to develop home-grown catalyst systems for these industries. These catalysts systems are proprietary and are licensed by international renowned catalysts manufacturing companies. Every year, Saudi Arabia pays millions of dollars to these catalyst companies as a licensing fee. Such catalysts systems, once developed in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia can save these dollars as well as the refining and petrochemicals processes and industries can be strategically protected. The catalyst systems which I have been working are as follows:

*      Fluorinated-zeolite based cat for Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether production

*      Transition Metal-zeolite based cat for hydrocracking of gas oils

*      Metal-loaded zeolite based cat for propylene dimerization

*      Nickel-Silica supported cat for conversion of ethylene to alpha olefins

*      Clay based Metal loaded cat for hydrodesulfurization/hydrocracking of heavy oils

*      TiO2-alumina based cat for hydrocracking/hydrodesulfurization of model compounds

*      Silica-alumina based cat for hydrocracking of vacuum gas oils

*      Metal-dispersed zeolite based cat for xylene production

ACHIEVEMENTS:

PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS

Value

Patents Awarded and Published       

04

Publications - Book and Book Chapters Contribution

04

Honors and Awards

06

Membership-Professional Societies

03

Visiting Researchers

04

Research Projects Contributed

19

Value of Research Projects Contributed

>33,000,000

Research Proposals Contributed

23

Publications-in ISI Approved Database Journals

32

Publications-Conferences Proceedings 

41

Citations by Others

122

Undergraduate Students Training/Supervision

10

Conferences/Symposiums/Seminars Presentations

25

Contribution - Organization of Symp./Seminars/Workshops

18

CONTACT DETAILS:

Center for Refining & Petrochemicals, Research Institute

KFUPM, Dhahran 31261, Saudi Arabia

Tel Office: 966(0)860-2659, Fax: 966(0)860-4509,

Mobile: 966(0)507961837

E-mail: maali@kfupm.edu.sa

URL: http://faculty.kfupm.edu.sa/RI/maali

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