Dr. Oki Muraza


associate professor

Center of Research Excellence in Nano

Technology (CENT)

Chemical Engineering Department

King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals



He received his PhD in Chemical Engineering at Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU Eindhoven) on the topic Nanostructured Catalytic Films for Multiphase Microstructured Reactors.

He obtained his MSc in Chemical Engineering from Technische Universiteit Delft (TU Delft) with MSc research on Zeolite Membranes from MTT and TON Structures at the PORE Ceramic Membrane Centre, TU Delft.

He obtained a B.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering from Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) with a final project on polymeric membranes.

professional background

He was a JPI (Japan Petroleum Institute) Visiting Research Fellow at Hokkaido University in 2011. Prior to joining CENT at KFUPM, he worked as a Research Associate at The Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi in a research collaboration with University of Minnesota, USA on nanoporous materials, zeolite based catalysts/adsorbents, for hydrocarbon processing. He was a visiting researcher at Laboratory of Industrial Chemistry, Åbo Akademi Finland in 2007.

He was working in offshore oil and gas operation with Repsol YPF, Asia Pacific as Chemical Supervisor and later Production Supervisor From 2001 until 2002. In addition to offshore field experience, he has an internship at the Shell Research and Technology Centre Amsterdam (SRTCA) and Shell Global Solutions International BV and at Dow Chemical in styrene-butadiene latex plant.

He received NIOK (Dutch Institute for Catalyst Research) Award as one of the highest scores in a NIOK examination (Catalysis, An Integrated Approach in December 2004) over about 50 PhD students and Postdocs worked in catalysis fields in the Netherlands. He was awarded with Huygens Scholarship (2003-2004), The Netherlands, UNESCO Sponsored Fellowship Programme (NUSFP), TU Delft Scholarship (2002-2004) and The Dow Chemical Company Scholarship (1997-2000).

His research interest is mainly in structured catalysts and structured reactors such nanostructured catalytic thin films and their catalytic applications in intensified chemical processes, zeolitic coatings, mesoporous oxide films in (micro)structured reactors, zeolite nanocrystals in catalysis and hybrid membranes. He is also investigating carbon nanostructures grown on solid supports as structured catalysts.