Mahmoud Ibrahim, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Current

Research Interest

I am highly interested in investigating the chemistries and the physics of the reactions at the air-water interface. Through different studies include acid-base reactions, specific-ion effects, catalysis, ocean-atmosphere exchange, and interactions of atmospheric gases with surfaces coated with aqueous layers. Additionally, Using my expertise in Nanoparticles synthesis, I am interested in finding solutions for common superhydrophobic material degradation problems by implanting on-surface nanocatalysts.

Selected Publications

  • “Water Transfer of Hydrophobic Nanoparticles: Principles and Methods” Branca, M.; Ibrahim, M.;* Ciuculescu, D.; Philippot, K.; Amiens, C.* In Handbook of Nanoparticles; Aliofkhazraei, M., Ed.; Springer International Publishing: 2016, p 1.
  • “Rh nanoparticles with NiOx surface decoration for selective hydrogenolysis of CO bond over arene hydrogenation” Ibrahim, M.; Zhang, J.; Collière, V.; Asakura, H.; Tanaka, T.; Teramura, K.; Philippot, K.; Yan, N. Journal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical 2016.
  • “Polymer versus phosphine stabilized Rh nanoparticles as components of supported catalysts: implication in the hydrogenation of cyclohexene model molecule” Ibrahim, M.; Garcia, M. A. S.; Vono, L. L. R.; Lecante, P.; Rossi, L. M.; Philippot, K. Dalton Trans., 2016,45, 17782.
  • “Chemoselective Hydrogenation of Levulinic acid, Benzoic acid and its Derivatives over Rh nanoparticles Supported on PVP” Ibrahim, M.; Poreddy, R.; Philippot, K.; Riisager, A.; Garcia-Suarez, E.; Dalton Trans., 2016,45, 19368.
  • “Study of the influence of PPh 3 used as capping ligand or as reaction modifier for hydroformylation reaction involving Rh NPs as precatalyst” Garcia, M. A. S.; Ibrahim, M.; Costa, C. S.; Lecante, P.; Korio, P.; Philippot, K.; Rossi, L. M. , Appl. Catal. A, 2017, 548, 136.

Education

  • 2012-2016   Ph.D. Chemistry, Engineering of Metal Nanoparticles Group, LCC, Toulouse, France.
  • 2012   M2R, International Master in Molecular Catalysis and Green Chemistry, University of Rennes 1, France.
  • 2011   M1, Molecular Chemistry - Lebanese University - Faculty of Sciences I, Beirut, Lebanon.
  • 2010   B.S. Chemistry, Lebanese University - Faculty of Sciences I, Beirut, Lebanon.

Professional Profile

  • 2016-2018   Postdoctoral Fellow at KAUST Catalysis Center (KCC), KSA.
  • 2015- 2016   Research Engineer at Laboratory of Coordination Chemistry (LCC-CNRS), Toulouse, France.
  • 2012-2015   Ph.D. Researcher at University of Paul Sabatier, (USPS), Toulouse, France.
  • July-Sep 2015   Research Stay at National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore.
  • July-Sep 2014   Research Stay at National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore.
  • Oct-Jan 2013   Research Stay at University of Sao Paulo (USP), Brazil.

Awards

  • 2015 Merlion project mobility scholarship for one month research stay at the National University of Singapore
  • 2014 Merlion project mobility scholarship for one month research stay at the National University of Singapore
  • 2013 CAPES-COFECUP mobility scholarship for one month research stay at the University of Sao Paulo, Brasil.
  • 2012 MESR financement for the Phd program at the University of Paul Sabatier- Toulouse.
  • 2011 Internationl student Scholarship award to join the M2 Catalysis, Molecules and Green Chemistry program at the Rennes 1University, by Foundation Rennes 1.
  • 2010 Best Student Poster at the International Conference on materiel sciences CSM7. Beirut, Lebanon.

KAUST Affiliations

  • Water Desalination and Reuse Center (WDRC)
  • Division of Physical Sciences and Engineering (PSE)