Faculty & Staff - Department of Chemistry
Dr. Saddam Muthana obtained his B. S. in Chemistry (2003) and M. S. in Chemistry (2004) from the California State University at Fresno, USA. In 2009 he obtained his Ph.D. degree in Organic Chemistry from the University of California at Davis, USA; where he used chemical and enzymatic approaches to obtain complex carbohydrates and glycoconjugates. After taking a teaching position for one year at the University of California at Merced, he pursued a postdoctoral position at the National Cancer Institute/ National Institutes of Health, USA. As postdoctoral fellow he constructed and used glycan microarrays to study the roles of carbohydrates in cancer immunology and to identify clinically useful biomarkers. He has published over 20 peer-reviewed scholarly articles in major and high impact journals including Journal of American Chemical Society (JACS), Journal of Organic Chemistry, and ACS Chemical Biology. He has presented his research work at various meetings and international conferences including the American Chemical Society Meetings and Gordon Research Conferences. Additionally, Dr. Muthana has intense teaching experience and was the recipient of the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award from the University of California at Davis in 2009.
Dr. Muthana research interests are in the interface of chemistry and biology with focus on understanding the roles of carbohydrates in biological and pathological processes. He is interested in biomarker discovery, glyconanotechnology, and designing and synthesizing biologically active molecules. His interdisciplinary research will have an impact in the areas of chemistry, biology, and drug discovery. Students in his laboratory will have the opportunity to train in both chemical and enzymatic synthesis, chemical biology, glyconanotechnology, and high-throughput screening.
Dr. Edreese Alsharaeh earned his B. Sc. in Chemistry in 1993 from Jordan University of Science and Technology, and his M. Sc. in Organic Chemistry on 1997 From Tennessee State University (USA). In 2004 he received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Virginia Commonwealth University, USA. He had intense teaching and industrial experience, as well as, a number of scholarly achievements including US patent . He have had journals published in a major referee journal. (American Chemical Society Publications) and numerous presentations in ACS Meeting nationally and regionally. He worked as Senior Scientist in The R&D Laboratory of Vintage Pharmaceutical Company. Then he accepted the position as assistant professor in chemistry at George Mason University and Gulf University for Sciences and Technology . His research interest in the general areas of Nanomaterials and polymer nanocomposites materials containing graphene nansheets and metal nanoparticles. The major goal is to gain insights as to how the properties of matter evolve as the size of a material system ranges from molecular to macroscopic dimensions.
Dr. Bader Received his B.Sc. in Chemistry and Physics from Qatar University in 1985 and Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Southern California in 1990.
His research interests are in the area of organic materials chemistry with an emphasis on optical and electrical properties of small molecules and oligomers. In particular he is interested in how solid-state structures influence the observed bulk properties of these materials. Dr. Bader's research is mostly experimental but also includes some computational work to better help direct our synthetic strategies based on trends found in series of structurally related molecules. This area is multi-disciplinary by nature and as such he has initiated and maintained several collaborations with other researchers in the field. These efforts provide my students with opportunities to spend extended summer visits to carry out research, and to have access to training, instrumentation, characterization, and fabrication facilities. Dr. Bader is also interested in developing new methods and materials for teaching general and organic chemistry classes, including labs using new technologies and delivery methods.
Dr. Amjad K. Fataftah received his B.Sc. in Chemistry from Bir Ziet University, Palestine in 1990, and received his M.Sc. in Inorganic Chemistry from Yarmouk University, Jordan in 1993, and then he moved to the United States and joined the Humic Acid Research Group at Northeastern University, Boston, where he received his Ph.D. in Organometallic Chemistry (Metal –Humic Acid Interactions) in 1997. Then he joined ARCTECH, Inc., a leading company in Humic Acid applications research, where he conducted applied research for technology development related to wastewater treatment and recycling of explosives, and pilot scale testing of water remediation technology for removal of organic and inorganic contaminants.
In 2005, he moved to KSA and joined Naif Arab University for Security Sciences (NAUSS), as an assistant professor of chemistry and assigned as the chairman of the Forensic Chemistry department, where he lead the development of many academic programs, including Higher Diploma and Masters in Forensic Toxicology. In the past four years, he supervised the research of many Masters students in different fields of toxicology including stability studies of some known drugs in human fluids, and the determination of toxic materials in commercially available products at the Saudi markets.
While at NAUSS, he was also been assigned as Scientific Secretariat of Nuclear Security Education and Training Programs, where he was the official point of contact of NAUSS with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and so lead the NAUSS efforts to build a nuclear security academic and training programs. He is also acting as the chairman of working group III at the International Nuclear Security Education Network (INSEN),
Mohammed Zourob has BSc and MSc in Chemistry in 1997 and 1999 respectively. He got his Ph.D from the Department of Instrumentation and Analytical Science (DIAS) at the University of Manchester in 2003. He did a postdoctoral scientist at DIAS, working in chemical/biosensors and lab-on-a-chip for biomedical and environmental applications. Then he moved for one year to the Department of Materials Science, University of Manchester, to work on developing high-throughput screening platforms for "Omics" applications. At the end of 2005, he moved to the Institute of Biotechnology, University of Cambridge, where his research focused on optical sensing and biomemetic materials.
Dr. Zourob headed the biosensors division at Biophage Inc, a biotech company based in Montreal. In 2009 he joined GDG Environment Ltd as Director of R&D. In 2010 he joint INRS-University of Quebec as associate professor and then he moved to Cranfield University-UK. Now Dr Zourob is holding professor position Alfaisal University-KSA. Prof. Zourob now is leading the Biosensors BioMEMS and Bionanotechnology Lab (BBBL). At anytime the BBBL has minimum 20 graduate students and researchers working in various projects related to security, food, biomedical and environmental applications.
Dr. Zourob has published many scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals, more than thirteen book chapters. He edited 6 reference books in chemical/biosensors, microarray sand lab on a chip.
His current theme of research focusing on developing; 1) novel diagnostic tools; 2) highly specific recognition receptors for diagnostic and imaging applications and 3; lab on a chip system, leading to next generation sensing devices for biomedical and environmental applications.
Dr. Abdel-Rahman Soliman received his BS in Chemistry and MS in Physical Chemistry degrees from Cairo University in Egypt. Then he moved to the United States to join El- Shall's research group at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) where he received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry on growth mechanisms of complex organics in the gas phase and on metal nanoparticles. After getting his Ph.D. he was appointed a teaching adjunct at VCU for one year then he moved to the gulf area to join King Saud University as an Assistant Professor in 2012. Finally, he joined Alfaisal University working in the Chemistry Department in the College of Science and General Studies.
His research interests are in the Ion-Chemistry, Gas-Phase Cluster Polymerization, Cataly- sis, Corrosion and Nanomaterials for energy applications. Dr. Soliman is the recipient of the highly prestigious Egyptian Academy of Science Scholarship (1998-2000), the Egyptian Government Fellowship (2007-2010) and Alteria (Philip Morris) Fellowship (2010-2011). His research results were published in high impact peer-reviewed international journals such as the Journal of American Chemical Society, Journal of Physical Chemistry A, Chemical Physics letters, and the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters and also were presented at national meetings as the American Chemical Society (ACS) and Gordon Research Conferences meetings. His current theme of research is to develop nanocomposite based electrodes to be utilized in polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells as well as preparing tailored nanomaterials for energy production.
Dr. Raja Chinnappan obtained his Ph.D in 2004 from University of Madras, India. He completed his B.Sc, M.Sc. in chemistry from the same university. During his Ph.D, he studied on the polymer dynamics and interpolymer interactions by fluorescence spectroscopy using fluorescent probes. After hi Ph.D, he moved to Louis-Pasteur University, France as a Sidaction Postdoctoral Research Fellow to continue his study on the inhibition of chaperone activity of HIV nucleocapsid protein by synthetic peptides using FRET assays. He extent his research on FRET between quantum dots and single molecule fluorescence microscopy at Technical University of Chemnitz, Germany. At Kansas State University, USA, he worked in low temperature (4K) high resolution Fluorescence Line Narrowing Spectroscopy (FLNS) and capillary electrophoresis to spectroscopically differentiate and electrophoretically separate four diastereomeric anti-BPDE-derived deoxyguanosine (dG) adducts using a monoclonal antibody.
Then, Dr. Chinnappan moved to Sherbrooke University, Canada to work on screening of cellular metabolites that binds and change the secondary structure of riboswitch (mRMA element) and control gene expressions in most of the pathogenic bacteria. Later, he moved to GDG Environment Inc. Canada and worked on the aptamer screening against the cyanobacterial toxins for the development of biosensors. In Carmel Industries, Canada, served as a formulation chemist for one year and finally moved to Alfaisal University as a Lecturer. Dr. Chinnappan published more than 15 papers in peer-reviewed journals such as American Chemical Society (ACS), Nucleic Acid Research etc. His research areas are the development of aptamer based biosensor for the detection toxic compounds, pathogen and biomarker of clinically important.
Dr. Shimaa Eissa obtained her B. Sc. in Chemistry (2004), Diploma in biochemistry (2005) and M. Sc. in Analytical Chemistry (2010) from Faculty of Science, Damietta, Mansoura University. In 2015, she obtained her Ph.D. degree in Science of Energy and materials from the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS), Centre – Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications (EMT), Varennes, Québec, Canada. Her research at INRS was focused on the development of electrochemical biosensors for foodborne contaminants exploiting aptamers as novel biorecognition receptors as well as graphene nanomatrials as transduction elements. In the last two years Dr. Shimaa was a visiting researcher at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), where she gained more insight on the effect of graphene materials preparation methods on their structural properties and consequently their biosensing performance.
Dr. Shimaa has published several peer-reviewed scholarly articles in high impact journals including Nanoscale, Nano Research, Analytical Chemistry, Biosensor and Bioelectronics, Journal of Environmental science and technology and The Analyst. She has presented her research accomplishments at several international meetings and conferences such as Electrochemical society meeting (USA), Pittcon (USA), and Canadian Chemical Society Conference (Canada).
Dr. Shimaa current research interest is focused on the following themes:1) Development of novel biosensing platforms for environmental and diagnostic applications. 2) Selection, engineering and applications of aptamers against various targets including small molecules and proteins. 3) Studying the performance of carbon nanomaterials such as different graphene materials in electrochemical biosensors and their applications in novel biosensing platforms.
Dr. Faheem received his BS and MS degree in Physics from Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India. Then he moved to South Korea where he earned his Ph.D in Nanotechnology from School of Advanced Materials and Engineering, Changwon National University, South Korea in 2013. Following a research, and teaching work as Full time researcher on "Nanostructured Magnetic materials for biomedical applications" in Changwon National University, South Korea in 2013-2014. In Sep 2014, he joined Alfaisal University. During his Ph.D. research work (August 2009- December 2012) in Changwon National University, he worked on different types of transition metal (Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, and Cu) doped ZnO nanostructures for spintronic device applications. The use of ZnO based DMS materials for the development of spintronic devices; for gas sensors, and for biomedical applications are some of his significant scientific contribution which has been highly appreciated in this area. His work on room temperature ferromagnetism in ZnO based nanostructures has been awarded with the prestigious Korean Institute of Materials Science (KIMS) as best poster award (2011). Additionally, the published result on ZnO nanorods has been adjudged as the cover article in "Functional Materials Letters; Volume 4, No. 1, (2011), 1–5 (I.F=2.8)" and also listed in top five most read articles. He has published more than 80 research articles in various journals including RSC journals, and numerous conference invited presentations and book chapters. He has been regularly serving as a reviewer and Editorial board member for various reputed journals including International journal of Nanomedicines, Vacuum, Powder Technology, Nanotechnology and Nanoscience; Bioinfo Publication, Science Research; Science Publication Group. Apart from Academics, he has also been actively involved in sports activities and received several honours for it. His research interests are in Diluted Magnetic Semiconductors, One Dimensional Metal Oxides Nanostructures for gas sensing and photocatalytic applications, nanomaterials for biomedical and renewable energy applications.
• Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, The University of Montana - August 2013.
• The University of Montana English Language Institute 2006-2007.
Dr. Samira Amir obtained her PhD degree in Chemistry from Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India in (2012). While pursuing her PhD, she worked as young researcher in (2008) on "Organometallic Synthesis of Biological Importance" in the Department of Chemical Sciences, University of Camerino, ITALY. In (2009) during her PhD tenure she worked as project assistant, in a project sponsored by department of biotechnology (DBT, Delhi, India) in collaboration with Advanced Centre for Training and Education in Cancer "ACTREC", Mumbai, INDIA. Her research interests include coordination chemistry, bio-inorganic chemistry and metal applications in SOD & Anticancer drugs. Currently she is working on the development of novel nanomaterials as a drug delivery carrier.
Dr. Bharath Govindan graduated with a B.Sc. in Physics from Periyar University, Salem, India in 2009. He received his M.Sc (2011) and Ph.D (2015) in Nanoscience and Technology from Bharathiar University (BU), Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, India. He has received honourable award of Senior Research Fellowship from CSIR, Government of India and He served as project fellow for UGC-MRP project, Government of India. His research at BU was focused on synthesis of high quality and large scale graphene from different techniques and the obtained graphene was composite with magnetic nanoparticles, 1-D hydroxyapatite (HAp), 1-D magnetic hydroxyapatite, noble metals (Au and Ag Nps), Fe3O4-Au, Fe3O4-HAp, and HAp-Au nonohybrids towards electrochemical biosensors, biomedical, energy and environmental applications.
Dr. Bharath has published many research articles in high impact journals including Journal of Materials Chemistry A, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, Journal of Materials Chemistry B, RSC Advances, Nanotechnology and Analytical Methods. He has been regularly serving as a reviewer for various journals from Royal Society of Chemistry, American Chemical Society, and IOP publications.
Dr. Bharath current research is design and synthesis of new electrocatalysts and photocatalysts including graphene, boron nitride, and 2D metal oxides nanocomposites for novel biosensing, fluorescence sensing platform, electrochemical energy storage & conversion devices, electrocatalytic reduction of CO2 & hydrocarbons, hydrogen & fuel production and produced wastewater treatment. Also, he very much interesting to teach/interact graduate and school students about nanotechnology and to motivate their thinking capability and research skills. He always have an interest to accept invited lecturer from various schools, colleges, universities and research intuitions.