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Dr. Ahmed Abdel-Wahab

Dr. Ahmed Abdel-Wahab


Office Number: 219
Office Phone: +974.4423.0103

Dr. Ahmed Abdel-Wahab is a Professor of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University at Qatar (TAMUQ), Doha, Qatar. He is also an affiliated faculty with the Department of Materials Science & Engineering and Zachry Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA. His research primarily focuses on electrocatalysis and electrochemical processes associated with water electrolysis, electrolyte and electrolyzer engineering, and treatment of water/wastewater. This work also includes engineered osmosis for water desalination and osmotic energy harvesting, advanced oxidation and reduction processes, electrocoagulation, innovative extensions of lime softening for removal of a wide range of contaminants, and desalination pretreatment and brine management. This research has attracted significant external funding and has led to the publication of more than 150 peer-reviewed journal articles and more than 90 conference presentations. He is an editorial board member of the Journal of Water Process Engineering (Elsevier) and Emergent Materials Journal (Springer). Dr. Abdel-Wahab has been serving on several technical committees for a number of governmental and non-governmental agencies in Qatar and the region.

Research interests

  • Electrocatalysts and electrochemical processes for energy and environmental applications
  • Electrolyte and electrolyzer engineering
  • Engineered osmosis for water treatment and green energy production
  • Advanced oxidation and reduction processes
  • Desalination and brine management


  • Texas A&M University, USA, Ph.D. 2003, Civil Engineering (Environmental Engineering Division)
  • Al-Minia University, Egypt, M.S. 1995, Civil Engineering 
  • Al-Minia University, Egypt, B.S. 1990, Civil Engineering


  • July 2023-present – Interim Program Chair, Chemical Engineering Program, Texas A&M University at Qatar, Doha, Qatar 
  • 2014-present – Professor, Chemical Engineering Program, Texas A&M University at Qatar, Doha, Qatar 
  • August 2023-present – Affiliated Faculty, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas 
  • 2015-present – Affiliated Faculty, Zachry Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas 
  • 2009-2014 – Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering Program, Texas A&M University at Qatar, Doha, Qatar 
  • 2007-2009 – Program Coordinator, Chemical Engineering Program, Texas A&M University at Qatar, Doha, Qatar 
  • 2006-2009 – Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering Program, Texas A&M University at Qatar, Doha, Qatar 
  • 2003-2006 – Lecturer, Chemical Engineering Program, Texas A&M University at Qatar, Doha, Qatar 


  • Association of Former Students University-Level Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching, Texas A&M University, 2015. 
  • Best Chemical Engineering Professor, Students Engineering Council, Texas A&M University at Qatar, 2015. 
  • Itochu Professorship, Texas A&M University at Qatar, 2013-2015. 
  • Outstanding Chemical Engineering Professor Award, Students Engineering Council, Texas A&M University at Qatar, 2014. 
  • Faculty Research Excellence Award, Texas A&M University at Qatar, 2013. 
  • Research Team Excellence Award, Texas A&M University at Qatar, 2012. 
  • Research Fellow Excellence Award (Research team member: Dr. Dong Suk Han), Texas A&M University at Qatar, 2012. 
  • Catalysis Journal, MDPI, Best paper Award, "Photocatalytic Hydrogen Production: Role of Sacrificial Reagents on the Activity of Oxide, Carbon, and Sulfide Catalysts", 2021.
  • 2nd International Conference on Sustainable Energy-Water-Environment Nexus in Desert Climate 2021 (ICSEWEN21), 1st Place for Early-Stage Researcher Award for my Ph.D. student: Ahmed Badreldin, 2021.  
  • Outstanding Chemical Engineering Instructor Award, Texas A&M University at Qatar, Students Engineering Council, Texas A&M University at Qatar, 2012. 
  • Sustainable Innovation of the Year Award, Construction Week Qatar, 2012. 
  • Faculty Excellence Award. Texas A&M University at Qatar, 2010. 
  • Students Led Distinguished Teaching (SLATE) Award, Texas A&M University, 2009. 
  • TAMUQ recognition award for contribution in ABET accreditation process, Texas A&M University at Qatar, 2009. 
  • Association of Former Students College-Level Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching, Texas A&M University, 2008. 
  • AIChE Student Poster award, Second Place, 2011 Annual AIChE meeting (Student: Karim Ibrik, Supervisor: Ahmed Abdel-Wahab), 2011. 
  • Best undergraduate Research Project, Second Place, Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP), Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), (Student: Hazem AbdelMoati, Supervisor: Ahmed Abdel-Wahab), March 2009. 
  • Richard Ewing Undergraduate Research Award, Texas A&M University at Qatar (students: Hazem AbdelMoati and Karim Farhat), 2009.  
  • The AIChE Chapter Appreciation Award, TAMUQ, 2008. 


  1. Badreldin, A.; Youssef, E.; Djire, A.; Abdala, A.; Abdel-Wahab, A. A critical look at alternative oxidation reactions for hydrogen production from water electrolysis. Cell Reports Physical Science 2023, 101427.
  2. Badreldin, A.; Abed, J.;  Hassan, N.;  El-Ghenymy, A.;  Suwaileh, W.;  Wubulikasimu, Y.;  Ghouri, Z. K.;  Youssef, K.;  Kumar, D.;  Elsaid, K.;  Sargent, E. H.; Abdel-Wahab, A., Sulfide interlayered cobalt-based oxynitrides for efficient oxygen evolution reaction in neutral pH water and seawater. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental 2023, 330, 122599
  3. Wang, N.; Ou, P. F.;  Hung, S. F.;  Huang, J. E.;  Ozden, A.;  Abed, J.;  Grigioni, I.;  Chen, C. R.;  Miao, R. K.;  Yan, Y.;  Zhang, J. Q.;  Wang, Z. Y.;  Dorakhan, R.;  Badreldin, A.;  Abdel-Wahab, A.;  Sinton, D.;  Liu, Y. C.;  Liang, H. Y.; Sargent, E. H., Strong-Proton-Adsorption Co-Based Electrocatalysts Achieve Active and Stable Neutral Seawater Splitting. Adv Mater 2023,  DOI: 10.1002/adma.202210057.
  4. Elsaid, K.; Olabi, A. G.;  Abdel-Wahab, A.;  Elkamel, A.;  Alami, A. H.;  Inayat, A.;  Chae, K.-J.; Abdelkareem, M. A., Membrane processes for environmental remediation of nanomaterials: Potentials and challenges. Science of The Total Environment 2023, 879, 162569
  5. Obode, E.I.; Badreldin, A.; Adham, S.; Castier, M.; Abdel-Wahab, A. Techno-Economic Analysis towards Full-Scale Pressure Retarded Osmosis Plants. Energies 2023, 16, 325.
  6. Abdalla, O.; Rehman, A.;  Nabeeh, A.;  Wahab, M. A.;  Abdel-Wahab, A.; Abdala, A., Enhancing Polysulfone Mixed-Matrix Membranes with Amine-Functionalized Graphene Oxide for Air Dehumidification and Water Treatment. Membranes 2023, 13 (7), 678.
  7. Matta, S. M.; Selam, M. A.; Manzoor, H.; Adham, S.; Shon, H. K.; Castier, M.; Abdel-Wahab, A., Predicting the performance of spiral-wound membranes in pressure-retarded osmosis processes. Renewable Energy 2022, 189, 66-77.
  8. Badreldin, A.; Elsaid, K.; Wubulikasimu, Y.; Youssef, K.; Ghouri, Z. K.; El Ghenymy, A.; Kumar, D.; Abdala, A.; Abdel-Wahab, A., Direct Thermochemical CO2 Reduction to Reduced Graphene Oxide-like Nanomaterials: Implications for Environmental and Energy Storage and Conversion Applications. Acs Appl Nano Mater 2022,
  9. Badreldin, A.; Youssef, K.; El Ghenymy, A.; Wubulikasimu, Y.; Ghouri, Z. K.; Elsaid, K.; Kumar, D.; Abdel-Wahab, A., Solution Combustion Synthesis of Novel S,B-Codoped CoFe Oxyhydroxides for the Oxygen Evolution Reaction in Saline Water. ACS Omega 2022, 7 (6), 5521-5536.
  10. Ghouri, Z. K.; Elsaid, K.; Nasef, M. M.; Badreldin, A.; Wubulikasimu, Y.; Abdel-Wahab, A., Incorporation of manganese carbonyl sulfide ((Mn2S2 (CO)(7)) and mixed metal oxides-decorated reduced graphene oxide (MnFeCoO4/rGO) as a selective anode toward efficient OER from seawater splitting under neutral pH conditions. Renew Energ 2022, 190, 1029-1040.
  11. Ghouri, Z. K.; Elsaid, K.; Ahmed, S.; Badreldin, A.; Abdel-Wahab, A.; Nasef, M. M., Cooperative electrocatalytic effect of Pd and Ce alloys nanoparticles in PdCe@CNWs electrode for oxygen evolution reaction (OER). Mol Catal 2022, 522.
  12. Suwaileh, W.; Zargar, M.;  Abdala, A.;  Siddiqui, F. A.;  Khiadani, M.; Abdel-Wahab, A., Concentration polarization control in stand-alone and hybrid forward osmosis systems: Recent technological advancements and future directions. Chemical Engineering Research and Design 2022, 178, 199-223.
  13. Badreldin, A.; Nabeeh, A.;  Ghouri, Z. K.;  Abed, J.;  Wang, N.;  Wubulikasimu, Y.;  Youssef, K.;  Kumar, D.;  Stodolny, M. K.;  Elsaid, K.;  Sargent, E. H.; Abdel-Wahab, A., Early Transition-Metal-Based Binary Oxide/Nitride for Efficient Electrocatalytic Hydrogen Evolution from Saline Water in Different pH Environments. Acs Appl Mater Inter 2021, 13 (45), 53702-53716
  14. Ghouri, Z. K.; Elsaid, K.;  Badreldin, A.;  Nasef, M. M.;  Jusoh, N. W. C.; Abdel-Wahab, A., Enhanced oxygen evolution reaction on polyethyleneimine functionalized graphene oxide in alkaline medium. Mol Catal 2021, 516.
  15. Dardor, D.; Al Maas, M.;  Minier-Matar, J.;  Janson, A.;  Abdel-Wahab, A.;  Shon, H. K.; Adham, S., Evaluation of pretreatment and membrane configuration for pressure-retarded osmosis application to produced water from the petroleum industry. Desalination 2021, 516, 115219.
  16. Han, D. S.; Solayman, K. M. D.;  Shon, H. K.; Abdel-Wahab, A., Pyrite (FeS2)-supported ultrafiltration system for removal of mercury (II) from water. Emergent Materials 2021,  DOI: 10.1007/s42247-021-00282-7.
  17. Habibollahzadeh, M.; Noh, J.;  Feng, L.;  Zhou, H. C.;  Abdel-Wahab, A.; Yu, C., Enhancing water permeability with super-hydrophilic metal-organic frameworks and hydrophobic straight pores. Environ Sci-Wat Res 2021, 7 (6), 1137-1145 DOI: 10.1039/d1ew00036e.
  18. Gonzales, R. R.; Zhang, L.;  Guan, K. C.;  Park, M. J.;  Phuntsho, S.;  Abdel-Wahab, A.;  Matsuyama, H.; Shon, H. K., Aliphatic polyketone-based thin film composite membrane with mussel-inspired polydopamine intermediate layer for high performance osmotic power generation. Desalination 2021, 516,  DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2021.115222.
  19. Gonzales, R. R.; Abdel-Wahab, A.;  Han, D. S.;  Matsuyama, H.;  Phuntsho, S.; Shon, H. K., Control of the antagonistic effects of heat-assisted chlorine oxidative degradation on pressure retarded osmosis thin film composite membrane surface. Journal of Membrane Science 2021, 636,  DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2021.119567.
  20. Gonzales, R. R.; Abdel-Wahab, A.;  Adham, S.;  Han, D. S.;  Phuntsho, S.;  Suwaileh, W.;  Hilal, N.; Shon, H. K., Salinity gradient energy generation by pressure retarded osmosis: A review. Desalination 2021, 500,  DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2020.114841.
  21. Ghouri, Z. K.; Badreldin, A.;  Elsaid, K.;  Kumar, D.;  Youssef, K.; Abdel-Wahab, A., Theoretical and experimental investigations of Co-Cu bimetallic alloys-incorporated carbon nanowires as an efficient bi-functional electrocatalyst for water splitting. Journal of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry 2021, 96, 243-253 DOI: 10.1016/j.jiec.2021.01.027.
  22. Badreldin, A.; Zakaria, Y.;  Mansour, S.; Abdel-Wahab, A., Surface treatment-controlled solvothermal synthesis of highly active reduced 1D titania with heterojunctioned carbon allotrope. Emergent Materials 2021, 4 (2), 389-402 DOI: 10.1007/s42247-021-00162-0.
  23. Badreldin, A.; Nabeeh, A.;  Youssef, E.;  Mubarak, N.;  ElSayed, H.;  Mohsen, R.;  Ahmed, F.;  Wubulikasimu, Y.;  Elsaid, K.; Abdel-Wahab, A., Adapting Early Transition Metal and Nonmetallic Dopants on CoFe Oxyhydroxides for Enhanced Alkaline and Neutral pH Saline Water Oxidation. Acs Applied Energy Materials 2021, 4 (7), 6942-6956 DOI: 10.1021/acsaem.1c01036.
  24. Badreldin, A.; Imam, M. D.;  Wubulikasimu, Y.;  Elsaid, K.;  Abusrafa, A. E.;  Balbuena, P. B.; Abdel-Wahab, A., Surface microenvironment engineering of black V2O5 nanostructures for visible light photodegradation of methylene blue. J Alloy Compd 2021, 871,  DOI: 10.1016/j.jallcom.2021.159615.
  25. Badreldin, A.; Abusrafa, A. E.; Abdel-Wahab, A., Oxygen-Deficient Cobalt-Based Oxides for Electrocatalytic Water Splitting. Chemsuschem 2021, 14 (1), 10-32 DOI: 10.1002/cssc.202002002.
  26. Bensalah, N.; Abdel-Wahab, A., UV-L/sulfite advanced reduction process as an efficient method for chlorate reduction in water. Desalin Water Treat 2021, 234, 58-67.
  27. Jung, B.; Abu-Rub, F.;  El-Ghenymy, A.;  Deng, W.;  Li, Y.;  Batchelor, B.; Abdel-Wahab, A., Photocatalytic reduction of chlorate in aqueous TiO2 suspension with hole scavenger under simulated solar light. Emergent Mater 2021, 4 (2), 435-446.

See CV for full list of publications and papers.