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Dr. Ashfaq Bengali

Dr. Ashfaq Bengali


Office Number: 350
Office Phone: +974.4423.0129

Dr. Bengali's research is focused on the photochemistry of transition metal containing organometallic complexes. A variety of infrared techniques including step-scan and rapid-scan FTIR are employed to investigate the reactivity of photochemically generated transient complexes from the nanosecond to longer timescales.

​Dr. Bengali received his BA degree from Carleton College. Following his Ph.D at the University of Minnesota, he held postdoctoral positions at the University of California-Berkeley and Los Alamos National Laboratory where his research focused on time resolved infrared photochemistry of organometallic complexes. Prior to joining Texas A&M University at Qatar in 2006, he was associate professor of chemistry at Dickinson College.




  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Los Alamos National Laboratory, 1995
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of California-Berkeley, 1994
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Minnesota, 1992
  • Bachelor of Science, Carleton College, 1986



  1. ​“Light Enhanced Displacement of Methylacrylate from Iron Carbonyl: Investigation of the Reactive Intermediate via Rapid-Scan FTIR and Computational Studies”, S. Muhammad, S. Moncho, B. Li, S. J. Kyran, E. N. Brothers, D. J. Darensbourg, A. A. Bengali, Inorg. Chem., 52, 12655, (2013).
  2. “A multipass cell based on confocal mirrors for sensitive broadband laser spectroscopy in the near IR”, T. Mohamed, F. Zhu, S. Chen, J. Strohaber, A. A. Kolomenskii, A. A. Bengali, H. A. Schuessler, Applied Optics, 52, 7145, (2013). 
  3. “Estimating the Strength of the M-H-B Interaction: A Kinetic Approach”, S. Muhammad, S. Moncho, E. N. Brothers, D. J. Darensbourg, A. A. Bengali, Dalton Trans.., 42, 6720, (2013).
  4. “Acrylic Acid Derivatives of Group 8 Metal Carbonyls – A Structural and Kinetic Study”, B. Li, S. J. Kyran, A. D. Yeung, A. A. Bengali, D. J. Darensbourg, Inorg. Chem., 52, 5438, (2013).
  5. “Kinetic and Thermodynamic Investigations of CO2 Insertion Reactions into Ru-Me and Ru-H Bonds.  An Experimental and Computational Study”, D. J. Darensbourg, S. J. Kyran, A.D. Yeung, A. A. Bengali, Eur. J. Inorg. Chem., 4024, (2013).
  6. “Time Resolved Infrared Spectroscopy.  Kinetic Studies of Weakly Binding Ligands in an Iron-Iron Hydrogenase Model Compound” S. Muhammad, S. Moncho, E. N. Brothers, M. Y. Darensbourg, D. J. Darensbourg, A. A. Bengali, Inorg. Chem. 51, 7362, (2012).
  7. “Time Resolved Infrared Spectroscopy Studies of Olefin Binding in Photogenerated CpRu(CO)X (X = Cl or I) Transients” S. Muhammad, S. J. Kyran, R. K. Raju, E. N. Brothers, D. J. Darensbourg A. A. Bengali, Organometallics, 31, 3972, (2012).
  8. “Photochemically Generated Transients from k2- and k3-Triphos Derivatives of Group 6 Metal Carbonyls and Their Reactivity with Olefins”. S. J. Kyran, S. Muhammad, M. Knestrick, A. A. Bengali, D. J. Darensbourg, Organometallics, 31, 3163, (2012).
  9. “Ligand displacement from TpMn(CO)2L Complexes: A large rate enhancement compared to the CpMn(CO)2L analog” B. H. G. Swennenhuis, R. Poland, N. J. DeYonker, C. E. Webster, D. J. Darensbourg, A. A. Bengali, Organometallics, 30, 3054, (2011).
  10. "Hydrogen generation from water upon CpMn(CO)3 irradiation in a hexane/water biphasic system” J. Kee, Yong, T.; B. H. G. Swennenhuis, A. A. Bengali, W. Y. Fan, Organometallics, 30, 2154, (2011).