Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: MSc, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Saudi Arabia; PhD Masdar Institute of Science & Technology;
Dr. Abdullah Khalil was born in 1987 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. In 2010, he obtained Bachelors of Engineering (BE) degree in industrial and manufacturing engineering with distinction from NED University of Engineering and Technology, Pakistan. He received Masters of Science (MSc) degree in 2012 in mechanical engineering with specialization in materials and manufacturing from King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Saudi Arabia. His MSc thesis was based on the design and development of carbon nanotubes reinforced aluminum metal matrix composites for tribology and other similar applications.
In 2013, he joined the Advanced Fibers and Biofuel Laboratory as a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) student at Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, the United Arab Emirates where he worked on the microstructure evolution and applications of electrospun metal oxide nanofibers under the supervision of Dr. Raed Hashaikeh. His PhD research was centered on the morphological and microstructural control of Nickel Oxide and Copper Oxide nanofibers and nanoparticles for various engineering applications. He did not only synthesize these nanomaterials but also linked their morphology, microstructure and surface chemistry with their performance in heterogeneous catalysis, gas sensing and lithium-ion battery anodes.
During his PhD, he also visited Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the United States of America as a special student during spring 2015. At MIT, he worked in the labs of Professor Gregory Rutledge, Department of Chemical Engineering and Professor Harry Tuller, Department of Materials Engineering and demonstrated the effect of microstructure and surface chemistry on the gas sensing behavior of Nickel Oxide nanofibers. During his PhD, he was successful in obtaining one internal and one external research grant related to the commercialization and application of metal oxide nanomaterials in crude oil refining. He was awarded PhD degree in May 2016 in Interdisciplinary Engineering with a special focus on metal oxide nanomaterials. He has also contributed to studies of the microstructure and chemistry of nanomaterials by using electron microscopy and spectroscopic techniques. His special skills and interests are related to transmission electron microscopy (TEM) to study the evolution of microstructure in nanostructured materials.
In July 2016, Dr. Khalil joined Professor Panče Naumov’s group at New York University Abu Dhabi as a Postdoctoral Associate where he worked on the nanoscale growth and structure determination of organic crystals. In addition, an important part of his research was exploring the practical applications of organic crystals in various engineering domains. In July 2018, he joined Advanced Materials and Building Efficiency Research Laboratory (AMBER Lab), headed by Dr. Kemal Celik at NYUAD, where he has been working on the development and characterization of advanced building materials for sustainable infrastructure.