January 2024

Dr. Mohammed Zahir Al-Abri
Associate Professor
Dept. of Petroleum & Chemical Eng., College of Engineering,
Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
Email: alabri@squ.edu.om

Biography and Achievements
Dr. Mohammed Al-Abri is holder of Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering , University of Nottingham, UK (June 2007). He is presently Associate Professor in the Department of Petroleum and Chemical Engineering, Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. Since Aug 2017 todate, he is Director of the Nanotechnology Research Center, Sultan Qaboos University, Sultanate of Oman.

Dr. Al-Abri is an active participant and leader in University teaching and learning, Student & Trainees Advisor and project supervisor. He contributed to the Organization and Convention of numerous Training Courses, technical workshops and conferences. He offered a wide array of Consultancy works and published three Book Chapters & 48 International Refereed Journal Papers and 14 Technical Reports. He was invited as Keynote Speaker and gave International Conference Presentations in about 40 International Conferences.

He also contributed to the establishment and development of several Laboratories and Research Facilities, such as the Membrane Development Laboratory that helps fabricate and characterize different types of membranes for treatment of different sources of water, such as seawater, brackish water, produced water and wastewater, as well as the Desalination and Water Treatment Lab for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and research work. Moreover, he actively participated in the establishment of a Nanotechnology laboratory, and prepared guidelines for the operation of several equipment used for research work.

Membership in Professional Bodies
o Member of the European Desalination Society (EDS) 2006 - present o Member of Oman Water Society (OWS) 2011 - present o Member of the International Water Association (IWA) 2011 – present o Member of Membrane Society of Australasia (MSA) 2015- 2017

Membership in Editorial Boards
o Member of the editorial board of Desalination, Elsevier (2010-2017) o Member of the editorial board of Journal of Modern Applied Science, Canadian Center of Science and Education (2011-current) o Member of the editorial board of International Journal of Water Pollution and Purification Research (2014-current) o Member of the advisory editorial board of Sustainable Water Developments: Resources, Management, Treatment, Efficiency and Reuse, Book Series, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group (2013-current)

Reviewer in International Journals
o Reviewer for Desalination Journal, Chemical Engineering Journal, Separation and Purification Technology Journal, Journal of Water Process Engineering, Journal of the Taiwan Institute of Chemical Engineers, Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology, World Applied Science Journal, Desalination and Water Treatment Journal, Journal of Modern Applied Science, and Chemical Engineering Communications Journal.

Participation in areas other than those directly related to research and teaching and learning activities
o Member of the Directory of Research Scientists in Member Centers, Middle East and North Africa Network of Water Centers of Excellence (MENA NWC), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), USA

Other information
o Holds a certificate as an Innovation Specialist after completing Industrial Innovation Program organized by Industrial Innovation Center, Ministry of Commerce and Industry (December 2017- March 2018) o Completed training course on Product Design and Development organized by Industrial Innovation Center, Ministry of Commerce and Industry (May 2018).

Special Recognition
Dr. Mohammed Zahir Al-Abri was selected as First Winner in the Arab Water Council (AWC) 2022 Prize on "Creativity and Innovation in the field of Water Science for Arab Countries”

Under the theme:
“Development and Use of Non-conventional Water Resources”

Research Title:
Novel Nanofiber Membranes for Safe and Sustainable Water Management
أغشية الألياف النانوية الجديدة لإدارة المياه بشكل آمن ومستدام

In many Arab countries, sustainable development of non-conventional water resources is based on a comprehensive mechanism to alleviate water scarcity and enhance water security. Integrating renewable energy sources and membrane technology systems holds great promise for addressing water shortages. Recently, nanofiber membranes have been considered one of the most viable routes to sustainable development, with great potential for application in wastewater treatment. Electrospun nanofibers can be made from various materials, including synthetic and natural polymers. Due to their interconnected porous structure, high porosity, and large surface area, they possess promising properties, which can be further enhanced by incorporating other polymers or nanomaterials. It has been demonstrated that metal oxide nanoparticles can enhance the performance of host polymers. In addition to removing organic and inorganic pollutants from wastewater, these membranes are ideal for separating oil from water. Moreover, by integrating membrane technology effectively, Arab countries will overcome water shortage problems by using a renewable energy source that does not pollute the air or contribute to climate change by reducing conventional energy consumption and gas emissions.