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Dr. Abdulaziz A. Bagabas

Associate Professor Research
National Center for Petrochemicals Technology
KACST – KSA

Dr. Bagabas obtained his PhD from the Department of Chemistry at the College of Arts and Sciences, Oklahoma State University, in the USA. He also has a BSc in chemistry with honours, from King Saud University in Saudi Arabia.

His main areas of research include: inorganic and organic syntheses, homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis,
environmental chemistry, materials science, nanotechnology, and corrosion.

Dr. Bagabas is a member of numerous associations including the American Chemical Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Materials Research Society, Phi Lambda Upsilon Honorary Chemical Society, and the Saudi Chemical Society.

He currently serves on the editorial board for the journal Applied Petrochemical Research and is a reviewer for the Journal of Alloys and Compounds, Elsevier.

Propylene oxide (PO) is an important key chemical to make polyurethanes. However, there is not yet an acceptable process by heterogeneous catalyst means for the direct epoxidation of propylene. We propose to study the use of supported metal based nanocatalysts particularly the Group IB metals for this selective oxidation reaction. We aim to tailor the metal surface site distribution/ electronic properties of the particles that could alter the fundamental kinetics to desired products. We thus propose to investigate the fundamental (A) size and morphology effect (B) encapsulation and surface stabilization (C) electronic structure by systematically studying lattice strain effect, core-shell promotions (metal-metal; metal-oxide, metal-porous coating and metal-graphite) on metal particles of defined size and shape and sub-surface modification in order to engineer the required catalytic properties for this reaction.

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