Research

Our group’s major concern is efficient energy production and conversion by catalytic and photocatalytic processes for sustainable development.
The research interests include development of novel nano-materials for a variety of reactions, from conventional methane conversion to future photocatalytic hydrogen production. Advanced facility at KAUST enables us to improve understanding of reaction mechanism involved in catalytic process using kinetic and isotopic analysis and operando spectroscopic and electrochemical techniques.
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Current Research

Solar energy conversion directly to chemicals (H2) by water splitting reaction using heterogeneous photocatalysts and photoelectrochemical configuration is studied. Development of novel materials as well as understanding of photophysical and chemical processes are investigated.
A novel preparation technique using advanced sol-gel method, homogeneous-deposition-precipitation, electrodeposition, and hard-template method to synthesize metals, metal alloys, nano-oxide, -nitride, -carbide and their carbon composites, serving as new types of non-noble metal catalysts for various catalytic reactions and electrocatalytic reactions.
Sophisticated catalyst synthesis and detailed microkinetic analysis for various heterogeneous catalytic reactions including natural gas and petroleum conversion and hydrogen carrier reactions.