Dr Majeda Khraisheh PhD, CEng, MIChemE
Associate Professor in Chemical Engineering

Dr. Majeda arrived at Qatar University in Feb 2009 where she serves as an associate Professor in the department of chemical engineering. In August 2012, she was also appointed as the Director of the Qatar University Honors Program. Prior to joining Qatar University, Dr Majeda was an associate professor at university College London (UCL) and Queen's University Belfast. DR Majeda is an active faculty receiving the college of engineering excellence in teaching award in 2010 and the excellence in services award in 2011. Though her extensive engagements with students and enhancing their chemical engineering plan design experience Dr Majeda was awarded the Qatar University outstanding teaching award in 2011. Dr Majeda is also a renowned researcher. She is a published author with numerous publications to her credit appearing in various scholarly books, international peer reviewed journals, and newspapers. She has presented her research at international, national and regional professional conferences. She continues to research and publish work on important research areas related to the environment and the oil and gas sector.

News & Updates:

  • School Visits as Part of Gasna Competition.
  • Two New NPRP Proposals: Official Starting Date 2nd of Dec 2010.
  • Led College of Engineering Female Student : Team Winning 2nd Place in the Prestigious Public Speaking Competition in Dubai - Nov 2010 on the Category "Are we Generating Lots of Waste"
  • New UREP Award on Waste Utilization for Water Production.
  • Awarded The College of Engineering Excellence in Teaching Award for the Academic Year 2009 - 2010
     
  • Best Paper/Presentation in the 2nd International Gas Conference, Qatar Doha-2010
     

New NPRP Funding:

    Feb 2013-Feb 2016 Ionic liquids for the control and management of Qatari natural gas hydrates. Agency: QNRF-NPRP 5th cycle, Amount: US $1,000,000, Role: Lead PI, Collaborators: Dr Mert Atilhan (QU), Prof David Rooney Queen's University Belfast, (CENTACAT)

    Dec 2010 - 31 May 2014 Enhancing Qatar Future Oil and Gas Technology via Design and Evaluation of Ionic Liquids NPRP09-739-2-284) Agency: QNRF-NPRP 3rd cycle, Amount: US $974,059 Role: Lead PI, Collaborators: Dr Mert Atilhan (QU), Prof David Rooney Queen's University Belfast, (CENTACAT)

    Dec 2010 t-31 May 2014 CO2 photoconversion to a renewable fuel (NPRP09-328-2-122) Agency: QNRF-NPRP 3rd cycle, Amount: US $1,044,000 Role: Lead PI, Collaborator: Dr Junwang Tang, UCL.

    Aug 2013- Aug 2014 UREP 14 - 055 - 2 - 015 The use of Forward Osmosis and Membrane Distillation for desalination & industrial water treatment in Qatar Agency: QNRF- UREP, Amount: $60,000 Role: Lead PI

    Oct 2011-June 2012 Water characterization and treatability studies of produced water from the Qatari oil and gas industry Agency QNRF- UREP Amount: $60,000 Role: Lead PI

Education:

  • 2000-2002 Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education Teaching, Queen's University Belfast, UK.
  • 1992-1996 Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Queen's University Belfast, UK.
  • 1990-1992 BEng in Chemical Engineering, Queen's University Belfast, UK. (Honors, First class)
  • 1988-1990 Chemical Engineering, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan
  • 1987-1988 General Secondary Exam- Scientific Division- Amman, Jordan

Areas of interest

  • Ionic Liquids
  • CO2 management
  • Sustainable Development
  • Water and waste water treatment
  • Biofuels and clean energy
  • Solar disinfection and photocatalysis
  • Adsorption and Biosorption
  • Drying

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

  • September 2012- Present Director of the Honors Program at QU.
     
  • My main duties as the director of the QUHP is to oversee and coordinate all aspects of the Honors Program and the Honors council; working closely with the Vice President and Chief academic officer (VPCAO) and other offices and colleges through out Qatar University to promote and grow the Honors program. Duties and responsibilities extend from curriculum review and restructuring, budgeting, strategic planning, promoting and attracting Honors students, dealing with administrative and other issues related to student, faculty and colleges in relation to the Honors program. Main attributes include: restructuring of the Honors program 2012-2013, doubling of the Honors student population, establishing sponsorship from local industry, ensuring that the Honors students at QU have an academically and socially rewarding experience at QU
  • February 2009- Present Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, Qatar University.
  • Since my appointment I managed to carry out all the duties associated with my academic post from curriculum development for new degree programs and undergraduate courses, teaching undergraduate courses for different levels, and involving undergraduate student in research activities. My teaching, research and services stem and align well to the Qatar University strategy and its key performance indicators that are designed to achieve the university mission and vision. Main attributes: winning college of engineering best teaching award, winning college of engineering best services award, winning Qatar University Outstanding teaching awards, member of team drafting new MSC in Environmental Engineering, outstanding performance in developing flagship plant design course with intensive involvement of local oil and gas industries, attracting upwards of 3.5 Million USD in research funding, increased my citation and established H index of 24, which is one of the highest 5 indices throughout the campus. .
  • Jan 2004- January 2009  Senior Lecturer (from 2006) (Associate Professor) – Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UCL
  • At UCL I was teaching jointly in both undergraduate and MSc students as well as taking part in creating the new degree program in Environmental engineering. I also acted as the Departmental Graduate advisor dealing with all graduate students, registration departments and supervisors. I was actively researching the production of bio fuel from municipal solid waste and the harvesting of solar energy for the disinfection of waster among other research interests. Attributes: supervised till completion 4 PhD students, a number of masters students and attracted research funding and studentships, obtained Engineering Council charter ship, carried out a number of prestigious consultancies and worked with local water industry companies. I still hold a rank of Honorary senior lecturer at UCL.
  • Dec 1999- Dec 2003 Lecturer (Assistant Professor)- School of Chemical Engineering- QUB
  • My duties meant that I was actively involved in teaching, research and enabling activities. In top of normal academic duties, I was acting as the schools coordinator and was involved in the enhancement and advancement of the chemical engineering profession. My research was mainly focused in the environmental water and wastewater treatment, adsorption, drying and food engineering areas. Attributes: Environmental research projects resulted in receiving a prestigious government grant and a patent that followed. Work was heavily involved with local SMEs in Ireland and UK. Also, this aspect of the work involves supervising 2 PhD students till completion and MSc and final year research projects.
  • Mar 1997- Dec 1999 Research fellow, the Queen’s University Environmental Science and Technology Research Centre (QUESTOR).
  • At QUESTOR, I was member of a multidisciplinary team, designing, building and commissioning pilot-scale water and biological wastewater treatment units in Northern Ireland, and also helped set up a spinout company, as well as carrying out consultancy work with SMEs in the UK. I was the lead researcher in the development of the patented BIOCOL (Biological Color Removal) system used for the removal of reactive dyes from textile wastewater, and won the DTI BIOWISE award.
  • June 1996- Mar 1997  Research and Development team manager, Industrial Chemistry Centre, Royal Scientific Society, Amman Jordan.
  • The post involved the establishment of an industry/ university co-operative research and development division within the center to carry out strategic scientific research in areas of critical importance to the Jordanian local industries such as Potash, Phosphate and medical drug companies.
  • Sept 1992-Jun 1996  Research and Teaching Assistant -The Queen’s University Belfast.
  • Whilst studying for my doctorate degree, I worked as a full time research and teaching assistant at the department of chemical engineering. The post included tutorial classes for UG students, demonstrating in laboratories and computer application classes. It also involved supervision of UG student's research and design projects.

ACADEMIC SUPERVISION

    2013 (Completion date)

    • MSc thesis: Membrane distillation desalination: Water Quality and energy efficiency
    Student: Ahmad Fard, Qatar University, Role: Main Supervisor
    • MSc thesis: An investigation into the potential of industrial low grade heat in membrane distillation
    Student: Yehia Menawi, Qatar University, Role: Co-Supervisor
  • 2012
    PhD thesis: Removal of pharmaceutical and personal care products using a novel UV/TCNP composite process in water
    Student: Jong Kyu KIM, University College London (UCL), UK , Role: Main Supervisor
  • 2010
    PhD thesis: The preparation of metal ions modified titanium dioxide and its application in water purification and disinfection. Student: Lijun Wu, University College London (UCL), UK , Role: Main Supervisor
  • 2009
    PhD thesis: Biofuel Production from Municipal Solid Waste. Student: Aiduan Li, University College London (UCL), UK , Role: Main Supervisor
  • 2007
    PhD thesis: Adsorption treatment for the removal of humic substances (HS) from drinking water supply. Student: Cecile Andre. University College London, (UCL) UK , Role: Main Supervisor
  • 2004
    PhD thesis: Adsorption of Methylene Blue, Remazol Reactive Dyes from Aqueous Solutions on Diatomite and Modified Diatomite. Student: Mohamad Al Ghouti, Queen’s University Belfast, UK, Role: Main Supervisor
  • 2000
    PhD thesis: Adsorption of Anionic Reactive dyes on Activated Carbon from Aqueous Solution. Student: Yehia Al-Degs
    Queen’s University Belfast, UK, Role: Main Supervisor

Research Funding

Upon moving to Qatar my research interest were expanded and influenced by understanding the research needs for Qatar to fulfill the countries vision (QATAR vision 2030). My research interests were extended to tap into the huge hydrocarbon industry in the country Within Qatar “oil and gas still account for more than 50% of GDP, roughly 85% of export earnings, and 70% of government revenues. Oil and gas have made Qatar the second highest per-capita income country and one of the world's fastest growing.” With proven reserves of natural gas at nearly 26 trillion cubic meters Qatar’s natural gas production will continue to be a major income stream for the foreseeable future. Accordingly, my main aim was to establish research partnerships within and outside the university. An appreciation of the departmental, college and university priority research areas and strategies were taken into account when considering new research areas. This manifested its self in my success in attraction considerable funding in areas related to the oil and gas industry including: CO2 conversion and management, green processing, Ionics liquids applications in CO2 capture from industrial streams and olefin paraffin separation. Hydrate control and managements is also a new area of research activity whilst maintaining my interests in remediation and water treatment.
Example of funded projects secured since joining Qatar University Feb 2009:

  • Feb 2013-Feb 2016 Ionic liquids for the control and management of Qatari natural gas hydrates.
    Agency: QNRF-NPRP 5th cycle,
    Amount: US $1,000,000,
    Role: Lead PI, Collaborators: Dr Mert Atilhan (QU), Prof David Rooney Queen’s University Belfast, (CENTACAT)
  • Dec 2010 - 31 May 2014 Enhancing Qatar Future Oil and Gas Technology via Design and Evaluation of Ionic Liquids NPRP09-739-2-284)
    Agency: QNRF-NPRP 3rd cycle, Amount: US $974,059
    Role: Lead PI, Collaborators: Dr Mert Atilhan (QU),? Prof David Rooney Queen’s University Belfast, (CENTACAT)
  • Dec 2010 t-31 May 2014 CO2 photoconversion to a renewable fuel (NPRP09-328-2-122)
    Agency: QNRF-NPRP 3rd cycle,
    Amount: US $1,044,000
    Role: Lead PI, Collaborator: Dr Junwang Tang, UCL.
  • Aug 2013- Aug 2014 UREP 14 - 055 - 2 - 015 The use of Forward Osmosis and Membrane Distillation for desalination & industrial water treatment in Qatar
    Agency: QNRF- UREP,
    Amount: $60,000
    Role: Lead PI
  • Oct 2011-June 2012 Water characterization and treatability studies of produced water from the Qatari oil and gas industry
    Agency QNRF- UREP
    Amount: $60,000
    Role: Lead PI
  • Oct 2011-June 2012 Estimation, simulation and modelling of SOx, NOx and CO2 emissions from the GTL process
    Agency: QNRF- UREP
    Amount: $60,000
    Role: Lead PI
  • April 2009- April 2011 Investigation of the Use of Solar Induced TiO2 Doped with Metal Ions in Water Disinfection and decontamination
    Agency: QU Internal Grant
    Amount: 128,000 QR
    Role: Lead PI
  • April 2010-April 2011 The utilization of industrial waste heat for the production of fresh water by membrane distillation: Industrial Case studies UREP 08 - 035 - 2 – 008, Agency: QNRF- UREP
    Amount: US $52,000
    Role: Lead PI
  • Oct 2009- Oct 2010 Clearing the air: flare reduction from the oil and gas industry in QATAR. UREP 07 - 046 - 2 – 011
    Agency: QNRF- UREP
    Amount US $44,499
    Role: Lead PI
  • Sept 2009 - Aug 2010 Towards a sustainable environment: Rubbish or a Resource: a study into the use of municipal solid waste as an energy source in Qatar
    Agency: QNRF- UREP
    Amount: 109,203 QR
    Role: Lead PI
  • Sept 2009 - May 2010 Bio-adsorption for the removal of contaminants from petrochemical wastewater effluents in Qatar
    Agency: QNRF- UREP
    Amount: 87,360 QR
    Role: Lead PI

SCHOLARLY ACHIEVEMENTS

Technical Reports:
  • NPRP reports: 6 months and annual reports for Qatar National Research fund for three NPRP projects
  • UREP reports: 7 Undergraduate research experience project reports (UREP)
  • Due diligence report for Carbon trust, UK
Books and/or Book Chapters:

Water Production and Wastewater Treatment. Nova Science Publishers, Inc. New York.
ISBN: 978-1-61728-503-5, 2010, Chapter 14: Efficacy of TiO2 doped with Copper for Water Disinfection Co-authors : Antizar-Ladislao, B. Wu, L., Khraisheh, M.A.

 

Research Grants

Title of the Project: Ionic liquids for the control and management of Qatari natural gas hydrates.
Funding Period: February 2013-Feb 2016
Funding Agency: QNRF-NPRP 5th cycle (US $1,000,000)

Title of the Project: Enhancing Qatar Future Oil and Gas Technology via Design and Evaluation of Ionic Liquids (NPRP09-739-2-284)
Funding Period: Sept 2010 to Aug 2013
Funding Agency: QNRF-NPRP (US $974,059)

Title of the Project: CO2 capture and photoconversion to a renewable fuel (NPRP09-328-2-122)
Funding Period: Sept 2010 to Aug 2013
Funding Agency: QNRF-NPRP (US $1,000,000)

Title of Project: Clearing the Air: Flare reduction from the Qatari Industry.
Joint project with Dr Farid Benyahia and Qatar Gas.
Funding Agency: QNRF-UREP (154,617 QR)
Title of project: Investigation of the Use of Solar Induced TiO2 Doped with Metal Ions in Water Disinfection and decontamination
QU internal funding (128,000QR)

Title of the Project: Towards a sustainable environment: Rubbish or a Resource: a study into the use of municipal solid waste as an energy source in Qatar
Funding Period: Sept 2009 to Aug 2010
Funding Agency: QNRF-UREP

Title of the Project: Bioadsorption for the removal of contaminants from petrochemical wastewater effluents in Qatar.
Funding Period: Sept 2009 to May 2010
Funding Agency: QNRF-UREP