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Youssef Belmabkhout, PhD

Research Scientists
​Senior Research Scientist​

Research Interests

Dr. Belmabkhout interest embraces research and development of materials and processes in different fields such as gas/liquid separation, gas storage, toxic gases removal, CO2 capture and sequestration. My research interests are extended in multidisciplinary complementary areas from chemistry, physical chemistry, physics to chemical engineering (applications). The ultimate objective is to develop tailored materials and their related processes for specific applications relevant to energy security and environmental sustainability.

Selected Publications

  • Quest for highly connected metal–organic framework platforms: rare-earth polynuclear clusters versatility meets net topology needs
    D. Alezi, A.M.P. Peedikakkal, Ł.J. Weseliński, V. Guillerm, Y. Belmabkhout, A.J. Cairns, Z. Chen, Ł. Wojtas, and M. Eddaoudi
    Am. Chem. Soc., 137 (16), 5421–5430, (2015)
  • Made-to-order metal-organic frameworks for trace carbon dioxide removal and air capture
    O. Shekhah, Y. Belmabkhout, Z. Chen, V. Guillerm, A. Cairns, K. Adil and M. Eddaoudi
    Nat. Commun., 5, 4228-4234, (2014)
  • Discovery and introduction of a (3,18)-connected net as an ideal blueprint for the design of metal–organic frameworks
    V. Guillerm, Ł.J. Weseliński, Y. Belmabkhout, A.J. Cairns, V. D'Elia, Ł. Wojtas, K. Adil, and M. Eddaoudi
    Nature Chemistry 6, 673–680, (2014)
  • Adsorption of CO2-containing gas mixtures over amine-bearing pore-expanded MCM-41 silica. 1: CO2 applications for CO2 separation
    Y. Belmabkhout, R. Serna-Guerrero, A. Sayari
    Adsorption, Volume 17, Number 2, 395-401, (2011)

  • Simultaneous adsorption of H2S and CO2 on triamine-grafted pore-expanded mesoporous MCM-41 Silica
    Y. Belmabkhout, N. Heymans, G. De Weireld, and A. Sayari
    Energy Fuels, 25 (3), pp 1310–1315, (2011)
  • Isothermal versus non-isothermal adsorption-desorption cycling of triamine-grafted pore-expanded mesoporous silica for CO2 capture from flue gas
    Y. Belmabkhout, A. Sayari
    Energy Fuel. 24 (9) 5273–5280, (2010)
  • Stabilization of amine-containing CO2 adsorbents: dramatic effect of water vapor
    A. Sayari, Y. Belmabkhout
    J. Am. Chem. Soc.132, 6312-6314, (2010)
  • Adsorption of CO2-containing gas mixtures over amine-bearing pore-expanded MCM-41 silica. 1: CO2 purifications applications
    Y. Belmabkhout, R. Serna-Guerrero, A. Sayari
    Ind. Eng. Chem. Res, 49 (1), 359–365, (2010)
  • Education

    • Process engineer in Petroleum Technology, oil and gas, Gubkine  Russian state university of Oil and gas, Moscow, Russia
    • PhD, Applied Sciences, Mons Polytechnic faculty, Mons, Belgium
    • M.Sc., Applied Sciences, Mons Polytechnic Faculty, Belgium, 2002 
    •, Lycée Ibn Yassine, Khouribga, Morocco, 1992

    Professional Profile

    • 2010-2010: Research associate, NRC Institute for Chemical Process and Environmental Technology (ICPET), Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
    • 2007-2010: Research associate, University of Ottawa, Department of chemistry and Department of chemical Engineering, Ontario, Canada
    • 2006–2007: Industrial postdoctoral fellow, French Institute of petroleum (IFP), Lyon, France

    Scientific and Professional Memberships

    • AIChE


    • Narural Sciences and Engineering Research council of Canada (NSERC) PDF award (Canada), 2009-2011
    • Marie curie Fellowship (Europe-France), 2006-2007

    KAUST Affiliations

    Advanced Membranes & Porous Materials Center (AMPM)
    Division of Physical Sciences and Engineering (PSE)