Osama Shekhah, PhD

Research Scientists

​Senior Research Scientist​


Research Interest

​Surface chemistry, Material chemistry, Thin films, Porous materials

Selected Publications

  • Quest for anionic MOF nembranes: continuous sod-ZMOF membrane with CO2 adsorption-driven selectivity
    B. Almaythaloony, O. Shekhah, R. Sweidan, Y. Belmabkhout, I. Pinnau, M. Eddaoudi
    Journal of American Chemical Society, 137, 5, 1754-1757, (2015)
  • Made-to-order metal-organic frameworks for trace carbon dioxide removal and air capture
    O. Shekhah, R. Sweidan, Y. Belmabkhout, I. Pinnau, M. Eddaoudi
    Nature Communications,5, 4228-4232, (2014)
  • TThe liquid phase epitaxy approach for the successful construction of ultra-thin and defect-free ZIF-8 membranes: pure and mixed gas transport study
    O. Shekhah, R. Sweidan, Y. belmabkhout, I. Pinnau, M. Eddaoudi
    Chemical Communications, 50, 2089-2092, (2013)
  • The liquid phase epitaxy method for the construction of oriented ZIF-8 thin films with controlled growth on functionalized surfaces
    O. Shekhah, and M. Eddaoudi
    Chemical Communications, 49, 10079-10081, (2013)
  • Enantiopure metal–organic framework thin films: oriented SURMOF growth and enantioselective adsorption
    B. Liu, O. Shekhah, H.K. Arslan, J. Liu, C. Wöll and R.A. Fischer
    Angewandte Chemie International edition, 51, 807-810, (2012)
  • High‐throughput fabrication of uniform and homogenous MOF coatings
    H.K. Arslan, O. Shekhah, J. Wohlgemuth, O.M. Franzreb, R.A. Fischer, C. Wöll
    Advanced Functional Materials, 21, 4228-4231, (2011)
  • Intercalation in layered metal–organic frameworks: reversible inclusion of an extended π-system
    H.K. Arslan, F. Wieland, O. Shekhah, M. Paulus, C. Sternemann, M.A. Schroer, S. Tiemeyer, A. von Bohlen, M. Tolan, C. Wöll
    Journal of American Chemical Society, 133, 8158-8161, (2011)
  • MOF thin films: existing and future applications
    O. Shekhah, J. Liu, R. Fischer C. Wöll
    Chemical Society Reviews, 40, 1081-1106, (2011)
  • Controlling interpenetration in metal–organic frameworks by liquid-phase epitaxy
    O. Shekhah, H. Wang, M. Paradinas, C. Ocal, B. Schüpbach, A.Terfort, D. Zacher, R. Fischer, C. Wöll
    Nature Materials, 8, 481-484, (2009)
  • Growth mechanism of metal–organic frameworks: insights into the nucleation by employing a step‐by‐step route
    O. Shekhah, H. Wang, D. Zacher, R.A. Fischer, C. Wöll
    Angewandte Chemie International Edition 48 (27), 5038-5041, (2009)


  • Ph.D., Chemistry, Free University Berlin, Germany, 2004
  • M.Sc., Chemistry, Yarmouk University, Jordan, 1997
  • B.Sc., Chemistry, Yarmouk University,  Jordan, 1995

Professional Profile

  • 2010-2011: Group leader at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology , Germany
  • 2006-2010: Researcher and Group leader Ruhr University Bochum, Germany
  • 2005-2006: Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University, USA
  • 2004-2005: Postdoctoral Fellow, Fritz Haber Institute, Berlin

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • International Zeolite Association (IZA)
  • American Chemical Sosiety (ACS)

KAUST Affiliations

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

Research Interests Keywords

Metal Organic Frameworks MOF synthesis MOF characterization Thin films Membranes Gas separations Gas storage