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


  • 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 Membership


  • Young African Researchers Award 2018 : Water, Energy and Environmental Sciences
  • Natural 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)

Research Interests Keywords

Metal Organic Frameworks High pressure gas sorption Gravimetric gas sorption analysis MOF characterization Membranes Gas separations Natural gas upgrading