Yousif Alwai Alcheikhhamdon

Yousif Alwai Alcheikhhamdon
Postdoctoral fellow
Mechanical Engineering

PhD (UBC), Msc (KAUST Membranes Center), BSc (American University of Sharjah)

Area of expertise

Hydrogen-enriched gas, membranes, gas separation, simulations, MOFs

Prior to earning his PhD from UBC, Yousif worked for 10 years as a process engineer in the oil and gas industry, primarily in the field of designing and operating conventional natural gas processing facilities, pipelines, and associated utilities. His expertise is in the field of process design, optimization, and simulation (steady-state and dynamic).

During his career, he published several industry-oriented research articles addressing the techno-commercial challenges obstructing the use of non-conventional technologies in the well-established oil and gas industry.

In terms of his research focus, Yousif investigates the use of conventional / non-conventional membranes for energy-intensive gas separations, in an attempt to replace or to optimize the cryogenic units. His current research explores the use of conventional membranes for separating hydrogen from natural gas upstream of “H2 intolerant facilities”. Apart from the gas separation applications, Yousif is interested in the membrane-based water desalination (RO) and treatment.

Yousif earned his MSc in chemical engineering from KAUST’s Advanced Membranes and Porous Materials Center, and his BSc in chemical engineering / minor in petroleum engineering from the American University of Sharjah.