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dr. ir. K.O. Sebakhy, PhD

Senior Lecturer and Researcher

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                  Dr. Khaled Omar Sebakhy (Canadian/Egyptian citizen)

                         Radijsstraat 81A, Groningen 9741 BM Netherlands

                        Phone: +31 629928542, Email: k.o.sebakhy rug.nl

EDUCATION

  • PhD in Chemical & Petroleum Engineering, University of Calgary, Canada. (Specialization: Heterogeneous Catalysis). (Catalytic Hydrogenation Reactions/Hydrogenating Catalysts)    
  • Mphil in Polymer/Macromolecular Chemistry, University of Queensland, Australia.                                                            
  • MSc in Chemical Engineering (Polymer Science and Engineering), Alexandria University, Egypt.
  • DAAD Internship: Otto-Von Guericke, University of Magdeburg, Germany.                                                         
  • BSc in Chemical Engineering, Alexandria University, Egypt.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC), Size Exclusion Chromatography (SEC), Gas Chromatography (GC), Mass Spectroscopy (MS), Supercritical Fluid Chromatography (SFC), X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), Wastewater Treatment, Polymer Colloids, Heterogeneous Catalysis, NOx abatement, Biomass Conversion, Industrial and Applied Catalysis, Hydrogenation Catalysts, Transition-Metal Carbides, Zeolites, Electrocatalysis, Nanocatalysts, Photocatalysis, Polymer Reaction Engineering, PLP-SEC, Living Radical Polymerizations, RAFT, ATRP, Emulsion Polymerization, Nanoreactors, Self-Assembly, Thermoresponsive Polymers, Amphiphilic Diblock Copolymers, Heavy Oil Upgrading, Hydrocracking, Delayed Coking, Asphaltenes, Olefins Hydrogenation, Nanoparticles.  

                                                                                    

RELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE

Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE) Lecturer and Research Fellow             Sep 2018-Current

Engineering and Technology Institute Groningen, Chemical Product Technology,

Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (PDF) –NSERC-DG                                            Jan 2018- Aug 2018

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

(Collaborative research with Gastops Ltd. Company, Ottawa): “Experimental and computational study on the kinetics of thermo-oxidative degradation of antioxidants in lubricant oils for diesel engines”

 

Tutor                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2016 – 2017

Tutor Doctor, Calgary

  • Taught high school and elementary school students Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry at their homes
  • Helped students with learning disabilities
  • Made the center very attractive and conducive place for learning

 

Tutor                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2014 – 2016

Renert Tutoring Centre (RTC), Calgary

  • Taught high school and elementary school students Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry.
  • Helped to manage a center full of students.
  • Made the center very attractive and conducive place for learning.

 

Graduate Teaching Assistant                                                                                            

Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, University of Calgary, Canada

  • Assisted in teaching Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Separation Processes, Experimental Design and Statistics for Engineers, Heat Transfer Laboratories.
  • Co-developed a laboratory procedure and helped set up Heat Transfer laboratory experiments for undergraduate students.
  • Conducted consultations with undergraduate students on preparation of laboratory reports
  • Graded assignments, quizzes and mid-term exams and organized tutorials.

 

Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary, Canada                              

  • Assisted in teaching Masters level course: Sustainable Energy and Development (SEDV601)

 

Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Queensland, Australia        

  • Assisted in teaching Process Control, Unit Operations, Reaction Engineering Kinetics and Heat transfer.
  • Graded assignments, quizzes, mid-term exams, final exams and organized tutorials.
  • Helped in organizing trips to chemical plants for undergraduate students.

 

Department of Chemical Engineering, Queen’s University, Canada                                   

  • Assisted in teaching Mass Transfer Operations and Fluid Mechanics.

Department of Chemical Engineering, Alexandria University, Egypt                              

  • Assisted in teaching Dyes and Textiles for Chemical Engineers and participated in the labs.

 

Process Engineer at Abu-Qir Fertilizers Company (AFC)                                               

  • Working with a team of engineers in an ammonia synthesis plant.
  • Supervising and managing technicians in the plant.
  • Writing reports for the daily production of the plant.
  • Participating in the revamp of ammonia plant.

 

COURSES AND TUTORIALS TAUGHT

  • Mass Transfer Operations
  • Chemical Engineering Fundamentals
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Process Control
  • Separation Processes
  • Heat Transfer
  • Thermodynamics
  • Unit Operations
  • Reaction Engineering Kinetics
  • Experimental Design and Statistics for Chemical Engineers
  • Sustainable Energy and Development
  • Dyes and Textiles for Chemical Engineers

 

GRADUATE COURSES UNDERTAKEN

  • Advanced Mathematical Methods (ENG703), University of Calgary
  • Advanced Fluid Mechanics (ENG 723), University of Calgary
  • Spectroscopic Techniques for Identification of Organic compounds, Queen’s University
  • Colloidal and Surface Phenomena, Queen’s University, Canada
  • Polymer Reaction Engineering, Queen’s University, Canada
  • Mathematical Modeling of Chemical Processes, Queen’s University, Canada
  • Polymer Additives, Alexandria University
  • Polymer Rheology, Alexandria University
  • Advanced Transport Phenomena, Alexandria University
  • Mathematical Models and Polymerization Reactor Design and its Control, Alexandria University
  • Numerical Methods in Chemical Engineering, Alexandria University
  • Statistical Analysis in Chemical Engineering, Alexandria University

 

ADDITIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE

Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) Exchange Student and Intern

Verfahrens und Systeme Technik, Otto-Von Guericke, Universitat Magdeburg (Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering, University of Magdeburg), Germany.

  • Project title: Simulation and Modeling of the Kinetics of Agglomeration and Peptization during the Sol-Gel Synthesis of Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) Nanoparticles (Supervisor: Prof. Ing. Habil. Jurgen Thomas).

 

Research Assistant                                                                                                                                         

Chemical Engineering Department, Queen’s University, Canada.                                                 

A key member of the Polymer Reaction Engineering (PRE) Group:

  • Project title: Investigation of propagation rate Coefficients in Free Radical Polymerizations by Pulsed-Laser Polymerization in Conjunction with Size-Exclusion Chromatography (PLP-SEC) Technique.
  • Synthesis of Polymers by Free Radical Polymerization

 

  • Size-Exclusion Chromatography (SEC) for Molecular Weight Distribution (MWD) Determination

 

  • Evaluation of Propagation Rate Constants for a Variety of Vinyl Monomers Using PLP-SEC

 

Research Associate

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Department, University of Western Ontario, Canada    

  • Project title: Synthesis of Polymer Nanoparticles via Free Radical Polymerizations of Fluorinated Vinyl Monomers in Supercritical Carbon dioxide (ScCO2).

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE

  • Bargaining committee member of Carleton University Postdoctoral Union (CUPU)
  • Taught, mentored, and inspired youths of Syrian Refugees, Calgary, Canada
  • Helped to raise funds, plan, and volunteer during practice and games for Minor Hockey League Association (MHLA) of Canada
  • Mentoring domestic and international interns, undergraduate and masters students in our research group at the University of Calgary. Duties include the following:
  • Providing a detailed experimental plan with several tasks and objectives
  • Training students on instrumentation techniques
  • Orienting the students the lab’s safety rules and ensuring having WHMIS and/or H2S alive trainings.
  • Supervising students in the lab on a daily basis
  • Helping students in interpreting their own results and editing their technical reports before sending it to the PI/supervisor
  • Fundraising from local companies for covering students activities and field trips
  • Volunteering in Calgary Catholic Immigration Society for Immigrant Youth Outreach Program (IYOP). Duties include: Tutoring Chemistry, for youths aged 15-20.

LABORATORY EXPERIENCE

  • Analysis and Quantification of Hydrocarbons using HPLC, GC, GC-MS and SFC
  • Determination of Polymer Molecular Weight Distributions (MWDs) by Size-Exclusion Chromatography (SEC)
  • Particle Size Analysis using Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS) (Malvern Sizer)
  • X-Ray Diffraction of Crystalline Materials (XRD)
  • Surface analysis using Scanning Electron Microscopy coupled with Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (SEM-EDS)
  • Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA)
  • Temperature-Programmed Reduction (TPR)
  • Surface Area Measurements using BET-Micrometrics Surface Analyzer (BET)
  • High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy (HRTEM)
  • Fourier Transform Infrared (FT-IR)

PILOT PLANT EXPERIENCE

  • Experienced chemical engineer in building pilot plants for fixed-bed gas-phase catalytic reactions
  • Installing Pumps, Tubings, Fittings and Catalytic reactors
  • Swagelok Valves and Fittings Training
  • Developing Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams (PIDs) for Pilot Plants
  • Developing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Pilot Plants and Hazard and Operability Study (HAZOPs)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATION AND CERTIFICATION

  • Member, American Institute for Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
  • Member, American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • Member, Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
  • Member, Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)
  • Member, Canadian Society of Chemical Engineers (CSChE)
  • Member, Egyptian Engineers Syndicate
  • H2S Alive training
  • WHMIS training
  • Swagelok certificate for tubing and fittings installation

AWARDS/SCHOLARSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS/HONORS

  • Mitacs Accelerate Postdoctoral (PDF) Fellowship, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada      
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Discovery Grant (NSERC-DG), Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
  • Queen Elizabeth II Doctoral Fellowship, University of Calgary, Canada
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)- Shortlisted, Canada      
  • Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) Travel Award, University of Calgary, Canada
  • Teaching Excellence Award, University of Calgary, Canada
  • Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Travel Bursary  
  • International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS), University of Queensland, Australia
  • Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) Scholarship, Australia
  • Newcastle Postgraduate Scholarship (NPS), United Kingdom                                                    
  • Samuel McLaughlin Fellowship, Queen’s University, Canada
  • Queen’s Graduate Award (QGA), Queen’s University, Canada
  • Dean’s Graduate Award (DGA), Alexandria University, Egypt
  • International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE) Award
  • Research Excellence Award, Alexandria University, Egypt
  • Teaching Excellence Award, Alexandria University, Egypt
  • Dean’s List of Honors, Department of Chemical Engineering, Alexandria University, Egypt

LANGUAGE AND COMPUTER SKILLS

Programming Languages:   MATLAB, PREDICI Software and FORTRAN.

Software:                                MS Office, Sigma Plot, VMG and Origin.

Languages:                                 English, German, Arabic and French.

 

PUBLICATIONS

  1. Articles Published in Peer-Reviewed Journals

1)  Sebakhy, K. O; Kessel, S.; Monteiro, M. J. Nanoreactors to Synthesize Well-defined Polymer Nanoparticles: Decoupling Particle Size from Molecular Weight. Macromolecules. 2010, 43(23), pp 9598-9600. (Cited 45 times)

2)   Sebakhy, K. O; Gavrilov, M.; Valade, D.; Jia, Z.; Monteiro, M. J. Nanoparticles of Well-Defined 4-Arm Stars made using Nanoreactors in Water. Macromolecular Rapid Communications. 2014, 35(2), pp193-197. (Special issue: Precisely Controlled Polymer Architectures via Molecular Engineering, Part 1).

3)  Sebakhy, K. O.; Vitale, G.; Hassan, A.; Pereira-Almao, P. New Insights into the Kinetics of Structural Transformation and Hydrogenation Activity of Nano-Crystalline Molybdenum Carbide. Catalysis Letters. 2018, 148(3), pp 904-923.

4)  Sebakhy, K. O.; Vitale, G.; Pereira-Almao, P. A. Production of Highly Dispersed Ni within Nickel Silicate Materials with the MFI Structure for the Selective Hydrogenation of Olefins. Ind. Eng. Chem. Res2019, 58, 20, 8597-8611. 

5)   Sebakhy, K. O.; Ortega, L. C.; Trujillo, M.; Pereira-Almao, P. A Proton Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (1H-NMR) Methodology for Monolefins Analysis: Application to Aquaprocessing Upgraded Bitumen. Energy Fuels. 2020, 34, 8, 9252–9261.

6)  Sebakhy, K. O.; Vitale, G.; Pereira-Almao, P. A. Dispersed Ni-Doped Aegirine Nanocatalysts for the Selective Hydrogenation of Olefinic Molecules. ACS Appl. Nano Mater. 2018, 1, 11, 6269-6280.

2.  Other Refereed Contributions

7)    Sebakhy, K. O.; Kessel, S.; Monteiro, M. J. (2010) Nanoreactor Templates to Perfectly Tune Sizes and Molecular Weights of Polymer Nanoparticles via RAFT Polymerization. 32nd Australasian Polymer Symposium (APS), Coffs Harbor NSW, Australia, November 2010.                    

8)  Sebakhy, K. O.; Vitale, G.; Pereira-Almao, P. (2016) Molybdenum Carbide As a Potential Substitute to Noble Metals in Olefins Hydrogenation at Low Pressures. Designing New Heterogeneous Catalysts, Faraday Discussion, London, United Kingdom (UK), April 12-15, 2016.

9) Sebakhy, K. O.; Vitale, G.; Pereira-Almao, P. (2016) Ni-MFI As a Potential Zeolitic Catalyst for Olefins Hydrogenation at Low Pressures, 18th International Zeolite Conference (IZC), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 13-16, 2016.

10)  Sebakhy, K. O.; Vitale, G.; Pereira-Almao, P.  (2016) Molybdenum Carbide As a Potential Catalyst for Olefins Hydrogenation, 16 AIChE Annual Meeting, San Francisco, USA, November 13-18, 2016.

11) Sebakhy, K. O.; Vitale, G.; Pereira-Almao, P.  (2017) A Mild Synthetic Route for the Production of Ni-Aegirine Nanocatalysts for Selective Hydrogenation of Olefinic Molecules, 67th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, Edmonton, Canada, October 22-25, 2017.

12) Zhang, K.; Perdomo, M. E.; Kong, B.; Sebakhy, K. O.; Wu, K.; Jing, G.; Han, J.; Lu, X.; Hong, A.; Chen, Z. (2015) CO2 Near-Miscible Flooding for Tight Oil Exploitation. SPE Asia Pacific Unconventional Resources Conference and Exhibition, Society of Petroleum Engineers, Brisbane, Australia, November 9, 2015.

13)  Zhang, K.; Sebakhy, K. O.; Wu, K.; Jing, G.; Chen, N.; Chen, Z.; Hong, A.; Torsaeter, O. (2015) Future Trends for Tight Oil Exploitation. SPE North Africa Technical Conference and Exhibition, Society of Petroleum Engineers, Cairo, Egypt, September 14, 2015.

14) Sebakhy, K. O. Dispersed Ni-Doped Aegirine Nanocatalysts for the Selective Hydrogenation of Olefinic Molecules. EuropaCat, Aachen, Germany, August 18, 2019. 

3. Seminar Presentations

15)  Sebakhy, K.O. (2014) Novel Heterogeneous Catalysts for Olefins Elimination in Light Petroleum Fractions, Graduate Student Conference, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada.

16)   Sebakhy, K.O. (2015) Determination and Quantification of Olefins in Light Petroleum Distillates Using Supercritical Fluid Chromatography Coupled with Flame Ionization Detector (SFC-FID), Group Seminar, Catalysis for Bitumen Upgrading Group (CBUG), University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada.

DISSERTATION/THESES

  1. Sebakhy, K.O. Developing Novel Heterogeneous Catalysts for Olefins Hydrogenation in Light Petroleum Distillates, PhD. Dissertation, University of Calgary, Canada (2018).
  2. Sebakhy, K.O. RAFT-Mediated Emulsion Polymerizations in Nanoreactors, Mphil. Thesis, University of Queensland, Australia.
  3. Sebakhy, K.O. Semiconducting, Gamma-radiation Shielding Properties and Thermal Stability of Polyhydroxyphenylenes, MSc. Thesis, Alexandria University, Egypt.
  4. Sebakhy, K.O. The Effect of Pulsatile-Flow on the Removal of Copper Ions from Wastewater by Cementation, BSc. Final project, Alexandria University, Egypt.

REFERENCES

Prof. Pedro Pereira-Almao, Ph.D (PhD Supervisor)

Professor, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Tel: (403) 220-7825; Fax: (403) 284-4852; E-mail: ppereira ucalgary.ca

Dr. Gerardo Vitale, Ph.D (Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Co-supervisor)

Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Tel: (403) 390-6863; E-mail: vitaleg ucalgary.ca

Prof. Lante Carbognani Ortega, Ph.D
Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Tel: (403) 210-9707; E-mail: lcarbogn ucalgary.ca

Dr. Carlos Scott, Ph.D (Research and Project Manager)

Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Tel: (403) 629-2380; E-mail: scottc ucalgary.ca

Prof. Robert Gordon Moore, Ph.D (PhD Supervisory Committee Member)

Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Tel: (403) 220-7217; E-mail: moore ucalgary.ca

Prof. Venkataraman Thangadurai, PhD, Habil, FRSC (UK) (PhD Examiner and Supervisory Committee Member), Department of Chemistry, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Tel: (403) 210-8649; E-mail: vthangad ucalgary.ca

Dr. Kazi Sumon, Ph.D (Instructor)

Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Tel: (403) 220-6343; E-mail: kazi.sumon ucalgary.ca

Dr. Monica Bartolini Tiberi,

Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Tel: (403) 708-0459; E-mail: mbartoli ucalgary.ca

Prof. G. H. Sedahmed, Ph.D (Undergraduate Mentor)

Professor of Electrochemistry, Department of Chemical Engineering, Alexandria University, Egypt.

Prof. Sami. A. El-Garf, Ph.D (MSc Supervisor)

Professor of Polymer Science and Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering, Alexandria University, Egypt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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