Mouhammad Abu Rasheed

Amandine Kaiser


PhD candidate

Research group | Catalysis
Main supervisor | Unni Olsbye
Co-supervisors | SvelleNovaRedekop
Affiliation | Department of Chemistry, UiO
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Short bio

2021 – Current: PhD candidate at the Department of Chemistry, UiO, Norway.
2017 – 2020: MSc degree in Applied Analytical Chemistry, Aleppo University, Syria.
2011 – 2016: BSc degree in Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Aleppo University, Syria.

Working Experience:
2018 – 2021: lab tutor at Department of Food & Analytical Chemistry, Aleppo University, Syria.
2018 – 2020: scientific advisor at Biomed Pharma Co. LTD., Syria.

Research interests and hobbies

My research interest is particularly at the Analytical Chemistry and Materials Science interface that focus on the synthesis, characterization, and testing of complex materials including metal organic frameworks. I am currently implementing this interest in catalytic applications.
Besides chemistry, I enjoy walking in nature, table games and basketball.

CompSci project

Project 1.2

Kinetic measurements, atomistic and kinetic modelling of reactions in confined space


The project aims to provide detailed mechanistic and kinetic models to assess some Metal-Organic Framework-based catalytic systems that are used for both oxidation and reduction reactions. In particular, CO2 hydrogenation to methanol, methane, and other longer chain hydrocarbons and/or alcohols, as well as direct partial oxidation reactions using methane and cyclohexane as a substrate will be analysed.

We will start the project by studying the mechanism of action of a copper complex-based catalyst on the oxidation reaction of cyclohexane to cyclohexanol. Then, the project focus will be on investigating the effect of functionalization of the organic linker and other post-synthetic MOF structural modifications on the conversion rate, selectivity and mechanism, along with stability and characterization studies done in other groups for these modified catalysts.

Catalytic testing will be done on Parr reactor for liquid phase testing and SSITKA (Steady-State Isotopic Transient Kinetic Analysis) reactor for gas phase catalysis. Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry. Mass Spectrometry, Liquid phase-Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Fourier Transformation-Infrared Spectroscopy, and X-Ray Photoelectron Spectrometry will be employed to retrieve quantitative data, and then Micro-Kinetic Models (MKMs) will be constructed based on DFT calculations run by other groups.

In this project, we aim to provide better understanding of the studied catalytic systems by implementing integrated experimental as well as computational studies. Building micro-kinetic models will help other researchers in materials design to predict the selectivity and efficacy of the catalyst based on its molecular structure, and then having more efficient designing process in the catalysis section at UiO and other research institutes.



CompSci publications

None yet.

Previous publications

  1. Abu Rasheed, M., Alshaghel, A., and Sakur, A. A. (2020). "A New Zinc-based Metal Organic Framework as a Stationary Phase for Thin Layer Chromatography", International Research Journal of Pure and Applied Chemistry, 21(10), 107-117.
  2. Abu Rasheed, M., Alshaghel, A., and Sakur, A. A. (2020). "A New Bonded Silica Based on an Amino Acid Derivative as a TLC Stationary Phase to Solve Nitrophenol Structural Isomerism and Ibuprofen Stereoisomerism", Future Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, 6(46).
  3. Khanji, M., Kawas, G., Haroun, M., Abu Rasheed, M., and Sakur, A. A. (2020) "Quantitative determination of albendazole forced degradation percentages by densitometric thin layer chromatographic method", Research Journal of Pharmacy and Technology, 13(5), 2207-2213.
  4. Oussama, M., Kawas, G., Abu Rasheed, M., and Sakur, A. A. (2018) "Applications of Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) to Separation Analytical Techniques", Research Journal of Pharmacy and Technology, 11(8), 3514-3522. 360X.2018.00650.9.


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