Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering | American University of Sharjah

Using Science for Real-World Solutions

Head of Department

Thank you for your interest in the chemical engineering program at American University of Sharjah (AUS). Our program is committed to excellence in teaching and quality research. Our highly qualified faculty members hold PhDs from some of the world's most prestigious universities and represent a diversity of curricular and research expertise, educational and industrial backgrounds, and culture.

Chemical engineering is a discipline that impacts numerous areas of technology by occupying a unique position at the interface between molecular sciences and engineering. Intimately linked with the basic subjects of chemistry, mathematics, physics and biology, chemical engineering offers unparalleled opportunities to design, develop and operate industrial processes that make great contributions to the technological infrastructure of modern society.|-BREAK-|

Our undergraduate and graduate degree programs are well-known for the quality of education and opportunities they provide. The Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,, under the General Criteria and the Program Criteria for Chemical, Biochemical, Biomolecular and Similarly Named Engineering Programs. Our programs give students hands-on experience through our state-of-the-art hardware and software laboratories. For students who satisfy the university’s English language requirements, this program is designed to be finished in four academic years. While majoring in chemical engineering, our students can also pursue a minor specialty in vital areas such as petroleum engineering, renewable energy, environmental and water engineering, engineering management and biomedical engineering.

In our highly regarded Master of Science in Chemical Engineering program, our students work alongside their professors on cutting-edge research. Students in this program may also receive financial support towards their education in the form of competitive assistantships and work-study opportunities. Upon completion of the program, our graduates are equipped with excellent technical, analytical and practical skills and are prepared to advance in their careers.

In addition to working in traditional areas such as chemical, oil and gas, energy and water, today's chemical engineers are spearheading new frontiers in biotechnology, microelectronics, advanced materials, consumer products, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and environmental solutions. Chemical engineers, therefore, are highly employable in a wide span of businesses; many CEOs of leading global companies are indeed chemical engineers. Our graduates have pursued diverse careers with various regional, national and international firms, and many have earned advanced degrees at leading institutions around the world. 

As proud as we are of the performance of our students, we are even more proud of what they accomplish after graduation. Our alumni, around 800 and growing, have rewarding careers in the chemical industries and beyond. Many of our most dedicated alumni made their way into outstanding leadership roles and many continue to support and serve the department in a variety of ways. We are stronger by their involvement. 

Again, thank you for your interest in chemical engineering at AUS. For any enquiry, please don’t hesitate to step in to my office.

Sameer MR Al-Asheh, PhD
Head of Department


Bachelor of Science in Chemical and Biological Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering
Master of Science in Chemical Engineering


The AUS Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering brings together some of the region's—and the world's—most acclaimed minds in chemical engineering. Faculty from the department are at the helm of teaching and research in complex and important fields, such as the environment, water, health, food, energy and much more. Many of the department's faculty completed their PhD at leading universities in the United States and Europe, and now use their in-depth knowledge not only to aid student learning, but also to inform the projects and challenges of industry and government. 

Dr. Nabil Abdel Jabbar
PhD, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, United States
Dr. Ahmed Aidan
Senior Laboratory Instructor
PhD, Burgas University, Bulgaria
Dr. Sameer Al-Asheh
PhD, University of Ottawa,
Dr. Amani Al-Othman
Associate Professor
PhD, University of Ottawa, Canada


AUS' chemical engineering alumni occupy positions the world over, contributing to organizations at a technical and managerial level in both the public and private sectors. The focus of our curriculum on preparing students for the future world of work ensures our graduates are well-positioned to contribute in the workforce immediately upon graduation. This workforce readiness also sees our alumni rapidly progress in their careers, leading to high levels of career satisfaction. 

Top employers of our alumni include:


Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC)

Air Liquide

Asset Integrity Engineering

Concorde Corodex Group

Crescent Petroleum

DOW Chemicals

Dragon Oil Company

DEWA - Dubai Electricity and Water Authority

Emirates Global Aluminum EGA



Lockheed Martin

Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure

Petrofac International Limited

Reckitt Benckiser

Saudi Aramco


Sharjah National Oil Corporation (SNOC)

Total Lubricants UAE




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Join our talented faculty in well-equipped laboratories to further research across many facets of chemical engineering. From fuel production to pharamaceuticals, our department is involved in research benefitting many industries across the world. Read on to learn more.

Process Engineering
  • Chemical reaction engineering, natural gas liquids recovery, process synthesis and optimization (Dr. Rachid Chebbi)
  • Modeling and simulation of chemical and environmental processes (Dr. Naif Darwish, Dr. Paul Nancarrow)
  • Advanced process control, flowsheet simulation and optimization (Dr. Nabil Abdel Jabbar)
  • Reaction engineering and process development (Dr. Karnail Singh)
Water and Environment
  • Water disinfection, microbial fuel cells, membrane bioreactors, electroosmotic dewatering, adsorption techniques (Dr. Sameer Al-Asheh)
  • Water and membrane technology (Dr. Naif Darwish)
  • Synthesis of metal organic frameworks (MOFs), carbon dioxide adsorption by MOFs, micro-pollutants removal by MOFs (Dr. Rana Sabouni)
  • Biofiltration, modeling of chemical and biological reactors, air pollution control, hazardous waste management, waste to energy technologies (Dr. Zarook Shareefdeen)
  • Environmental issues and corrosion, novel materials (biosorbents, ionic liquids and deep eutectic solvents) for water treatment (Dr. Taleb Ibrahim)
  • Ionic liquids technology for sustainable processing (Dr. Paul Nancarrow, Dr. Taleb Ibrahim, Dr. Nabil Abdel Jabbar)
  • Adsorptive membrane synthesis for the removal of pharmaceutical compounds and emerging contaminants from water (Dr. Amani Al-Othman)
Energy Systems
  • Ionic liquids technology and polymer materials for energy applications (Dr. Paul Nancarrow)
  • Renewable energy, high temperature PEM fuel cells, nano-composite membranes, solid proton conductors, solar cells (Dr. Amani Al-Othman)
  • Ionic liquids in separations (Dr. Karnail Singh)
  • Waste to energy via gasification and pyrolysis, computational fluid dynamic modelling of multiphase flow, hydrogen production, solar thermochemical conversion, production of biochar, applications of fluidized bed reactors, biofuels and high value products from algae (Dr. Yassir Makkawi)
Biomedical Engineering
  • Polymeric and liposomal drug delivery, surface modification, tissue culture, biomaterials, non-viral gene delivery (Dr. Ghaleb Husseini)
  • Drug delivery using metal organic frameworks, and triggered drug release (Dr. Rana Sabouni)
  • Fabrication of flexible implantable biosensors for neural sensing/stimulation (Dr. Amani Al-Othman)
  • Novel antiamoebic agents, vaporized drugs, contact lens disinfectants, target-directed inhibition of parasites (Dr. Taleb Ibrahim)
Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics and Interfacial Phenomena
  • Vapor-liquid equilibria, computational thermodynamics (Dr. Naif Darwish)
  • Effect of salt on vapor-liquid equilibria, effect of salt on liquid-liquid equilibria, separation of azeotropic systems using adsorptive distillation (Dr. Sameer Al-Asheh)
  • Interfacial fluid mechanics, boundary layer theory, entrance region problems, wetting and dewetting, oil spills hydrodynamics, sedimentation, blood flow dynamics, nanofluids (Dr. Rachid Chebbi)
  • Interfacial phenomena/surface, colloidal science and materials science (Dr. Taleb Ibrahim)
  • Colloids and interfacial engineering, film formation in latex dispersions, edible films and coatings (Dr. Karnail Singh)
  • Development of predictive structure-property models for ionic liquid systems (Dr. Paul Nancarrow)


Department Head

Dr. Sameer Al-Asheh
Tel: +971 6 515 2954
[email protected]

Talk to Someone about Chemical Engineering Undergraduate Programs

Aileen Yulay 
Tel +971 6 515 2167 
[email protected]

Talk to Someone about Chemical Engineering Graduate Programs

Rhodalyn Diola
Tel +971 6 515 4902
[email protected]

Postal Address

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
College of Engineering 
American University of Sharjah 
PO Box 26666 
Sharjah, UAE

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