Enas M. Nashef

Enas M. Nashef Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering
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Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, USA (2004)

B.Sc., Chemical Engineering, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan (1984).

After obtaining his B. Sc. In Chemical Engineering from the University of Jordan in 1984 Nashef worked as teaching and research assistant at Kuwait University and United Arab Emirates University where he participated actively in different research areas. Dr. Nashef joined King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, after obtaining his Ph. D. from the University of South Carolina in 2004. In 2011, Dr. Nashef was promoted to associate professor. Nashef was very active in research related to green engineering and sustainability and established collaboration with University of Malaya, KL, Malaysia, where he was a co- advisor for seven Ph. D. students. Dr. Nashef moved to Abu Dhabi (UAE) where he is now employed as an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at Masdar Institute of Science and Technology.

Dr. Nashef  co-authored more than 60 peer-reviewed journal publications. In addition, he received 7 patents from US and EU Patent Offices. He is also a recipient of several prestigious awards including King Abdullah Award for best invention in 2013. He supervised 9 graduate students.

Courses taught before joining Masdar Institute

  • Thermodynamics for Chemical Engineers.
  • Thermodynamics for Petroleum Engineers.
  • Green Engineering, undergraduate course.
  • Green Engineering, graduate course.
  • Safety in Chemical Industries.


Research interests:

  • Green Engineering: Use of Ionic Liquids and Deep Eutectic Solvents in different Engineering  Applications, e.g. separation of aromatics, desulfurization of fuels, and purification of biodiesel.
  • Electrochemical Engineering.
  • Thermodynamics including Phase Equilibria, PVT, Equations of State, and Group Contribution Methods, e.g. UNIFAC.

Selected Research Projects:

  • “Desulfurizing of diesel Using Benign Solvents”. Funded by National Plan for Science and Technology, KSU, 1,900,000 SAR, 2012-2014.
  • “CO2 Capture from Power Plants Using Benign Solvents”. Funded by National Plan for Science and Technology, KSU, 1,300,000 SAR, 2011-2013.
  • “Epoxidation Reactions in Ionic Liquids”, 2006-2007, funded by SABIC. 
  • “Corrosion Behavior in Ionic Liquids”, 2005-2006, funded by SABIC.
  • “Destruction of Chlorinated Hydrocarbons at Ambient Conditions”, 2004-2005, funded by the Engineering Research Center at KSU.



Selected Publications

  • Sarwono Mulyono,   Hanee Farzana Hizaddin,   Inas Muen AlNashef,   Mohd Ali Hashim,   Anis H. Fakeeha and   Mohamed Kamel Hadj-Kali,  Separation of BTEX aromatics from n-octane using (tetrabutylammonium bromide + sulfolane) deep eutectic solvent – Experiments and COSMO-RS prediction, RSC Adv., 4, 2014, 17597-17606.
  • Bahadori, L., Ninie Suhana Abdul Manan, N. S., Chakrabarti, M. H., Hashim, M. H., Mjalli, F. S.,  AlNashef, I. M., Hussain, M. A., and Low, C. H. J., The electrochemical behaviour of ferrocene in deep eutectic solvents based on quaternary ammonium and phosphonium  salts,  Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 15, 5, 1707 – 1714, 2013.
  • Hayyan, A., Mjalli, F. S., Hashim, M. A.  Hayyan, M., AlNashef, I. M. A Novel Phosphonium-Based Deep Eutectic Catalyst for Biodiesel Production from Industrial Low Grade Crude Palm Oil, Chemical Engineering Science, 92, 81–88, 2013.