Khalid Al-Ali Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Assistant Professor – Chemical and Environmental Engineering
Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering
Phone number:  +971 2 810 9303
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Dr. Khalid Al-Ali received his BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain, UAE, in 2006. Following that, he worked for three years as a site integrity engineer for oil and gas company ADMA-OPCO, in Abu-Dhabi. After gaining this work experience, Dr. Al-Ali joined the Masdar Institute Fellowship Program to obtain his MSc and PhD degrees in Chemical Engineering from the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan, in 2011 and 2014, respectively. In 2014, Dr. Al-Ali joined Masdar Institute and is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering.

Teaching Interest

  • Chemical reaction engineering
  • Solar based chemical processes



Research Interests

  • Solar thermo-chemical processes and energy conversion
  • Solar-based methane reforming / hydrogen production systems
  • Biomass pyrolysis and gasification
  • Thermal system modeling and simulation
  • Micro-kinetics modeling, analysis, and chemical reaction engineering


  • Al-Ali K., Kodama S., Kaneko H., Sekiguchi H., Tamaura T. and Chiesa M (2012). Solar upgrade of methane using dry reforming in direct contact bubble reactor. In: Proceedings of 2012 SolarPACES, concentrating solar power and chemical energy systems conference Marrakech, Morocco, September 11th–14th, 2012.
  • Al-Ali, K., Kodama, S., & Sekiguchi, H. (2014). Modeling and simulation of methane dry reforming in direct-contact bubble reactor. Solar Energy, 102, 45-55.
  • Al-Ali, K., Kodama, S., & Sekiguchi, H. (2014). Comparison of the performance of a direct-contact bubble reactor and an indirectly heated tubular reactor for solar-aided methane dry reforming employing molten salt. Chemical Engineering and Processing: Process Intensification, 83, 56-63.