Research Interests

​Extraction and Separation science, Mass spectrometry, Structure elucidation, Environmental analysis, Method validation  


Selected Publications

  • Acetone production using silicon nanoparticles and catalyst compositions.
    Chaieb, S., J. El Demellawi, and Al-Talla, Z. A.
    US Patent 20,150,353,458., (2015)
  • Sample Collection and Preparation of Biofluids and Extracts for Gas Chromatography–Mass Spectrometry.
    Emwas, A.-H. M.; Al-Talla, Z. A.; Kharbatia, N. M.
    Springer Science: NY, USA, (Chapter 7) Vol. 1277, p 75-91., (2015)
  • Gas Chromatography–Mass Spectrometry of Biofluids and Extracts.
    Emwas, A.-H. M.; Al-Talla, Z. A.; Yang, Y.; Kharbatia, N. M.,
    Springer Science: NY, USA, (Chapter 8) Vol. 1277, p 91-112., (2015)
  • Room-temperature reactivity of silicon nanocrystals with solvents: The case of ketone and hydrogen production from ...
    • El-Demellawi, J.; Holt, C.; Abou-Hamad, E.; Al-Talla, Zeyad; Saih, Y.; Chaieb, S.,
    Interfaces, 7 (25):1379413800., (2015)
  • One-pot synthesis of Cu/ZnO/ZnAl2O4 catalysts and their catalytic performance in glycerol hydrogenolysis.
    Tan, H.; Hedhili, M. N.; Wang, Y.; Zhang, J.; Li, K.; Sioud, S.; Al-Talla, Z. A.; Zhan, T....
    Catalysis Science & Technology, (12):3360-3370., (2013)
  • Utilizing NMR and EPR spectroscopy to probe the role of copper in prion diseases.
    Emwas, A.-H. M.; Al-Talla, Z. A.; Guo, X.; Al-Ghamdi, S.; Al-Masri, H. T.,
    Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry, 51(5):255-268., (2013)
  • Comparison of Artemisia Annua Bioactivities between traditional medicine and chemical extracts.
    Nageeb, A.; Al-Tawashi, A.; Emwas, A.-H. M.; Al-Talla, Z. A.-H.; Al-Rifai, N.,
    Current bioactive compounds, 9(4):324-332., (2013)
  • Synthesis of Ru nanoparticles confined in magnesium oxide-modified mesoporous alumina and their enhanced catalytic ...
    Tan H, Li K, Sioud S, Cha D, Amad MH, Hedhili MN, Al-Talla ZA.
    Catalysis Communications, 26:248-252., (2012)
  • Multicomponent mixed dopant optimization for rapid screening of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons using ultra high p...
    Sioud S, Amad M, Al-Talla ZA.
    Rapid communications in mass spectrometry: RCM, 26(12):1488-1496., (2012)
  • Synthesis and Characterization of New N-(Diphenylphosphino)-Naphthylamine Chalcogenides: X-Ray Structures of (1-NHC...
    Al-Masri HT, Emwas AHM, Al-Talla ZA, Alkordi MH
    Phosphorus, Sulfur, and Silicon and the Related Elements, 187(9):1082-1090., (2012)

Education Profile

  • Ph.D. Analytical Chemistry, Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC), 2008
  • M.Sc. Applied Chemistry, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Jordan, JUST, 2000
  • B.Sc. Industrial Chemistry, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Jordan, JUST, 1996

Professional Profile

  • ​2017 - Present: Lab Manager, Ali I. Al-Naimi Petroleum Engineering Research Center, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2009 - 2017: Research Scientist, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2008 - 2009: Analytical Teaching Lab Coordinator, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, USA
  • 1999 - 2002: Research Scientist, Applied Science University, ASU, Jordan

Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • American society for mass spectrometry, Member, Since 2009
  • American Chemical Society (ACS), Since 2005

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​Ali I. Al-Naimi Petroleum Engineering Research Center (ANPERC)
  • Analytical Chemistry Core Lab (ACL)