Muneeb Khurshid

PhD Student

PhD Student


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Research Interests

My research interests include fundamental combustion experiments using plug flow and perfectly stirred reactors coupled with analytical methods based on molecular beam TOF mass spectrometry, laser spectrometry and GC/LC methods. Date generated from such experiments is to be used to study combustion reaction pathways/models and their validation using numerical techniques. Modeling of combustion chemistry includes quantum chemistry based kinetic rate calculations and development of comprehensive mechanisms.

Selected Publications

  1. M. Khurshid, M.A. Al-Daous, H. Hattori, S.S. Al-Khattaf, Effects of hydrogen on heptanes isomerisation over zirconium oxide modified with tungsten oxide and platinum. Applied Catalysis A: General, 2009, doi:10.1016/j.apcata.2009.04.020.

  2. M. Khurshid, S.S. Al-Khattaf, n-Heptane isomerisation over Pt/WO3-ZrO2: A kinetic study. Applied Catalysis A: General, 2009 doi:10.1016/j.apcata.2009.08.005.

  3. B.R. Jermy, M. Khurshid, M.A. Al-Daous, H. Hattori, S.S. Al-Khattaf, Optimizing preparative conditions for tungstated zirconia modified with platinum as catalyst for heptanes isomerisation. Catalysis Today, 2011, doi:10.1016/j.cattod.2010.10.022.


  • Ph.D., Chemical and Biological Engineering, KAUST, KSA, 2012-date
  • M.S., Chemical Engineering, KFUPM, KSA, 2006-2009
  • B.S., Industrial Chemistry, KFUPM, KSA, 2002-2006

Professional Profile

  • Muneeb is PhD student in Chemical and Biological Engineering department at KAUST. He joined the program in August 2012.
  • Muneeb was previously employed at Procter and Gamble – Dammam Plant for the past three years. During his employment period, he assumed multiple roles including Process Control Manager for Dry laundry making unit and Project Start up manager for hair care making unit.
  • Muneeb received his MS degree in Chemical engineering at KFUPM. During his thesis, he worked on a joint research project between KFUPM and Japan Cooperation Center, Petroleum (JCCP) entitled “Clean fuels using solid acid/base catalysts”. The work has been published in three Journal papers and a patent.

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • Saudi Arabian International Chemical Sciences – Chapter of the American Chemical Society (SAICSC- ACS)

KAUST Affiliations

  • Chemical and Biological Engineering (KAUST), Clean Combustion Research Center (KAUST)

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