Research Interests

My research interests are the synthesis and characterization of novel materials that will combine advantages of both molecular and heterogeneous catalysts for energy purposes such as carbon dioxide reduction reaction in order to produce valuable by-products (carbon monoxide, methane, methanol…)

Selected Publications

  • Structural, microstructural and vibrational analyses of the monoclinic tungstate BiLuWO6
    H. Ait Ahsaine, A. Taoufyq, L. Patout, M. Ezahri, A. Benlhachemi, F. Guinneton, J.-R. Gava...
    Journal of Solid State Chemistry 218, 124130, (2014)
  • Novel synthesis, characterization and optical properties of Lu2O3 deposited by electrochemical method
    H. Ait Ahsaine • L. Atourki • M. Ezahri • K. Bouabid • A. Ihlal • S. Villain • A. Benlhach...
    Materials letters, 160, 415-418, (2014)
  • Rietveld refinements, Impedance spectroscopy and phase transition of the polycrystalline ZnMoO4 ceramics
    H. Ait ahsaine • M. Zbair • M. Ezahri • A. Benlhachemi • M. Arab •B. Bakiz • F. Guinneton ...
    Ceramics international, 41, 15193-15201, (2015)
  • Structural, vibrational study and UV photoluminescence properties of the system Bi(2-x)Lu(x)WO6 (0.1≤x≤1)
    H. Ait ahsaine, M. Ezahri, A. Benlhachemi, B. Bakiz, S. Villain. J-C, Valmalette, F. Guinn...
    RSC ADVANCES, 5, 96242 96252, (2015)
  • Novel Lu-doped Bi2WO6 nanosheets: Synthesis, growth mechanisms and enhanced photocatalytic activity under UV-Light ...
    H. Ait ahsaine • M. Ezahri • A. Benlhachemi •B. Bakiz • S. Villain, F. Guinneton • J-R. Ga...
    Ceramics International, 42, 8552-8558, (2016)
  • Lutetium doping effects on the structural and X-ray luminescence properties of the tungstate Zn1-xLuxWO4
    H. Ait ahsaine , M. Zbair • M. Ezahri • A. Benlhachemi •B. Bakiz • F. Guinneton • J-R.
    Research on chemical intermediates, 43, 885, (2017)
  • Electronic band structure and visible-light photocatalytic activity of Bi 2 WO 6: elucidating the effect of lutetiu...
    H. Ait Ahsaine, A. El jaouhari, A. Slassi, M. Ezahri, A. Benlhachemi, B. Bakiz, F. Guinnet...
    RSC Advances, 6, 101105-101114, (2016)

Education Profile

  • B. Sc.,  Physics, Ibn Zohr University, Agadir, MoroccoM. Sc.,
  • Materials science, Ibn Zohr University, Agadir, Morocco
  • Ph.D., Materials science, Codirected thesis between Ibn Zohr University Morocco and  Toulon University France.

Professional Profile

  • 2012-2016 : PhD student, Ibn Zohr University, Agadir, Morocco
  • 2017- now : Postdoctoral fellow, KCC, KAUST

Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • Member of the French association of crystallography


  • ​CNRS-CNRST (2014-2015) Scholarship: Collaboration between LME laboratory (Agadir/Morocco) and IM2NP   (Toulon/France).
  • ARCUS-CERES scholarship mobility.
  • Best oral communication in the international conference of water recycling and water recovery, Fez, 28-29 October 2015.

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​​KAUST Catalysis Center (KCC)
  • Division Of Physical Science and Engineering (PSE)​