Research Interests

​Synthesis of new systems of Nanoparticles for applications in heterogeneous catalysis in the field of energy.

Selected Publications

  • Water Transfer of Hydrophobic Nanoparticles: Principles and Methods
    Branca, M.; Ibrahim, M.;* Ciuculescu, D.; Philippot, K.; Amiens, C
    Springer International Publishing: 2016, p 1-26, (2016)
  • Rh nanoparticles with NiOx surface decoration for selective hydrogenolysis of CO bond over arene hydrogenation
    Ibrahim, M.;* Zhang, J.;* Collière, V.; Asakura, H.; Tanaka, T.; Teramura, K.; Philippot, ...
    Journal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical , (2016)
  • Polymer versus phosphine stabilized Rh nanoparticles as components of supported catalysts: implication in the hydro...
    Ibrahim, M.; Garcia, M. A. S.; Vono, L. L. R.; Lecante, P.; Rossi, L. M.; Philippot, K.
    Catal. Sci. Tech. 2016, Dalton Trans., 2016,45, 17782, (2016)
  • Chemoselective Hydrogenation of Levulinic acid, Benzoic acid and its Derivatives over Rh nanoparticles Supported on...
    Ibrahim, M.; Poreddy, R.; Philippot, K.; Riisager, A.; Garcia-Suarez, E
    Dalton Trans., 2016,45, 19368. , (2016)
  • Study of the influence of PPh 3 used as capping ligand or as reaction modifier for hydroformylation reaction involv...
    Garcia, M. A. S.; Ibrahim, M.; Costa, C. S.; Lecante, P.; Korio, P.; Philippot, K.; Rossi,...
    Appl. Catal., A 2017, just accepted, (2017)

Education Profile

  • Ph.D., Nanoparticles, Organometallic and Coordination Chemistry, University of Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France, 2016.
  • M.Sc., Green Chemistry, Organometallics and Catalysis, University of Rennes, France, 2012.
  • B.Sc., Chemistry, Lebanese University, Beirut, Lebanon, 2010.


  • 2015 Merlion project award, National University of Singapore.
  • 2014 Merlion project mobility, National University of Singapore.
  • 2013 CAPES-COFECUP mobility scholarship University of Sao Paulo, Brasil.
  • 2012 MESR financement for the Phd program at the University of Paul Sabatier- Toulouse.
  • 2011 Internationl student Scholarship award, by Foundation Rennes 1. Rennes, France.
  • 2010 Best Student Poster, International Conference on materiel sciences CSM7. Beirut, Lebanon.

KAUST Affiliations

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