Anissa Bendjeriou-Sedjerari, Ph.D.

Research Support

R&D Portfolio Manager

Research Interests

​Development and characterizations (FT-IR, Solid State NMR spectroscopy, DNP SENS, Elemental analysis, ICP, EFTEM…) of efficient heterogeneous catalysts through the “Catalysis By Design” approach including sol-gel chemistry and surface organometallic chemistry. These topics are of industrial significance since they allows to solve the current energy/environment issues (CH/CC activation/cleavage, CO2 activation…)

Selected Publications

  • A well-defined mesoporous amine silica surface via a selective treatment of SBA-15 with ammonia 
    A. Bendjeriou-Sedjerari, J.D.A. Pelletier, E. Abou-hamad, L.n Emsley, J.-M. Basset
    Chem. Commun., 48, pp. 3067-3069, (2012)
  • CO2 activation through silylimido and silylamido zirconium hydrides supported on N-donor chelating SBA15 surface li... 
    F.A. Pasha, A.S. Bendjeriou, E.A. Hamad, K.W. Huang, J.M. Basset
    Chem. Commun., 52, 2577-2580, (2016)
  • Bipodal surface organometallic complexes with surface n-donor ligands and application to the catalytic cleavage of ... 
    A. Bendjeriou-Sedjerari, J.M. Azzi, E. Abou-Hamad, D.H. Anjum, F.A. Pasha, K.-W. Huang, L....
    J. Am. Chem. Soc., 135, 17943-17951, (2013)


  • ​Ph. D., Materials Chemistry, University of Science and Technologies II, Montpellier, France, 2006
  • M. Sc., Bio-molecular chemistry, University of Science and Technologies II, Montpellier, France, 2002

Professional Profile

  • ​2013- : Research Scientist, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2010-2013: Postdoctoral follow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2007-2010: Research Scientist, CNRS, Ecole Normale Superieure of Lyon (ENS-Lyon) and Institute of Catalysis and Environment of Lyon (IRCE), France
  • 2006-2007: Postdoctoral follow, CNRS, Ecole Normale Superieure of Lyon (ENS-Lyon), France and California Institute of Catalysis (CALTECH), Pasadena, USA


  • ​Competitive Research Grants Program Round 2 (CRG 2 Awards)

KAUST Affiliations

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

Research Interests Keywords

Sol-gel chemistry mesoporous materials surface organometallic chemistry N-donors surface ligands ammoniation process atomic organization of acid-base bifunctional catalysts Solid State NMR spectroscopy DNP SENS TEM