Isa Al Aslani

Ph.D. Students

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interests

​I am interested to develop and apply my knowledge of chemical engineering to create novel processes for catalytic cracking of crude oil. The ultimate goal is to convert most of the oil barrel into the basic building blocks used in the chemical industry such as ethylene, propylene, butenes, benzene, toluene and xylenes while minimizing the capital cost of the plant.

Selected Publications

  • Nonphysical Behavior in Several Statistical Mechanically Based Equations of State 
    N. Alsaifi, M. Alkhater, H. Binous, I. Al Aslani, Y. Alsunni, Z. Wang
    Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 58, 13821395, (2019)
  • A priori determination of the region of the three physical volume root loci in the Perturbed-Chain SAFT EOS 
    N. Alsaifi, I. Al Aslani, H. Binous, Z. Wang
    Fluid Phase Equilibria, 434, 152-166, (2017)
  • Hydrodynamics and mass transfer of CO2 in water in a tubular photobioreactor 
    S. Razzak, I. Al‐Aslani, M. Hossain
    Engineering in Life Sciences, 16, 355-363, (2016)


  • M.Sc., Chemical Engineering, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, 2015
  • B.Sc., Chemical Engineering, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, 2012

Professional Profile

  • ​2019-2020: Process Engineer (seconded), Saudi Aramco Total Refining and Petrochemical complex, Jubail, Saudi Arabia

  • 2016-present: Research Engineer, Saudi Aramco Research and Development Center, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

  • 2012-2016: Graduate Assistant/Lecturer, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • ​Saudi Council of Engineers (SCE)


  • ​Second prize in graduate poster competition, Fifth Saudi students' scientific conference, 2014.

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​KAUST Catalysis Centre (KCC)

  • Division of Physical Science and Engineering (PSE)

Research Interests Keywords

​Fluid catalytic Cracking Crude Oil Hydrodynamics reactor design Equations of state