Youssef Saih, Ph.D.

Research Support

Staff Engineer - Reactors

Research Interests

  • Heterogeneous catalysis, with a particular interest for processes related to green and sustainable energy.
  • Surface chemistry and surface characterization spectroscopy.
  • Study of catalytic processes using in-situ and operando spectroscopy.

Selected Publications

  • Beyond Creation of Mesoporosity: The Advantages of Polymer-Based Dual-Function Templates for Fabricating Hierarchic... 
    Q.W. Tian, Z.H. Liu, Y.H. Zhu, X.L. Dong, Y. Saih, J.M. Basset, M. Sun, W. Xu, L.K. Zhu, D...
    Volume 26, Issue 12, 1881-1891, (2016)
  • Highly integrated CO2 capture and conversion: direct synthesis of cyclic carbonates from industrial flue gas 
    Barthel, Y. Saih, M. Gimenez, J. D. A. Pelletier, F. E. Kühn, V. D'Elia, J.-M. Basset
    Green Chemistry, (2016)
  • Organosilane with Gemini-Type Structure as the Mesoporogen for the Synthesis of the Hierarchical Porous ZSM-5 Zeoli... 
    H. Zhu, E. Abou-Hamad, Y. Chen, Y. Saih, W. Liu, A. K. Samal and J-M Basset
    Langmuir, 2016, 32 (8), 2085-2092, (2016)
  • Synergetic effects leading to coke–resistant nico bimetallic catalysts for dry reforming of methane 
    L. Li, D.H. Anjum, H. Zhu, Y. Saih, P.V. Laveille, L. D'Souza, and J.-M Basset 
    Chem.Cat.Chem, volume 7, issue 3, 427-433, (2015)
  • VOx/SiO2 Catalyst Prepared by Grafting VOCl3 on Silica for Oxidative Dehydrogenation of Propane 
    H. Zhu, S. Ould-Chikh, H. Dong, I. Llorens, Y. Saih, D.H. Anjum, J.-L. Hazemann, J.-M. Bas...
    ChemCatChem, 7 (20), pp. 3332-3339, (2015)
  • Ni-Ta-O mixed oxides for the low temperature oxidative dehydrogenation of ethane to ethylene 
    H. Zhu, S. Ould-Chikh, H. Dong, I. Llorens, Y. Saih, D. Anjum, J-L. H. Hazemann, J-M. Bass...
    Journal of Catalysis, 329, 3332-3339,, (2015)
  • Low Temperature activation of methane over Zinc-exchanged heteropolyacid as an entry to its selective activation of... 
    P. Umesh, Y. Saih, E. Abou-Hamad, A. Hamieh, J. D. A. Pelletier,J-M. Basset
    Chemical Communications, 50 (82), 12348-12351,, (2014)
  • Steam reforming of Ethanol over Co3O4-Fe2O3 mixed oxides 
    A. Abdelkader, H. Daly; Y. Saih, K. Morgan, M. A. Mohamed, S. A. Halawy, C. Hardacre
    International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 38 (20), 8263-8275,, (2013)


  • Ph.D., Chemistry, Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan, 2001 – 2005.
  • D.E.A., Université HASSAN II, Casablanca, Morocco, 1995 – 1996.
  • B.Sc., Chemistry, Université HASSAN II, Casablanca, Morocco, 1995.

Professional Profile

  • Research Engineer, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology Catalysis Centre, KSA, From 2010 to present.
  • Postdoctoral, Queen's University of Belfast, Belfast, UK, 2006 - 2010.

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​KAUST Catalysis Centre (KCC)

  • Division of Physical Science and Engineering (PSE)

Research Interests Keywords

Heterogeneous catalysis surface science sustainable green energy