Dr. Norah Al Haqbani

Assistant Professor
Chemistry Department, Science College
King Saud University
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

MIT Department/Faculty Supervisor(s): 

Chemistry Department, Christopher C. Cummins

Fellowship Dates: 

09/01/2014 to 08/31/2015

Sponsors: 

Saudi Aramco

Biography: 

Norah Al Haqbani is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Science College of King Saud University where she has been a faculty member since 2005. She has a PhD (King Saud University, 2010) in inorganic chemistry (Radiopharmaceuticals) with collaboration with King Fasial Hospital research center in Riyadh. She was works with radioactive materials since 2002 of many radionuclides (9mTc, 68/76Ga, 188Re, 153Sm,64Cu, etc.). She collaborates with Ruhr University of Bochum in Germany.

Dr. Al Haqbani teaches different courses in general chemistry and in inorganic chemistry (101 chem, 222 chem, 423 chem, 425 chem) at KSU and supervises Master and Ph.D students who work in Nano in Medicine and Coordination Chemistry.  Her goal is to expand the frontiers of science by interactive learning and teaching coupled with continuous research.  She has some peer-reviewed publications, works as Principal Investigator on several research projects in National Plane funded by KACST. 

Research Plan: 

The Cummins group has recently developed unconventional metaphosphate chemistry in organic media. One particularly interesting molecule is the tetrametaphosphate anhydride, through which diverse esters of tetrametaphosphate monoacids could be synthesized. In my particular research plan, I will focus on the synthesis and characterization of unconventional rhenium and technetium complexes bearing biomolecules functionalized tetrametaphosphate ligands, and test their activities in radiopharmaceutical applications. Different types of alcohols bearing bioactive functional groups will be examined in the synthesis of the esters of teteramtephosphate ligands.