Dr. Dalal Alezi

Research Area
MOFs for Energy Storage & Gas Separation
PH.D.
Chemistry
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)
Fellowship date
September 1, 2022
MIT AFFILLIATION
Chemistry
MIT ADVISOR
Mircea Dinca

Biography:

Dr. Dalal Alezi is an assistant professor of Chemistry at King Abdulaziz University (KAU). She completed her master's degree at KAU, and earned her Ph.D. at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). Alezi's PhD research focused on the design and synthesis of novel metal-organic materials and exploration of their properties in a wide range of applications, including gas separation and storage, catalysis and drug delivery.

She was awarded the Physical Science and Engineering (PSE) Division Student Award in 2016 and was selected as one of the 45 finalists for the Reaxys PhD prize, which recognizes young chemists for their innovative work, from a pool of 450 excellent candidates. In 2017, she was chosen to join the 67th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, a high honor where outstanding graduate students from around the world were able to network with selected Nobel Laureates. She was also featured in Nature as an agent of change in Saudi Arabia, Nature 2017, 549, S70.

MIT Fellowship Research Abstract:

Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) are considered to be the most promising class of porous materials that are positioned to address many enduring societal challenges pertaining to energy and environmental sustainability. This is due to the potential ability to mutually control their porous system structure, composition, and functionality. My research focuses on using MOFs for energy storage and gas separation. The objective is to find a solution for one of the most serious problems facing our planet, the availability of freshwater, using characteristic performance MOFs rather than other adsorptive porous materials. We aim to explore and synthesize new stable MOFs utilized in water absorption related applications such as water capture and humidity control.

Honors/Awards:

  • Advanced Membrane and Porous Materials Center (AMPM)/KAUST Outstanding Research Poster Award (Student Category), 2015                                     
  • Inaugural recipient of the Physical Science and Engineering (PSE) Division Student Award Featuring outstanding Ph.D. candidates, 2016
  • Reaxys® PhD Prize Finalist, September 2016.
  • Invited to attend the 67th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau, Germany as a Young Scientist. (June 25 to 30, 2017).
  • Featured on Nature as an agent of change in Saudi Arabia, Nature 2017, 549, S70.