Dr. Fatimah Adhaim

Research Area
Advanced Materials For Energy-Efficient Separations
Chemical Engineering
Fellowship date
February 1, 2020
Chemistry Science
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)
Zach Smith


Dr. Fatima Adhaim was born in Saudi Arabia. She began her academic career in chemistry at the Imam Abdurrahman Bin Faisal University, where she studied organic and inorganic chemistry. After graduation, Fatima worked as a senior laboratory scientist in the Research and Development Center (R&DC) of Saudi Aramco. In this work, Dr. Adhiam led different research activities in oil and gas fields, which supported upstream and downstream operations. She focused on utilizing the advanced properties of the XRD and WDXRF instruments to be used in multi-function applications. She also worked on the synthesis and characterization of refractory materials using Saudi Aramco by-products. 

In 2017, Dr. Adhaim obtained her Ph.D. degree in Chemistry Science from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). During her research, she worked on the Synthesis and Characterization of Quaternary Metal Chalcogenide Aerogels for Gas Separation and Volatile Hydrocarbon Adsorption. 

In 2020, Fatima joined the Smith Lab at MIT as a post-doctoral researcher and IBK fellow. Her research interests included the development and characterization of zeolitic imidazolate frameworks (ZIFs) for gas separation. 

MIT Fellowship Research Abstract: 

Dr. Adhaim's Fellowship research focused on the synthesis and characterization of Zeolitic imidazolate frameworks (ZIFs) for gas separation. ZIF-based membranes are highly appealing for use in gas purification and separation at an industrial scale. Her research helped develop a simple and straightforward method to rapidly form ZIF-8 with branched architectures at ambient conditions. 

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