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About me​

 

Hello! I'm Safiya Khalil, an Emirati researcher with a deep-rooted passion for nanoscience, the frontier that unveils an incredible world beyond what the human eye can see. My fascination with the field is not just scientific; it's akin to an art form, given the intricate details and phenomena that become meaningful only at the microscopic scale.
I recently completed my PhD in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Rice University in August 2023. Prior to that, I received my Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Khalifa University in June 2019.
 
As a chemical engineer specializing in materials science, my research agenda is committed to solving contemporary challenges within the water and energy sectors through the development of multifunctional materials. My doctoral research is centered on a newly emerging class of porous polymeric materials known as Covalent Organic Frameworks (COFs). I delve into the nuances of nucleation and growth of COFs, with an aim to optimize high-throughput production and processing routes for these highly functional materials. My work doesn't stop at synthesis; I rigorously evaluate their efficacy in a range of applications, including ion transport, separation processes, and photocatalysis. My research adds a new layer to the existing knowledge base, paving the way for practical applications that could revolutionize our approach to water purification, energy storage, and beyond.
 
Feel free to reach out with any questions about my research. I'm always eager to discuss my work and explore new collaborative opportunities.
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