Dr. El-Zahab is an expert in the area of nanomaterials for energy applications. He obtained his B.S. from Middle East Technical University in Turkey and his Ph.D. from the University of Akron, both in chemical engineering.
His doctoral work focused on nanomaterials for applications in biofuel synthesis and carbon dioxide utilization. In his postdoctoral research at Louisiana State University he developed new fluorescent, magnetic, and other functional nanomaterials composed of ionic liquids. In his postdoctoral research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dr. El-Zahab worked on the development of electrolytes and polymeric separator membranes for secondary lithium-ion batteries.
He was also part of a team developing a new rechargeable lithium-ion semi-solid flow battery that utilizes liquid lithium suspension “fuel” aimed at applications in automotive. Dr. El-Zahab has published 26 research journal articles, 2 review journal articles, and has 3 pending patents. He brings in expertise in nanofabrications, ionic liquids, and energy storage to build a vibrant research group centered on the development of advanced materials addressing energy problems.