Faleh Zafer F Alqahtany
Date of Birth: 19th January 1986
Address: University of Bisha
College of Science & Arts
Tathlith, Saudi Arabia
Jan.'16 Head of chemistry department
Aug. ’16 to May. ’16: work in a short project with King Fahad University of Petroleum &Minerals (KFUPM) in Center of Research Excellence in Nanotechnology (CENT) department.
May. ’16 to present: A lecturer in Bisha University
Jan. ’11 to Nov. ‘15: University of Hull, United Kingdom
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)in the Chemistry Department.
Major: Nanoparticle /Liquid Crystal Nanocomposites for Metamaterials
The design, synthesis and investigation of organic/inorganic hybrids with soft self-assembly properties for the field of optical metamaterials.
The main objective of the PhD project:
Contributing to existing research collaborations with researchers in the UK and across the EU on the design of novel composite materials by self-organization leading to metamaterials that expands the existing range of electromagnetic properties, with potential new applications of interest for the optics, photonics, electronics, and sensing industries. Self organization of composite materials is a unique approach that overcomes limitations of conventional planar fabrication technology. The underlying self organization principle is universal and can be adapted to magnetic materials as for instance ruthenium. It offers for the first time organization of artificial atoms in artificial crystals and in liquid crystalline phases.
This PhD project will involve the synthesis of such nano composites involving up-to-date organic and organometallic methodologies, as well as their analysis and characterization using a range of analytical instruments, such as nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), UV/vis spectroscopy, optical polarizing microscopy (OPM) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The project will involve training in X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM).
Sep. ’9 to Sep. ’10: University of Hull, United Kingdom
Masters of Science (MSc) in the Chemistry Department.
Courses completed:Topics in nanotechnology; Advanced topics in
Nanotechnology; Advanced inorganic chemistry; Hot topics in Material
Chemistry; Advanced forensic science and toxicology; MSc literature project.
Research experience:Carrying out comprehensive experiments to study the Baylis-Hillman reaction between an aldehyde and anα,β-unsaturated carbonyl compound in the presence of a tertiary amine. This involves using GC, NMR and other instrumentation.
March’08 to Sept.’09: Studio School of English, Cambridge University
Courses completed: listening comprehension (A); Reading comprehension (A);
Speaking (A); Writing (A); Overall assessment (A).
Sept. ’04 to Sept.’07:Umm Al-Qura University, Saudi Arabia
Bachelors of Science (BSc) in theCollege of Applied Sciences with GBA ( very good 2.90/4 ).
Surface chemistry (77); Nuclear Chemistry (100); Chemistry of
Solid State (100); Spectroscopic Organic Chemistry (90); Advanced Organic
Chemistry (95);Selected Topics in Analytical Chemistry (95); Electrochemistry (100).
Experience & Skills
Excellent practical and synthetic chemistry skills.
Experience with collection and interpretation of analytical data, including NMR (1H, 13C, 11B, COSY, HSQC, DEPT), IR, UV/Vis, mass spectrometry, CD spectroscopy, polarimetry and liquid crystal analytical techniques (polarising microscopy, DSC).
Confident and efficient in purification and crystallization techniques, including column chromatography and preparative TLC.
Proficient computing skills, including extensive experience with Microsoft Windows, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
Good knowledge and application of chemical database systems (SciFinder, Reaxys).
Considerable teaching experience, including demonstrating BSc students.
Conference Presentations & Workshops
• British Liquid Crystal Society Winter Workshop, Hull, UK, January 2012
• Attended numerous conferences from 2011-2012, British Liquid Crystal Society annual conferences, Nottingham 2011 and Strathclyde 2012.
• Mass Spectrometry Summer School inEPSRC National Mass Spectrometry Service Centre2012.
• Departmental poster presentation, May 2012.
• Saudi scientific international conference, poster and paper evaluator, Oct 2012.
• 12th European Conference on Liquid Crystals, ECLC-2013, Greece.
• Departmental oral presentation, August 2013.
• Saudi scientific international conference, poster presentation, 2014.
• • British Liquid Crystal Society conference in Durham, UK,oral presentations, April, 2014.
Sept.’07 to Feb. ’08: AlAmoudi Company, Saudi Arabia
Worked as a full-time quality checker for making Tropicana orange juice and other different kinds of drinks like Pepsi.
Other social activities:
Communication skills training
Chemical Safety training courses
Languages spoken: English and Arabic
I have a keen interest in most sports, particularly football, including the organization of the School of Chemistry departmental football. I also enjoy socializing, modern history and movies.
Dr Michael Hird, Prof. George H Mehl(PhD Supervisor)
Chemistry Department, University of Hull,Chemistry Department, University of Hull,Cottingham Road, Cottingham Road,
Hull. HU6 7RXHull. HU6 7RX