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 Nanoporous catalysts for hydrocarbon conversion

Objective of this research:​

Nanoporous catalysts have been developed to contribute valorization of oil and gas to value-added chemicals and fuels:

  • Development of efficient Nano-porous zeolite catalysts for methanol-to-propylene
  • Development of Nano-sized and hierarchical catalysts for naphtha-to-propylene
  • Development of robust catalysts for CO2 reforming of methane.

Group Members:

  • Dr. Oki Muraza
  • Dr. Zain Yamani
  • Dr. Mohammad Ali Ehsan
  • Dr. Abuzar Khan.
  • Mr. Mohammed Sanhoob
  • Mr. Mohamed Hassan Ahmed
  • Mr. Idris Bakare
  • Mr. Anas Jamil
  • Mr. Galal Nasser
  • Mr. AbdulRashid Bawa
  • Mr. Hassan Saleh

Research facilities:

  1. Microwave Synthesis Labstation
  2. Micro/Mini-Fixed bed reactor
  3. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR)
  4. Centrifuge 15000 rpm
  5. Autoclave Mini-reactor
  6. Surface Area & Porosity Analyzer
  7. Automatic Pelletizer


  1. Hokkaido University
  2. The University of Tokyo

On-going project:


  1. "Novel Zeolite catalysts for selective conversion of methanol to Olefins" funded by SABIC  
  2. " Nanostructured Zeolites" funded by Saudi Aramco


Latest publications in 2018:

  1. Microwave-assisted synthesis of MTT-TON intergrowth crystals for the catalytic conversion of naphtha to olefins SA Lateef, IA Bakare, O Muraza Microporous and Mesoporous Materials 260, 253-259.
  2. Hydrothermally stable acid-modified ZSM-22 zeolite for selective propylene production via steam-assisted catalytic cracking of n-hexane AK Jamil, O Muraza, MH Ahmed, A Zainalabdeen, K Muramoto, Microporous and Mesoporous Materials 260, 30-39
  3. Isomerization of n-butane over cost-effective mordenite catalysts fabricated via recrystallization of natural zeolites T Kurniawan, O Muraza, IA Bakare, MA Sanhoob, AM Al-Amer Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research
  4. Zirconia-Based Nanocatalysts in Heavy Oil Upgrading: A Mini review A Masudi, O Muraza Energy & Fuels
  5. Fluidizable NiO-Fe 2 O 3/SiO 2-γAl 2 O 3 for tar (toluene) conversion in biomass gasification MA Adnan, S Adamu, O Muraza, MM Hossain Process Safety and Environmental Protection
  6. Dimethyl ether-to-olefins over aluminum rich ZSM-5: The role of Ca and La as modifiers IA Bakare, O Muraza, MA Sanhoob, K Miyake, Y Hirota, ZH Yamani,  Fuel 211, 18-26
  7. Hydrothermal liquefaction of algae and bio-oil upgrading into liquid fuels: Role of heterogeneous catalysts A Galadima, O Muraza Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 81, 1037-1048