Center of Excellence for Aeronautics and Astronautics
Dr. Raja Alotaibi graduated from King Saud University (BSc) in general chemistry in 2000, and then went on to obtain an MSc in catalysis from the University of Liverpool in 2005. He obtained his PhD in heterogeneous catalysis from the Cardiff University in 2010 working in the field of heterogeneous catalysis for alkane oxidation. Dr. Alotaibi became an Assistant Research Professor in the Petrochemical Research Institute at KACST and was recently appointed to Associate Professor with the Materials Institute in 2016. His research interests are primarily centered on heterogeneous catalysis and, particularly, the explanation of structure-activity relationships in oxidation reactions catalyzed by metal oxide catalysts. Development of new catalysts for selective oxidation reactions, focusing on utilization of short-chain alkanes, aromatics and bio-renewables. Improved methodologies for preparing catalysts and characterization of catalysts using a broad range of analytical techniques and in situ methods. He has published several journal and conference papers.