Abdullah Al Balushi joined Dr. Nejati’s group in November of 2016 as an Undergraduate Research Assistant. He’s interested in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science solutions to the challenges at the energy-water nexus. He’s currently collaborating with Mahdi Mohammadi Ghaleni on a solar based desalination project.
Abdullah is from Oman. He obtained a scholarship from the government of Oman to study chemical engineering in the United States. After receiving his Bachelors degree in chemical engineering, Abdullah decided to pursue a Masters degree under the supervision of Dr. Nejati. Abdullah is currently studying membrane distillation. He’s investigating ways to fabricate flat-sheet and hollow fiber membranes to enhance the performance of membrane distillation. He is studying the thermodynamics and of solar-assisted membrane distillations systems. Since membrane distillation utilizes low grade heat, it can be conveniently integrated into waste heat and solar-thermal systems. His interest in this research grows from the fact that the geographical location of Oman is well suited for solar integrated desalination, and the scarcity of water resources in the region dictates for desalination to be the main method of freshwater production to meet the populations demand for freshwater.
Outside the lab, Abdullah likes to exercise and workout. He used to be a junior tennis player for the national team of Oman. More recently, he’s been going to CrossFit. He likes hiking, camping, cycling, fishing, and other outdoor activities.