Abdullah Al Balushi
M.S. student, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
B.S., Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2017
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 challenges in the energy-water nexus. He’s collaborating with Mahdi Mohammadi Ghaleni in 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 researching ways to fabricate novel flat-sheet and hollow fiber membranes to enhance the performance of Membrane Distillation. He is studying the thermodynamics and the performance 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 Oman relies on desalination to obtain water and the fact that Oman has an abundant amount of solar radiation annually.
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, and other outdoor activities.