Dr. Khalid Al-Ali received his BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the United Arab Emirates University, Al-Ain, UAE, in 2006. Following that, he worked for three years as a site integrity engineer for oil and gas company ADMA-OPCO, in Abu-Dhabi, UAE. He got hands-on experience through in-service inspection, ensuring that equipment remained safe to operate within defined operating boundaries and issuing the certificates through the control of risk reduction estimated from equipment failures. After this work experience, Dr. Al-Ali joined the Masdar Institute Fellowship Program to obtain his MSc and PhD degrees in Chemical Engineering from the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan, in 2011 and 2014, respectively. Dr. Al-Ali joined Masdar Institute, in the late of 2014 and is currently an assistant professor in the department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering.
At Masdar Institute, Dr. Al-Ali’s current research focuses on solar fuel production which is based on thermochemical processes for synthesis gas / hydrogen production. During his PhD program, he involved in the study of solar assisted methane reforming in a direct contact bubble reactor, and solar biomass gasification. In 2015, Dr. Al-Ali was the main instructor for two foundation courses at Masdar Institute, namely, Quantitative Chemical Engineering and Probability and Statistics.
Currently, Dr. Al-Ali is a visiting scholar in the Green Group at MIT. He joined the group in January 2016, and is involved in a collaborative research project with Prof. Green on the topic of Solar Thermochemical decomposition of Hydrogen Sulfide. The concept is to use the plentiful solar energy available in Abu Dhabi to convert toxic H2S (produced in large quantity in Abu Dhabi as a waste product of oil refining, and also from gas sweeting process) into valuable hydrogen (H2), with many environmental and practical advantages.