Dr. Mohammad Alnaief
Associate Professor
OFFICE: Building M, M-420
PHONE: +962 6 4294444 Ext. 4416

Scopus: https://www.scopus.com/authid/detail.uri?authorId=36157818000

ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4714-9334

Dr. Alnaief is working currently as an Operation and Commissioning Manager of the Entrepreneurial Uranium Extraction Plant at Jordanian Uranium Mining Company (JUMCO), Jordan. In addition, he is affiliated with the German Jordanian University as an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical and Chemical Engineering. Currently, his research focused on uranium hydrometallurgy processes, plant operational modes, feasibility studies, and all related optimization and management processes. Moreover, he is working on producing and tailoring nanoporous materials (aerogel) to be used as a smart drug delivery vehicle. Tailoring and improving the mechanical properties of different hybrid aerogels/nanofibers is another field of research interest where he tests the use of hybrid aerogels in renewable energy applications, catalyst applications, and water purification systems.

Educational Background

PhD in Chemical Engineering, Hamburg University of Technology, Germany, 2011.
MSc in Chemical and Bio-Engineering, Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany, 2006
BSc. in Chemical Engineering, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan, 2004
Research Interests

❖ Uranium Extraction and purification from their ore deposits.

❖ IX and liquid extraction system for Uranium concentration.

❖ Supercritical fluid technologies and their applications in the production of nanostructured materials for life science, environmental and catalytical applications.

❖ Supercritical CO2 Extraction of essential oils.

❖ Production of hybrid aerogel-based composites.

❖ Renewable energy: concentrated solar energy, biofuel upgrading, biodiesel, and biogas technology.




Selected Publications

2023 Zayed Al-Hamamre, Arwa Sandouqa, Basel Al-Saida, Reyad A. Shawabkeh, Mohammad Alnaief,,"Biodiesel production from waste cooking oil using heterogeneous KNO3/Oil shale ash catalyst",Biodiesel production from waste cooking oil using heterogeneous KNO3/Oil shale ash catalyst, Renewable Energy, 211, 2023, 470-483,,2023 [View]
2021 Ibrahem Altarawneh, Mohammad Alnaief, Balsam Mohammad, Muafag Tarawneh,"Comparative study on the effect of the absorber geometry, rim angle and operational modes on the distribution of the heat flux over the absorber’s surface",Solar Energy ( Elsevier),225. 905-917,2021 [View]
2020 Ibrahem Altarawneh, Mohammad Batiha, Saleh Rawadieh, Mohammad Alnaief, Muafag Tarawneh,"Solar desalination under concentrated solar flux and reduced pressure conditions",Solar Energy,Volume 206, 2020, Pages 983-996, ISSN 0038-092,2020 [View]
2019 Mohammad Alnaief, Balsam Mohammad, M Aljarrahb, R. M. Obaidat,"Preparation and Preliminary Characterization of Hybrid Alginate – Carrageenan Aerogel: Effect of Gelation Methods",Jordan Journal of Physics,12 (1): 79-86. ,2019 [View]
2012 Hentzschel, CM, Alnaief, M, Smirnova, I, Sakmann, A, & Leopold, CS,"Enhancement of griseofulvin release from liquisolid compacts",European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics,80(1):130-135,2012
2012 Hentzschel, CM, Alnaief, M," Tableting properties of silica aerogel and other silicates",Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy,38(4):462-467,2012
2012 Wörmeyer, K , Alnaief, M, & Smirnova, I,"Amino functionalised Silica-Aerogels for CO2-adsorption at low partial pressure",Adsorption,18(3-4):163-171,2012
2012 García-González ,CA, Camino-Rey, MC, Alnaief, M, Zetzl, C, & Smirnova, I,"Supercritical drying of aerogels using CO 2: Effect of extraction time on the end material textural properties",Journal of Supercritical Fluids,66:297-306,2012
2012 García-González, CA, Uy,JJ, Alnaief, M, & Smirnova, I,"Preparation of tailor-made starch-based aerogel microspheres by the emulsion-gelation method",Carbohydrate Polymers,88(4):1378-1386,2012
2011 Alnaief, M,"Process Development for Production of Aerogels with Controlled Morphology as Potential Drug Carrier Systems",Hamburg: Hamburg University of Technology,2011
2011 Alnaief, M, Alzaitoun, MA, García-González, CA, & Smirnova, I,"Preparation of biodegradable nanoporous microspherical aerogel based on alginate",Carbohydrate Polymers,84(3):1011-1018,2011
2011 García-González, CA, Alnaief, M, & Smirnova, I,"Polysaccharide-based aerogels - Promising biodegradable carriers for drug delivery systems",Carbohydrate Polymers,86(4):1425-1438,2011
2011 Alnaief, M , & Smirnova, I,"Insitu production of spherical aerogel microparticles",The Journal of Supercritical Fluids,55(3):1118-1123,2011
2010 Alnaief, M, & Smirnova, I,"Effect of surface functionalization of silica aerogel on their adsorptive and release properties",Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids,356(33-34):1644-1649,2010