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Ola Habboub

Research Scientist

S3IP – Small Scale Systems Integration and Packaging


Ola Habboub received her bachelor’s degree in applied chemistry from Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) in 1998. She worked in polymeric and plastic yarn and threads industry for two years. Then she pursued further education at SUNY Binghamton, completing her master in materials engineering in 2009. She contributed with a research for synthesis of copolymer to produce a membrane for environmental application with professor O.Sadik as her adviser.

Her previous career experience has been mainly at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), where she worked as a research assistant at two central technical labs and centers, which are The Solar Center and Advanced Membranes and Porous Materials Center (AMPMC) under the supervision of professor Aram Amassian, Suzana Nunes, and Iain McCulloch from 2017 to 2021. During that period, she has gained experience dealing with variety of instruments including SEM, SEM-EDS, AFM, RAMAN scattering, FTIR, NMR Spectroscopy, UV-VIS Spectroscopy analysis, Photo-Elecrtonscopy in Air (PESA), DMA, DSC Calorimetry and Thermal Gravitational Analysis (TGA). Her area of research is concerned with investigating graphite and the intercalation compound, recycling the PET bottles for the preparation of polymeric filtration membrane, and the synthesis of diamine and polyamide polymers as potential in new highly resistant polymeric membranes.

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She has published the below technical papers:

  1. Pulido, B.A., Habboub, O.S., Aristizabal, S.L., Szekely, G. and Nunes, S.P., 2019. Recycled poly (ethylene terephthalate) for high temperature solvent resistant membranes. ACS Applied Polymer Materials, 1(9), pp.2379-2387.

  2. Aristizábal, S.L., Habboub, O.S., Pulido, B.A., Cetina-Mancilla, E., Olvera, L.I., Forster, M., Nunes, S.P., Scherf, U. and Zolotukhin, M.G., 2021. One-Step, Room Temperature Synthesis of Well-Defined, Organo-Soluble Multifunctional Aromatic Polyimides. Macromolecules, 54(23), pp.10870-10882.