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Imen Ben salem

Country of origin: United Arab Emirates Currently in: United Arab Emirates, Abu dhabi General field of specialization: Engineering sciences
Academic Background


2012 Doctorate Engineering sciences
Research and Profession

Current Research Activities


My research interests cover multidisciplinary areas such as carbon capture and sequestration, technology development for clean energy and environmental protection, computational fluid dynamics, optical and spectroscopic diagnostics, and Enhanced Oil Recovery. My current research at Zayed University aims to provide a cost-effective, energy-efficient, environmentally friendly, and innovative mineralization technology to enhance carbon capture by incorporating agricultural waste-derived biochar and exploring its best applications for maximizing carbon negative benefits. I am also investigating the transport of CO2 into saline aquifers to determine the amount of CO2 to be injected and stored underground. Furthermore, I am working on the development of new materials and novel device architectures to continue the trend of improving semiconductor device efficiency without impacting the cost, with the goal of using solar energy as a renewable energy source. I am committed to advancing our understanding of these subjects and to finding ways to apply this knowledge for the betterment of society, particularly in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals set by the UN for 2030.

Publications resulting from Research: 

Imen Ben Salem Maisa El Gamal, Manish Sharma, Fares M Howari, Yousef Nazzal, Cijo Xavier, and
Fareeda M Almenhali .."Characterization of biochar produced from Al Ghaf Tree for CO 2 Capture
Energy Reports 8 525 532 2022
Salem, I B Nazzal, Y Howari, F M Sharma, M Mogaraju, J K Xavier, C M 2022 Geospatial
assessment of the groundwater quality with the distinctive portrayal of heavy metals using
Geostatistics over Liwa basin, United Arab Emirates Water, 14 6 879
Salem, I B Sharma, M Kumaresan P R Karthi A Howari F M Nazzal Y Xavier, C M 2022
An investigation on Morphological and Mineralogical Characters of Posidonius Floor Fractured Lunar
Impact Crater Using Lunar Remote Sensing data Remote Sensing, 14 4 814
Sajid, S Alzahmi S Salem, I B Obaidat, I M 2022 Perovskite Surface Confined Grain Growth
for High Performance Perovskite Solar Cells Nanomaterials, 12 19 3352
Sajid, S Alzahmi S Salem, I B Obaidat, I M 2022 Guidelines for Fabricating Highly Efficient
Perovskite Solar Cells with Cu 2 O as the Hole Transport Material Nanomaterials, 12 19 3315
Howari F M Sharma, M Nazzal Y El Keblawy A Mir, S Xavier, C M Salem, I B Al Taani A A
and Alaydaroos F 2022 Invasion Rate of Prosopis juliflora and impact on evapotranspiration and
groundwater in the Northern part of United Arab Emirates Plants, 11 5 682
Salem, I B El Gamal, M Sharma, M Hameedi S Howari, F M 2021 Utilization of the UAE date
palm leaf biochar in carbon dioxide capture and sequestration processes Journal of Environmental
Management, 299 113644
Salem, I B Saleh, M B Iqbal, J El Gamal, M Hameed, S 2021 Date palm waste pyrolysis into
biochar for carbon dioxide adsorption Energy Reports, 7 152 159

Current profession

Current professional activities type: 
Higher Education Study
I am an Assistant Professor at the College of Natural and Health Sciences, Zayed University in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. I have been working on multidisciplinary projects to reach out to multidisciplinary leaders to meet, exchange experiences, collaborate, build a common understanding, and put out the concern and solutions related to the environment and climate change. 1. Im a team Member to fabricate Space and Environment chamber in the Hyperspectral laboratory, Zayed University. (First one in UAE, very few in the world). 2. Team Member to fabricate Spectro goniometer in the Hyperspectral laboratory, Zayed University. Our main focus is to get information on the physical and mineralogical configuration of the surface of planetary bodies, like hyperspectral satellitel camera doing at different angles concerning the sun. (First one in UAE)

Prizes, Grants and Awards

Other Awards

Jan 2021
Research award
Based on my research at the university, I have been selected and awarded an excellence research award from Zayed university.
May 2022
Research Grant Award
As a researcher and Assistant Professor, I have demonstrated strong leadership in addressing environmental issues in the Middle East and Mediterranean region. My interdisciplinary research focuses on developing cost-effective, energy-efficient, environmentally friendly, and innovative mineralization technology to enhance carbon capture by incorporating agricultural waste-derived biochar. I received a research grant award in several carbon footprints projects with United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) and led diverse projects with a team, and published projects in Scopus-indexed journals, and international conference.

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