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Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr. Jamal Touitou

School of Physics
Trinity College Dublin


Jamal Touitou was born and raised in France. He obtained both his Batchelor's degree in Chemistry at the University Joseph Fourier (Grenoble, France) and Master in Chemical Engineering at the University Pierre and Marie Curie (Paris, France). During his Master's degree he completed two internships, the first at the Technical University of Berlin (Germany) on homogenous catalysis with Prof. Reinhard Schomäcker and the second at the Energy Research Centre of the Netherland on heterogeneous catalysis with Dr. Johannis Pieterse.

Jamal commenced his PhD studies in the field of chemical engineering at Queens University Belfast (UK) under the supervision of Prof. Alexandre Goguet and Prof. Christopher Hardacre. His research project focused on the development of a novel in-situ spatially resolved technique to probe the behaviour of heterogeneous catalysts within a packed bed reactor. After earning his PhD in 2015, Jamal joined Prof. Lachezar Petrov at the SABIC chair of Catalysis at King Abdulaziz University (Saudi Arabia) working on production of hydrogen and oxidation of volatile organic compound.

In December 2016 Jamal joined Trinity College Dublin as a post-doctoral researcher in the group of Prof. Stephen Dooley. At Trinity College Dublin, Jamal's work is mostly focused on the reaction kinetics of solid biomass combustion.

Research Interests

Heterogeneous catalysis, reaction kinetics, reaction engineering, in-situ/spatial analysis

Research Skills

Catalyst preparation/testing, reactor design, Analysis/characterisation (CG, FTIR, MS, TGA, TPR-D, XRD, XPS), modelling (Matlab, Chemkin, Cantera)

About Jamal

In his spare time Jamal plays football, enjoys hiking and travelling.