Samir H. Mushrif, PhD, PEng.

Professor, Faculty of Engineering - Chemical and Materials Engineering Dept


Professor, Faculty of Engineering - Chemical and Materials Engineering Dept
(780) 492-4872
12-372 Donadeo Innovation Centre For Engineering
9211-116 St
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5


Area of Study / Keywords

computational catalysis molecular modeling reaction engineering biomass conversion CO2 reduction hydrogen production condensed phase chemistry


Dr. Samir H Mushrif is a Professor in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Alberta (U of A). Before joining U of A, he was a faculty in the School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. He obtained his PhD in Chemical Engineering from McGill University and did his postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Delaware, USA. He was the recipient of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships. He is an Editorial Board Member of ChemistrySelect, Journal of ChemPubSoc Europe and Wiley-VCH and a Senior Member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE, USA). His recent awards/recognitions include the Discovery International Award 2017 by the Australian Research Council and the NANYANG EDUCATION AWARD 2016 (Singapore). 


Fundamental understanding of the catalyst structure, reaction mechanisms/kinetics and physicochemical interactions amongst the catalyst, solvent and reaction components is crucial to develop novel reactor systems for renewable and sustainable energy and to produce chemicals and fuels from unconventional resources in an environment friendly and benign manner. Based on this broad theme, the two main research areas in my group are:

  • Design and development of novel catalysts, solvents and reactor systems for the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass and bio-waste to fuels and chemicals.
  • Investigating novel transition metal, metal oxide and metalloid doped catalysts for the conversion of methane and CO2 and for the production of hydrogen..

We implement an integrated simulation and experimental approach, so as to have an effective bottom–up method of novel catalysts and reaction systems design. Modeling and simulations are performed in my group and experimental inputs are sought from collaborators. The simulation methods developed and implemented in our research rest on the solid foundation of first-principles and are in synergy with experiments; thus allowing us to make accurate predictions.


  • Chemical Reaction Engineering (CHE345)
  • Separation Processes (CHE316)
  • Molecular modeling (CME694)


CH E 345 - Chemical Reactor Analysis I

Kinetics of chemical reactions and design of ideal chemical reactors. Prerequisites: CME 265, CH E 343 and 374. Credit may not be obtained in this course if previous credit has been obtained for CH E 434.

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