Sulaiman Al-Zuhair

Sulaiman Al-Zuhair is a Professor of Chemical Engineering at UAE University and currently holds the position of Head of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Department. Before that, he held the positions of Director of Project Management Unit and Coordinator of the Postgraduate Program. Prof. Al-Zuhair has been in charge of enhancing the ranking of the University from 2017-2020, during which, the university ranking witnessed significant improvement in both QS and THE rankings.
Prof. Al-Zuhair’s research resulted in the publication of 81 journals papers indexed in Scopus, and his current Scopus h-index is 28. He also has three patents under his name and published a book and three book chapters. As a Principal Investigator, Prof. Al-Zuhair was able to secure research funds of over AED 3 million dirhams, and over AED 20 million as a Co-Investigator. He is the recipient of the Dubai Award for Sustainable Transport (Best Academic Research) and the UAEU Research Excellence Award in 2019, College of Engineering Excellence Overall Performance in 2017 and 2019, and Excellence Research Award in 2016 and 2020. Prof. Al-Zuhair delivered several keynote speeches at local and international conferences. He is on the Editorial Boards in a number of journals, and had held positions in the scientific and organizing committees of several international conferences.

Most research interests for a scientist

  • Enzymatic reactions
  • Biofuels production (Biodiesel from microalgae and bioethanol from lignocelluloses)
  • Extraction of valuable products from Microalgae
  • Wastewater treatment


  • Biochemical Engineering