Mr . Ahmad Tabish

Mr . Ahmad Tabish

Research student

Career Summary


I am a young and dynamic materials researcher, innovator and chemical engineer in the field of energy, oil/gas and nanotechnology with experience of over 6 years of academia, research and industry in India, UAE and Australia.

I am the Youngest Scientific Researcher felicitated with Australian Prime Minister's Distinguished Global Talent - 2020; awarded by Department of Home Affairs, Australian Government.

I am presently working as a Materials Researcher at The Global Innovation Centre for Advanced Nanomaterials (GICAN), University of Newcastle, Australia.

GICAN is driven to be a creative, diverse and responsible world leader in transformational materials science and engineering. The Centre is dedicated to developing groundbreaking technologies and providing solutions to critical global issues through interdisciplinary collaboration and engagement with national and international academic and industry partners.

I have been associated with prestigious organizations globally like University of Queensland of Australia, University of Newcastle of Australia, Aligarh Muslim University of India, Khalifa University and Petroleum Institute of UAE, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company of UAE, Global Innovative Centre for Advanced Nanomaterials of Australia, Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

I have also published an article related to new energy materials in the field of reducing Co2 emissions in international reputed journal:
This review focuses on recent advances and future prospects in the design and performance of perovskites for CO2 conversion, particularly emphasizing on the structure of the catalysts, defect engineering and interface tuning at the nanoscale, and conversion technologies and rational approaches for enhancing CO2 transformation to value-added chemicals and chemical feedstocks.

The pay in academia 

Earlier I was working as a Researcher at Petroleum Institute Research Center of Khalifa University of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi, UAE in the field of corrosion coatings based on polymers for oil/gas industry.

I was also involved in research at Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) at Abu Dhabi, UAE. My Research work includes synthesis of self-healing anti corrosion coatings based on nano-materials.

I also pursued Masters of Science (MSc) in Chemical Engineering from Petroleum Institute.

I am very devoted towards my work with a passion to achieve newer heights. I am quite hard working with an aim to fulfill my short goals on a daily basis.

I have a Research experience at The University of Queensland, Australia in 2013 where I worked on various Research Projects which included safety in coal mining industries, expanding RISKGATE analysis to Oil and Gas industries. 
I was recognized early in my career by The University of Queensland, Australia in 2013 for “Dedication and Excellence in Research” for my research work supported by Australian Coal Association Research Program investigating the coal mining fatalities in Australian mines by the Pro Vice Chancellor of UQ, Dr Jessica Gallagher. During my stay at Australia, I was able to publish a research article in conference proceeding on a very important subject of Australian economy – fatalities and accidents in coal mines,:

I was also felicitated by The Ambassador of Poland in Abu Dhabi, UAE since I was  the first alumnus from the Petroleum Institute of  Khalifa university to be awarded a fellowship by the Polish Academy of Sciences to at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IPC PAS), in Warsaw, Poland in chemical sciences funded by the National Science Centre of Poland.

I was in the Indian Delegation at the Power Shift Summit 2013 held at Melbourne, Australia; one of the largest Climate Change Summit in the history of Australia.

I was also invited by Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Kolkata, India as a young Researcher in 2013. I also worked as an intern at Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL), Panipat Refinery in RFCC unit.

I was also invited by The Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi, UAE to work as a Visiting Research Assistant in Gas Sweetening Process in August, 2014. And I worked in Institute's Takreer Research Centre on the Project.

I was in the Indian Delegation to Bali, Indonesia at the International Student Energy Summit (ISES) 2015 held in June.


  • Advanced material characterization
  • Mesoporous Materials
  • Nanoporous material synthesis and application
  • Nanotechnology
  • carbon capture
  • catalysis
  • corrosion
  • fine chemical synthesis
  • self healing coatings


  • English (Fluent)
  • Hindi (Fluent)
  • Urdu (Mother)
  • Arabic (Working)
  • German (Working)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
401807 Nanomaterials 40
401899 Nanotechnology not elsewhere classified 30
340601 Catalysis and mechanisms of reactions 30

Professional Experience

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/1/2019 - 31/12/2019 Research Engineer

VISION Be the world’s most recognized Center of Excellence on technological innovations for Abu Dhabi’s hydrocarbon resources. MISSION Develop and deploy sustainably Technological Innovations for ADNOC Group of Companies enabling highest recovery from hydrocarbons reservoirs and assets, while fostering the Emirati-strong R&D Workforce. VALUES Along with the expected corporate values such as equality, integrity, responsibility, respect, loyalty and honesty, ADNOC R&D follows simple rules based on lessons learned from previous industry experiences such as: . Commitment and passion. . Collaboration and sharing, to achieve together ADNOC R&D Goals and Objectives. . Relentlessly pursue integration, which is critical to connect the various and complex technological disciplines and innovations with people, organizations and processes. WHAT WE DO A. CHALLENGES IDENTIFICATION & CONSOLIDATION B. CALL FOR R&D PROPOSALS C. EVALUATION & SELECTION OF R&D PROPOSALS D. R&D PROJECT MANAGEMENT E. TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER AND DEPLOYMENT AREAS OF INTEREST (R&DROGRAMS) R&D SUB-SURFACE related technical programs . Advanced Geophysical Technologies in Carbonates . Reservoir Characterization and Modeling . Enhanced Oil and Gas Recovery . Reservoir Monitoring, Surveillance and Management . Drilling and Completion . Flow Assurance . Unconventional Resources R&D SURFACE related technical programs . Gas Processing . Facilities Integrity . Energy Efficiency and Environment . Process Control and Optimization

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC)
Research and Innovation Center
United Arab Emirates
5/1/2015 - 31/8/2017 Chemical Research Engineer

I was working on projects related to self-healing anti corrosion coatings in the Chemical Engineering Department. The project was funded by Gas Research center of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, UAE which is now a part of Khalifa University. 

 The newly-established Khalifa University of Science and Technology (KU) combines the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (MI), the Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research (KUSTAR) and the Petroleum Institute (PI) into one world-class, research-intensive institution, seamlessly integrating research and education to produce world leaders and critical thinkers in applied science and engineering. Khalifa University endeavors to be a leader among research intensive universities of the 21st century, while catalyzing the growth of Abu Dhabi and the UAE’s rapidly developing knowledge economy.

Khalifa University of Science and Technology has identified the following key strategic priorities:
  • World-Class Education: To prepare future leaders to an internationally recognized standard.
  • Influential Research: To produce world-class research with local relevance and international impact.
  • Catalyst for Economic Development: To enrich the national economy through innovation and research commercialization.

Khalifa University
Chemical Engineering
United Arab Emirates

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/9/2017 - 31/12/2018 Researcher

The chemical processes of catalysis and separation play a critical role in the petrochemical industry that is at the heart of the UAE’s economy, and are also important in the development and functions of membranes, reactors, materials, and renewable energy. The Center for Catalysis and Separation (CeCaS) is the UAE’s only research center focused on addressing the broad industrial challenges relating to these processes. The center provides a multiscale integrated approach to solve scientific and engineering problems that spans across scales and disciplines through its research themes. With its strong connections to industry and with international collaborators, the center aims to grow steadily, contributing to both, fundamental and applied research, serving the needs of KU and the region while also educating new generations.

Center for Catalysis and Separation (CeCaS)
United Arab Emirates



Year Award
2020 Australian Prime Minister's Distinguished Global Talent Award
School of Engineering, The University of Newcastle


Year Award
2014 Exemplary Performance Award from Vice Chancellor - ALIGARH UNIVERSITY, INDIA
Aligarh Muslim University

Research Award

Year Award
2020 Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, Education Endowment Fund (EEF) RESEARCH FUND
College of Engineering, Science and Environment, University of Newcastle

Grants and Funding


Number of grants 1
Total funding $45,000

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.

20211 grants / $45,000

Synthesis of 3-Dimensional mesoporous Silica based nanomaterial (SBA 1) for carbon capture, conversion and fine chemical synthesis$45,000

Leading the way for people in resources

The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) is the peak body and trusted voice for people working in the resources sector. 

AusIMM was founded in 1893 and operates under a Royal Charter and has a global community of members, branches and societies, along with influential partnerships with industry, government, education and the community.
The AusIMM represents more than 13 500 members drawn from all sections of the industry and supported by a network of branches and societies in Australasia and internationally.

The AusIMM Education Endowment Fund (EEF) provides funding to a variety of educational initiatives to attract and support those studying within the mining industry.
This research grant aims to conduct advance research to minimize the carbon emissions by adsorbing carbon dioxide which is released as a major waste from various mining sites using advanced nanotechnology developed at The Global Innovation Centre for Advanced Nanomaterials (GICAN) of University of Newcastle.  

Team of Prof Ajayan Vinu (Director - GICAN) and Ahmad Tabish along with leading scientists of GICAN are utilizing advanced silica based nanomaterials to capture the carbon dioxide at their center which is a major source of global warming and then enhancing the efforts to convert this captured carbon dioxide into useful fine chemicals by employing various innovative catalysis routes.

Another aim of the project is to utilize these advanced silica based nanomaterials for production of various fine chemicals for Australian industry using high pressure reactor pathway.

Funding body: The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM)

Funding body The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM)
Project Team

Professor Ajayan Vinu, Mr Ahmad Tabish

Scheme Education Endowment Fund
Role Lead
Funding Start 2021
Funding Finish 2023
Type Of Funding C3200 – Aust Not-for Profit
Category 3200

Research Projects

Surface-Engineered Self-Healing Anti-Corrosion Particle Coatings for Pipes and Storage Tanks 2015 - 2017


 Worked on the Research Project titled, “Surface-Engineered Self-Healing Anti-Corrosion Particle
Coatings for Pipes and Storage Tanks” sponsored by Gas Research Centre of Abu Dhabi. Study
evaluated the protection offered by coatings of commercially available porous materials against
the corrosion of mild steel in seawater, along with addition of different encapsulated nano
containers in the polymer matrix. Also synthesized self-healing organic coating formulations
based on Polylactide and incorporating Polypyrrole as an inhibiting agent.
Usage of laboratory equipment’s like Dip coater, Sonicator, Centrifuge,
Potentiostat for EIS analysis, UV Spectrometer, Analysis: FTIR, BET, XRD etc.

Project was a joint collaboration with Abu Dhabi National Oil Company of UAE.

Separation of Aerosol (oil/water) droplets from gas stream in a two phase flow 2015

Was working in the Takreer Research Centre (R&D Centre) on the project related to separation of Aerosol (oil/water) droplets from gas stream in a two phase flow. Studied the feasibility of using wiretube electrostatic separator on the removal of fine water and oil droplets from air stream based on corona discharge ionization process. The project had been jointly been sponsored by Petroleum Institute of UAE, University of Maryland (USA) and Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC). 

Comparative Analysis of Coal Fatalities in Australia, South Africa, India, China and USA, 2006-2010 2013


Worked on the research project titled, „RISKS IN OIL/GAS‟ and coal mining. The aim of the project was to analyze the risks involved in oil/gas industry so as to minimize the accidents in petroleum sector.  Focused on other projects also like Coal mining fatalities using RISKGATE terminology. Website: 

Coal mining (especially underground) is considered one of the most hazardous industries, and as a result considerable focus is applied to eliminating or mitigating hazards through careful mine planning, equipment selection and certification, and development of management systems and procedures. Regulatory agencies have developed in-house methods for reporting, classification and tracking of fatalities and other incidents according to the type of event, often including consideration of different hazard types. Unfortunately, direct comparison of mining safety statistics between countries is confounded by considerable differences in the way that individual countries classify specific fatalities or incidents. This project presented a comparative analysis of coal mining fatality data in Australia, South Africa, India, China and the United States from 2006 to 2010. Individual classification definitions are compared between the five countries, and methods presented to normalise each country’s hazard definitions and reporting regimes around the RISKGATE framework of seventeen different priority unwanted events (or topics).



Nanomaterials PhD student handpicked as global talent

August 10, 2020

A talented nanomaterials researcher, Ahmad Tabish, has been selected for a highly competitive Distinguished Talent VISA under the Government’s newly launched Global Talent Independent Program.