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Bilal El-Zahab

Bilal El-Zahab


  • Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, University of Akron, Ohio
  • B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Middle East Technical University, Turkey

Areas of Expertise

  • Nanomaterials as electrodes for battery applications
  • Ionic liquids as electrolytes for lithium battery applications
  • Electrochemical catalysis in lithium-air and lithium-sulfur batteries
  • Acoustic templating of conductive particles
  • Acoustic separations in and microfluidic of emulsions, vesicles, and cells 
Professional Affiliations

  • Res. Assoc. Professor, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Florida International University, Fall 19-Present
  • Board of Directors, FIU Research Foundation, Fall 19-Present
  • Asst. Professor, Dept. of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Florida International University, Fall 12-Spring 19
  • Postdoctoral Associate, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Fall 10-Spring 12

Selected Publications

  1. Meer Safa, Ebenezer Adelowo, Amir Chamaani, Neha Chawla, Amin Rabiei Baboukani, Marcus Herndon, Chunlei Wang, Bilal El‐Zahab. Poly (Ionic Liquid)‐Based Composite Gel Electrolyte for Lithium Batteries. ChemElectroChem 6 (13), 2019, 3319-3326.
  2. N Chawla, A Chamaani, M Safa, M Herndon, B El-Zahab. Mechanism of Ionic Impedance Growth for Palladium-Containing CNT Electrodes in Lithium-Oxygen Battery Electrodes and its Contribution to Battery Failure. Batteries 5 (1), 2019, 15.
  3. A Chamaani, M Safa, N Chawla, M Herndon, B El-Zahab. Stabilizing effect of ion complex formation in lithium–oxygen battery electrolytes. Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry 815, 2018, 143-150.
  4. M Safa, Y Hao, A Chamaani, E Adelowo, N Chawla, C Wang, B El-Zahab. Capacity fading mechanism in lithium-sulfur battery using poly (ionic liquid) gel electrolyte. Electrochimica Acta 258, 2017, 1284-1292.
  5. A Chamaani, M Safa, N Chawla, B El-Zahab. Composite gel polymer electrolyte for improved cyclability in lithium–oxygen batteries. ACS applied materials & interfaces 9 (39), 2017, 33819-33826

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