Principal Investigator

Sheima J. Khatib, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor



(806) 834-1590


Texas Tech University
Department of Chemical Engineering
Box 43121
Lubbock, TX 79409−3121


  • Research Associate, Department of Chemical Engineering, Virginia Tech, (2010-2014)
  • Postdoctoral, Institute of Chemical Physics "Rocasolano", Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), (2008-2010)
  • Ph. D., Chemistry, Institute of Catalysis and Petrochemistry/Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, (2007)
  • M. S., Chemical Engineering, Universidad de Málaga, (2002)
  • B. S., Chemical Engineering, Universidad de Málaga, (2001)
Curriculum Vitae
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Graduate Students

Mustafizur Rahman

Ph.D. Candidate

My research is focused on the aromatization of methane to produce benzene. I study the reaction mechanism and the deactivation pathways of the catalysts. My goal is to develop a catalyst for methane aromatization reaction that will have high methane conversion, high benzene yield, longer catalytic lifetime and all other attributes of an industrial catalyst.

Apoorva Sridhar

Ph.D. Candidate

Undergraduate Students

Tate Harvey

B.S. Chemical Engineering

George Haleem Ashraf

B.S. Chemical Engineering

James Tata

B.S. Chemical Engineering

I recently graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering, and will be continuing at TTU on the Chemical Engineering Ph.D. track. I am a Summer research intern at Brookhaven National Laboratory studying water-gas shift catalysts. In my free time, I thoroughly enjoy rock climbing and being outdoors.

Ravisha Jayamaha

B.S. Chemical Engineering

Eva Osoro

B.S. Chemical Engineering

Peter Watkins

B.S. Chemical Engineering

Leah Harper

B.S. Chemical Engineering

During the Summer of 2017, I worked with Dr. Khatib at Brookhaven National Laboratory as a part of the Visiting Faculty Program of the DOE. Beginning in Fall 2017, I will pursue a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering. My research interests include nanolithography and patterning techniques with the application of improving manufacturability of semiconductor devices.


Teja Adepu

M.S. Chemical Engineering

Farah Jacob

M.S. Chemical Engineering

Visiting Students

Mattheus Henrique Pires

B.S. Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering undergraduate from Fluminense Federal University (Brazil) with interest in heterogeneous catalysis. Coauthor of the article “Selective hydrogenolysis of glycerol over Ir-Ni bimetallic catalysts” approved by Catalysis Today. Participated in the Texas Tech Summer Research Program workin gunder Dr. Khatib's supervision.

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