Nissrine El Hassan

Faculty of Engineering
Chemical Engineering

Dr. Nissrine El Hassan graduated in 2004 with a Master’s degree in Catalysis Applied to Conversion of Hydrocarbons from Sorbonne University, France in collaboration with the French Institute of Petroleum (IFP). She received her PhD in Chemical Process Engineering from Sorbonne University in 2008. Dr. El Hassans PhD  related works included: Methane activation by NO2 on cobalt based catalysts dispersed on mesoporous silica type SBA-15, a thesis funded by the French ministry of research and aiming to reduce NOx emissions from stationary sources. 

During her PhD, Dr. El Hassan was the PhD candidates representative in the Doctoral School of Chemical Engineering (Sorbonne University) from 2005-2007 and was elected PhD candidates representative in Sorbonne University, France from 2005-2007. After her PhD, she joined the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA, France) for a post-doc, research engineer position in the framework of the New Sodium Fast Nuclear Reactor Project, EUROTRANS European project. In her Post-doc, she worked on the Study of corrosion mechanism of T91 (Fe-9Cr) steel in Pb-Bi alloy containing low oxygen concentration. 

Dr. El Hassan joined the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Balamand in 2009 where she worked with the chairperson, Dr. Henri El Zakhem, on the design of the BS and MS chemical engineering curricula, courses and education labs. In addition, she established a pioneering catalysis research laboratory for catalysts preparation, characterisations and gas phase catalytic testing. Between 2015-2018, Dr. El Hassan worked on the Erasmus+ Capacity building project entitled: Gas and Oil Processing a European Lebanese Cooperation (GOPELC). This project, with a total budget of  €563,656, was conducted in partnership with higher education institutions from Europe: Universitatea Petrol Si Gaze Ploiesti (Romania), Kungliga Tekniska Hoegskolan (Sweden), Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines de Saint-Etienne (France), and Universities from Lebanon. 

As a part of this project, many students and faculty members undertook research in Oil and Gas companies and universities in Europe. Between 2016-2019, Dr. El Hassan worked on a multidisciplinary research project for valorisation of municipal solid waste into energy (SOL-CARE, Solar Catalytic Reforming: a hybrid process to transform solid waste into energy), a project funded by the EranetMed-European Commissions Seventh Framework Programme (EU FP7). The consortium consisted of Sorbonne University and CNRS (France), University Of Balamand, Lebanese University, industrial group INDEVCO (Lebanon), ICB (Zaragoza, Spain) IST (Lisbon, Portugal), POLITO (Torino, Italy). The consortium created a multidisciplinary team that yielded 12 peer-reviewed journal papers so far. In addition to permanent members, Post-docs, MS and PhD students were working in collaboration between the institutions. 

Dr. El Hassan has been an active consultant for the Civil Service Council in Lebanon since 2017, as a member of the jury (4 times) for recruitment of petroleum and petrochemical engineers for the Lebanese Ministry of Energy and Resources. At the University, Dr. El Hassan served as a member of the UOB Research council from 2011-2018. At the FOE level, she served in the Engineering Projects and theses committee from 2009-2016. In addition, she worked as ABET coordinator in the Chemical Engineering Department for the accreditation process in 2018. In the University Of Balamand, Dr. El Hassan is currently the representative of the Faculty of Engineering in the University Research Board and chairs the Faculty of Engineering Research Committee since April 2019. In the Department of Chemical Engineering, Dr. El Hassan is chairing the External Advisory Board Committee and is a member of several other committees. Dr. El Hassan is an active reviewer for leading peer-reviewed journals (more than 10 invitation per year): ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, Applied Catalysis A: General, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, Catalysis Today, Chemical Engineering Journal, etc.

Dr. El Hassan started working on nanomaterials for heterogeneous catalysis in 2004 at Sorbonne University where she applied this technology for environmental applications: CO oxidation at low temperature and deNOx from stationary sources. 

In 2009, Dr. El Hassan worked on nanomaterials for other environmental applications: oxidation of carbon black and propene in collaboration with the Department of Chemistry. In 2010, Dr. El Hassan initiated a catalysis Lab at the Department of Chemical Engineering, a first of its kind in Lebanon and currently equipped with high-pressure catalytic reactors, physico-chemical characterization techniques: XRD, N2 physisorption and chemisorption in addition to equipment for catalysts preparation. 

Dr El Hassan’s work focuses on the design of innovative nanomaterials that can have outstanding catalytic performance for reforming biomass and natural gas (since renewables alone will not keep up with growing global energy demand). Successful strategies enabled her to design stable catalysts for three applications: dry reforming of methane, combined steam and dry reforming of methane, and reforming of solid waste pyrolysis products into syngas, a mixture of hydrogen and carbon monoxide. 

Dr El Hassan has forged national collaborations with the Lebanese University, INDEVCO and Pharmaline as well as international collaborations with prestigious institutions in France, Spain, Italy and Portugal. The pioneering work of Dr. El Hassan in collaboration with Sorbonne University attracted several internal and international funds: UOB internal grants, LIRA, AUF Masters and PhD scholarships, Sorbonne University PhD scholarship, CEDRE program, Centre for Innovation and Technology innovation voucher, and Eranet-Med fund EU FP7. 

Dr El Hassan published her work in top-ranked journals in the fields of Chemical Engineering and Catalysis.

PhD Supervision 
(UOB-Sorbonne University): 
- Marie-Nour Kaydouh (2016) 
- Karam Jabbour (2016) 
- Leila Karam (2019) 

Co-supervision (Lebanese University-Sorbonne University and UOB):
- Oscar Daoura (2019)

Research Interests Include:
- Waste to energy processes
- Nanomaterials and Heterogeneous Catalysis 
- Alternative Biofuels and Hydrogen Production 
- Pollution Remediation.

  1. CHEN212: Chemical Engineering I 
  2. CHEN215: Materials Science and Engineering 
  3. CHEN312: Mass Transfer 
  4. CHEN325: Chemical Reactions and Reactor Design 
  5. CHEN336: Separation Processes 
  6. CHEN391: Senior Design I 
  7. CHEN392: Senior Design II 
  8. CHEN412: Industrial Catalytic Processes 
  9. CHEN478: Corrosion in Chemical Processes 
  10. GENG390: BS project 
  11. GENG450: Advanced Engineering Analysis and Research Methods 
  12. GENG590: Master project 
  13. GENG599: Master Thesis 
  14. GENG899: PhD Dissertation 
  15. CHEM203: Basic Chemistry Lab 
  16. MECH222: Science of Materials 
  17. MECH212: Instrumentation and Experimentation I 
  1. New routes of preparation of active and stable mesoporous Ni-alumina based catalysts for methane dry reforming and CO2 methanation, Leila Karam, PhD 2019, University of Balamand - Sorbonne University 
  2. Synthesis, characterization and catalytic performances of mesoporous calcium oxide supported nickel in methane reforming reaction, MS Thesis 2019, Ola Samrout, University of Balamand - Sorbonne University 
  3. Promotional Effect of Ni Species on Ordered Mesoporous “One-Pot” Fe–Al2O3 Catalysts in Methane Biogas Reforming, MS project 2018, Ali Saad and Lena Inati, University of Balamand 
  4. Combined and dry reforming of methane on new Ni0/diatoms and mesoporous Ni0/alumina catalysts, Karam Jabbour, PhD 2016, University of Balamand - Sorbonne University 
  5. Confinement effect of Nickel in mesoporous silica-based catalysts for syngas production by reforming of methane with CO2, Marie-Nour Kaydouh, PhD 2016, University of Balamand - Sorbonne University

  1. Second place award in LIRA 14, 2018, category: Materials and Nanotechnology Nanomaterials for Oil and Gas processing: manufacturing by chemical routes A. Saad, L. Inaty, A. Davidson, P. Massiani, H. Hamie, N. Hoteit, K. Jabbour, N. El Hassan 
  2. Third place award in LIRA 14, 2018, category: Chemical and Pharmaceutical Industries Physico-chemical characterization of Antihyperglycemic drugs J. Saliba, N. El Hassan, C. Karam, S. Kyriacos 
  3. Two awards: Most distinguished supervisor award and first place awards in LIRA 13, 2017, category: Chemical and Pharmaceutical industries Valorization of methane by reforming: design of promising mesoporous catalysts C.Harika, B. Hajj-Hussein, N. El Hassan 
  4. Two awards : Most distinguished supervisor award and first place awards in LIRA 12, 2016, category: materials and nanotechnology Reforming kinetics over highly dispersed nickel nanoparticles supported on mesoporous silica prepared by a facile method L. Karam, N. El Hassan - Award for PhD category, LIRA 11, 2014 Bireforming of biomass for methanol production on nickel and natural silica based catalysts K. Jabbour, N. El Hassan, A. Davidson, P. Massiani