Rami Oweini

Rami Oweini
Faculty: ScienceDepartment: ChemistryPosition: Assistant Professor of Inorganic ChemistryOffice Number: B114 (A2 building)Phone: +961 7 985 858Ext: 3316E-mail: roweini@bau.edu.lb

Biography

Dr. Rami Al-Oweini is an Assistant Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at Beirut Arab University (Beirut, Lebanon) since 2014. He graduated with a B.Sc. in Chemistry and Biology Minor in 2007, and with a M.Sc. in 2009 under the supervision of Prof. H. El-Rassy at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. He earned his Ph.D. in 2013, supported by a DAAD scholarship, under the supervision of Prof. U. Kortz at Jacobs University (Bremen, Germany). Then he was awarded an ITM-CNR Postdoctoral Fellowship to conduct his postdoctoral studies under the supervision of Prof. M.Bonchio at the University of Padova, Italy. His research interests are mainly focused on the synthesis and structural characterization of novel inorganic nano-materials and their use in water treatment, corrosion control, protein crystallization, biological and medicinal applications, as well as homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis.

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Teaching

Previous courses

Undergraduate Courses

    Inorganic Chemistry I - CHEM 202

    Environmental Chemistry - CHEM 207

    Spectroscopic Analysis - CHEM 301

    Inorganic Chemistry II - CHEM 307

    Research Topics - CHEM 401

    Analysis of Inorganic Compounds - CHEM 430

    Advanced Physical Chemistry Lab Course - 400262

    Advanced Inorganic Chemistry Lab Course – 400232

    Natural Science Inorganic Chemistry Lab Course - 400111

    General Chemistry I - Chem 101

    General Chemistry II - Chem 102

    Introductory Chemical Techniques - Chem 203

    Introductory Chemistry Laboratory - Chem 205

M.Sc. Courses

    Inorganic Reactions and Mechanisms - CHEM 660

Ph.D. Courses

    Advanced Organometallic Chemistry - CHEM 723
    
    Selected Topics in Inorganic Chemistry - CHEM 727

Spring 2015/2016

Research

Research Interests

The research activities of the Oweini Research Group at Beirut Arab University are mainly focused on the synthesis and complete structural characterization of novel inorganic nano-materials and their use in protein crystallization, biological and medicinal applications, as well as homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis.

Publications

Research Publications:

    1. Synthesis and Structure of Hexatungstochromate(III), [H3CrIIIW6O24]6-
       Liu, W.; Lin, Z.; Bassil, B. S.; Al-Oweini, R.; Kortz, U. Chimia 2015, 69, 537-540.
 
    2. Vanadium-based polyoxometalate as new material for sodium-ion battery anodes
       Hartung, S.; Bucher, N.; Chen, H.-Y.; Al-Oweini, R.; Sreejith, S.; Borah, P.; Zhao, Y.; Kortz, U.; Stimming, U.; Hoster, H. E.; Srinivasan, M. J. Power Sources 2015, 288, 270-277.
 
    3. A Novel SWCNT-Polyoxometalate Nanohybrid Material as Electrode for Electrochemical Supercapacitors
       Chen, H.-Y.; Al-Oweini, R.; Friedl, J.; Lee, C. Y.; Li, L.; Kortz, U.; Stimming, U.; Srinivasan, M. Nanoscale 2015, 7, 7934-7941.
 
    4. Two new members of the niobium-substituted polytungstophosphate family based on hexalacunary [H2P2W12O48]12− building blocks
       Zhang, D.; Zhang, C.; Ma, P.; Bassil, B. S.; Al-Oweini, R.; Kortz, U. ; Wang, J.; Niu, J. Inorg. Chem. Front. 2015, 2, 254-262.
 
    5. Hen Egg White Lysozyme Crystallisation: Protein Stacking and Structure Stability Enhanced by a Tellurium(VI)-Centered Polyoxotungstate
       Bijelic, A.; Molitor, C.; Mauracher, S. G.; Al-Oweini, R.; Kortz, U.; Rompel, A. ChemBioChem. 2015, 16, 233-241.
 
    6. Synthesis, Detailed Characterization and Theoretical Understanding of Mononuclear Chromium(III)-Containing Polyoxotungstates [CrIII(HXVW7O28)2]13- (X = P, As) with Exceptionally Large Magnetic Anisotropy
       Liu, W.; Christian, J. H.; Al-Oweini, R.; Bassil, B. S.; van Tol, J.; Atanasov, M.; Neese, F.; Dalal, N. S.; Kortz, U., Inorg. Chem. 2014, 53, 9274-9283.
 
    7. Photocatalytic Water Oxidation by a Mixed-Valent MnIII3MnIVO3 Oxo Core that Mimics the Natural Oxygen-Evolving Center
       Al-Oweini, R.; Sartorel, A.; Bassil, B. S.; Natali, M.; Berardi, S.; Scandola, F.; Kortz, U.; Bonchio, M., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 11182-11185.
 
    8. Electrochemical studies of tri-manganese substituted Keggin-ions
       Friedl, J.; Al-Oweini, R.; Herpich, M.; Keita, B.; Kortz, U.; Stimming, U., Electrochim. Acta 2014, 141, 357-366.
 
    9. Latent and active abPPO4 mushroom tyrosinases cocrystallized with hexatungstotellurate(VI) in a single crystal
       Mauracher, S. G.; Molitor, C.; Al-Oweini, R.; Kortz, U.; Rompel, A., Acta Cryst. 2014, D70, 2301-2315.
 
    10. Cytotoxicity and enzyme inhibition studies of polyoxometalates and their chitosan nanoassemblies
        Shah, H. S.; Al-Oweini, R.; Haider, A.; Kortz, U.; Iqbal, J., Toxicology Reports 2014, 1, 341-352.
 
    11. Synthesis and Characterization of Multinuclear Manganese-Containing Tungstosilicates
        Al-Oweini, R.; Bassil, B. S.; Friedl, J.; Kottisch, V.; Ibrahim, M.; Asano, M.; Keita, B.; Novitchi, G.; Lan, Y.; Powell, A.; Stimming, U.; Kortz, U. Inorg. Chem. 2014, 53, 5663-5673.
 
    12. Antidiabetic potentials of polyoxotungstates: invitro and invivo studies
        Ilyas, Z.; Shah, H. S.; Al-Oweini, R.; Kortz, U.; Iqbal, J., Metallomics 2014, 6, 1521-1526.
 
    13. Polyoxovanadate as Advanced Electrode Material for Supercapacitors
        Chen, H.-Y.; Wee, G.; Al-Oweini, R.; Friedl, J.; Tan, K. S.; Wang, Y.; Wong, C. L.; Kortz, U.; Stimming, U.; Srinivasan, M. ChemPhysChem 2014, 15, 2162-2169.
 
    14. Crystallization and preliminary X-ray crystallographic analysis of latent isoform PPO4 mushroom (Agaricus bisporus) tyrosinase
        Mauracher, S. G.; Molitor, C.; Al-Oweini, R.; Kortz, U.; Rompel, A. Acta Crystallogr. Sect. F: Struct. Biol. Commun. 2014, 70, 263-266.
 
    15. Multilayer films made from poly(allylamine) and phosphorous containing polyoxometalates: focus on the zeta potential
        Ball, V.; Ringwald, C.; Bour, J.; Michel, M.; Al-Oweini, R.; Kortz, U. J. Colloid Interface Sci. 2013, 409, 166-173.
 
    16. DENDRI-POM Hybrids Based on Keggin, Dawson, Preyssler and Venturello Polyanions and Their Catalytic Activity in Oxidation Reactions
        Jahier, C.; Mal, S. S.; Al-Oweini, R.; Kortz, U.; Nlate, S. Polyhedron 2013, 57, 57-63.
 
    17. Organoruthenium-containing Heteropoly-23-Tungstate Family [{Ru(L)}2(α-XW11O39)2WO2]m- (L = benzene, p-cymene; X = GeIV, SiIV, m = 10; BIII, m = 12)
        Nsouli, N. H.; Chubarova, E. V.; Al-Oweini, R.; Bassil, B. S.; Sadakane, M.; Kortz, U. Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2013, 1742-1747.
        (Invited article, "Dedicated to Michael T. Pope on the occasion of his 80th birthday" special issue).
 
    18. The Manganese(III)-Containing Tungstophosphate [MnIII3(H2O)5(A-α-PW9O34)2]9-
        Al-Oweini, R.; Bassil, B. S.; Palden, T.; Keita, B.; Lan, Y.; Powell, A. K.; Kortz, U. Polyhedron 2013, 52, 461-466.
        (Invited article, “100th Anniversary of the 1913 Nobel Prize in Chemistry to Alfred Werner: A Celebration” special issue).
 
    19. Diethyltin-Containing Tungstoarsenate(V), [{Sn(C2H5)2}3(H2O)4(A-α-AsVW9O34)]3-
        Piedra-Garza, L. F.; Barsukova-Stuckart, M.; Bassil, B. S.; Al-Oweini, R.; Kortz, U. Journal of Cluster Science 2012, 23, 939-951.

    20. Immobilized polyoxometalates onto mesoporous organically-modified silica aerogels as selective heterogeneous catalysts of anthracene oxidation
        Al-Oweini, R.; Aghyarian, S.; El-Rassy, H. Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology 2012, 61, 541-550.
 
    21. Planar {Mn19(OH)12}26+ Assembly Incorporated in 60-Tungsto-6-Silicate Polyanion
        Bassil, B. S.; Ibrahim, M.; Al-Oweini, R.; Asano, M.; Wang, Z.; van Tol, J.; Dalal, N. S.; Choi, K.-Y.; Ngo Biboum, R.; Keita, B.; Nadjo, L.; Kortz, U. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2011, 50, 5961-5964.
 
    22. Surface characterization by nitrogen adsorption of silica aerogels synthesized from various Si(OR)4 and R"Si(OR')3 precursors
        Al-Oweini, R.; El-Rassy, H. Applied Surface Science 2010, 257, 276-281.
 
    23. Synthesis and characterization by FTIR spectroscopy of silica aerogels prepared using several Si(OR)4 and R′′Si(OR′)3 precursors
        Al-Oweini, R.; El-Rassy, H. Journal of Molecular Structure 2009, 919, 140-145.

Academic Publications

    Synthesis and Characterization of Multinuclear Manganese-Containing Polyoxotungstates for Homogeneous Water-Oxidation Catalysis
    Al-Oweini, R. Ph.D. Thesis, JUB, Germany 2013.
 
    Polyoxometalates Immobilized onto Mesoporous Organically-Modified Silica Aerogels for Selective Oxidation Catalysis of Anthracene
    Al-Oweini, R. M.Sc. Thesis, AUB, Lebanon 2009.

Conferences

Poster Contributions

    1. Al-Oweini, R.; Sartorel, A.; Bassil, B. S.; Kortz, U.; Bonchio, M. Photo-induced Water-Oxidation by Mn-Substituted Polyoxometalates. 1st CARISMA Meeting - Catalytic Routines for Small Molecule Activation, August 31st - September 4th 2014. Istanbul, Turkey
 
    2. Al-Oweini, R.; Sartorel, A.; Bassil, B. S.; Kortz, U.; Bonchio, M. Photo-induced Water-Oxidation by Mn-Substituted Polyoxometalates. 1st CARISMA Meeting - Catalytic Routines for Small Molecule Activation, May 5th-7th, 2014. Venice, Italy
 
    3. Friedl, J.; Al-Oweini, R.; Chen, H.-Y.; Herpich, M.; Kortz, U.; Stimming, U. Electrochemistry of tri-Mn Substituted Keggin Ions. 15th Topical Meeting of the International Society of Electrochemistry, Apr 27th-30th, 2014. Niagara Falls, Canada
 
    4. Chen, H.-Y.; Friedl, J.; Al-Oweini, R.; Kortz, U.; Srinivasan, M.; Stimming, U. Polyoxometalates as Electrode Materials for Molecular Cluster Batteries. 15th Topical Meeting of the International Society of Electrochemistry, Apr 27th-30th, 2014. Niagara Falls, Canada
 
    5. Liu, W.; Al-Oweini, R.; Bassil, B. S.; Kortz, U. Synthesis and Characterization of Chromium-Containing Polyoxometalates. 16th Norddeutsches Doktorandenkolloquium, September 19th-20th 2013. Bremen, Germany
 
    6. Al-Oweini, R.; Bassil, B. S.; Kortz, U. Multinuclear Manganese-Containing Polyoxotungstates: Synthesis, Structure, and Catalytic Capacity. 4th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress, August 26th-31st 2012. Prague, Czech Republic
 
    7. Al-Oweini, R.; Bassil, B. S.; Kortz, U. Multinuclear Manganese-Containing Polyoxotungstates: Synthesis, Structure and Catalytic Potential. Workshop on Functional Materials and Nanomolecular Science, May 30th - June 1st 2012. Clausthal-Zellerfeld, Germany (Poster Award Winner)
 
    8. Al-Oweini, R.; Nsouli, N. H.; Kortz, U. Organoruthenium(II) Containing Polyoxotungstates. GDCh-Wissenschaftsforum Chemie, September 4th-7th 2011. Bremen, Germany
 
    9. Al-Oweini, R.; Bassil, B. S.; Kortz, U. Multinuclear Manganese-Containing Polyoxotungstates: Synthesis, Structure and Catalytic Potential. 5th COST Action D40 Meeting: Innovative Catalysis - New Processes and Selectivities, June 14th-16th 2011. Valletta, Malta
 
    10. Workshop on Functional Materials and Nanomolecular Science, January 12th-14th 2011. Clausthal-Zellerfeld, Germany
 
    11. Al-Oweini, R.; Nsouli, N. H.; Kortz, U. Organoruthenium(II) Containing Polyoxotungstate Family [Ru2L2(a-XW11O39)2WO2]m- (L = benzene, p-cymene; X = GeIV, SiIV, m = 10; BIII, m = 12). 13th Norddeutsches Doktorandenkolloquium, September 24th-25th 2010. Greifswald, Germany
 
    12. Al-Oweini, R.; Nsouli, N. H.; Kortz, U. Ruthenium-Containing Polyoxometalates. 3rd EuCheMS Chemistry Congress, August 29th - September 2nd 2010. Nurnberg, Germany
 
    13. Al-Oweini, R.; El-Rassy, H. Polyoxometalates Immobilized onto Mesoporous Silica Aerogels as Catalysts. 3rd EuCheMS Chemistry Congress, August 29th - September 2nd 2010. Nurnberg, Germany
 
    14. Al-Oweini, R.; Akl, J.; Abramian, L.; El-Rassy, H. Immobilization of Polyoxometalates onto Mesoporous Silica and Silica-Titania Aerogels. 3rd International Symposium on Advanced Micro- and Mesoporous Materials, September 6th-9th 2009. Albena, Bulgaria
 
Oral Contributions

    1. Al-Oweini, R.; Sartorel, A.; Bassil, B. S.; Kortz, U.; Bonchio, M. Photo-induced Water-Oxidation by Mn-Substituted Polyoxometalates. 3rd Frontiers in Metal Oxide Cluster Science Symposium, July 12th-15th, 2014. Paris, France
 
    2. Liu, W.; Al-Oweini, R.; Bassil, B. S.; Kortz, U. Synthesis and Characterization of Chromium-Containing Polyoxometalates. 3rd Frontiers in Metal Oxide Cluster Science Symposium, July 12th-15th, 2014. Paris, France
 
    3. Al-Oweini, R. Multinuclear Manganese/Cobalt-Containing Polyoxotungstates as Homogeneous Water-Oxidation Catalysts. 2nd FIRB NANOSOLAR Meeting, Feb 17th-18th, 2014. Ferrara, Italy
    
    4. Al-Oweini, R. Polyoxometalates as Water-Oxidation Catalysts. Joint European Cooperation in Science and Technology Symposium CM1202/1203, Dec 1st-3rd, 2013. Ulm, Germany
 
    5. Chen, H.-Y.; Friedl, J.; Wee, G.; Al-Oweini, R.; Lee, C. Y.; Wong, C. L.; Kortz, U.; Stimming, U.; Srinivasan, M. Investigations of Vanadium-containing Polyoxometalates as Electrode Materials for Supercapacitors. 7th Asian Conference on Electrochemical Power Sources (ACEPS-7), Nov 24th-27th, 2013. Osaka, Japan
 
    6. Al-Oweini, R.; Bassil, B. S.; Sartorel, A.; Berardi, S.; Bonchio, M.; Kortz, U. Synthesis and Characterization of Multinuclear Manganese-Containing Polyoxotungstates for Homogeneous Water-Oxidation Catalysis. 1st European Conference on Polyoxometalate Chemistry for Molecular Nanoscience (PoCheMoN), May 16th-19th, 2013. Tenerife, Spain
 
    7. Bassil, B. S.; Ibrahim, M.; Al-Oweini, R.; Kortz, U. Novel Polyoxometalates with Magnetic Cores. Frontiers in Metal Oxide Cluster Science (FMOCS), November 18th-21st 2012. Lanzarote, Spain
 
    8. Friedl, J.; Bauer, C.; Al-Oweini, R.; Yu, D.; Kortz, U.; Hoster, H.; Stimming, U. Investigation on Polyoxometalates for the Application in Redox Flow Batteries. PRiME 2012 Conference on Electrochemical and Solid-State Science, October 7th-12th 2012. Hawaii, United States
 
    9. Al-Oweini, R.; Bassil, B. S.; Palden, T.; Keita, B.; Kortz, U. Multinuclear Transition Metal-Containing Polyoxotungstates: Synthesis, Structure, and Catalysis. 15th Norddeutsches Doktorandenkolloquium, September 24th-25th 2012. Walsrode, Germany
 
    10.Al-Oweini, R.; Aghyarian, S.; El-Rassy, H. Immobilized Polyoxometalates onto Silica Aerogels: Efficient Catalysts for Selective Oxidation of Anthracene. 16th International Sol-Gel Conference. Sol-Gel 2011, August 28th - September 2nd 2011. Hangzhou, Chin

Activities

Contribute to students’ activities and communicate with them scientifically and academically:

    • Orientation, Advising & Registration for undergraduate (1st, 2nd, and 3rd year) chemistry students.

    • Seismological center visit for the undergraduate students of chemistry and physics. 

    
    • A poster day was done during the course CHEM 301 (Spectroscopic Analysis). 


    • A lecture was done by Mr. Elie Abu Sleiman from the Green Insight about Green Economy. 


    • Chemistry seminar guest was done by Dr. Houssam El-Rassy from American University of Beirut under the title of “Aerogels: Attractive Materials for Adsorption at the solid-liquid interface”. 


    • An educational visit was done for the chemistry students to Beesline 


    • An Achievement in chemistry prize 2015 was done and a 150$ gift voucher is awarded to the student who has achieved the most or shown the greatest improvement over the course of the academic year.

    • FS new student orientation tour Fall 2015-2016 


    • Marwa Itani (undergraduate student in Chemistry) was 
accepted for a 5-months internship at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) starting October 2015, as part of the collaboration between Dr. Rami Oweini, Assistant Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at BAU and Dr. Pedro Da Costa, Assistant Professor of Material Science & Engineering at KAUST. 


    • Beirut Arab University participated in Ayam al Ouloum that was held at Horsh Beirut from Oct 9-11, 2015 by 4 projects related to chemistry, physics, biology and biochemistry.

Organized different trips and activities:

    • Streetball competition and won 1st place for doctors. 


    • A SNOW TRIP 2015 organized by the Activities Committee - Faculty of Science at Beirut Arab University, was held on Sunday, February 08, 2015 that includes: Students, TA's, employees, and 
doctors from all departments joined this annual event. 


    • A HIKING TRIP was organized by the Activities Committee - Faculty of Science at Beirut Arab University, namely Dr. Rami Oweini, was held on Sunday, April 26, 2015 includes: Students, TA's, employees, and doctors from all departments joined this annual event.

    • Basketball competition and won 1st place for doctors. 


    • Faculty of Science doctors and students participated in Beirut 
Marathon on Sunday, Nov 8, 2015 in the 10Km FUN RUN.

Workshops

    • Workshop between the Ministry of Environment and Beirut Arab University

    • Enhancement of Teaching Skills Workshop at BAU 2014

    • Turnitin workshop (which is a workshop in collaboration with the ministry of environment).

    • US Embassy's Scholarship and Academic Exchange Program Workshop

    • Enhancement of Teaching Skills Workshop at BAU 2015

Supervision of theses

Participation in different committees:

    • The Head of student activities committee 


    • Member of faculty council committee 


    • Member of quality insurance committee 


    • Member of library committee

Participation in community and cultural activities 


    • Referee at Mubarat Al Ouloum

Other services to the Lebanese society:

    • Representative of BAU at LIBNOR

Awards

•  ITM-CNR Postdoctoral Fellowship (Sep 2013) Research Institute for Membrane Technology, Italy

•  DAAD Scholarship (Apr 2011 - Aug 2013) Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, Germany

•  Good Standing (2005 - 2007) AUB, Lebanon

•  Dean's Honor List (2004 - 2005) AUB, Lebanon

•  Good Honor (2004) SMOC, Lebanon

•  Discipline and Behavior Award (2004) SMOC, Lebanon