Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant of Chemical Engineering

Contact Information:
City Campus (Lincoln)


Siamak Nejati

About Me:

I joined the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, College of Engineering of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), in January 2022, as a Graduate Research Assistant and Teaching Assistant. Before joining UNL, I worked as a Research Assistant Fellow at the Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at the Microscale and the School of Chemistry and Materials Science, University of Science and Technology of China (USTC). I obtained my M.Sc. degree in Physical Chemistry from the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), China. I am doing research in materials chemistry, green chemistry, organic physical chemistry, catalysis, and its application in energy and the environment. Currently, I focus on the synthesis of multifunctional electrocatalysts toward water splitting, carbon dioxide reduction reactions to hydrocarbons, oxygen reduction reaction, nitrogen reduction reaction, urea oxidation reaction, and hydrogen evaluation reaction through the synthesis of new materials that have excellent catalytic performance, which allows me to investigate the methods and materials that enhance and create more sustainable approaches to fight climate change and environmental problems.

Please contact me via my LinkedIn profile. You may also keep up with my current research activity by visiting my ResearchGate or Google Scholar profiles.


[1] A. Abou-Shady, A. El-Harairy, Review Article, South African Journal of Chemical Engineering, 2023,

[2] A. Abou-Shady, A. El-Harairy, Review Article, South African Journal of Chemical Engineering, 2023,

[3] J. Gao, G. Wang, W. Wang, L. Yu, B. Peng, A. El-Harairy, J. Li, G. Zhang, ACS Nano, 2022, 16, 6255-6265.

[4] J. Zhang, Y. Liu, J. Li, X. Jin, Y. Li, Q. Qian, Y. Wang, A. El-Harairy, Z. Li, Y. Zhu, H. Zhang, M. Cheng, S. Zeng, G. Zhang, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2021, 13, 3881–3890.

[5] Q. Qian, J. Zhang, J. Li, Y. Li, X. Jin, Y. Zhu, Y. Liu, Z. Li, A. El-Harairy, C. Xiao, G. Zhang, Y. Xie Angewandte Chemie, 2021, 60, 5984–5993,

[6] A. El-Harairy*, X. Wang, Review Article, In preparation . Corresponding author

[7] A. El-Harairy*, M. Shaheen, J. Li, Y. Wu, M. Li, Y. Gu, RSC Advances, 2020, 10, 13507-13516. Corresponding author

[8] A. El-Harairy, Y-, B. Lai, L. Vaccaro, M. Li, Y. Gu, Advanced Synthesis & Catalysis. 2019, 361, 3342-3350. #VIP-Paper

[9] A. El-Harairy, Y-, B. Lai, L. Vaccaro, M. Li, Y. Gu, Advanced Synthesis & Catalysis. #Front Cover.

[10] A. El‐Harairy, M. Yue, W. Fan, F. Popowycz, Y. Queneau, M. Li, Y. Gu, ChemCatChem, 2019, 11, 4403-4410.

[11] J. Yang, X. Wang, A. El-Harairy, R. Bai, Y. Gu, Molecular Catalysis, 2019, 468, 36-43.

[12] S. Chen, P. Ravichandiran, A. El-Harairy, Y. Queneau, M. Li, Y. Gu, Organic & biomolecular chemistry, 2019, 17. 5982-5989.

[13] W. Huang, S. Chen, J. Yang, A. El-Harairy, X. Wang, Y. Gu, Advanced Synthesis & Catalysis, 2019, 361, 4369-4378.

Conference presentations (incl. posters, invitation talk):

[1] Ahmed El-Harairy, Yiliqi, and Yanlong Gu: A sulfone-containing imidazolium-based Brønsted acid ionic liquid catalyst enables replacing dipolar and aprotic solvents with butyl acetate. Wuhan International Conference on Green Chemistry and Sustainable Catalysis, Nov.2018, Wuhan, China.

[2] Ahmed El-Harairy, and Yanlong Gu: A Sulfone-Containing Brønsted Acid Ionic Liquid Catalyst Enables Replacing Dipolar Aprotic Solvents with Butyl Acetate for Transformations of Indoles and Anilines. ISGC - International Symposium on Green Chemistry, May.2019, La Rochelle, France. (

[3] Ahmed El-Harairy, Synthesis of trimetallic NiCoFe-MOF nanocomposite grown on nickel foam as highly efficient, durable bifunctional electrocatalysts toward urea electrolysis. École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) Valais/Wallis Institute of Chemical Sciences and Engineering (ISIC), Lausanne, Switzerland. Invitation Talk. (

[4] Graham Kaufman, Ahmed El-Harairy, Suchit Sarinc, Siamak Nejati, Jeffrey E. Shield, and Craig Zuhlke: Functionalization of copper for enhanced electrocatalytic reduction of carbon dioxide via ultrashort pulse laser surface processing. SPIE. Photonics West, San Francisco, California, United States   (