Department of Chemistry


Brief Biography

Adham Ramadan obtained his BSc from AUC in 1991, with a major in chemistry and a minor in computer science. He was the recipient of the University President Cup for the highest ranking student of his graduating class. He went on to graduate studies at Cambridge University, United Kingdom, where he obtained his PhD in physical chemistry in 1996.

In 1997, Ramadan joined the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency, Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs, and in 2000, he moved to the field of private environmental consultancy. During his environmental career, Ramadan was involved in a number of national and international initiatives concerned with environmental management at large, with an emphasis on management of hazardous substances and wastes, his area of expertise. In 2003, Ramadan joined the Department of Chemistry at AUC.

His research expertise lies within the field of nanoporous materials. His work primarily falls within two areas of applications: drug delivery and environmental applications. His work is conducted for the synthesis and use of biocompatible nanoporous materials, such as Layered Double Hydroxides (LDHs) and layered clays, for sustained drug release in the digestive track. As for environmental applications, nanoporous materials are synthesized and used for the adsorption and/or photocatalytic decomposition of different organic and inorganic pollutants. In addition, nanoporous composite membranes (polymeric membranes with nanostructured fillers) are synthesized and tested for water desalination and water filtration applications.

Ramadan is a chartered chemist and a chartered scientist. He is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Society of Chemistry and Industry, and the American Chemical Society.


  • 1996: PhD, Cambridge University, United Kingdom
  • 1991: BSc, The American University in Cairo, Egypt

Selected Publications

  • Ramadan, A.R., Ahmed, M. (2017) “Alginate/Montmorillonite for the Delivery of Curcumin” Technical Proceedings of the TechConnect World Innovation Conference and Expo, Washington DC, TechConnect Briefs, 3: 40-43.
  • Esawi, A.M.K.,  Ramadan, A.R., ElNur, R. (2015) “Carbon Nanotube Bucky Papers with Tailored Porosity for Filtration Applications” Technical Proceedings of the TechConnect World Innovation Conference and Expo, Washington DC, TechConnect Briefs, 1: 472-475.
  • El Badawi, N., Ramadan, A.R., Esawi, A.M.K., El Morsi, M. (2014) “Novel Carbon Nanotube-Cellulose Acetate Nanocomposite Membranes for Water Filtration Applications” Desalination, 344: 79-85.
  • El Badawi, N., Ramadan, A.R., Esawi, A.M.K., (2013) “Polymer-Carbon Nanotube Nanocomposite Porous Membranes” Patent 13/755,731, United States.
  • Ramadan, A.R., Esawi, A.M.K., Abdel Gawad, A., (2010) “Structure and properties of nylon 6–clay nanocomposites: effect of temperature and reprocessing”, Journal of Materials Science, 45, 6677-6684.
  • Abdel Gawad, A., Esawi, A.M.K., and Ramadan, A.R., (2010), “Effect of ball milling on the structure of Na+-montmorillonite and organo-montmorillonite (Cloisite 30B)”, Applied Clay Science, 47, 196-202.
  • Esawi, A.M.K., Salem, H.G., Hussein, H.M., and Ramadan, A.R., (2010), “Effect of processing technique on the dispersion of carbon nanotubes within polypropylene carbon nanotube-composites and its effect on their mechanical properties”, Polymer Composites, 31, 772-780.

Honors and Awards

  • 2017: Distinguished Alumni Faculty Service Award, AUC.
  • 2010: Excellence in Academic Service Award , AUC.
  • 2009: Innovative Teaching Award, Centre for Learning and Teaching, AUC.
  • 2008: Excellence in Teaching Award for the Core Curriculum, AUC.
  • 2007: Award for Outstanding Services to the School of Sciences and Engineering, AUC.
  • 2005: Classroom Action Research Award, Centre for Learning and Teaching, AUC.
  • 1991: University President Cup, AUC.


Research Interest
  • Nanoporous materials
  • Nanocomposites
  • Layered double hydroxides
  • Membranes for forward osmosis and reverse osmosis
  • Catalysis