Albaraa Falodah

PhD Candidate
Employed since: July 2020
Room: 4th floor study area



Better olefin polymerization catalysts are needed in our quest for polymers with superior properties and better recyclability.

Metallocene catalysts hold great promises that are yet to be fulfilled. A major challenge in utilizing these catalysts is the discrepancy (and/or deterioration) in their performance when they are transformed from homogeneous to heterogeneous catalysts.

This project examines the kinetic effects resulting from supporting candidate industrial metallocene catalysts, and couples these insights with performance and activity studies in industrial settings.



PhD candidate at the Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis group, Debye Institute, Utrecht University. Under supervision of prof. dr. ir. Bert Weckhuysen and prof. dr. Eelco Vogt

In collaboration with SABIC Technology Center in Geleen. Industrial supervisor: Nic. Friederichs

Master of Chemical Sciences – Nanomaterials Science, Utrecht University

Thesis: In-Situ DRIFTS Investigations of Initiation and Polymerization in Industrial Cr/SiO2 Catalyst for Ethylene Polymerization
– Supervisors: Maarten Jongkind, dr. Florian Meirer, prof. dr. ir. Bert Weckhuysen (Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis group)

Literature review: Re-Presentation of Chemical Representations: Reviewing the Educational Value in Apps & Games
– Supervisors: dr. Gijalt Prins, prof. dr. Eelco Vogt (Freudenthal Institute)

Chemist – SABIC Corporate R&D – Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

Bachelor of Science – Chemistry, Northeastern University – Boston, United States

Born in Riyadh, raised in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia