Ashraf GHANEM

PhD

Former affiliation

Available to supervise Higher Degree by Research students

20052018
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Personal profile

Biography

AProf. Dr Ashraf Ghanem studied Chemistry at the University of Stuttgart, Germany where he conducted his master degree (MSc) with Prof. Franz Effenberger. In 1999, he joined the group of Prof. Rolf D. Schmid and Uwe Bornscheuer at the Institute for Technical Biochemistry, University of Stuttgart, Germany. In 2000, he was awarded a Scholarship from the German Research Council (DFG) to conduct his PhD with Prof. Volker Schurig at the University of Tuebingen, Germany. In 2002, he received his PhD and joined the group of Prof. Paul Muller at the University of Geneva, Switzerland as post doctoral fellow. In 2004, he was appointed Scientist and Head of the Biomedicinal Chemistry Unit, KFSHRC, Saudi Arabia. In 2008, he was appointed Pfizer research fellow/Lecturer at ACROSS with Prof. Paul Haddad, School of Chemistry, University of Tasmania. In 2010, he was awarded the Australian Endeavor and the Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) Awards at the Kyoto Institute of Technology, Japan with Prof. Nobuo Tanaka nd Tohru Ikegami. In 2011 he returned to Australia and was appointed AProf. at the University of Canberra. In 2012, he received the Discovery translation award from ANU connect and the ACT gov. for developing high potential commercial projects in Australia. In 2014, he received the Australia Endeavor Research Award at NIMS, Tsukuba, Japan. He is a Fellow and president of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) ACT and the Head of the Chirality group in Canberra (www.chiralitygroup.com). In 2016, He was awarded the innovation connection grant followed by a $8.7M CRC-P on dry blood spot from the Australian government. Ghanem’s research interests lie in the area of asymmetric and enantioselective catalysis and analysis.  His work on lipase and dirhodium catalysis and chiral analysis has been well cited worldwide. He has more than 90 international publications. He teaches into Organic Chemistry and Medicinal Chemistry at UC and has strong passion to promote science in schools. He is well known with his Crystal growing competition and the Slime experiment inspiring kids to think Science.

 

Research interests

Ghanem’s research interests lie in the area of asymmetric and enantioselective catalysis and analysis.  His work on lipase and dirhodium catalysis and chiral analysis has been well cited worldwide. He has more than 90 international publications.

Related Links

Student Projects Available

Asymmetric metal catalysis

Enantioslective analysis

Dry blood spot analysis

 

External positions

President of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute

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Lipase Chemical Compounds
Enantiomers Chemical Compounds
Transesterification Chemical Compounds
Lipases Engineering & Materials Science
Enantioselectivity Chemical Compounds
Cyclodextrins Chemical Compounds
Silicon Dioxide Chemical Compounds
Gas chromatography Chemical Compounds

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Projects 2011 2017

Research Output 2005 2018

Chiral dirhodium(II) carboxylates: New insights into the effect of ligand stereo-purity on catalyst structure and enantioselectivity

Adly, F. G., Bollard, H., Gardiner, M. G. & Ghanem, A. 1 Jul 2018 In : Catalysts. 8, 7, 15 p., 268

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Enantioselectivity
carboxylates
purity
Ligands
catalysts

Enantiomerically Pure Compounds by Enantioselective Synthetic Chiral Metal Complexes

Adly, F. & GHANEM, A. Feb 2018 Asymmetric Synthesis of Drugs and Natural Products. Nag, A. (ed.). USA: CRC Press, p. 75-131 57 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Synthetic metals
Enantiomers
Coordination Complexes
Catalysis
Catalysts
3 Citations
Amylose
High performance liquid chromatography
Reverse-Phase Chromatography
High Pressure Liquid Chromatography
Adrenergic alpha-2 Receptor Agonists
1 Citations

Recent advances in chromatographic purification of plasmid DNA for gene therapy and DNA vaccines: A review: A review

Abdulrahman, A. & Ghanem, A. 26 Sep 2018 In : Analytica Chimica Acta. 1025, p. 41-57 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Gene therapy
DNA Vaccines
vaccine
plasmid
Genetic Therapy

Sub-2 μm Silica Particles in Chiral Separation

IBRAHIM, D. & GHANEM, A. 10 Oct 2018 New Uses of Micro and Nanomaterials. Pagnola, M. R., Vivero, J. U. & Marrugo, A. G. (eds.). Hungary: IntechOpen, p. 55-72 18 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access
File
Silicon Dioxide
Nanostructured materials