Supramolecular & NanoChemistry Group at American University of Sharjah
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Chemical Sensors
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Functional Polymers
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Drug Nanocarriers

SNCG is an undergraduate research group that welcomes graduate students and postdocs to conduct research at the interface of Chemistry, Biology and Material Science. We utilize non-covalent interactions to construct functional molecular structures such as fluorescent sensors and self-assembled nanostructures. We also design and fabricate new materials for environmental and biological applications, which include remediation of wastewater and polluted air, conducting electrodes, PEM membranes, drug nanocarriers, and biosensors.

Mohammad Hussein Al-Sayah, PhD
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Professor
American University of Sharjah
Department of Biology, Chemistry & Environmental Sciences
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates


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Chemical Sensors
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Fast and easy detection of trace analyts is crucial for environmental and medical applications. In our labs we design, synthesize and apply small organic molecules as optical probes for small molecules and ions. For example, we designed fluorescent molecules with appropriate binding sites to detect the presence of anions (such as carboxylate, cyanide and fluoride anions) and signal out their presence and concentration through a change in emission intensity or color.



Materials for Environment
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The rapid development of industrial plants and touristic activities increase the production of contaminated waste water and polluted sites; the remediation and treatment of such pollution is very important, especially for GCC area. One of our projects aimed at finding a hyper-accumulator plant for remediation of UAE soil that is contaminated with heavy metals. Another project aimed at development of cellulose-based material for removal of heavy metals and oil spills from contaminated water.



Polymers
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Polymers are important form of organic materials for wide range of applications in material science and engineering. We are designing and preparing polymers and polymer composites and investigating their applications in detection and sequestering of environmental toxins, as proton-exchange membranes in high-temperature fuel cells, and in conducting electrodes. Several projects are being conducted in collaboration with other groups at AUS.





Drug Delivery
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Current practice in chemotherapy requires the use of high doses of drug to increase its effectiveness on tumor which also result in detrimental side effects of the drug on healthy cells. These side-effects decrease significantly the quality of life of the patient and result in several life-threating conditions. Therefore, in collaboration with UCR group, we are developing ultrasound-triggered drug delivery system for chemotherapy intended to increase the effectiveness of the drug and decrease the side effects of the treatment.

Group Leader
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Mohammad Hussein Al-Sayah, PhD
Professor
Department of Biology, Chemistry and Environmental Sciences
American University of Sharjah, UAE

Education
PhD, University of Alberta, Canada, 2002.
MS, American University of Beirut, Lebanon, 1996.
BS, American University of Beirut, Lebanon, 1994.

Academic and Research Positions
Visiting Scholar, Harvard University, USA, 2012-2013, 2014 and 2017.
Visiting Associate, American University of Beirut, Lebanon, 2007-2012.
Assistant / Associate Professor, American University of Sharjah, 2004-2016.
Research Associate, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, USA, 2002-2004.


Academic and Professional Grants and Awards
BBRI Research Grant, American University of Sharjah, UAE, 2019-2021.
Best Presentation Award, ICGMCR 2018 conference, Istanbul, Turkey, 2018.
Enhanced Faculty Research Grant, American University of Sharjah, UAE, 2018-2020.
TAKAMUL grant, DOE, Abu Dhabi, UAE, 2016.
Excellent Oral Presentation Award, PTIM2015 Conference, Caparica, Potugal, 2015.
Seed Grant, Al Jalila Foundation, Dubai, UAE, 2015-2017.
Visiting Scientist Program Grant, (US) Office of Naval Research Global, London, UK, 2014.
The Distinguished Scholar Award, Arab Fund Fellowship Program, Kuwait, 2012.
Provost Challenge Award, American University of Sharjah, UAE, 2012.
COMSTECH Award, EurAsia12 Conference, Corfu, Greece, 2012.
Sabbatical Leave Award, American University of Sharjah, UAE, 2012-2013.
Faculty Research Grant, American University of Sharjah, UAE, 2006-2012.
Seed Grants, American University of Sharjah, UAE, 2005 & 2010.
Skaggs Postdoctoral Fellowship, The Scripps Research Institute, USA, 2002-2004.
Graduate Student Teaching Award, University of Alberta, Canada, 2001.

Current Group Members
Remya Radha (Postdoc)
Nader Al Mufleh (Graduate Student)
Ahmed Hadad (Graduate Student)

Students' Research Awards
Sharjah Islamic Bank Award to Ahmed Azari by AUS, May 2018.
Best Student Paper Award to Aseel Alatoom by MECBME’18, Tunisia, March 2018.
Student Poster Competition Award to S. Murtaza by DIFSC, Dubai, UAE, Nov. 2017.
Sharjah Islamic Bank Award to Hassan Issak by AUS, April 2017.
Sharjah Sustainability Award to Aya Mostafa and M. Seif Mohamed by EPAA-Sharjah, April 2016.
Sharjah Islamic Bank Award to Nada Al-Haj Asad by AUS, April 2016.
British Petroleum Green Award to Fatimah Munir by AUS, Feb 2010.

Our Collaborators
Ultrasound in Cancer Research Group
Neuroengineering Research Group
Prof Kaafarani's Group
Prof El-Kadri's Group

Former Group Members
Dr. Renu Bai (Research)
Rukaiya Saifuddin (Australia)
Aseel Alatoom (UAE)
Aysha Shabnam (UAE)
Roaa Mahmoud (UAE)
Dr. Rute Vitor (Portugal)
Mohammad K. Shehab (Graduate Student,VCU, USA)
Abdelrahman Ahmed (Graduate student, OSU)
Ahmad Azari (Graduate Student, USA)
Mohamed Seif Mohamed (UAE)
Sana Murtaza (UAE)
Khalid Jarrah (Education, Dubai, UAE)
Aya Mostafa (Education, Al-Ain, UAE)
Hassan Issak (Graduate Student, McGill, Canada)
Mariha Islam (Graduate Student, USA)
Salma Abdelbaky (UAE)
Nada Al-Haj Asad (Education, Kuwait)
Dr. Aya Mohammed Abdallah (University of Brighton, UK)
Sara Azzam (Graduate Student, UCLA, USA)
Qassim Hassan (Graduate Student, USA)
Adnan Shabbir Najmi (Graduate Student, Germany)
Bassam Arafat (UAE)
Dr. Ayman Alyazouri (Education Management, PT)
Fatima Munir (Graduate Student, University of East Anglia, UK)
Tanya El-Chami (Oil & Gas Industry, UAE)

Publications
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37.    M. H. Al-Sayah, “Chemical Disinfectants of COVID-19: An Overview” J Water Health 2020, In press, DOI: 10.2166/wh.2020.108

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36.    A. Alatoom, A. Al-Othman, M. H. Al-Sayah, “Novel Flexible Bio-Electrodes Based on Titanium Dioxide for Neural Sensing” IEEE T. Compon. Pack. 2020, DOI: 10.1109/TCPMT.2020.3001812

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35.    A. Alyazouri, R. Jewsbury, H. Tayim, P. Humphreys, M. H. Al-Sayah, “Uptake of Chromium by Portulaca Oleracea from Soil: Effect of Organic Content, pH, and Sulphate Concentration” Appl. Environ. Soil Sci. 2020, 23 (5), 557-570. DOI: 10.1155/2020/3620726

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34.    S. Sen, M. H. Al-Sayah, M.S Mohammed, I. Abu-Abdoun, O. El-Kadri, "Multifunctional nitrogen-rich aminal-linked luminescent porous organic polymers for iodine enrichment and selective detection of Fe3+ ions" J. Mat. Sci. 2020, DOI: 10.1007/s10853-020-04741-0

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33.    N. Awad, V. Paul, M. Mahmoud, N. Sawaftah, P. Kawak, M. H. Al-Sayah, G. A. Husseini, "Effect of Pegylation and Targeting Moieties on theUltrasound-Mediated Drug Release from Liposomes" ACS Biomater Sci Eng 2020, 6 (1), 48-57. DOI: 10.1021/acsbiomaterials.8b01301

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32.    M. Baghbanzadeh, L. Belding, L. Yuan, M. H. Al-Sayah, C.M. Bowers, G. M. Whitesides* "Dipole-Induced Rectification across AgTS/SAM//Ga2O3/EGaIn Junctions" J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019, 141 (22), 8969-8980. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.9b02891.

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31.    N. Awad, V. Paul, M. H. Al-Sayah, G. A. Husseini,* "Ultrasonically Controlled Albumin-Conjugated Liposomes for Breast Cancer Therapy" Artif. Cells Nanomed Biotechnol. 2019, 47 (1), 705-714. DOI: 10.1080/21691401.2019.1573175.

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30.    S. E. Ahmed, H. G. Moussa, A. M. Martins, Y. Abbas, M. H. Al-Sayah, G. A. Husseini,* "Factors Affecting the Acoustic in vitro Release of Calcein from PEGylated Liposomes" J. Nanosci. Nanotechnol 2019, 19 (11), 6899–6906. DOI: 10.1166/jnn.2019.16646.

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29.    O. El-Kadri,* T-D. Tessema, R. Almotawa, R. Arvapally, M. H. Al-Sayah, M. Omary, H. El-Kaderi,* "Pyrene Bearing Azo-Functionalized Porous Nanofibers for CO2 Separation and Toxic Metal Cation Sensing" ACS Omega 2018, 3 (11), 15510–15518. DOI: 10.1021/acsomega.8b01920.

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28.    K. Jarrah, S. Hisaindee*, M. H. Al-Sayah*, "Preparation of oil sorbents by solvent-free grafting of cellulose cotton fibers" Cellulose 2018, 25 (7), 4093–4106. DOI: 10.1007/s10570-018-1846-8.

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27.    N. Salkho, S. Ahmad, P. Kawak, R. F. Vitor, A. Martins. M. M. H. Al-Sayah*, G. A. Husseini*, "Ultrasonically Controlled Estrone-Modified Liposomes for Estrogen-Positive Breast Cancer Therapy" Artif. Cells Nanomed Biotechnol. 2018, DOI: 10.1080/21691401.2018.1459634.

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26.    M. H. Al-Sayah*, M. Islam, N. As'ad, M. Mohammed, A. Mostafa. "Chemical Modification, Characterization, and Heavy Metal Adsorption of Cellulose-Based Natural Fibers" The Online Journal of Science and Technology 2018, 8 (2), 38-42. (PDF)

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25.    S. E. Ahmed, H. G. Moussa, A. M. Martins, M. H. Al-Sayah, G. A. Husseini,* “Effect of pH, Ultrasound Frequency and Power Density on the Release of Calcein from Stealth Liposomes” Eur. J. Nanomed. 2016, 8 (1), 31–43.

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24.    G. Husseini,* S. Kanan, M. H. Al-Sayah, “Investigating the Fluorescence Quenching of Doxorubicin in Folic Acid Solutions” J. Nanosci. Nanotechnol. 2016, 16 (2), 1410-1414.

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23.    M. H. Al-Sayah,* A. M. Abdalla, M. K. Shehab, “A Dansyl-Based Optical Probe for Detection of Singly and Doubly Charged Anions” Supramol. Chem. 2016, 28 (3-4), 224-230.

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22.    M. Baghbanzadeh, C.M. Bowers, D. Rappoport, T. Żaba, M. Gonidec, M. H. Al-Sayah, P. Cyganik, A. Aspuru-Guzik,* G. M. Whitesides,* “Charge Tunneling along Short Oligoglycine Chains” Angew Chem. 2015, 54 (49), 14743–14747.(PDF)

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21.    T. H. El-Assaad, Y. A. Getmanenko, K. M. Hallal, S. R. Marder, M. H. Al-Sayah,* B. R. Kaafarani,* “Dithieno[3,2-a:2',3'-c]phenazine-based Chemical Probe for Anions: A Spectroscopic Study of Binding” RSC Adv. 2015, 5 (54), 43303-43311.

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20.    A. Y. Luaibi, A. J. Al-Ghusain, A. Rahman, M. H. Al-Sayah, H. Nashash,* “Noninvasive Blood Glucose Level Measurement Using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance”, Proceedings of GCC Conference and Exhibition (GCCCE), 2015 IEEE 8th, Oman, pp.1,4, 1-4 Feb. 2015.

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19.    A. K. Badu-Tawiah, S. Lathwal, K. Kaastrup, M. H. Al-Sayah, D. C. Christodouleas, B. S. Smith, G. M. Whitesides , H. D. Sikes*, “Polymerization-based Signal Amplification for Paper-based Immunoassays”, Lab Chip 2015, 15 (1), 655-659. (PDF)

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18.    F. M. Jradi, A. O. El-Ballouli, M. H. Al-Sayah,* B. R. Kaafarani,* “Synthesis and binding investigations of novel crown-ether derivatives of phenanthro[4,5-abc]phenazine and quinoxalino[20,30:9,10]phenanthro[4,5-abc]phenazine” Supramol. Chem. 2014, 26 (1), 15-24.

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17.    A. Alyazouri, R. Jewsbury, H. Tayim, P. Humphreys, M. H. Al-Sayah,* “Applicability of heavy-metal phytoextraction in United Arab Emirates: an investigation of candidate species” Soil Sediment Contam 2014, 23 (5), 557-570.

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16.    A. Alyazouri,* R. Jewsbury, H. Tayim, P. Humphreys, M. H. Al-Sayah, “Phytoextraction of Cr(VI) from soil using Portulaca oleraceaToxicol. Environ. Chem. 2013, 95 (8) 1338-1347.

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15.    B. Breiten, M. Lockett, W. Sherman, S. Fujita, M. H. Al-Sayah, H. Lange, C. Bowers, A. Heroux, G. Krylov, G. M. Whitesides,* “Water Networks Contribute to Enthalpy/Entropy Compensation in Protein-Ligand Binding” J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2013, 135 (41), 15579–15584.

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14.    A. O. El-Ballouli, Y. Zhang, S. Barlow, S. R. Marder, M. H. Al-Sayah,* B. R. Kaafarani,* “Fluorescent Detection of Anions by Dibenzophenazine-Based Sensors”, Tetrahedron Lett. 2012, 53, 661-665.

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13.    D. J. Russell,* M. H. Al Sayah, F. M. Munir, “Volatile Compounds Produced by Calotropis Procera Leaves that Aid in the Repulsion of Grazers”, J. Biodivers. Ecol. Sci. (JBES), 2011, 1 (3), 191-196.

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12. A. Fonari, F. M. Jradi, M. S. Fonari, M. H. Al-Sayah, T. V. Timofeeva,* M. Y. Antipin, and B. R. Kaafarani, “Two polymorphs of phenanthro[4,5-abc]phenazine-18-crown-6: X-Ray diffraction and DFT studies”, J. Mol. Struct. 2011, 996, 141–147.

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11. M. H. Al-Sayah* and N. R. Branda, “Calorimeteric and NMR Binding Studies of Hydrogen-Bonding Receptors for Carboxylates”, Thermochim. Acta, 2010, 503–504, 28–32.

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10. F. S. Raad, A. O. El-Ballouli, R. M. Moustafa, M. H. Al-Sayah,* B. R. Kaafarani,* “Novel Quinoxalinophenanthrophenazine-Based Molecules as Sensors for Anions: Synthesis and Binding Investigations”, Tetrahedron 2010, 66, 2944-2952.

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9. Y. Ura, M. H. Al-Sayah, J. Montenegro, J. M. Beierle, L. J. Leman, M. R. Ghadiri,* “Dynamic polythiodepsipeptides via ring-opening polymerization of 1,4-thiazine-2,5-diones” Org. Biomol. Chem. 2009, 7, 2878-2884.

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8. M. H. Al-Sayah* and T. M. El-Chami, “Spectroscopic studies on a "turn-on" fluorescent sensor for transition metals with selective "turn-off" for mercury(II) ions”, Supramol. Chem. 2009, 21 (7), 650-657.

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7. F. M. Jradi, M. H. Al-Sayah,* and B. R. Kaafarani,* “Synthesis and Metal-Binding Studies of A Novel Pyrene Discotic” Tetrahedron Lett. 2008, 49, 238-242.

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6. M. Al-Sayah* and M. R. Ghadiri, “Anti-Bacterial Self-assembled Nanotubes of Cyclic D, L-a-Peptides”, AIP Conf. Proc. 2007, 929, 195-198.

5. M. H. Al-Sayah, R. McDonald, and N. R. Branda,* “Structural Studies on Hydrogen-Bonding Receptor for Barbiturate Guests That Use Metal Ions as Allosteric Inhibitors” Eur. J. Org Chem. 2004, (1), 173-182.

4. M. H. Al-Sayah and N. R. Branda,* “Protons As Triggers to Regulate Hydrogen-Bonding Receptors”, Org. Lett. 2002, 4(6), 881-884.

3. M. H. Al-Sayah and N. R. Branda,* “Controlling Allostery Using Redox Chemistry”, Chem. Comm. 2002, (2), 178-179.

2. M. H. Al-Sayah and N. R. Branda,* “Metal Ions As Allosteric Inhibitors in Hydrogen-Bonding Receptors”, Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2000, 39 (5), 945-947.

1. M. H. Al-Sayah and A. S. Salameh,* “Symmetrical and Unsymmetrical Derivatives of 5,5’-Dimethyl-2,2’-bipyridine”, Arab. J. Sci. Eng. 2000, 25 (2A), 67-72.


Conferences

60.      R. Sabouni, M. H. Al-Sayah, A. Karami, "Comparative Study of Methyl Orange Removal Using Commercial MOFs (Fe-BTC, Cu-BTC, and ZIF-8)", The 10th International Conference on Key Engineering Materials (ICEM2020), Madrid, Spain, March 26, 2020.

59.      A. Eisa, A. Al-Othman, M. H. Al-Sayah, M. Tawalbe, "Novel Composite Membranes Based on Polyaniline /Ionic Liquids for PEM Fuel Cells Applications", 6th International Conference on Materials Science & Smart Materials (MSSM2019) , Birmingham, UK, April 24, 2019.

58.      N. S. Awad, V. Paul, M. S. Mahmoud, N. M. AlSawaftah, P. S. Kawak, M. H. Al-Sayah, G. A. Husseini, "Ultrasound mediated release from three targeted liposomes (Human serum albumin, Transferrin and RGD", Society for Biomaterials 2019 Annual Meeting and Exposition: The Pinnacle of Biomaterials Innovation and Excellence, Seattle, WA, USA, April 3-6, 2019.

57.      M. H. Al-Sayah, K. Jarrah, S. Hisaindee, "Removal of Oil Spills from Water Surfaces Using Chemically Modified Natural Fibers", IInternational Conference on Water, Energy and Environment (ICWEE 2019), Sharjah, UAE, March 26-28, 2019.

56.      K. Jarrah, M. H. Al-Sayah, S. Hisaindee, "Green Silylation of Cellulose Fibers for Oil Spill Remediation", International Workshop on Advanced Materials (IWAM 2019), RAK, UAE, Feb 24-26, 2019.

55.      O. El-Kadri, T.D.Tessema, M. H. Al-Sayah, H.M- El-Kaderi, "Synthesis and Characterization of Nanoporous Organic Polymers for Gas Storage and Separation", 2nd Middle-Eastern Materials Science Conference, NYU, Abu Dhabi, Nov 12-14, 2018.

54.      M. H. Al-Sayah, K. Jarrah, S. Hisaindee, "Solvent-Free Synthesis of Sorbents for Removal of Oil Spills", 20th International Conference on Green Materials Chemistry and Research (ICGMCR 2018), Istanbul, Turkey, July 23-24, 2018.

53.      A. Al-Othman, A. Eisa and M. H. Al-Sayah, "Polyaniline /Ionic Liquids/PTFE Composite Membranes for High Temperature PEM Fuel Cells Applications", International Conference on Energy, Materials and Photonics, Montreal, Canada, July 8-11, 2018.

52.      A. Azari, O. El-Kadri and M. H. Al-Sayah, "Synthesis and Characterization of Triazine-Based Nitrogen Rich POF’s for CO2 Capture and Storage", 6th UAE Undergraduate Research Competition, Abu Dhabi, UAE, April 30, 2018.

51.      A. Ahmed, O. El-Kadri and M. H. Al-Sayah, "Nitrogen-Rich Porous Organic Polymers for Revisable Capture of Radioactive-Volatile Iodine", 6th UAE Undergraduate Research Competition, Abu Dhabi, UAE, April 30, 2018.

50.      S. Murtaza and M. H. Al-Sayah, "Synthesis and Binding Investigations of a Pyrene-Based Probe for Melamine", 6th UAE Undergraduate Research Competition, Abu Dhabi, UAE, April 30, 2018.

49.      A. Haddad, A. Al-Othman, N. Youssef, P. Nancarrow, Y. Elsayed, and M. H. Al-Sayah, "Polymer Membranes Based on PTFE/PANI/ Ionic Liquids (IL) for High Temperature PEM Fuel Cells", Fourth UAE Graduate Students Research Conference (GSRC 2018), AUS, UAE, April 21, 2018.

48.      A. Alatoom,, A. Al-Othman, H. Al-Nashash, and M. H. Al-Sayah, "Synthesis and Characterization of Flexible Implantable Electrodes", Fourth UAE Graduate Students Research Conference (GSRC 2018), AUS, UAE, April 21, 2018.

47.      R. Turki, R. F. Vitor, A. M. Martins, M. H. Al-Sayah, and G. Husseini, "AUltrasound- and Protein-Receptor-Targeting in Cancer Treatment", Society for Biomaterials 2018 Annual Meeting and Exposition: Exploring the Nexus of Research and Application, Atlanta, GA, USA, April 11-14, 2018.

46.      N. Salkhoa, R. F. Vitor, A. M. Martins, M. H. Al-Sayah, and G. Husseini, "Acoustically Activated Accumulation and Release from Estrone-Targeted Liposomes in the Treatment of Breast Cancer", Society for Biomaterials 2018 Annual Meeting and Exposition: Exploring the Nexus of Research and Application, Atlanta, GA, USA, April 11-14, 2018.

45.      G. Husseini, N. Awad, V. Paul and M. H. Al-Sayah, "Ultrasound Enhanced Release of Albumin Coupled Liposomes Used for breast Cancer Treatment", Society for Biomaterials 2018 Annual Meeting and Exposition: Exploring the Nexus of Research and Application, Atlanta, GA, USA, April 11-14, 2018.

44.      A. Alothman, A. Alatoom, A. Farooq, M. H. Al-Sayah, and H. Al-Nashash , "Novel Flexible Implantable Electrodes Based on Conductive Polymers and Titanium Dioxide", 4th IEEE Middle East Conference on Biomedical Engineering (MECBME 2018), Tunisia, March 28-30, 2018 (Winner of Best Student Paper Award).

43.      S. Murtaza and M. H. Al-Sayah, "The development of a pyrene-based chemical sensor for melamine", 11th Dubai International Food Safety Conference, Dubai, UAE, Nov. 19-21, 2017.

42.      N. Salkho, V. Paul, P. Kawak, R. F. Vitor, A. Martin, N. Awad, M. H. Al-Sayah, G. Husseini, "Ultrasound Enhanced Release of Active Targeting Liposomes Used for Cancer Treatment", 19th International Conference on Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery Systems, Dubai, UAE, Oct. 16-17, 2017.

41.      M. H. Al-Sayah, M. Islam, N. As'ad, M. Mohammed, A. Mostafa, "Chemical Modification, Characterization, and Heavy Metal Adsorption of Cellulose-Based Natural Fibers", International Science and Technology Conference (ISTEC 2017 AMERICA), Harvard University, USA, Aug 16-18, 2017.

40.      M. Islam, M. S. Mohammed, M. H. Al-Sayah, "The Use of Chemically Modified Natural Fibers for Removing Heavy Metals from Wastewater", The 5th UAE Undergraduate Research Competition, Abu Dhabi, UAE, May 8, 2017.

39.      N. Salkho, R. Turki, S. Ahmad, P. Kawak, R. F. Vitor, A. Martins, M. H. Al-Sayah, G. A. Husseini, "Drug Delivery System for Cancer Treatment: Ultrasound-Triggered Drug Release from Targeted Nano-carriers", NanoWorld Conference (NWC-2017), Boston, USA, April 3-5, 2017.

38.      P. Kawak, V. Paul, P. S. Kawak, R. Kassermally, F. Lahib, R. F. Vitor, M. H. Al-Sayah, G. A. Husseini, " Doxorubicin­Encapsulated, Estrone­Appended Liposomes Triggered by Ultrasound for the Treatment of Breast Cancer", UAE Graduate Students Research Conference 2017 (UAEGSRC'17), Abu Dhabi, UAE, March 20-21, 2017.

37.      M. H. Al-Sayah M. Baghbanzadeh, C. Bowers, G. M. Whitesides " Effect of Peptide Bond Charge-Tunneling and Rectification across AgTS/SAM//Ga2O3/EGaIn Junctions”, Frontiers in Theoretical and Applied Physics (FTAPS 2017), Sharjah, UAE, Feb 22-25, 2017.

36.      K. Jarrah, S. Hisaindee, M. H. Al-Sayah, “Cotton-based Material for Absorbance of Oil Spills from Polluted Water”, UAE Graduate Students Research Conference 2016 (UAEGSRC'16), Al-Ain, UAE, April 27-28, 2016.

35.      N. Salkho, C. Momah, S.Suwaidi, M. Elkhodiry, D. Gadalla, R. Vitor, H. Moussa, A. Martins, M. H. Al-Sayah, G. A. Husseini, "Acoustic Triggered Drug Release from Estrone and RGD-Targeted Liposomes", UAE Graduate Students Research Conference 2016 (UAEGSRC'16), Al-Ain, UAE, April 27-28, 2016.

34.      P. Kawak, R. Turki, F. M. Banamah, R. F. Vitor, A. M. Martins, M. H. Al-Sayah, G. A. Husseini, "Utilization of DSPE-PEG-p-nitrophenylcarbonyl (pNP) as the Lipid of Choice for the Conjugation of Proteins in Preparation of Proteoliposomes Used in Ultrasound-Triggered Drug Delivery", UAE Graduate Students Research Conference 2016 (UAEGSRC'16), Al-Ain, UAE, April 27-28, 2016.

33.      K. Jarrah, S. Hisaindee, M. H. Al-Sayah, “Cotton-based Material for Absorbance of Oil Spills from Polluted Water”, Second United Arab Emirates Conference on Pure and Applied Chemistry (ECPAC16), Sharjah, March 1-3, 2016.

32.      A. Mostafa, N. Al-Haj As’ad, M. H. Al-Sayah, “Cotton-based Material for Removal of Heavy Metals from Polluted Water”, Second United Arab Emirates Conference on Pure and Applied Chemistry (ECPAC16), Sharjah, March 1-3, 2016.

31.      M. S. Mohammed, O. El-Kadri, M. H. Al-Sayah, “Synthesis and characterization of Triazine-based Porous Organic Frameworks for Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage”, Second United Arab Emirates Conference on Pure and Applied Chemistry (ECPAC16), Sharjah, March 1-3, 2016.

30.      R. Turki, R. F. Vitor, H.G. Moussa, A. M. Martins, M. H. Al-Sayah, G. A. Husseini, “Release Characteristics of Albumin-targeted Liposomes Triggered by Low Frequency Ultrasound”, IEEE Life Sciences Grand Challenges Conference, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Jan 25-26, 2016.

29.      P. S. Kawak, C. C. Momah, M. A Elkhodiry, S. R. Suwaidi, D. Gadalla, F. M. Banamah, R. F. Vitor, H.G. Moussa, A. M. Martins, M. H. Al-Sayah, G. A. Husseini, “A Peptide-Targeted Nanodelivery System Triggered by Ultrasound for Anticancer Therapy”, IEEE Life Sciences Grand Challenges Conference, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Jan 25-26, 2016.

28.      N. M. Salkho, R. F. Vitor, H.G. Moussa, A. M. Martins, M. H. Al-Sayah, G. A. Husseini, “Estrone-targeted Sonosensitive Liposomes for Breast Cancer Therapy”, IEEE Life Sciences Grand Challenges Conference, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Jan 25-26, 2016.

27.      A. Alyazouri, P. Humphreys, R. Jewsbury, H. Tayim, M. H. Al-Sayah “Remediation of Chromium-Polluted Soil by Phytoextraction: Factors and Conditions for Using Portulaca oleracea”, 1st International Caparica Conference on Pollutant Toxic Ions and Molecules (PTIM 2015), Caparica, Portugal, Nov 2-4, 2015 (Winner of Best Oral Talk Award).

26.      G. A. Husseini, S. E. Ahmed, H. G. Moussa, A. M. Martins, M. H. Al-Sayah , N. Qaddoumi “Release of Calcein from Liposomes Using Low and High Frequency Ultrasound”, ICNOP 2015: 17th International Conference on Nanotechnology, Optoelectronics and Photonics, Stockholm, Sweden, July 13-14, 2015.

25.      M. H. Al-Sayah, and N. Al Haj Asad “Modified Cellulose-based Material for Removal of Heavy Metals from Water” Third International Conference on Water, Energy and Environment (ICWEE), Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, March 24-26, 2015.

24.      M. H. Al-Sayah, C. Bowers, M. Baghbanzadeh, G. M. Whitesides “Charge-Transport Properties across Self-Assembled Mono-layers Using Ag-SAM//Ga2O3/EGaIn Junctions” Nanotech Dubai 2015, Dubai, UAE, March 16-18, 2015.

23.      M. H. Al-Sayah, C. Bowers, M. Baghbanzadeh, M. M. Thuo. G. M. Whitesides “Structural Effects of Alkylthiols on Rates of Tunneling across Ag-SAM//Ga2O3/EGaIn Junctions” Frontiers of Chemical Sciences VI: Research and Education in the Middle East, Malta, Nov 2013.

22.      M. H. Al-Sayah, M. M. Thuo, C. Bowers, G. M. Whitesides “Effect of Replacing –CH2CH2CH2– with –NHCONH– on Rates of Tunneling across SAMs of Alkylthiols” International Symposium on Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry (8-ISMSC). Arlington, VA, USA, July 2013.

21.      M. H. Al-Sayah, M. K. Shehab, A. Abdallah, “A Bis-Urea Dansyl-Based Fluorescent Sensor for Anions with Selectivity for Oxalates” Canadian Society of Chemistry Conference, Quebec City, Canada, May 2013.

20.      M. H. Al-Sayah, M. K. Shehab, Q. H. Dirar “Binding Investigations of Organic Fluorescent Sensors for Carboxylate and Dicarboxylate Anions”, EurAsia12 Conference, Greece, April 2012. (Winner of COMSTECH Award for best poster)

19.      A. Alyazouri, P. Humphreys, R. Jewsbury, H. Tayim, M. H. Al-Sayah, “Investigations into the phytoextraction of Cr(VI) from UAE polluted soil using native dessert plants” 6th Annual International Symposium on Environment, Athens, Greece, May 2011.

18.      B. R. Kaafarani, A. O. El-Ballouli, F. M. Jradi, R. M. Moustafa, M. H. Al-Sayah, “Synthesis and Investigation of Novel Pyrene-Based materials for Sensing and Electronic Applications” The First United Arab Emirates Conference on Pure and Applied Chemistry (ECPAC11), Sharjah, UAE, March 2011.

17.      M. H. Al-Sayah, A. O. El-Ballouli, F. M. Jradi, R. M. Moustafa, B. R. Kaafarani, M. K. Shehab, “Design, Synthesis and Application of Organic Fluorescent Sensors for Ions” The First United Arab Emirates Conference on Pure and Applied Chemistry (ECPAC11), Sharjah, UAE, March 2011.

16.      M. H. Al-Sayah, T. M. El-Chami, M. K. Shehab, “Spectroscopic and binding studies of dansyl-based fluorescent sensors for transition metals”, Canadian Society of Chemistry Conference, Toronto, Canada, May 2010.

15.      B. R. Kaafarani, R. M. Moustafa, F. M. Jradi, J. A. Degheili, F. S. Raad, A. O. El-Ballouli, L. Lucas, S. Leng, B. Wex, D. Patra, M. H. Al-Sayah, D. M. DeLongchamp, G. E. Jabbour, and S. Z. D. Cheng, “Novel Pyrene-Based Discoids Exploited for Sensor, Electronic, and Optoelectronic Devices”, 9th International Symposium on Functional Pi-Electron Systems (F-Pi-9), Atlanta, USA May 2010.

14.   A. Alyazouri, R. Jewsbury , P. Humphreys, H. Tayim, M. H. Al-Sayah, “Phytoextraction of Cr(VI) by Portulaca oleracea as Cr(VI) accumulator”, Research Festival 2010, University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, United Kingdom, March 2010.

13.   A. Alyazouri, R. Jewsbury , P. Humphreys, H. Tayim, M. H. Al-Sayah, “Determination of Cr(VI) reductants in the Cr(VI) accumulator, Portulaca oleracea”, Research Festival 2010, University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, United Kingdom, March 2010.

12.   F. Jradi; F. Raad; A. El-Ballouli; R. Moustafa; B. Kaafarani; M. Al-Sayah, “Development of Fluorescent and Colorimetric Phenanthrophenazine-Based Sensors”, International Workshop on Advanced Materials (IWAM-2010), Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, Feb 2010.

11.   F. S. Raad, A. O. El-Ballouli, F. M. Jradi, R. M. Mustafa, M. H. Al-Sayah, B. R. Kaafarani, “Design, Synthesis, and Binding Investigations of Fluorescent Organic Sensors for Metals and Anions” 6th Singapore International Chemical Conference (SICC-6), Singapore, Dec 2009.

10.   F. M. Jradi, A. Fonari, T. V. Timofeeva, M. H. Al-Sayah, B. R. Kaafarani, “Two Polymorphs of 18-Crown-6 Derivative of Phenanthro[4,5-Abc]Phenazine”, 65th Southwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, El Paso, TX, United States, November 2009.

9.   B. R. Kaafarani, R. M. Moustafa, F. M. Jradi, J. A. Degheili, F. S. Raad, A. O. El-Ballouli, L. Lucas, S. Leng, B. Wex, D. Patra, M. H. Al-Sayah, D. M. DeLongchamp, G. E. Jabbour, S. Z. D. Cheng, “Novel Pyrene-Based Discoids Exploited: Discovering Materials for Sensors, Electronic and Optoelectronic Devices”, American Chemical Society 238th National Meeting, Washington, DC, USA, August 2009.

8.   F. S. Raad, F. M. Jradi, R. M. Mustafa, M. H. Al-Sayah, B. R. Kaafarani, “Fluorescent and Colorimetric Organic Sensors for Cations and Anions”, Taibah International Chemistry Conference, Al-Madinah, Saudi Arabia, March 2009.

7.   F. S. Raad, F. M. Jradi, R. M. Mustafa, M. H. Al-Sayah, B. R. Kaafarani, “Quinoxalino-[2',3':9,10]phenanthro[4,5-abc]phenazine Fluorescent Sensors for Cations and Anions”, 4th International Conference on Molecular Electronics (ElecMol08), Grenoble, France, December 2008.

6.   F. M. Jradi, T.M, El-Chami, B. R. Kaafarani, and M. H. Al-Sayah, “Synthetic Fluorescent Sensors for Alkali, Alkaline-Earth, and Transition Metals”, Frontiers of Chemical Sciences III: Research and Education in the Middle East, Istanbul, Turkey, December 2007.

5.   M. H. Al-Sayah and M. R. Ghadiri, “Preparation of Allosteric Catalytic Peptides Using Combinatorial Chemistry”, Eurocombi 4, Florence, Italy, July 2007.

4.   M. H. Al-Sayah and M. R. Ghadiri, Anti-Bacterial Self-assembled Nanotubes of Cyclic D, L-a-Peptides”, First Sharjah International Conference on Nanotechnology and Its Applications, Sharjah, UAE, April 2007.

3.   M. H. Al-Sayah, D. Vodak, S. Rahimipour, and M. R. Ghadiri “Studies on The Mechanism of Self-Assembly of Antibacterial Peptide Nanotubes” NanoTech Insight, Luxor, Egypt, March 2007.

2.   M. H. Al-Sayah, J. Fletcher, and M. R. Ghadiri, “Using Combinatorial Libraries to Search for Bio-active Pyrene-Derivatized Cyclic D, L-a-Peptides”, The Third European Symposium On Combinatorial Sciences (Eurocombi3), Winchester, U.K., July 2005.

1.   M. H. Al-Sayah and N. R. Branda “Metal Ions as Allosteric Inhibitors in Hydrogen-Bonding Receptors”, CSC Conference, Calgary, Canada, May 2000.

Patents
1. G. Husseini, M. H. Al-Sayah, A. Martin, R. Vitor, N. Salkho, “Systems and Methods for Targeted Cancer Therapies”, US Patent # 15,703,675; Final application filed on Sep 19, 2017.

2. A. K. Badu-Tawiah, S. Lathwal, M. H. Al-Sayah, C. Dionysios, H. Sikes, G. M. Whitesides, K. Kaastrup, “Paper-Based Immunoassay with Polymerization-Based Signal Amplification”, US Patent # US20160370356; filed on Feb 24, 2014, issued on Dec 22, 2016 and World Patent # WO2015127446 A1, filed on Feb 24, 2015, issued on Aug 27, 2015.

Books
M. H. Al-Sayah, Allosteric Control of Synthetic Receptors: Strategies and Applications, VDM-Verlag Dr. Muller, Saarbrucken, Germany, 2009; ISBN: 978-3-639-20691-3.

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Al-Bayan (البيان) newspaper article, " تنقية المياه بالألياف الطبيعية في أميركية الشارقة ", Dec 24, 2016.

Khaleej Times newspaper article, "Use cotton to clean waste water from industries in UAE", Nov 23, 2016.

• Interview with Abu Dhabi TV, "صباح الدار" program (at 01:00:15), Nov 21, 2016.

• Aya Mostafa and Mohamed Seif Mohamed were awarded the Sharjah Sustainability Award-Best Outstanding Team in the domain of Applied Scientific Research.(April 28, 2016 «الخليج»).

• Nada Al Haj As'ad won Sharjah Islamic Bank Research Award (1st place) for her senior research project (April 14, 2016 «الخليج»).

Muslim Science website, 14 Most Exciting Nanotechnologists from the Muslim World, Aug 25, 2015; and @MuslimScience, September 30, 2015.

Emarat TV, "روح الاتحاد" program (at 01:01:40), March 30, 2015.

Sharjah TV, "Amasi" program (at 04:40), March 15, 2015.

The National newspaper, "UAE at Forefront of Cancer Research", March 11, 2015.

AUS Blog, "AUS professor goes to Harvard for Sabbatical Leave", Nov 17, 2013.



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