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  • BS in General Chemistry University of Constantine, Algeria, 1990
  • MS in Chemistry,  University d’Ais Marseille III, Marseille, France, 1992
  • PhD in Chemistry, University d’Aix Marseille, France, 1996ar

Professional Experience

Dr. Merzougui joined Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI) with 19 years of R&D experience. He received his PhD degree in chemistry in 1996 from University d’Aix Marseille, France. He held a post doc position in the period of 1997 and 1999 at the University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada.  Shortly after that, he joined GM Research Center in Michigan, where he held several technical positions working on different electrochemical technologies, such as NiMH battery, Alkaline fuel cells, and PEM fuel cells. In the late of 2006, he moved to United Technologies Corporation (UTC) in Connecticut as a Staff to lead R&D activities on advanced fuel cell materials for automotive and housing applications. In 2010, Dr Merzougui took an academic position at the Center of Nanotechnology, KFUPM, Dhahran, SA, where he was promoted to associate professor. His group was focusing on nanostructured catalytic materials for fuel cells, petroleum, and electrolytic hydrogen applications. Dr. Merzougui holds over 30 US patents. In addition he published many international journal papers, book chapters, and proceedings.


  • 2010 – United Technologies Corp, Several Patent Awards, CT, USA
  • 2005 – General Motors Corp,  Anonymous Disclosure Awards, MI, USA
  • 2003 – General Motors, Patent Awards, MI, USA
  • 1990 – Franco-Algerian Award (PhD Scholarship Award)

Selected Publications

  • Akeem Akinpelu, Belabbes Merzougui, Saheed Bukola, Abdul-Majeed Azad, Rafil A. Basheer, Greg M. Swain,Qiaowan Chang, and Minhua Shao, “A Pt-free electrocatalyst based on pyrolized vinazene-carbon composite for oxygen reduction reaction”,  Electrochimica Acta 161 (2015) 305–311
  • Saheed Bukola, Belabbes Merzougui, Akeem Akinpelu, Tahar Laoui, Mohamed N. Hedhili, Greg M. Swain, and Minhua Shao, Fe-N-C Electrocatalysts for Oxygen Reduction Reaction