Research Interests

Dr. Tarik Rhadfi research interests focus on synthesis of nanomaterials for membrane desalination, nanocatalysis, nano-adsorbents for removal of oil and heavy metals and nanoparticles for energy applications.


  • Undergraduate studies on Physical Chemistry, Abdelmalek Essaadi University, Morocco. 2005
  • DESA (Master’s Degree) on Applied Organic Chemistry, Abdelmalek Essaadi University. Morocco. 2007
  • PhD on nanomaterials science (surface, interface, functional materials). PARIS Diderot University. 2011

Professional Experience

Dr. Tarik Rhadfi is Post Doc at Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI), Qatar Foundation. Dr. Tarik had his PhD Degree in nanomaterials science (surface, interface, functional materials) in 2011 from Paris Diderot University, in his Phd he worked on the preparation and characterization of metal oxide nanoparticles using Polyol process, aqueous medium and hydrothermal route, while controlling their shape and size.

He was able to show that different reactivity towards the decomposition of hydrogen peroxide (Fenton-like reactions) can be observed, depending on the different size and shapes of Mn3O4 nanoparticles. He has also investigated use of bifunctionnal (magnetic and catalytic) MxM’3-xO4 (M, M’ = Mn, Fe, Co, Ni) Nano catalysts for epoxidation of olefins using ter-butylhydroperoxide as the primary oxidant.

After his PhD, he had worked at ITODYS Laboratory, France for a year where he developed and tested for the first time a new catalytic system involving montmorillonite, a natural nanomaterial, for the oxidative cleavage of C-C bonds within cyclic ketones in the presence of dioxygen under mild conditions.


  • AUF Scholarship 2009-2010
  • Eiffel scholarships  ÉGIDE 2011
  • National Merit Scholarship Program, Morocco 2008-2011


Selected Publications

  • Ahmad Kayvani Fard, YM Manawi, Tarik Rhadfi, Khaled A. Mahmoud, M Khraisheh, F Benyahia. Synoptic Analysis of Direct Contact Membrane Distillation Performance in Qatar:A case Study, Desalination 360 (2015), 97-107
  • T. Rhadfi, J.- Y. Piquemal, L. Sicard, F. Herbst, E. Briot, M.  Benedetti, A. Atlamsani, Polyol-made Mn3O4 Nanocrystals as Efficient Fenton-like Catalysts, Applied Catalysis A: General, 386 (2010), 132-139.
  • T. Rhadfi, L. Sicard, F. Testard, O. Taché, A. Atlamsani, J.-Y. Piquemal, A Comprehensive Study of the Mechanism of Formation of Polyol-Made Hausmannite Nanoparticles: From Molecular Species to Solid Precipitation, Journal Phys. Chem. C, 2012, 116 (9), 5516–5523
  • I. Younssi, T. Rhadfi, A.  Atlamsani, L. Sicard, J.- Y. Piquemal, J.-P. Quisefit, F. Herbst and K. Draoui K-10 Montmorillonite: an efficient and reusable catalyst for the aerobic C–C bond cleavage of α-substituted ketones. J Mol. Cat.   2012