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Name : Muayad Esaifan

Academic Rank: Assistant Professor

Administrative Position : Faculty Academic Member

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Specialization: Inorganic Materials Chemistry

Graduate Of: Vrije Universiteit Brussel -Belgium

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    Free University of Brussels
    The University of Jordan
    Vrije Universiteit Brussel -Belgium

Professional Experience



University of Petra, Amman, Jordan

Assistant professor, Chemistry Department

March 2019- Present

The University of Greifswald, Greifswald, Germany

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Analytical & Materials Chemistry

May 2017 / Dec. 2017

The University of Jordan Amman, Jordan

Part time adjunct professor, Chemistry Department

Teaching activities: General Chemistry; Analytical Chemistry, Materials Chemistry and Characterization

Nov. 2015-Nov. 2016

Technical University of Crete, Crete, Greece

Research Scholar in Postgraduate Program Master Erasmus-Mundus”

“International Master in Advance Clay Science-IMACS

Nov. 2015-Nov. 2016

The University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan

Researcher & Project Coordinator 

“Chemical Stabilisation of Natural Geomaterials for Construction and Industrial Applications”


The University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan

Research Assistance

“Synthesis of zeolitic material by alkali-activation of kaolinitic rich clay for Industrial Applications”


Awards and Scholarship



DAAD Research Grants for Doctoral Candidates and Young Academics and Scientists (more than 6 months), 2017/18, University of Greifswald, Germany.


Research Scholar  in the Postgraduate Program, Master Erasmus, Mundus “ International Master in advanced Clay Science, IMACS”, Technical University of Crete, Greece.


PhD Scholarship:

Erasmus Mundus Scholarship – European Union,


Post-graduate Scholarship:

Flemish Interuniversity Council - VlaamseInteruniversitaireRaad,


Scientific and Academic Activities



  • Member of Art and Science Faculty Board at the University of Petra.
  • Member of Industry Partners Committee, Chemistry Department, University of Petra.
  • Member of the Academic Exchange Board, Chemistry Department, University of Petra.
  • Member of the World Association of Industrial and Technological Research Organizations (WAITRO).
  •  Reviewer for International Scientific Journals :

Journal of Cleaner Production (IF: 7.25).

Advanced Powder Technology Journal (IF: 4.22).

Clay Minerals Journal (IF: 1.36).


  • Journal Paper

      Alomari, R., Esaifan, M., Hourani, M.K., Al Amayreh, H.,Amayreh, M. and Khoury, H. , " Synthesis of Electroconducting Hydroxy-Sodalite/Graphite Composite: Preparation and Characterization " , "Advances in Materials Physics and Chemistry",Vol.9,No., Scientific Research Publishing, China, 03/15/2019 Abstract:
      Electroconductive hydroxy-sodalite/graphite composites were synthesized by alkali-activation of kaolinite in the presence of sodium hydroxide as the alkali activator and graphite as a conductive filler. Thermal, morphological and microstructural properties in addition to direct current (D.C.) con Download

      Shaqour F., Ismiek M., Esaifan M, " Alkali-activation of natural clay using Ca(OH)2/Na2CO3 alkaline mixture " , "Clay Minerals",Vol.4,No., GeoScienceWorld, UK, 12/19/2017 Abstract:
      An experimental investigation was conducted on the alkali activation of a kaolinitic clay using an alkaline mixture composed of hydrated lime (Ca(OH)2) and sodium carbonate (Na2CO3) solution. The Ca(OH)2/Na2CO3 alkaline mixture was developed to overcome the high cost and chemical aggression associat

      Esaifan M., Hourani M.,Khoury H.,Rahier H.,Wastiels J, " Synthesis of hydroxysodalite zeolite by alkali-activation of basalt powder rich in calc-plagioclase. " , "Advanced Powder Technology",Vol.28,No., Elsevier, Japan, 11/16/2016 Abstract:
      Hydroxysodalite (H-SOD) microcrystalline particles were synthesized from basalt powder rich in calcicplagioclase (anorthite) by alkali activation at 80 C/24 h. Sodium hydroxide (NaOH) solution was used as alkaline activator. The reactivity of the natural solid precursor basalt was studied using d

      Esaifan M., Rahier H.*, Barhoum A., Khoury H., Hourani M., Wastiels J.,, " Development of Inorganic Polymer by Alkali-activation of Untreated KaoliniticClay:Reaction Stoichiometry, Strength and Dimensional Stability " , "Construction and Building Materials",Vol.91,No., Elsevier, Holand, 04/22/2015 Abstract:
      An environmental friendly building material was developed by alkali-activation of untreated kaolinitic clay using sodium hydroxide. The reaction was studied using differential scanning calorimetry. The chemical structure of the produced inorganic polymer was deduced from infrared spectroscopy, X-r

      Hamaideh A., Komnitsas K., Esaifan M., Al-Kafawein J., Rahier H., Alshaaer M., " Advantages of Applying a Steam Curing Cycle for the Production of Kaolinite-based Geopolymers " , "The Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering",Vol.9,No., Springer, KSA, 02/28/2014 Abstract:
      In this study, a new approach, which involves the application of a steam curing cycle for the production of kaolinite-based geopolymers, is investigated. This approach aimed to accelerate geopolymeric reactions and eliminate the content of residual alkalis within the geopolymer mass and the for

      Esaifan M., Hourani M.,, " Indirect Voltammetric Method for Determination of Nitrogen Dioxide in the Ambient Atmosphere " , "Jordan Journal of Chemistry",Vol.4,No., Yarmouk University, Jordan, 05/16/2009

      Muayad Esaifan, Laurence N. Warr, Georg Grathoff, Tammo Meyer, Maria-Theresia Schafmeister, Angela Kruth and Holger Testrich , " Synthesis of Hydroxy-Sodalite/Cancrinite Zeolites from Calcite-Bearing Kaolin for the Removal of Heavy Metal Ions in Aqueous Media " , "Minerals",Vol.9,No., MDPI, Basel, Switzerland, 08/13/2019 Abstract:
      A hydroxy-sodalite/cancrinite zeolite composite was synthesized from low-grade calcite-bearing kaolin by hydrothermal alkali-activation method at 160 °C for 6 h. The effect of calcite addition on the formation of the hydroxy-sodalite/cancrinite composite was investigated using artificial mixtures. T

      Ehab AlShamaileh, Muayad Esaifan, Qusay Abu-Afifeh, " Formation of metal oxide-based hydroxysodalite by alkali-activation of kaolinite " , "Chemija",Vol.31 ,No., Journals of the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences, Lithuanian, 07/19/2020 Abstract:
      The formation of metal oxide-based hydroxysodalite by alkali-activation of kaolinite is studied using X-ray diffraction (XRD) study and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) analysis. Different metal oxides (CoO, MgO, FeO and SiO 2) were used to form the metal oxide-based hydroxysodalite. The t Download

  • Chapter in a Book

      Rahier, H. , Esaifan, M. , Aldabsheh, I. , Slatyi, F. , Khoury, H. and Wastiels, J., " Production of Geopolymers from Untreated Kaolinite " , "Developments in Strategic Materials and Computational Design II: Ceramic Engineering and Science ",Vol.32,No., WILEY, USA, 09/12/2011 Abstract:
      Three Jordanian raw materials, namely Jordanian Hiswa kaolinite, Jordanian volcanic tuff and Jordanian smectite rich clay, are investigated on their potential for use as an alkali activated cement. A dissolution study of these materials already indicates that the tuff sample reacts slower than the t

      Khoury, H. , Dabsheh, I. A., Slaty, F. , Salha, Y. A., Rahier, H. , Esaifan, M. and Wastiels, J., " The Effect of Addition of Pozzolanic Tuff on Geopolymers " , "In Developments in Strategic Materials and Computational Design II",Vol.32,No., WILEY, USA, 09/12/2011 Abstract:
      A new geopolymerization process was developed by activating local raw kaolinite with quartz and tuff fillers and alkaline sodium hydroxide solution. The new geopolymers were cured at 80 C for 24 hr. The effect of addition of pozzolanic tuff on the physical and chemical properties of the geopolymers

      Hani Khoury Yousif Abu Salhah Islam Al Dabsheh Faten Slaty Mazen Alshaaer Hubert Rahier Muayad Esaifan Jan Wastiels, " Geopolymer Products from Jordan for Sustainability of the Environment " , "In Advances in Materials Science for Environmental and Nuclear Technology II",Vol.227,No., WILEY, USA, 06/27/2011

  • Conference paper

      Hubert Rahier, Faten Slatyi, Islam Aldabsheh, Mazen Alshaaer, Hani Khoury, Muayed Esaifan, Jan Wastiels, " Use of Local Raw Materials for Construction Purposes " , " Advances in Science and Technology",Vol.69,No.,, Czech Republic, 10/30/2010 Abstract:
      A geopolymer produced from Jordanian kaolinite is described in this work. The aim is to produce low environmental impact materials from local raw materials. In this paper the emphasis is on the general characteristics of the material and on its durability. With the used kaolinite, specimens with com
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