Mohammad obtained his undergraduate degree and MSc in organic Chemistry from the Lebanese University (Faculty of Science ULFDS1) and completed his MSc’s research under the supervision of Prof. Iyad KARAMEH (Lebanese University). After that he moved to Lyon to obtain another master’s degree in Synthesis, Catalysis, and Sustainable Chemistry from Claude-Bernard University and completed his MSc’s research under the supervision of Prof. Abderrahmane AMGOUNE. In 2022, he joined the SCORE team to pursue his doctoral studies under the supervision of his former supervisor, working on merging photoinduced LMCT-enabled intramolecular HAT and C-C b-scission of Ce-alkoxides with nickel catalyzed cross-coupling reactions.
Outside of the lab, Mohammad enjoys working out at the gym and travelling to new places with friends.
The recent development of transition metal catalyzed cross-couplings for the formation of C-C and C-X bonds represents a major accomplishment in chemical synthesis. In this field, the merging of nickel catalysis with photoredox catalysis has revolutionized the field of cross-coupling reactions. In this regard, the development of a catalytic strategy allowing the selective functionalization of ubiquitous, yet very stable C-H and C-C bonds starting from alcohols would provide a valuable toolbox for the sustainable formation of C-C and C-heteroatom bonds.
Mohammad will seek to design novel catalytic cross-coupling processes that take advantage of abundant feedstock alcohols as versatile precursors for carbon-centered radicals, via the generation of highly reactive alkoxy radical intermediate. To achieve this ambitious aim, he will merge two modern catalytic approaches, i.e., transition metal catalysis (earth-abundant nickel) and photoinduced ligand-to-metal charge transfer (LMCT) catalysis (cerium catalysts).