Assistant professor

  • Institution:
    Chemical & Biochemical Science (CBS) department
  • Scientific competencies:
    Nanostructured and porous hybrid materials organic inorganic for different applications in catalysis, sensing and water treatment


Samir El Hankari was born in Morocco. After receiving his PhD degree in the synthesis of nanostructured hybrid silica by ‘Liquid Crystal Templating’ of ionic precursors in 2012 from the University of Montpellier 2 in France and the University of Mohammed V-Agdal, Morocco, he joined four different teams as a post-doc researcher in different countries: United Kingdom, Morocco, China and Austria. After his first post-doc fellow of three years at the University of Southampton, he joined the group of Prof. Abdelkrim El Kadib at Euro-Mediterranean University of Fes for a duration of 18 months. His passion for research and travelling moved him to pursue his career at Hunan University for a period of 10 months, and then in September 2018 he carried out his fourth post-doc at Graz University of Technology. Since September 2019 he joined Mohammed VI Polytechnic University in Morocco as an aassistant professor in inorganic chemistry – hybrid materials in Chemical & Biochemical Science (CBS) department.

Samir El Hankari has experience in organic synthesis and materials science, particularly: i) Sol-gel ii) nanostructured porous silica bearing organo-ionic species, iii) templating and processing of mesoporous Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), MOF capsules and MOF@oxide composites and evaluating their practical application in catalysis, sensing and separation. Recently, his experience has been extended to the Sol-gel of MOFs, biopolymer@MOFs and ceramic@MOFs composites as well as their shaping into membranes, films and monoliths. Currently, the major interests of Samir El Hankari focus on the development, synthesis and processing of new hybrid materials for water treatment, sensing and catalysis.