Abdullah Saleh, Ph.D

Associate Professor

Al Ain Campus

+971 3 7024876



Ph.D. University of Connecticut, 2005

M. Sc. University of Jordan 1993

B.Sc., University Qatar, 1989

Research Interests

Synthesis of pyrazole and isoxazole biologicaly active compounds.

Selected Publications

  • The influence of distal substitution on the base-induced isomerization of long-chain terminal alkynes, Tetrahedron Letters Volume 58, Issue 44, 1 November 2017, Pages 4162-4165, Innus Mohammada Ji Young Amber OnoratoMartha D.Mortonad Abdullah I.Saleh  Michael B.Smith
  • A Concise Route to 4-Aminomethylpyrazoles and 4-Aminomethylisoxazoles from Acetylacetone-derived Hexahydropyrimidines under Mild Conditions. Abdullah I. Saleh, Kayed A. Abu-Safieh, Bader A. Salameh. Chemical Papers, 2015, 69(5) 729–736.
  • Synthesis of 1,3-disubstituted hexahydropyrimidine derivatives from dibenzoylmethane, acetylacetone, ethyl acetoacetate: one-pot FeCl3-catalyzed Mannich reaction. Abdullah Saleh, Martha Morton, and John D’Angelo, Synth. Commun. 2014, 44(19), 2715-2723.
  • Selective removal of dibenzothiophene from diesel fuel using manganese oxides modified activated carbon: a kinetic study, Kayed A. Abu Safieh, Yahya S. Al-Degs, Mahmoud S. Sunjuk, Abdoullah Saleh & Mohammad A. Al-Ghouti, Environ. Technol. 2015, 36(1)98- 105.
  • Selective coupling of carbon dioxide and epoxystyrene via salicylaldimine-, thiophenaldimine, and quinolinaldimine-iron(II), iron(III), chromium(III), and cobalt(III)/Lewis base catalysts By Mahmoud Sunjuk; Adnan S. Abu-Surrah; Esraa AlRamahi; Abdussalam K. Qaroush; Abdullah Saleh, Transition Met. Chem. 2013, 38(3), 253- 257. Page 3 of 3
  • Synthesis of 3-Guaninyl- and 3-Adeninyl-5-hydroxymethyl-2-pyrrolidinone Nucleosides, Abdullah Saleh, John G. D’Angelo, Martha D. Morton, Jesse Quinn, Kendra Redden, Rafal W. Mielguz, Christopher Pavlik, and Michael B. Smith. J. Org. Chem., 2011, 76(14), 5574–5583.
  • Examining the potency of suggested inhibitors for the phosphatase activity of the human soluble epoxide hydrolase by molecular dynamics simulations By El-Barghouthi, Musa I.; Saleh, Abdullah I.; Ghandour, Ahmad; Ghanem, Raed; Zacharias, Martin Journal of Molecular Structure: THEOCHEM, 2010, 944(1-3), 97-104.
  • Compressibility and compactibility studies of chitosan, xanthan gum, and their mixtures By Eftaiha, Ala'a F.; El-Barghouthi, Musa I.; Rashid, Iyad S.; AlRemawi, Mayyas M.; Saleh, Abdullah I.; Badwan, Adnan A. J. Mater. Sci. 2009, 44(4), 1054-1062.
  • Structural confirmation of the dihydrosphinganine and fatty acid constituents of the dental pathogen Porphyromonas gingivalis By Mun, JiYoung; Onorato, Amber; Nichols, Frank C.; Morton, Martha D.; Saleh, Abdullah I.; Welzel, Morgan; Smith, Michael B. Org. Biomol. Chem. 2007, 5(23), 3826-3833.

Teaching Courses

  • General Chemistry
  • Pharmaceutical Organic Chemistry 2


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all.

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  • JCS