Abdulrehman Ajina


I was sponsored by Saudi Aramco to pursue a BSc degree in chemistry at Aston University (2007-2011). Following my graduation, I was assigned as a lab scientist in the research and development centre under the technical services division. During my stay at the R&D, I managed to handle several petroleum characterization projects, fuel studies, and short-term analytical services requests. I was in direct contact with different organizations including refineries, bulk plants, producing facilities, and planning departments. As part of my career plan, I was heavily involved in the fuel additives research projects. I contributed significantly to the “Gasoline Detergency Program” as I was responsible for the communication with international vendors, engine testing laboratories, and executing in-house lab scale experiments. In September 2013, I started a one-year field assignment at Jeddah Refinery. Over the year, I managed to fulfil the requirements of being a contact engineer for the crude distillation units as well as the gasoline treatment units (Platformer, Naphtha Hydrotreater, and Merox).

Currently, I am sponsored by Saudi Aramco Research and Development Centre to pursue a PhD degree in the field of fuel additives, gasoline detergents, at the EPSRC CDT of Complex Particulate Products and Processes.

Research interests

My research interests are oriented towards the area of fuel and petroleum products. My career at Saudi Aramco R&D gave me the opportunity to research in the formulated products field such as fuel additives. I am interested in studying molecules that have the ability and function to enhance the chemical properties of certain types of fuels. For instance, investigating the influence of nitrogen based additives on gum formation from gasoline fuel, which meet the criteria and requirement of today’s engines and have positive impact on combustion and fuel consumption economy.


  • BSc Chemistry (Hons.), Aston University

Research groups and institutes

  • Complex Systems and Processes