Ahmed Al-Harrasi

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Prof. Dr. Ahmed Sulaiman Al-Harrasi
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Born (1974-10-13) October 13, 1974 (age 49)
Nizwa, Oman
Alma materFree University of Berlin
Known forBoswellic acids research
  • Fulbright Award
  • German Academic Exchange Service
Scientific career
  • Organic chemistry Organic synthesis
  • Chemical biology
InstitutionsUniversity of Nizwa

Ahmed Al-Harrasi[1] (born 13 October 1974) is an Omani scientist and is a full professor of organic chemistry at the University of Nizwa.

He achieved his BEd and BSc Degrees from Sultan Qaboos University and a Master's degree in Synthetic Organic Chemistry from Free University of Berlin, Germany, through SQU Scholarship. His Ph.D. was completed in Synthetic Organic Chemistry (New Transformations of Enantiopure 1,2-oxazines) under DAAD Award. After that, he received the Fulbright Program Award for Post-doctorate in Chemical biology. He was an active member of Prof. Tadhg Begley's group at Cornell University.

He researched the Synthesis of isotopically-labelled thiamin pyrophosphate. He is the vice-chancellor for graduate studies, research and external relations[2] and the Natural and Medical Sciences Research Center (NMSRC) director at the University of Nizwa.

Al Harrasi is named in Stanford University's global list of top 2% Scientists in 2019–2020. Recently, he was nominated as a member of the Scientific Board of the International Basic Science Programme (IBSP) in UNESCO. He is a member of the editorial board of Phytochemistry[3] , The Oman Authority for Academic Accreditation and Quality Assurance of Education (OAAAQA), GFA Advisory Board[4], Phytochemistry Society of Europe, and American Chemical Society.

He is the co-founder of the National Chair in Materials science and Metallurgy in Collaboration with the University of Cambridge and Co-founder of the GCC Co-funding program with 9 GCC universities, including Qatar University, Sultan Qaboos University, Kuwait University, University of Bahrain, American University of Sharjah, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, King Saud University and Princess Nora bint Abdul Rahman University.

Professor Ahmed Al Harrasi is the Co-founder of the (SQU-UoN) co-funding program and he established a (University of Oxford-University of Nizwa) exchange Program. His research focused on the interface between chemistry, biology, and biomedical sciences, including natural products chemistry, medicinal chemistry, synthetic organic chemistry and catalysis, biosynthesis, genomics, transcriptomics, and metabolomics.


  1. "Research project hopes to produce COVID-19 medicine from frankincense". The Times of Oman. 16 January 2021.
  2. "Prof. Dr. Ahmed Sulaiman Al-Harrasi". University of Nizwa. Retrieved 26 October 2021.
  3. "Phytochemistry". Elsevier. Retrieved 26 October 2021.
  4. "Advisory board". global frankincense alliance. Retrieved 26 October 2021.

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