Abeer Al Mohtar. Completed her PhD Degree in Nanotechnology and Optics from the University of Technology of Troyes, France in 2015, her Master of Sciences in Physics, from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon in 2011. Currently, she is a CEEC Junior Researcher at CERENA, Universidade de Lisboa Instituto Superior Técnico. She participated as researcher in 3 international projects. During her professional activities she interacted with 64 collaborator(s) in co-authorship of scientific works. She published 15 articles in Q1 specialized journals (of which 11 as first author/first coauthor, 4 as corresponding author), 1 Q2 journal, 2 conference proceedings, 1 book chapter. She is the co-inventor of 3 patents (1 international, 1 national, 1 filled). She disseminated her work via oral presentations in 14 conferences (of which 11 international and 3 national) and via poster presentations in 5 international conferences. She was invited to be the speaker/instructor of 3 seminars in Portugal, Germany and Lebanon, 2 international workshops, 1 training session, 1 oral presentation in an international conference. She received 3 awards and/or honors. She works in the area of: Indoor air quality, Carbon capture, Gas separation processes, Quantum Chemical Calculations, Finite Element Method calculations.

Personal identification

Full name
Abeer Al Mohtar

Citation names

  • Al Mohtar, Abeer
  • Mohtar, Abeer Al

Author identifiers

Ciência ID

Email addresses

  • abeer.mohtar@tecnico.ulisboa.pt (Professional)


  • (+351) 2184163974 (Professional)


  • Centro de Recursos Naturais e Ambiente, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, 1049-001, Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal (Professional)

Knowledge fields

  • Engineering and Technology - Chemical Engineering


Language Speaking Reading Writing Listening Peer-review
English Proficiency (C2)
Portuguese Proficiency (C2)
French Proficiency (C2)
Arab (Mother tongue)
Degree Classification
Nanotechnology and Optics (Doutoramento)
Université de Technologie de Troyes, France
"Localized Surface Plasmon and Phonon Polaritons Investigated by Mid-infrared Spectroscopy and Near-field Nanoscopy" (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
not applicable
Physics (Mestrado)
American University of Beirut, Lebanon
"Development and Characterization of WO3 Thin Films" (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
Physics (Licenciatura)
Université Libanaise, Lebanon
"Ground Penetrating Radar" (THESIS/DISSERTATION)


Host institution
2023/03/01 - Current Contracted Researcher (Research) Universidade de Lisboa Centro de Recursos Naturais e Ambiente, Portugal
Universidade de Lisboa Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal
2018/09/01 - Current Researcher (Research) Universidade de Lisboa Centro de Recursos Naturais e Ambiente, Portugal
Universidade de Lisboa Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal
2016/09/01 - 2017/08/31 Contracted Researcher (Research) Université de Paris, France
Université de Paris UFR des Sciences Fondamentales et Biomédicales, France
2015/09/01 - 2016/08/31 Contracted Researcher (Research) ESPCI Paris, France
Institut Langevin, France
2010/03/01 - 2011/09/01 Research Assistant (Research) American University of Beirut, Lebanon
American University of Beirut, Lebanon

Teaching in Higher Education

Host institution
2024/02/15 - Current Invited Assistant Professor (University Teacher) Universidade de Lisboa Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal
2015/09/01 - 2017/08/31 Lecturer (University Teacher) Université de Paris, France
Université de Paris UFR des Sciences Fondamentales et Biomédicales, France
2014/09/01 - 2015/08/31 Lecturer (University Teacher) Université de Technologie de Troyes, France
Université de Technologie de Troyes, France


Host institution
2011/11/01 - 2015/06/08 PhD candidate Université de Technologie de Troyes, France
2009/03/01 - 2011/09/01 Laboratory instructor, Phys101L, Phys205L, Phys210L, Phys211L American University of Beirut, Lebanon
American University of Beirut, Lebanon


Designation Funders
2013/09 - 2014/02 Nanoscopie de champ proche infrarouge: mesure d'amplitude et de phase
Internal project budget 1500 euros
Principal investigator
Université de Technologie de Troyes, France


Designation Funders
2022/11/01 - Current Carbon dioxide capture with pillared clays in PSA processes
Core Project 2B
Universidade de Lisboa Centro de Recursos Naturais e Ambiente, Portugal
Global Cement and Concrete Research Network
Post-doc Fellow
Universidade de Lisboa Centro de Recursos Naturais e Ambiente, Portugal
European Commission
2015 - 2017 QUANTItative scanning probe microscopy techniques for HEAT transfer management in nanomaterials and nanodevices
Post-doc Fellow
European Commission


Book chapter
  1. Bruyant, Aurélien; Vaillant, Julien; Wu, Tzu-Heng; Zhu, Yunlong; Huang, Yi; Al Mohtar, Abeer. "Interferometry Using Generalized Lock-in Amplifier (G-LIA): A Versatile Approach for Phase-Sensitive Sensing and Imaging". In Optical Interferometry. InTech, 2017.
Conference paper
  1. Adrien Lalisse; Al Mohtar, Abeer; Fabio Valentino; Guillaume Baffou; Rémi Carminati; Jérôme Plain; Gilles Tessier. "Plasmonic nanostructures: thermal modeling, characterization, and imaging". 2018.
  2. Al Mohtar, Abeer; A. Bruyant; S. Kostcheev; J. Vaillant; A. Khoury; M. Kazan. "Measurement of phonon damping by nanostructures". 2014.
Conference poster
  1. João Tingelinhas; Carolina Saragoça; Al Mohtar, Abeer; Margarida Mateus; Moisés L. Pinto. Corresponding author: Al Mohtar, Abeer. "CO2 capture from cement industry by PSA processes with pillared clays as adsorbent". Paper presented in Innovandi Spring Week, 2022.
  2. Al Mohtar, Abeer; Pinto, Moisés; Oleksii, Kolmykov; Farid Nouar; Christian Serre. "New Generation of Robust MOFs for Cultural Heritage Preservation". Paper presented in Euromof 2019, 2019.
  3. Al Mohtar, Abeer; Tessier, Gilles; Ritasalo, R.; Roger, Jean Paul. "Thickness-dependent thermal properties of amorphous alumina using photoreflectance microscopy.". Paper presented in Nanoscale and Microscale Heat Transfer V Eurotherm Seminar No 108, 2016.
  4. Al Mohtar, Abeer; Vaillant, J.; Kazan, Michel; Taliercio, Thierry; Bruyant, Aurélien. "Phase-sensitive Near-field Optical Nanoscopy Detecting Localized Surface Plasmon in Highly Doped Semiconductor Nanostructures.". Paper presented in Near-field Optics 13, 2014.
  5. Al Mohtar, Abeer; Sedaghat, Z.; Vaillant, J.; Kazan, Michel; Bruyant, Aurélien. "Développement d'un outil de spectroscopie á très haute résolution spatiale et spectrale résolu en polarisation.". Paper presented in Le Forum des microscopies à sonde locale, 2012.
  6. Al Mohtar, Abeer; Kassem, Wassim; Kazan, Michel; Tabbal, Malek. "Synthesis of WO3 by Microwave Plasma Assisted Oxidation of tungsten Thin Films.". Paper presented in Mediterranean Conference on Innovative Materials and Applications, 2011.
Journal article
  1. Abeer Al Mohtar; Maria Inês Severino; Pierre Tignol; Luigi Ranza; Artur Neves; Farid Nouar; Vanessa Pimenta; et al. "Iron(III) based Metal-Organic Frameworks in cellulose acetate film preservation: Fundamental aspects and first application". Journal of Cultural Heritage (2024): https://doi.org/10.1016/j.culher.2023.11.013.
  2. Cátia Freitas; Maria Inês Severino; Abeer Al Mohtar; Oleksii Kolmykov; Vanessa Pimenta; Farid Nouar; Christian Serre; Moises Pinto. "Metal–Organic Frameworks Polyurethane Composite Foams for the Capture of Volatile Organic Compounds". ACS Materials Letters (2024): https://doi.org/10.1021/acsmaterialslett.3c01273.
  3. João Tingelinhas; Carolina Saragoça; Abeer Al Mohtar; Margarida Mateus; Moisés L. Pinto. "Pillared Clays as Cost-Effective Adsorbents for Carbon Capture by Pressure Swing Adsorption Processes in the Cement Industry". Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research (2023): https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.iecr.2c04209.
  4. Maria Inês Severino; Abeer Al Mohtar; Carla Vieira Soares; Cátia Freitas; Nicolas Sadovnik; Shyamapada Nandi; Georges Mouchaham; et al. "MOFs with Open Metal(III) Sites for the Environmental Capture of Polar Volatile Organic Compounds". Angewandte Chemie International Edition 62 6 (2023): http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/anie.202211583.
  5. Maria Ines Severino Neves; Abeer Mohtar; Carla Vieira Soares; Oleksii Kolmykov; Catia Freitas; Iurii Dovgaliuk; Charlotte Martineau Corcos; et al. "When Hydrophobicity Meets Strong Interactions to Capture Highly Polar Volative Organic Compounds". Journal of Materials Chemistry A (2023): http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/d2ta09252b.
  6. Tignol, P.; Pimenta, V.; Dupont, A.-L.; Carvalho, S.; Mohtar, A.A.; Inês Severino, M.; Nouar, F.; et al. "A Versatile Shaping Method of Very-High Loading Porous Solids Paper Adsorbent Composites". Small Methods (2023): http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-85177756068&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  7. Subharanjan Biswas; Mohamed Haouas; Cátia Freitas; Carla Vieira Soares; Abeer Al Mohtar; Ali Saad; Heng Zhao; et al. "Engineering of Metal–Organic Frameworks/Gelatin Hydrogel Composites Mediated by the Coacervation Process for the Capture of Acetic Acid". Chemistry of Materials (2022): https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.chemmater.2c02704.
  8. Abeer Al Mohtar; Moisés L. Pinto. "Water Effect on CO2 Adsorption Kinetics in Amine-Functionalized Silicas Assessed Using the Density Functional Theory". The Journal of Physical Chemistry C (2022): https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpcc.1c10716.
  9. Al Mohtar, Abeer; Pinto, Moisés L.; Neves, Artur; Nunes, Sofia; Zappi, Daniele; Varani, Gabriele; Ramos, Ana Maria; et al. Corresponding author: Al Mohtar, Abeer. "Decision making based on hybrid modeling approach applied to cellulose acetate based historical films conservation". Scientific Reports 11 1 (2021): http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-95373-0.
  10. Al Mohtar, Abeer; Nunes, Sofia; Silva, Joana; Ramos, Ana Maria; Lopes, João; Pinto, Moisés L.. Corresponding author: Al Mohtar, Abeer. "First-Principles Model to Evaluate Quantitatively the Long-Life Behavior of Cellulose Acetate Polymers". ACS Omega 6 12 (2021): 8028-8037. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsomega.0c05438.
  11. Lalisse, Adrien; Mohtar, Abeer Al; Nguyen, Minh Chau; Carminati, Rémi; Plain, Jérôme; Tessier, Gilles. "Quantitative Temperature Measurements in Gold Nanorods Using Digital Holography". ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 13 8 (2021): 10313-10320. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsami.0c22420.
  12. Al Mohtar, A.; Tessier, G.; Ritasalo, R.; Matvejeff, M.; Stormonth-Darling, J.; Dobson, P.S.; Chapuis, P.O.; Gomès, S.; Roger, J.P.. "Thickness-dependent thermal properties of amorphous insulating thin films measured by photoreflectance microscopy". Thin Solid Films 642 (2017): 157-162. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tsf.2017.09.037.
  13. Al Mohtar, Abeer; Kazan, Michel; Taliercio, Thierry; Cerutti, Laurent; Blaize, Sylvain; Bruyant, Aurélien. "Direct measurement of the effective infrared dielectric response of a highly doped semiconductor metamaterial". Nanotechnology 28 12 (2017): 125701. http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1361-6528/aa5ddf.
    Open access • 10.1088/1361-6528/aa5ddf
  14. Al Mohtar, Abeer; Kassem, Wassim; Tabbal, Malek; Roumie, Mohamad. "Formation of WO3 by remote plasma assisted oxidation of tungsten thin films". Surface and Coatings Technology 307 (2016): 583-589. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.surfcoat.2016.09.046.
  15. Mohtar, A Al; Bruyant, A; Kostcheev, S; Vaillant, J; Khoury, A; Kazan, M. "Measurement of phonon damping by nanostructures". IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering 68 (2014): 012001. http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1757-899x/68/1/012001.
  16. Al Mohtar, A.; Vaillant, J.; Sedaghat, Z.; Kazan, M.; Joly, L.; Stoeffler, C.; Cousin, J.; Khoury, A.; Bruyant, A.. "Generalized lock-in detection for interferometry: application to phase sensitive spectroscopy and near-field nanoscopy". Optics Express 22 18 (2014): 22232. http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/oe.22.022232.
Thesis / Dissertation
  1. Al Mohtar, Abeer. "Localized surface plasmon and phonon polaritons investigated by mid-infrared spectroscopy and near-field nanoscopy". PhD, 2015.
  2. "Synthesis of tungsten trioxide by microwave plasma assisted oxidation of tungsten thin films". Master, American University of Beirut, 2011. http://hdl.handle.net/10938/8687..

Intellectual property

  1. Maria Inês Severino ; Christian Serre; Farid Nour; Pinto, Moisés; Al Mohtar, Abeer; Freitas, Cátia. 2021. "Metal Organic Frameworks for the Selective Capture of Volatile Organic Compounds Comprising Carboxylic Acid Functional Group(s)".
  2. Aurélien Bruyant; Julien Vaillant; Al Mohtar, Abeer. 2016. "Electronic method for extracting the amplitude and phase of a signal in a synchronous detector and application thereof in interferometric circuits".
  3. Julien Vaillant; Aurélien Bruyant; Al Mohtar, Abeer. 2015. "Procede electronique d'extraction de l'amplitude et de la phase d'un signal dans une detection synchrone et montage interferometrique pour la mise en oeuvre du procede".


Other output
  1. A Green One-Pot Preparation Method for Very High Porous Solids Loading Paper Composites. 2023. Tignol, P.; Pimenta, V.; Dupont, A.-L.; Carvalho, S.; Al Mohtar, A.; Severino, M.I.; Nouar, F.; et al. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-85170295362&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  2. Iron(Iii) Based Metal-Organic Frameworks in Movie Film Preservation: Fundamental Aspects and Application. 2023. Mohtar, A.A.; Severino, M.I.; Tignol, P.; Ranza, L.; Neves, A.; Nouar, F.; Pimenta, V.; et al. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-85166612502&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  3. A scalable robust microporous Al-MOF for post-combustion carbon capture. 2023. Chen, B.; Fan, D.; Pinto, R.V.; Dovgaliuk, I.; Nandi, S.; Chakraborty, D.; García-Moncada, N.; et al. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-85179758523&partnerID=MN8TOARS.

Oral presentation

Presentation title Event name
Host (Event location)
2023/09/14 Pillared Clays as Cost-Effective Adsorbent for CO2 Capture in the Cement Industry 14th International Chemical and Biological Engineering Conference (CHEMPOR)
(Bragança, Portugal)
2023/02/23 The NEMOSINE Project. CERENA's Seminar Series ‘Forward past, what’s next?’
CERENA (Lisbon, Portugal)
2022/11/17 Cultural Heritage Preservation: Metal-Organic Frameworks as Performant Adsorbents and Multiscale Modeling Seminar
State Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart (Stuttgart, Germany)
2022/11/14 Pharmaceutical cocrystals: Design approaches. XXVI Encontro Galego-Portugués de Química
2022/06/29 Density Functional Theory for assessment of kinetic reaction behaviour of polymers and hybrid materials CHEMEET 2022
Politécnico de Leiria (Leiria, Portugal)
2022/06/01 Predictive Tool Based on Hybrid Modeling for an Optimized Preservation of Cellulose-Acetate Movie Films European Materials Research Society (E-MRS)
2022/05/25 Sensors and wireless solutions for CH preservation NEMOSINE open workshop
AIMPLAS (Valencia, Spain)
2021/12/02 Incorporation of MOF particles in polyurethane foams for VOC’s adsorption in cellulose acetate cultural heritage CollectionCare Conference
2021/12 Multi-scale hybrid model to predict degradation kinetics of cellulose acetate films. CollectionCare Conference
2021/11 The NEMOSINE solution: The future of media storage. AMIA Annual Conference
(United States)
2021/03/19 Hybrid Model to Evaluate Precisely Long-Life Behavior of Cellulose Acetate Movie Films 6th Seminar | Spring 2020-2021
American University of Beirut - Physics Department (Beirut, Lebanon)
2021/03 First-Principles Model to Evaluate Quantitatively Long-Life Behavior of Cellulose Acetate Polymers. 14º Encontro de Química Física
Portuguese Chemical Society (SPQ) (Portugal)
2017/01/19 Thickness-dependent thermal properties of amourphous insulating thin films using photoreflectance microscopy Journée Thématique de la Société Française de Thermique
2014/06 Characterization of Phonon Behavior in Nanostructures 20th Annual LAAS conference jointly organized by LAAS, EDST-LU and CNRS
2014/05/26 Measurement of phonon damping by nanostructures. European Materials Research Society (E-MRS)
2013/09/13 Optimized phase-sensitive near-field nanoscopy using a modified lock-in detection. FRONTIERS IN OPTICAL IMAGING. IOS TOPICAL MEETING

Event organisation

Event name
Type of event (Role)
Institution / Organization
2019/07/10 - 2019/07/12 18th month meeting of the NEMOSINE project (17 partner organizations, 45 participantes) (2019/07/10 - 2019/07/12)
Meeting (Co-organisor)
Universidade de Lisboa Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal

Event participation

Activity description
Type of event
Event name
Institution / Organization
2022/06/27 - 2022/06/29 Session Chair of "Organic and Physical Chemistry"
International Chemistry Conference
Instituto Politécnico de Leiria, Portugal
2022/05/16 - 2022/05/18 Demonstração do protótipo de armazenamento NEMOSINE, que é a solução tecnológica para detetar, prever e retardar a degradação de filmes com interesse cultural.
Encontro com a Ciência e Tecnologia em Portugal 2022
Associação para a Inovação e Desenvolvimento da FCT, Portugal
2021/10/18 - 2021/10/18 Training session. Title: Multi-Scale Hybrid Modeling to Predict Degradation Kinetics of Cellulose Acetate Based Movie Films.
NEMOSINE project

Ad Hoc journal article review

Journal title (ISSN) Publisher
2023/01 - 2023/05 Heritage (2571-9408 ) Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)
2023/01 - 2023/05 Sustainability ( 2071-1050 ) Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)
2022/01 - 2022/12 Journal of Applied Physics (1089-7550 ) AIP Publishing

Association member

Society Organization name Role
2020/01 - Current Portuguese Chemical Society

Committee member

Activity description
Institution / Organization
2023/03/01 - Current Executive committee member
Universidade de Lisboa Centro de Recursos Naturais e Ambiente, Portugal
2022 - Current Scientific Council member
Universidade de Lisboa Centro de Recursos Naturais e Ambiente, Portugal
2013 - 2014 Scientific Council - PhD students representative
Université de Technologie de Troyes, France

Mentoring / Tutoring

Topic Student name
2022/07/01 - 2022/07/31 Biogas gas upgrading by adsorbent materials Ilan REGENT
2016/09/01 - 2017/01/01 Holographic microscopy of plasmonic nanoparticules Zhor Khadir
2016/06/01 - 2016/07/05 Measurement of thermal properties of thin-films at the micrometer scale by photoreflectance and thermoreflectance. Runhe Fang


Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, Portugal
2011 Scholarship for Ph.D study
CNOUS, France
2009 Full-time graduate assistantship award
American University of Beirut, Lebanon