Gamal A. El-Hiti received his B.Sc and M.Sc degrees from Tanta University, Egypt. He received his Ph.D degree from Tanta University in 1996 including two years at Swansea University, UK (Professor K. Smith). He was Lecturer (1996); Associate Professor (2001) and Professor (2006-2013), Tanta University (was on sabbatical leave to the UK; 1993-1995, 1998-1999 and 2002-2013), Academic Visitor, Swansea University (1998-1999); Lecturer and Research Officer, Swansea University (2002-2007); Research Fellow, Research Associate and Teacher in Organic Chemistry, Cardiff University (2007-2013); Technical Director of CatCelt Limited since 2006. His research interests are primarily in the development of novel organic synthetic methods, especially ones that are “greener” than traditionally, and synthesis of compounds with interesting properties. Particular current research projects involve use of zeolites and solid-supported reagents and catalysts to gain selectivity in organic reactions; lithiation reactions, which have been used to devise novel heterocyclic ring syntheses and to introduce selectivity into aromatic and heterocyclic substitution reactions; heterocyclic chemistry; design and synthesis of novel compounds with interesting chemiluminescent properties and chemistry of tears. He is currently a Professor of Organic Chemistry, since 2013, at King Saud University, College of Applied Medical Sciences, Department of Optometry, Saudi Arabia.
Development of novel organic synthetic methods.