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Rayya Al Balushi
Assistant Professor - Basic Sciences
College of Applied Sciences

Name: Rayya Al Balushi
Job Title: Assistant Professor - Basic Sciences
College: College of Applied Sciences
Email: rayya.albalushi@asu.edu.om
Phone: 0096899208941 Ext. 1183

Rayya A. Al-Balushi was born and brought up in A’Sharqiyah, Oman. She received her M.Sc. degree in Chemistry from Sultan Qaboos University, Oman (2006). She received Ph.D. from the same University in 2016 under the supervision of Professor Muhammad S. Khan. Her Ph.D. project focused on the design, synthesis, and characterization of some novel metalla-yne and poly(metalla-yne) materials. Dr. Al Balushi received the Best Ph.D. Thesis award from Sultan Qaboos University in 2017. Dr. Al-Balushi is currently an Assistant Professor in the College of Applied and Health Sciences, A’Sharqiyah University (ASU), Oman. Her research interests include designing conjugated polymers for photoswitch, photovoltaic, and LED applications.

  • Ph.D. in Chemistry
  • MSc. in Chemistry
  •  Bachelor of Education (Major: Chemistry; Minor: Physics).

Internal Memberships:

  • Chairperson of The University Ethical Committee, A`Sharqiyah University (ASU), (December 2019- date).
  • A member in University Research and Enterprise Committee (UREC), A`Sharqiyah University (ASU), (October 2019- to date)
  • A member in College Community Services Committee, College of Applied and Health Sciences, ASU (Fall 2019- to date)
  • A member in the Institutional Internal Evaluation Committee (IIEC), A`Sharqiyah University (ASU), (2018- to date)
  • Chairperson of University Research and Enterprise Committee, A’Sharqiyah University (ASU) (09/10/ 2018- Oct 2019)
  • Member in the University Academic Board (UAB), USA (2018- 2019)
  • Chair of College Community Services Committee, College of Applied and Health Sciences, ASU (Fall 2018- 2019
  • Member in preparing the industrial chemistry program (2018/2019), College of applied and Health Sciences (CAHS).
  • Member of the panel team of reviewing program of Master of Education (MEd) in Curriculum and Teaching Methods.
  • Member in COE Academic Board Approval of the Pre-Engineering Program A’Sharqiyah University (ASU), Spring 2018.

External Membership:

  • A member of MSc.Thesis Examination for Anwaar Al Maqbali (101286), Title of Thesis: Synthesis and Phase Transition Behaviour of a Novel Series of Fluorinated Organosiloxane Liquid Crystals, Department of Chemistry, College of Science Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat (9-10 am, December 16, 2019)
  • Institutional Research Focal point (IRFP), A`Sharqiyah University (ASU), (October 2018- October 2019)
  • Reviewer, The Ministry of Higher Education, Research & Innovation, 2020-date
  • External MSc.Thesis Examiner for Khadija Al Yahmedi ( 121367 ), Title of Thesis: Synthesis and Characterization of Copper(I) Complexes of Pyrazole and Benzotriazole-Derived Ligands for Electroluminescence Applications, Department of Chemistry, College of Science Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat (10-11:30 am, December 24, 2020).
  • External MSc.Thesis Examiner for Ms. Houda Al Sharji (88517), Title of Thesis: Copper(I) and Cadmium Complexes of 1-Substituted Benzotriazole and Pyrazole Ligands: Structural and Photophysical Properties, Department of Chemistry, College of Science Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat (10 am-12 pm, May 25, 2021).
  • A member of Special Topics editorial board, Polymers, MDPI, IF: 3.426 (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/polymers/topic_editors), 2020 to date
  • A Member Reviewer Board, Polymers, MDPI, IF: 3.426 (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/polymers/submission_reviewers ), 2020 to date



Organometallic Polymers, Coordination Chemistry,  conjugated polymers, Organic synthesis, spectrophotometric characterization

Journal paper
  1. Rayya A. Al Balushi, Ashanul Haque, Thuraya Al Harthi, Mohammed Al Hinaai and Mohammad S. Khan, Conjugated Pt(II) Poly-ynes for Opto-electronic Applications, Annals of Chemical Science Research (ACSR), 28 June 2021, 2(4), Doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.31031/ACSR.2021.02.000542


DOI/URL: https://crimsonpublishers.com/acsr/pdf/ACSR.000542.pdf

Haque, Ashanul; Al Balushi, Rayya; Al-Busaidi, Idris ; Al-Rasbi, Nawal; Al-Bahri, Sumayya; Al-Suti, Mohammed; Abou-Zied, Osama; Khan, Muhammad S.; Skelton, Jonathan; Raithby, Paul, Two is Better Than One? Investigating the Effect of Incorporating Re(CO)3Cl Side-Chains into Pt(II) Di-ynes and Poly-ynes, Inorg. Chem., 2021, 60, 2, 745–759. 

DOI/URL: https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.inorgchem.0c02747

Idris Juma Al-Busaidi, Ashanul Haque, John Husband, Nawal K. Al-Rasbi, Osama K. Abou-Zied, Rayya Al Balushi, Muhammad S. Khan, Paul R. Raithby, Electronic and steric effects of Pt(II) di-ynes and poly-ynes substituents on photo switching behavior of stilbene: Experimental and theoretical insight, Dalton Trans., 2021, 50, 2555–2569.

DOI/URL: 10.1039/D0DT04198J

Ashanul Haque ,Rayya A. Al-Balushi, Paul R. Raithby Muhammad S. Khan , Recent Advances in π-Conjugated N^C-Chelate Organoboron Materials, Molecules, 2020, 25(11), 2645. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules25112645  (IF: 3.06)

DOI/URL: https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules25112645

Changez, Mohammad; Anwar, Mohammad; Al Balushi, Rayya, Jae-Suk Lee, Solution State Long Range Molecular Order in Poly(3-Hexylthiophene), Langmuir, 1 September 2020, 36(37), 11028–11033 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.langmuir.0c01876 (IF: 3.557)

DOI/URL: https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.langmuir.0c01876

Rayya A. Al Balushi, Md. Serajul Haque Faizi, Ashanul Haque, Muhammad S. Khan, Kieran Molloy, Paul R. Raithby, Synthesis and structural characterization of hexa-μ2-chlorido-μ4-oxido-tetra­kis­{[4-(phenyl­ethyn­yl)pyridine-κN]copper(II)} di­chloro­methane monosolvate, Acta Crystallogr. E, 2020, 77(1), 42-46.

DOI/URL: https://doi.org/10.1107/S2056989020015935

Haque, A., Rayya A. Al Balushi, R. A., Al-Busaidi, I. J., Ilmi, R., Al Rasbi, N., Jayapal, M., Khan, M. and Raithby, P. R, Synthesis, optical spectroscopy, structural, and DFT studies on dimeric iodo-bridged Copper (I) complexes, J. Organomet. Chem., 2019, 892, 75-82, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jorganchem.2019.04.017 (IF: 2.066).

DOI/URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jorganchem.2019.04.017

Ashanul Haque, Rayya A. Al-Balushi, Muhammad S. Khan, σ-acetylide Complexes for Biomedical Applications: Features, Challenges and Future Directions, J. Organomet. Chem., 2019, 897, 95-106. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jorganchem.2019.06.026 (IF: 2.066).

DOI/URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jorganchem.2019.06.026

Haque, A.  Xu, L., Al-Balushi, R. A., Al-Suti, M. K., Ilmi, R., Guo, Z., Khan, M. S., Wong, W. Y., Raithby, P. R., Cyclometalated Tridentate Platinum(II) Arylacetylide Complexes: Old Wine in New Bottles, Chem. Soc. Rev. 2019, 48 (23), 5547-5563 (IF: 40.443). doi: 10.1039/C8CS00620B  

DOI/URL: 10.1039/C8CS00620B  

Jayapal, Maharaja; Haque, Ashanul; Al-Busaidi, Idris ; Al-Rasbi, Nawal; Al Balushi, Rayya; Al-Suti, Mohammed; Khan, Muhammad; Islam, Shahidul; Xin, Chenghao; Wu, Wenjun; Wong, Wai-Yeung; Marken, Frank; Raithby, Paul, Dicopper(I) Complexes Incorporating Acetylide-functionalized Pyridinyl-based Ligands : Synthesis, Structural and Photovoltaic Studies, Inorg. Chem. 2018,  57, 19, 12113-12124 https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.inorgchem.8b01684   (IF: 4.7)

DOI/URL: https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.inorgchem.8b01684

Ashanul Haque, Rayya A. Al-Balushi, Idris Juma Al-Busaidi, Muhammad S. Khan, and Paul R. Raithby, Rise of Conjugated Poly-ynes and Poly(Metalla-ynes): From Design Through Synthesis to Structure–Property Relationships and Applications, Chem. Rev. 2018,  118, 18, 8474-8597.  10.1021/acs.chemrev.8b00022(IF: 52.6)

DOI/URL: 10.1021/acs.chemrev.8b00022

Jayapal, M.; Haque, A.; Al-Busaidi, I. J.; Al-Balushi, R. A.; Al-Suti, M. K.; Islam, S. M.;  Khan, M. S., Synthesis, characterization and photocell studies of a Pt(II) poly-yne covalently attached to a fullerene, J. Organomet. Chem. 2017, 842, 32-38. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jorganchem.2017.05.012 (IF: 2.2)

DOI/URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jorganchem.2017.05.012

Jayapal, M.; Haque, A.; Al-Busaidi, I. J.; Al-Balushi, R. A.; Al-Suti, M. K.; Islam, S. M.;  Khan, M. S.; Dittmer, J. J., Synthesis and characterization of a thienopyrazine-based low band-gap poly(arylene ethynylene) and photocell studies of the poly-yne/perylene dye blend with broad photocurrent spectrum, Curr. Org. Chem., 2017, 21, 2017-2027. https://doi.org/10.2174/1385272821666170420152645   (IF: 2.19)

DOI/URL: https://doi.org/10.2174/1385272821666170420152645

M.S. Khan, R. Al Balushi, A. Haque, J. Maharaja and  M.K. Al-Suti, New Pt(II) Poly-ynes Incorporating Azobenzene and Carbazole Spacers, Proceedings, 8th International Conference on Materials Science & Technology, (IMS/8), American University, Sharjah, UAE, 2016, 54-57


Al-Balushi R. A.; Haque, A.; Jayapal, M.; Al-Suti, M. K.; Husband, J.; Khan, M. S.; Koentjoro, O. F.; Molloy, K. C.;  Skelton, J. M.; Raithby, P. R.; Experimental and Theoretical Investigation for the Level of Conjugation in Carbazole-Based Precursors and Their Mono-, Di-, and Polynuclear Pt(II) Complexes, Inorg. Chem. 2016, 55 (13), 6465-6480, https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.inorgchem.6b00523 (IF: 4.7)

DOI/URL: https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.inorgchem.6b00523

Khan, M. S.; Al-Suti, M. K.; Jayapal, M.; Haque, A.; Al-Balushi, R. A.; Raithby, P. R., J. Conjugated poly-ynes and poly(metalla-ynes) incorporating thiophene-based spacers for solar cell (SC) applications, Organomet. Chem. 2016, 812, 13-33, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jorganchem.2015.10.003  (IF: 2.2)

DOI/URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jorganchem.2015.10.003

Al-Balushi, R. A.; Haque, A.; Jayapal M.; Al-Suti M. K.; Husband, J.; Khan, M. S.; Koentjoro, O. F.;  Skelton, J. M.; Molloy K. C.;  Raithby, P. R., Impact of the Alkyne Substitution Pattern and Metalation on the Photoisomerization of Azobenzene-Based Platinum(II) Diynes and Polyynes, Inorg. Chem. 2016, 55 (21), 10955–10967, https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.inorgchem.6b01509 (IF: 4.7)

DOI/URL: https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.inorgchem.6b01509

Shah, H. H.; Al-Balushi, R. A.; Al-Suti; M. K., Khan, M. S.; Marken, F.; Sudlow, A.L., Kociok-Köhn, G., Woodall, C. H.; Raithby, P.R.; Molloy, K. C., New di-ferrocenyl-ethynylpyridinyl triphenylphosphine copper halide complexes and related di-ferricenyl electro-crystallized materials, Dalton Trans., 2014, 43(25),  9497-9507. https://doi.org/10.1039/C3DT52914B (IF: 4.1)

DOI/URL: https://doi.org/10.1039/C3DT52914B

Shah, H. H.; Al-Balushi, R. A.; Khan, M. S.; Ferrocenylethynyl-A Versatile Platform for New Molecules to Novel Materials, SQU Journal for Science, 2014, 19(1), 15-42 https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/12cf/431ce64302599d52fd209f53262aa6cc5b00.pdf 

DOI/URL: https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/12cf/431ce64302599d52fd209f53262aa6cc5b00.pdf 

Shah, H. H.; Al-Balushi, R. A.; Al-Suti, M. K.; Khan, M. S.; Woodall, C. H.; Sudlow, A. L.; Raithby, P. R.; Kociok-Köhn, G.; Molloy, K. C.; Marken, F., New Multi-Ferrocenyl- and Multi-Ferricenyl- Materials via Coordination-Driven Self-Assembly and via Charge-Driven Electro-Crystallization, Inorg. Chem., 2013, 12012-12022, https://doi.org/10.1021/ic401803p  (IF: 4.8)

DOI/URL: https://doi.org/10.1021/ic401803p

Shah, H. H.;  Al-Balushi, R. A.; Al-Suti, M. K.;  Khan, M. S.;  Woodall, C. H.; Molloy, K. C.; Raithby, P.R.; Robinson, T. P.; Dale, S. E. C.;  Marken, F., Long-Range Intramolecular Electronic Communication in Bis(ferrocenylethynyl) Complexes Incorporating Conjugated Heterocyclic Spacers: Synthesis, Crystallography, and Electrochemistry, Inorg. Chem., 2013, 52 (9), 4898–4908. https://doi.org/10.1021/ic3024887 (IF: 4.8)

DOI/URL: https://doi.org/10.1021/ic3024887

Al-Suti, M. K.; Al-Balushi, R. A.; Khan, M.S.; Zhang, N.; Hayer, A.; Kӧhler, A.; The effect of delocalization on the exchange energy in meta- and para-linked Pt-containing carbazole polymers and monomers,  J. Chem. Phys., 2006, 124, 244701. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.2200351 (IF: 2.9)

DOI/URL: https://doi.org/10.1063/1.2200351

Conference paper

Muhammad S. Khan, Ashanul Haque, Rayya A. Al Balushi, Idris J. Al Busaidi, Functional Materials for Energy Storage and Conversion Devices (FESC) (OP), International Conference on Advances in Functional Materials (AAAFM-UCLA), 19-22 August 2019, Carnesale Commons, Los Angeles, USA.



M.S. Khan, J. Maharaja, M.K. Al-Suti, A. Haque, R. Al Balushi, J.J. Dittmer and R.H. Friend, Photocell Studies of a Low Band-gap Blue Polymer/Perylene Dye Blend, Proceedings, 8th International Conference on Materials Science & Technology, (IMS/8), American University, Sharjah, UAE, 2016, 46-49.


As The Principal Investigator (PI)

  • Copper(I) complexes of Acetylide-Functionalized Pyridine Ligands for Opto-Electronic Applications, RO 2700, BFP/RGP/EI/18/076.
  • Synthesis and Characterization of Copper(1) complexes for Opto-Electronic Application, RO 1000, ASU-FSFR/CAS/FSHN-01/2019.

As The Co-Principal Invistigator (Co-PI)

  • Smart Homopolymer Nano-Bag for Removal of Fused Poly-Nuclear Aromatic Hydrocarbons from Environments and its Re-utilization for Organic Electronics, BFP/RGP/EBR/18/077, Research Grant Program, 2018
  • Frankincense Oil/Omega Fatty Acid Oil based Nano-emulsion for Transdermal Delivery of Anti-Cancer Drugs for Treatment of Breast and Skin Cancer, BFP/RGP/HSS/20/105, Research Grant Program, RO 20,000.

As a member/Collaborator

  • Harvesting Solar Energy Using Conjugated Organic and Organometallic Poly-ynes submitted on 28 September 2018, OR 20,000, EG/SQU-BP/SCI/CHEM/19/01.
  • New Transition and Lanthanide Metals-based Hybrid Materials for Opto-Electronic (O-E) Applications, RO 85000, SQU/SR/CHEM/16/02.
  • Conjugated Organic and Organometallic Polymers for Opto-Electronic Application, RO 234,400, SQU/RC/EI/13/15.