Professor of Chemistry
The American University in Cairo (AUC)
Ragai obtained a B.Sc. in Chemistry (with high honors) and an M.Sc. in Solid State Science both from the American University in Cairo. She conducted work towards her doctoral degree at Brunel, the University of West London in the UK from which she obtained her Ph.D. in 1976. Since then Ragai has been a faculty member in the Chemistry Department of The American University in Cairo. Her teaching is focused on the area of Physical Chemistry.
From 1998-2000, Ragai was Chair of the AUC University Senate and from 2000-2007, she was the Chair of the AUC Chemistry Department.
Jehane Ragai’s research interest is in Surface Chemistry, and her published work deals with the gas/solid and liquid/solid interfaces. She presently heads the surface chemistry research group at the Youssef Jameel, Science and Technology Research Center (STRC) of AUC.
Professor Ragai also has a keen interest in Archaeological Chemistry and has published several articles that deal with the interaction of the Humanities and the Sciences. From 1980/1981 she was a chemical consultant to the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) Sphinx project, in 1993/1994 she has served on the National Committee for the Study of the Giza Sphinx and was from 2000-2007 a member of the Board of Governors of the ARCE.
Ragai was an invited lecturer at the following institutions: The American University in Paris, The CNRS in Marseille, Cornell, Exeter, North Carolina at Raleigh, Princeton and Rutgers universities as well as at Cambridage University (UK). Ragai was twice the recipient of the AUC trustees merit award and a recipient in 2007 of the School of Sciences and Engineering award for her performance as chair of the Chemistry department and for lifelong service to AUC.
Most Recent Publications
1- Ragai, J. Revised version of the previously published article “Holograms and Ancient Egyptian Art, Appearance and Reality” in the online “Encyclopedia of the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine in Non-Western Cultures” (2008) Springer Publications.
2- Ramadan, A.R., Yacoub, N., Bahgat, S., Ragai, J., (2007), “Effect of Preparative Conditions on the Surface Characteristics of mixed Zirconium and Titanium Oxides,” Adsorption*, 13, 291.
3- “Surface and Acidic Properties of Mixed Titanium and Zirconium Oxides.”
A.R.Ramadan, N. Yacoub, S. Bahgat, J. Ragai. Colloids and Surfaces*, 30 (2007),
36. (Elsevier Science Publishers).
4-“Effect of preparative Conditions on the surface characteristics of mixed Zirconium and Titanium Oxides”.
. R. Ramadan, N. Yacoub, S. Bahgat, J. Ragai. FOA9, 9th International conference on Fundamentals of Adsorption*, Giardini Naxos, Sicily, 2007.
5-“Ion exchange and Adsorption Properties of Titania Gels prepared from Titanous
Chloride and Hydrogen Peroxide “
N. Yacoub, A.R. Ramadan and J. Ragai.
Adsorption Science and Technology*
, 23(2005) 215 (Multi Science Publishing
6- “Thermal Stability of Ion Exchange and Adsorption Properties of Titania Gels Prepared from Titanous Chloride and Hydrogen Peroxide”.
A. R. Ramadan, N. Yacoub, J. Ragai, COPS VII, 7th International Symposium on the Characterization of Porous Solids*, Aix-en-Provence, (2005).
7- “Surface and related studies in sulphated oxides of Zirconium”.Vol 39, 2004, pp. 1383 1388, A.R.Ramadan, N. Yacoub and J. Ragai Journal of Materials Science * (Kluwer Academic Publishers).
8 - “Characterizing the porous structure of Egyptian Mortars using thermoporometry, mercury intrusion porometry and gas adsorption manometry”. Proceedings of the COPS VI Symposium* held in Alicante , Spain in May 2002. J. Ragai, T. Poyet, I.Beurrores, F. Rouquerol, P. Llewellyn. (Published by Elsevier).
9-“Surface and related studies of homogeneously and heterogeneously precipitated Sulphated Oxides of Titanium”. Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on the Fundamentals of Adsorption* held in Giens, France in May 1998. C. Azer, S. Selim, N. Yacoub and J. Ragai. (Published in December 1998 by Elsevier Science Publishers).
10-“Mummies In Egypt”. J Ragai and G. De Young Encyclopedia of the History of Science,Technology and Medicine in Non-Western Cultures Editor Helaine Seline 1997, Kluwer Academic publications, pp. 749-750. Updated version is to appear in 2008 in the Online Encyclopedia of the History of Science,Technology and Medicine in Non-Western Cultures ( Springer publications)
11-“Calendars In Egypt”. J. Ragai and G. de Young Encyclopedia of the History of Science,Technology and Medicine in Non-Western Cultures Editor Helaine Seline 1997, Kluwer Academic publications, pp. 167-168. Updated version is to appear in 2008 in the Online Encyclopedia of the History of Science,Technology and Medicine in Non-Western Cultures ( Springer publications)