Dr. El-Shafei earned his B.Sc. in Chemistry with honors and M.Sc. in Organic Chemistry both from Mansoura University, Egypt. He joined NC State in August 1998 and earned his Co-Major Ph.D. in Chemistry and Fiber and Polymer Science in December 2002.
Following his graduation from NC State, he worked as a Post-Doctorate Research Associate and Research Assistant Professor on different projects that span molecular modeling, synthesis, and characterization of dyes and pigments; synthesis, characterization and applications of cationic bleach activators for cotton bleaching; molecular modeling and synthesis of functional dyes for photodynamic therapy; surface chemistry modifications of fibers using non-thermal high-density atmospheric plasma; and X-ray single crystal structure analysis of dyes and pigments..
Dr. El-Shafei worked as a Teaching Assistant and Assistant Lecturer from 1989 until 1997 and a lecturer from 2005-2006 in the Chemistry Department at Mansoura University, Egypt where he taught organic and polymer chemistry, photochemistry, dye synthesis, dyeing and finishing, physical organic chemistry, mechanism of organic reactions, organic reactions and orbital symmetry (pericyclic reactions).