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Dr. Ahmed Abdel-Wahab

Dr. Ahmed Abdel-Wahab

Professor

Office Number: 336A
Office Phone: +974.4423.0103


Dr. Ahmed Abdel-Wahab has over 20 years experience in environmental engineering teaching and research. He is a co-founder and the Technical Director of the Qatar Sustainable Water and Energy Utilization Initiative (QWE). His primary focus is on chemical and physical processes associated with treatment of water and wastewater. He has been involved in funded research projects totaling more than $12M. This research has led to publication of more 50 peer-reviewed articles in leading research journals. He is currently supervising dynamic award-winning research team consists of assistant research scientists, post-doctoral research associates, and graduate students. He is a reviewer for several international scientific journals and funding agencies. He has taught a variety of short courses on Water- and Environmental-related topics to industrial and governmental agencies in Qatar. He is member of several technical committees for a number of governmental and non-governmental agencies in Qatar.​

Dr. Abdel-Wahab’s primary focus is on chemical and physical processes associated with treatment of water and wastewater and solar-powered photoelectrochemical processes for carobon doixide reduction and contaminants degradation. This work includes discovery and development of new classes of treatment processes. It includes utilization of solar energy for photo-electrochemical conversion of CO2 into useful fuel, inland desalination with zero liquid discharge, reactive adsorption of heavey metas onto iron sulfide nanoparticles, development of innovative extensions of lime softening for removal of a wide range of contaminants from recirculating cooling water and brine concentrate in zero liquid discharge systems, advanced oxidation processes, advanced reduction processes, electrocoagulation; and some of the only research conducted on applying solid solution theory to water and wastewater treatment. He is also involved in developing reactive transport computational tools for environmental impact assessment and for prediction of chemical behavior in aquatic systems.

Current research of Dr. Abdel-Wahab:

  • Utilization of solar energy for photo-electrochemical conversion of CO2 into useful fuel
  • Advanced reduction and oxidation processes
  • Reactive adsorption using iron-containing nanoparticles
  • Electrocoagulation and electrochemical processes
  • Solid-solution applications for water and wastewater treatment
  • Extensions of lime softening for removal of scale-forming chemicals from water and wastewater
  • Reactive transport of contaminants in water streams and environmental impact assessment
  • Zero liquid discharge systems and brine treatment
  • Hybrid desalination systems
  • Utilization of byproduct sulfur for hazardous wastes treatment

Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Texas A&M University,2003
  • Master of Science, Al-Minia University,1995
  • Bachelor of Science, Al-Minia University,1990

Experience

2009-present Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering Program, Texas A&M University at Qatar, Doha, Qatar
2009- present Technical Director, Qatar Sustainable Water & Energy Utilization Initiative (QWE), Texas A&M University at Qatar, Doha, Qatar
2007-2009 Program Coordinator, Chemical Engineering Program, Texas A&M University at Qatar, Doha, Qatar
2006-2009 Visiting Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering Program, Texas A&M University at Qatar, Doha, Qatar
2003-2007 Assistant Professor (on leave), Al-Minia University, Egypt
2003-2006 Lecturer, Chemical Engineering Program, Texas A&M University at Qatar, Doha, Qatar
2003 Post Doctoral Research Associate, Environmental Engineering, Texas A&M University, USA.
2001-2003 Research Assistant, Environmental Engineering, Texas A&M University, USA.
2000-2001 Teaching Assistant, Environmental Engineering, Texas A&M University, USA

Awards

  • Itochu Professorship of Engineering, Texas A&M University at Qatar, 2013.
  • Faculty Research Excellence Award, Texas A&M University at Qatar, 2013.
  • Texas A&M University at Qatar’s nominee for the Texas A&M University-Level Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching, January 2013.
  • Research Team Excellence Award, Texas A&M University at Qatar, 2012.
  • Research Fellow Excellence Award (Research team member: Dr. Dong Suk Han), Texas A&M University at Qatar, 2012.
  • Outstanding Chemical Engineering Instructor Award, Texas A&M University at Qatar, 2012.
  • Sustainable Innovation of the Year Award, Construction Week Qatar, 2012.
  • Faculty Excellence Award. Texas A&M University at Qatar, 2010.
  • Students Led Distinguished Teaching (SLATE) Award, Texas A&M University, 2009.
  • TAMUQ recognition award for contribution in ABET accreditation process, Texas A&M University at Qatar, 2009.
  • Association of Former Students College-Level Distinguished Teaching Award, Texas A&M University, 2008.
  • AIChE Student Poster award, Second Place, 2011 Annual AIChE meeting (Student: Karim Ibrik, Supervisor: Ahmed Abdel-Wahab), 2011.
  • Best undergraduate Research Project, Second Place, Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP), Qatar National Research
  • Fund (QNRF), (Student: Hazem AbdelMoati, Supervisor: Ahmed Abdel-Wahab), March 2009.
  • Richard Ewing Undergraduate Research Award, Texas A&M University at Qatar (students: Hazem AbdelMoati and Karim Farhat), 2009.
  • The AIChE Chapter Appreciation Award, TAMUQ, 2008.

Honors

  • Postdoctoral fellowship, Texas A&M University, 2003.
  • Research assistantship, Texas A&M University, 2001-2003.
  • Ph.D. scholarship, Egyptian government, 1998.

Publications

(* indicates student or research staff for whom Ahmed Abdel-Wahab was/is the major advisor or co-advisor)

  • Liu*, X., Villanki* B. P., Batchelor, B., Abdel-Wahab, A., Degradation of 1,2-dichloroethane with Advanced Reduction Processes (ARPs): Effects of Process Variables and Mechanisms, Chemical Engineering Journal, Accepted in October 2013.
  • Bensalah*, N., Liu*, X., Abdel-Wahab, A., Bromate Reduction by Ultraviolet Light Irradiation using Medium Pressure Lamp. International Journal of Environmental Studies, DOI: 10.1080/00207233.2013.813755, pp1-17, 2013.
  • Liu*, X., Yoon*, S., Batchelor, B., Abdel-Wahab, A., Photochemical Degradation of Vinyl Chloride with an Advanced Reduction Process (ARP) – Effects of Reagents and pH, Chemical Engineering Journal, Vol. 215-216, pp868–875, 2013.
  • Bensalah*, N., Abdel-Wahab, A., “Electrochemical Inactivation of P. Aeruginosa, A. hydrophila, L. pneumophila using Boron Doped Diamond Anodes”, J. Adv. Oxid. Technol. Vol. 16(1), pp1-7, 2013.
  • Abdel-Wahab, A., Batchelor, B., “Evaluating Alternative Aluminum Sources for Chloride Removal from Recycled Cooling Water”, Int. J. Environmental Technology and Management, Vol. 16(3), pp243-243, 2013.
  • Liu*, X., Yoon*, S., Batchelor, B., Abdel-Wahab, A., Degradation of vinyl chloride (VC) by the sulfite/UV Advanced Reduction Process (ARP): effects of process variables and a kinetic model, Science of the Total Environment, Vol. 454-455, pp578–583, 2013.
  • Villanki* B. P., Batchelor, B., Abdel-Wahab, A., Advanced Reduction Processes: A new class of treatment processes, Environmental Engineering Science, In press, February 21, 2013. 
  • Bensalah*, N., Nicola, R., Abdel-Wahab, A., “Nitrate removal from water using UV-M/S2O42- Advanced Reduction Process”, International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, Accepted in April 2013.
  • Lawen, J., Yu, H., Fieg, G., Abdel-Wahab, A., “New unstructured mesh water quality model for coastal discharges”, Environmental Modelling & Software, Vol. 40, pp330-335, 2013.
  • Han*, D. S., Song, J.K., Batchelor, B., Abdel-Wahab, A., “Removal of Arsenic(III) and Arsenic(V) by Synthetic Pyrite (FeS2): Synthesis, Effect of Contact Time, and Sorption/Desorption Envelopes”, Journal of Colloid & Interface Science, Vol. 392, pp311–318, 2013.
  • Khan, G., Kim, Y.K., Choi, S.K., Han, D.S., Abdel-Wahab, A., Park, H., “Evaluating the Catalytic Effects of Carbon Materials on the Photocatalytic Reduction and Oxidation Reactions of TiO2”, Bull. Korean Chem. Soc. Vol. 34(4), pp1-8, 2013.
  • Lawen, J., Yu, H., Fieg, G., Abdel-Wahab, A., “New unstructured mesh water quality model for cooling water biocide discharges”, Environmental Modeling and Assessment, Accepted in April 2013.
  •  Han*, D. S., Batchelor, B., Abdel-Wahab, A., “Sorption of Selenium(IV) and Selenium(VI) Onto Synthetic Pyrite (FeS2): Spectroscopic and Microscopic Analyses”, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, Vol. 368, pp496-504, 2012.
  • Park*, S. H., Batchelor, B., Lee, C., Han*, D. S., Abdel-Wahab, A., “Perchlorate Degradation using Aqueous Titanium Ions Produced by Oxidative Dissolution of Zero-Valent Titanium”, Chemical Engineering Journal, Vol. 192, pp301–307, 2012.
  • Lee, C., Batchelor, B., Park, S.H., Han*, D. S., Abdel-Wahab, A., Kramer T.A., “Reduction of Perchlorate using Zero-Valent Titanium (ZVT) Anode: Reaction mechanism”, Advances in Environmental Research, Vol. 1(1), pp37-55, 2012.
  • Park S. H, Batchelor, B., Lee, C., Han*, D. S., Abdel-Wahab, A., “Degradation of Perchlorate in Water using Aqueous Multi-Valent Titanium: Effect of Titanium Type, Ionic Strength, and Metal and Solid Catalysts”, Journal of Colloid & Interface Science, Vol. 380, pp128–133, 2012.
  • Park*, S. H., Batchelor, B., Lee, C., Han*, D. S., Abdel-Wahab, A., “Perchlorate Degradation Using a Titanium and Membrane Hybrid (TMH) System: Transport, Adsorption, Chemical Reduction”, Journal of Membrane Science, Vol. 390-391, pp84-92, 2012.
  • Atilhan* S., Bin Mahfouz A., Batchelor B., Linke P., Abdel-Wahab A., Nápoles-Rivera F., Jiménez-Gutiérrez A., El-Halwagi M.M., “A Systems-Integration Approach to the Optimization of Macroscopic Water Desalination and Distribution Networks: A General Framework Applied to Qatar's Water Resources”, Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy, Vol. 14(2), pp161-171, 2012.
  • Mansouri K., Hannachi A., Bensalah* N., Abdel-Wahab, A., “Electrochemically dissolved aluminum coagulants for the removal of natural organic matter from synthetic and real industrial wastewaters" Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, Vol. 51(5), pp2428–2437, 2012.
  • Bensalah* N., Louhichi B., Abdel-Wahab A., “Electrochemical Oxidation of Succinic Acid in Water using Boron-doped Diamond Anodes”, International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, Vol. 9, pp135-143, 2012.
  • Bin Mahfouz A., Atilhan* S., Batchelor B., Linke P., Abdel-Wahab A., El-Halwagi M.M., “A Systems Integration Approach to the Optimum Operation and Scheduling of Biocide Usage and Discharge for Seawater Cooling Systems”, Int. J. Process Systems Engineering, Vol. 2(1), pp1-35, 2012.
  • Bensalah*, N., Bedoui, A., Chellam, S., Abdel-Wahab, A., “Electro-Fenton Treatment of Photographic Processing Wastewaters”, CLEAN - Soil, Air, Water, DOI 10.1002/clen.201200521, 2012.
  • Mansouri K., Ibrik* K., Bensalah* N., Abdel-Wahab A., “Effects of Experimental Parameters on Anodic Dissolution of Iron Sacrificial Anodes”, Corrosion Science, accepted  (2012).
  • Abdel-Wahab A., Batchelor B., “Simulation Model for Multicomponent Removals from Recycled Cooling Water”, ASCE Journal of Environmental Engineering, Vol. 137 (12), 2011.
  • Han* D.S.; Batchelor B.; Abdel-Wahab A., “Sorption of Selenium(IV) and Selenium(VI) to Mackinawite (FeS): Effect of Contact Time, Extent of Removal, Sorption Envelopes”, Journal of Hazardous Materials, Vol. 186 (1), 451-457, 2011.
  • Han* D.S; Batchelor B.; Abdel-Wahab A., “XPS Analysis of Sorption of Selenium(IV) and Selenium(VI) to Mackinawite (FeS)”, Environmental Progress & Sustainable Energy, Vol. 32, pp84-93. doi: 10.1002/ep.10609, 2011.
  • Lee, C., Batchelor, B., Park, S.H., Han*, D.S., Abdel-Wahab, A., Kramer, T.A., “Perchlorate Reduction during Electrochemically Induced Pitting Corrosion of Zero-Valent Titanium (ZVT), Journal of Hazardous Materials, Vol. 197, pp183–189, 2011.
  • Bensalah* N., Khodary* A., Abdel-Wahab A., “Kinetic and Mechanistic Investigations of Mesotrione Degradation in Aqueous Medium by Fenton Process”, Journal of Hazardous Materials, Vol. 189, 479-485, 2011.
  • Bedoui, A., Elsaid*, K., Bensalah*, N., Abdel-Wahab, A., “Treatment of Pharmaceutical-Manufacturing Wastewaters by UV Irradiation/Hydrogen Peroxide Process”, Journal of Advanced Oxidation Technologies, Vol. 14(2), pp. 226-234, 2011.
  • Mansouria, K., Elsaid* K, Bedouia A., Bensalaha*, N., Abdel-Wahab A., “Application of Electrochemically Dissolved Iron in the Removal of Tannic Acid from Water”, Chemical Engineering Journal, Vol. 172(2-3), pp. 970-976, 2011.
  • Mansouria, K., Ibrik* K, Bedouia A., Bensalaha*, N., Abdel-Wahab A., “Anodic Dissolution of Pure Aluminum during Electrocoagulation Process: Influence of Supporting Electrolyte, Initial pH, and Current Density”, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, Vol. 50, pp.13362-13372, 2011.
  • Bedoui, A., Limem E., Abdel-Wahab A., Bensalah* N., “Photo-Fenton Treatment of Actual Agro-Industrial Wastewaters”, Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, Vol. 50 (11), pp6673-6680, 2011.
  • Sfaksi* Z., Azzouz N., Abdel-Wahab A., “Use of Cork Waste as Biosorbent for Hexavalent Chromium”, Advanced Materials Research, Vol. 324, pp497-500, 2011.
  • Bin Mahfouz, A., El-Halwagi M.M., Batchelor B., Atilhan* S., Linke P., Abdel-Wahab A., “Optimal scheduling of biocide dosing for seawater-cooled power and desalination plants”, Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy, Vol. 8 (3), pp203-215, 2011.
  • Atilhan* S., Linke P., Abdel-Wahab A., El-Halwagi M., A systems integration approach to the design of regional water desalination and supply networks, International Journal of Process Systems Engineering, Vol. 1 (2), pp125-135, 2011.
  • Han*, D.S., Batchelor B.; Abdel-Wahab A., “Surface Complexation Modeling of Arsenic(III) and Arsenic(V) onto Nanoporous Titania Adsorbents (NTAs)”, Journal of Colloid Interface Science, Vol. 348 (2), pp591-599, 2010.
  • Bensalah*, N., Abdel-Wahab, A., “Electrochemical Treatment of Synthetic and Actual Dyeing Wastewaters Using BDD Anodes”, Air, Soil and Water Research, Vol. 3, pp45–56, 2010.
  • Abdel-Wahab A., Khodary* A., Bensalah* N., “Formation of Trihalomethanes (THMs) during Seawater chlorination”, Journal of Environmental Protection, Vol. 1 (4), pp456-465, 2010.
  • Abdel-Wahab, A., Dashti*, A, Anany*, A., Elsaid*, K. “Utilization of Byproduct Sulfur for Chromium Waste Treatment”, Advances in Gas Processing, F. T. Eljack, G.V. Rex Reklaitis and M.M. El-Hawagi (Editors), Elsevier Publisher, Amsterdam, ISBN: 978-0-444-53588-7, Vol. 2, pp131-138, 2010.
  • Lawen*, J., Yu H., Linke, P., Abdel-Wahab, A., “ Industrial Water Discharge and Biocide Fate Simulations with Nonlinear Conversion”, Advances in Gas Processing, F. T. Eljack, G.V. Rex Reklaitis and M.M. El-Hawagi (Editors), Elsevier Publisher, Amsterdam, ISBN: 978-0-444-53588-7, Vol. 2, pp99-106, 2010.
  • Atilhan*, S., Linle, P., Abdel-Wahab, A., Bin Mahfouz, A., El-Halwagi, M.,  “Sustainable Water Management: Systems Integration Approach”. Advances in Gas Processing, F. T. Eljack, G.V. Rex Reklaitis and M.M. El-Hawagi (Editors), Elsevier Publisher, Amsterdam, ISBN: 978-0-444-53588-7, Vol. 2, pp107-114, 2010.
  • Nounou, M., Nounou, H., and Abdel-Wahab, A., “Improved Estimation of the Langmuir Adsorption Isotherm using Multi-scale Filtering”, Journal of Separation Science and Technology, Vol. 44(11), pp. 2510-2525, 2009.
  • El-Halwagi, M.M., Lovelady, E.M., Abdel-Wahab, A., Linke, P., Alfadala, H.E.,  “Process integration as an enabling tool in environmental impact assessment”, Chemical Engineering Progress Vol. 105(2), 36-42, 2009.
  • Abdel-Wahab, A., Linke, P., Alfadala, H.E., El-Halwagi, M.M., Batchelor, B., “Towards a Holistic Approach to the Sustainable Use of Seawater for Process Cooling”, Advances in Gas Processing, H.E. Alfadala, G.V.R. Reklaitis, M.M. El-Halwagi (Editors), Elsevier Publisher, Amsterdam, ISBN 978-0-444-53292-3, Vol. 1, pp. 332-340, 2009.
  • Bin Mahfouz, A., El-Halwagi, M.M., Batchelor, B., Atilhan*, S., Linke, P., Abdel-Wahab, A., “Process Integration and systems analysis for seawater cooling in industrial facilities. In M.M. El-Halwagi, A. Linninger (Editors): Design for Energy and the Environment, Boca Raton: CRC Press, ISBN: 9781439809136-17, pp223-231, 2009.
  • Abdel-Wahab, A.; Batchelor, B., “Interactions Between Chloride and Sulfate or Silica Removals from Wastewater Using an Advanced Lime-Aluminum Softening Process: Equilibrium Modeling”, Water Environment Research, Vol. 79 (5), pp528-535, 2007.
  • Abdel-Wahab, A.; Batchelor, B., “Interactions between Chloride and Sulfate or Silica Removals Using Advanced Lime-Aluminum Softening Process”, Water Environment Research, Vol. 78 (13), pp2474-9, 2006.
  • Abdel-Wahab, A.; Batchelor, B., “Effects of Water Quality, pH, and Temperature on Chloride Precipitation with Ultra-High Lime with aluminum Process”, Water Environment Research, Vol. 78 (6), pp930-937, 2006.
  • Mahmoud*, M., Abdel-Wahab, A., “Riverbank filtration for sustainable water supply”, Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy, Vol. 10, pp351-358, 2008.
  • Bin Mahfouz, A. S., El-Halwagi, M. M. and Abdel-Wahab, A. "Process Integration Techniques for Optimizing Seawater Cooling Systems and Biocide Discharge", Journal of Clean Technology & Environmental Policy, Vol. 8, pp203-215, 2006.
  • Abdel-Wahab, A.; Batchelor, B.; Schwantes, J., “An Equilibrium Model for Chloride Removal from Recirculating Cooling Water Using Ultra-High Lime with Aluminum Process”, Water Environment Research, 77 (7), 3059-3065, 2005.
  • Abdel-Wahab, A.; Batchelor, B., “Chloride Removal from Recirculating Cooling Water Using Ultra-High Lime with Aluminum Process”, Water Environment Research, 74 (3), 256-263, 2002.