Development and Synthesis of Novel Materials for Water Remediation

Novel and green materials are needed to reduce operating and maintenance costs of treatment systems and to enable conversion of active treatment processes to engineered passive treatment approaches. New materials that have greater or more selective affinity towards heavy metals and organic molecules are needed. Similarly, novel materials that can be synthetized to enhance the performance of existing treatment processes such as microlenses to improve photodegradation of water contaminants should be investigated. Such materials should allow for operational stability under variable process conditions and should be available at low costs.


Traditional adsorbents, such as activated carbon and polymers, have been widely used in water and wastewater treatments to remove heavy metals, organics, and biological contaminants. However, they are not always efficient in contaminant removal and their production is high cost and high energy input. Producing activated carbon from sludge from municipal wastewater treatment has potential to be a cost effective alternative to waste management and production of low cost adsorbents. Similarly, cellulose nanofibers (CNFs) are promising alternatives to the current water treatment adsorbents because of their large surface area, hydrophilicity, broad surface chemical modification capacity, and lack of toxicity.


Recent advances in nanotechnologies have facilitated synthesis of new nanomaterials for photocatalysis. In recent years, solar or natural sunlight driven photocatalysis is becoming the revolutionary method for degrading organic contaminants. However, major drawbacks of traditional photocatalysts include the high requirement of the solar source and the side effects of the catalyst nanomaterials. Further research is necessary to develop efficient, environmentally friendly and real time treatment methods for better environmental adaptability.

Adsorption Of Heavy Metals From Oil Sands Process Water (OSPW) Using Sludge Based Biochar Composite

Mohamed Gamal El-Din, Junying Song

Conference/Workshop

Adsorption Of Heavy Metals In Oil Sands Process Water (OSPW) By Sludge Based Biochar Composite

Mohamed Gamal El-Din, Selamawit Messele, Junying Song

Conference/Workshop

Application Of Adsorption And Catalytic Oxidation Process For Water Reclamation

Mohamed Gamal El-Din, Selamawit Messele

Conference/Workshop

Assessing The Sustainability Of Passive Treatment Systems For Land And Water Reclamation For Energy Systems

M Anne Naeth, Dev Jennings, Mohamed Gamal El-Din

Misc: CFI Collaborative Grant Application

Catalytic Ozonation Of Oil Sands Process Water In The Presence Of Carbon-Based Metal-Free Catalyst

Mohamed Gamal El-Din, Pamela Chelme-Ayala, Selamawit Messele

Conference/Workshop

Cellulose Nanofibers For Selective Ion Removal From OSPW

Mohamed Gamal El-Din, Yaman Boluk, Mingyu Li

Conference/Workshop

Development Of Nanolens-Enhanced Photocatalytic Microreactor For Process Water Treatment

Mohamed Gamal El-Din, Xuehua Zhang, Zixiang Wei, Lingling Yang

Conference/Workshop

Development of Microlens-Enhanced Photolysis of Contaminants in Water

Mohamed Gamal El-Din, Pamela Chelme-Ayala, Xuehua Zhang, Qiuyun Lu

Conference/Workshop

From Land/Water Reclamation To Resources Recovery And Utilization

Mohamed Gamal El-Din

Conference/Workshop

Future Energy Systems Energy Showcase

Jin-Hyeob Kwak, Zuo Tong How

Event

Industrial Applications Of Cellulose Nanofibers For Water Reclamation

Mohamed Gamal El-Din, Yaman Boluk, Mingyu Li

Conference/Workshop

Industrial Applications Of Cellulose Nanofibers For Water Remediation

Yaman Boluk, Selamawit Messele, Mingyu Li

Conference/Workshop

Industrial Applications Of Cellulose Nanofibers For Water Remediation

Mohamed Gamal El-Din, Yaman Boluk, Mingyu Li

Conference/Workshop

Low Cost And Efficient Adsorbents For Targeted Pollutant Removal From Process Water

Mohamed Gamal El-Din, Selamawit Messele, Mingyu Li

Conference/Workshop

Low-Cost Adsorbent For Water Purification

Mohamed Gamal El-Din, Yaman Boluk, Mingyu Li

Conference/Workshop

Materials Synthesis and Development For Utilization In Land And Water Reclamation

M Anne Naeth, Dev Jennings, Mohamed Gamal El-Din, Tariq Siddique, Scott Chang, Yaman Boluk, Aman Ullah

Conference/Workshop

Overview Of Treatment Studies On OSPW

Mohamed Gamal El-Din

Conference/Workshop

Photodegradation Of Dyes With PMMA Microlenses

Mohamed Gamal El-Din, Xuehua Zhang, Qiuyun Lu

Conference/Workshop

Preparation And Characterization Of Biochar From Sewage Sludge

Mohamed Gamal El-Din, Selamawit Messele

Conference/Workshop

Preparation And Characterization Of Biochar From Sewage Sludge For Organic Matters Removal In Oil Sands Process Water

Mohamed Gamal El-Din, Selamawit Messele

Conference/Workshop

Reclamation Success Indicators, Criteria And Policy For Energy Systems

M Anne Naeth, Dev Jennings, Mohamed Gamal El-Din, Vic Adamowicz, Scott Chang

Conference/Workshop

Research Collaboration Meetings With Alberta Land Institute

M Anne Naeth, Mohamed Gamal El-Din, Pamela Chelme-Ayala

Misc: Research Collaboration Meeting

Resilient Reclaimed Land And Water Systems

M Anne Naeth, Dev Jennings, Mohamed Gamal El-Din, Tariq Siddique, Vic Adamowicz, Scott Chang, Yaman Boluk, Aman Ullah

Conference/Workshop

Resilient Reclaimed Land And Water Systems

M Anne Naeth

Event

Resilient Reclaimed Land And Water Systems Monthly Theme Lead Meetings

M Anne Naeth, Dev Jennings, Mohamed Gamal El-Din, Pamela Chelme-Ayala, Sarah Wilkinson

Misc: Theme Lead Meetings

Resilient Reclaimed Land And Water Systems Theme Organizational Meeting

M Anne Naeth, Dev Jennings, Lianne M. Lefsrud, Mohamed Gamal El-Din, Tariq Siddique, Vic Adamowicz, Pamela Chelme-Ayala, Sarah Wilkinson, Scott Chang, Yaman Boluk

Misc: Theme Organizational Meeting

Sewage Sludge Biochar As A Catalyst For Naphthenic Acid Degradation In Oil Sands Process Water (OSPW)

Mohamed Gamal El-Din, Selamawit Messele

Conference/Workshop

Sewage Sludge-Based Biochar For Organic Matter Removal In Oil Sands Process Water

Mohamed Gamal El-Din, Selamawit Messele

Conference/Workshop

Sewage Sludge-Based Biochar For Organic Matters Removal In Oil Sands Process Water

Mohamed Gamal El-Din, Selamawit Messele

Conference/Workshop

Solar Photocatalytic Treatment Of Naphthenic Acids By Bismuth Tungstate (Bi2WO6)

Mohamed Gamal El-Din, Lingjun Meng

Conference/Workshop

The Application Of TEMPO-Oxidized Cellulose Nanofibers In Contaminated Water Treatment

Mohamed Gamal El-Din, Yaman Boluk, Mingyu Li

Conference/Workshop

Use Of Carbon Xerogel For Adsorption Of Organic Materials In Oil Sands Process Water

Mohamed Gamal El-Din, Selamawit Messele, Chelsea Benally

Conference/Workshop

Visiting PhD Student

Junying Song

Visiting Student (incoming)

Water Treatment Approaches In The Canadian Oil Sands

Mohamed Gamal El-Din

Conference/Workshop

Z-Scheme Plasmonic Ag Decorated NiO/Bi2WO6 Hybrids for Enhanced Photocatalytic Treatment of Naphthenic Acids in Real Oil Sands Process Water under Simulated Solar Irradiation

Mohamed Gamal El-Din, Lingjun Meng

Conference/Workshop

2021 Faculty of Engineering Research Career Award

Mohamed Gamal El-Din

Award

Alberta Science And Technology Leadership (ASTech) Foundation Award

Mohamed Gamal El-Din

Award

China Scholarship Council (CSC)

Junying Song

Award

China Scholarship Council (CSC) Scholarship

Lingjun Meng

Award

Fellow of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (FCSCE)

Mohamed Gamal El-Din

Award

Gordon R. Finch Memorial Graduate Scholarship in Environmental Engineering

Zhexuan An

Award

Jacob H. Masliyah Graduate Award in Oil Sands Engineering

Zhexuan An

Award

University of Alberta Doctoral Recruitment Scholarship

Deborah Crominski da Silva Medeiros

Award

A Step Towards Sustainable Ecosystems: From Active To Engineered Passive Treatment/Reclamation Approaches For Municipal And Industrial Wastewater

Mohamed Gamal El-Din

Invited/Keynote

Adsorption Of Organic Matter In Oil Sands Process Water (OSPW) By Carbon Xerogel

Mohamed Gamal El-Din, Selamawit Messele, Chelsea Benally

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Adsorption of Metals from Oil Sands Process Water (OSPW) under Natural pH by Sludge-Based Biochar/Chitosan Composite

Mohamed Gamal El-Din, Selamawit Messele, Lingjun Meng, Junying Song

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Application Of Carbonaceous Material For Remediation Of Oil Sands Process Water: Adsorption And Development Of Nanocomposite Membranes With Enhanced Properties

Chelsea Benally

PhD Thesis

Catalytic Ozonation Of Naphthenic Acid Model Compound In The Presence Of Carbon Materials

Mohamed Gamal El-Din, Selamawit Messele

Conference Proceedings

Catalytic Ozonation Of Naphthenic Acids In The Presence Of Carbon-Based Metal-Free Catalysts: Performance And Kinetic Study

Mohamed Gamal El-Din, Pamela Chelme-Ayala, Selamawit Messele

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Development Of Future Energy Systems. Energy, Education And Research – Short And Long Term Strategy

M Anne Naeth

Invited/Keynote

From Active To Engineered Passive Treatment/Reclamation Approaches For Municipal And Industrial Wastewater – A Step Towards Sustainable Ecosystems

Mohamed Gamal El-Din

Invited/Keynote

Interview Radio Talk Show

Mohamed Gamal El-Din

Interview (Broadcast or Text)

Isolated Cellulose Nanofibers For Cu (II) And Zn (II) Removal: Performance And Mechanisms

Mohamed Gamal El-Din, Yaman Boluk, Selamawit Messele, Mingyu Li

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Mesoporous Carbon Xerogel Material For The Adsorption Of Model Naphthenic Acids: Structure Effect And Kinetics Modeling

Mohamed Gamal El-Din, Hongbo Zeng, Selamawit Messele

Scholarly Refereed Journal

New Research Adding Tools For Cleanup Of Oil Sands Process Water

Mohamed Gamal El-Din

Interview (Broadcast or Text)

Solar Photocatalytic Treatment of Model and Real Oil Sands Process Water Naphthenic Acids by Bismuth Tungstate: Effect of Catalyst Morphology and Cations on the Degradation Kinetics and Pathways

Mohamed Gamal El-Din, Lingjun Meng, Soliu Ganiyu, Zuo Tong How

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Water Treatment And Reclamation Approaches In The Canadian Oil Sands

Mohamed Gamal El-Din

Invited/Keynote