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Farrukh Ahmad

Farrukh Ahmad

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Dr. Farrukh Ahmad holds undergraduate degrees in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and a PhD in Environmental Engineering from Rice University. He is a licensed Professional Chemical and Environmental Engineer in the State of Texas, USA. Prior to joining Masdar Institute, Dr. Ahmad taught at the University of Houston and Rice University, and held the position of Sr. Environmental Engineer at the environmental risk management firm GSI Environmental, in Houston, US. He is a former Principal Investigator of several US Department of Defense federal research grants, where he led multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional teams to address environmental contamination and cleanup problems in the US.

Dr. Ahmad’s research interests include:

  • Sustainable resource recovery (i.e., recovery of water, energy, and minerals) from waste streams.
  • Elucidation of contaminant transformation pathways, including development of new analytical methodologies.
  • Health-based environmental risk assessment of new and reused products, and risk-based cleanup.

Courses

  • WEN501  Contaminants in the Environment: Fate and Transport
  • WEN603  Groundwater Hydrology
  • WEN612  Remediation Engineering
  • WEN618  Advanced Topics in Applied Environmental Chemistry

Advisor To Current Masdar Institute Students:

  • Qammer Zaib (PhD, Primary Advisor)
  • Rashed AlGaoud (PhD, Co-Advisor)

Advisor To Former Masdar Insitute Students

  • Ali H. Farhat, MSc, 2011 (PhD candidate, Univ. of Queensland, Australia)
  • Mays N. Atiyeh, MSc, 2011 (Employed, UAE)
  • Nour Mezher, MSc, 2011 (Employed, UAE)
  • Oluwajinmi D. Aina, MSc, 2012 (PhD candidate, Univ. of Toronto, Canada)
  • Wan Abdul Matiin, MSc, 2012 (Accepted for PhD studies, Qatar Univ./ETH-Zurich/NASA JPL)
  • Qingqian Ning, MSc, 2013 (Employed, People’s Republic of China)
  • Jubilee Adeoye, MSc, 2014 (Employed, UAE)
  • Yamrot M. Amha, MSc, 2014 (Accepted for PhD studies, UCLA, USA)

 

 

Dr. Ahmad’s research interests include:

  • Sustainable resource recovery (i.e., recovery of water, energy, and minerals) from waste streams.
  • Elucidation of contaminant transformation pathways, including development of new analytical methodologies.
  • Health-based environmental risk assessment of new and reused products, and risk-based cleanup.

Current Research Projects

  • Salt and water balance during seawater agriculture of halophytes
  • Safe and sustainable water reuse in Abu Dhabi
  • Fate of pharmaceutical micropollutants in the presence of carbon-based nanomaterials

For more detailed information on the research activities of the Ahmad Group please visit the website of the Bio-Energy & Environmental Lab (www.b2el.com).

Invited Book Chapters

  • Ahmad, F., J. B. Hughes, and G. N. Bennett.  “Biodegradation of Hazardous Materials by Clostridia”, In:  Handbook on Clostridia, P. Durre (Ed.), Taylor & Francis/CRC Press, Boca Raton, 2005.
  • Ahmad, F. and J. B. Hughes.  “Anaerobic Transformation of TNT by Clostridium”, In:  Biodegradation of Nitroaromatic Compounds and Explosives, J. C. Spain, J. B. Hughes, and H. J. Knackmuss (Eds.), Lewis Publishers, Boca Raton, 2000.

 Selected Peer-Reviewed Journal Papers

  • Kumaraswamy, R., Y. Amha, M. Z. Anwar, A. Henschel, J. Rodriguez, and F. Ahmad, “Molecular analysis for screening human bacterial pathogens in municipal wastewater treatment and reuse”, Environmental Science & Technology, accepted (in press), 2014 (DOI: 10.1021/es502546t).
  • Zaib, Q., O.D. Aina, and F. Ahmad. “Using multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) for oilfield produced water treatment to environmentally acceptable end points”, Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts, Vol. 16, pp., 2039-2047, 2014 (DOI: 10.1039/C4EM00201F).
  • Mieseler, M., M. N. Atiyeh, H. Hernandez, and F. Ahmad, “Direct enrichment of perchlorate reducing microbial community for efficient electroactive perchlorate reduction in biocathodes”, J. Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology, pp. 1-7, August 2013 (DOI: 10.1007/s10295-013-1318-y).
  • Zaib, Q., B. Mansoor, and F. Ahmad. “Photo-regenerable multi-walled carbon nanotube membranes for the removal of pharmaceuticals from water”, Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts, Vol. 15, No. 8, pp. 1582-1589, 2013 (DOI: 10.1039/C3EM00150D).
  • Mezher, N., W.E. Rathburn, H. Wang, and F. Ahmad. “Chemical Composition and Screening-Level Environmental Contamination Risk of Bio-Derived Synthetic Paraffinic Kerosene (Bio-SPK) Jet Fuels”, Energy & Fuels, Vol. 27, No. 7, pp. 3830-3837, 2013 (DOI: 10.1021/ef400648j).
  • Ahmad F., M.N. Atiyeh, B. Pereira, G.N. Stephanopoulos. “A review of cellulosic microbial fuel cells: Performance and challenges”, Biomass and Bioenergy, Vol. 56 (September), pp. 179-188, 2013 (DOI: 10.1016/j.biombioe.2013.04.006).
  • Farhat, A., F. Ahmad, N. Hilal, and H. Arafat. “Boron removal in new generation reverse osmosis (RO) membranes using two-pass RO without pH adjustment”, Desalination, Vol. 310, 1 Feb, pp. 50-59, 2013 (DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2012.10.003).
  • Aina, O.D., and F. Ahmad. “Carcinogenic health risk from trihalomethanes during reuse of reclaimed water in coastal cities of the Arabian Gulf”, J. Water Reuse and Desalination, Vol. 3, No. 2, pp. 175-184, 2013 (DOI: 10.2166/wrd.2013.062).
  • Farhat, A., F. Ahmad, and H. Arafat. “Analytical techniques for boron quantification supporting desalination processes: A Review”, Desalination, Vol. 310, 1 Feb, pp. 9-17, 2013 (DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2011.12.020).
  • Farhat, A., A. Dooley, and F. Ahmad. "Nitrite oxidation within IC-ESI-MS/MS”, J. Mass Spectrometry, Vol. 46, Issues 7, pp. 720-724, 2011 (DOI: 10.1002/jms.1949).
  • Ahmad, F., D. T. Adamson, and S. K. Farhat. "Treatment of an explosive plume in groundwater using an organic mulch biowall”, Remediation Journal, Vol. 20, Issue 1, pp. 21-40, Winter 2009.
  • Ahmad, F., T. M. McGuire, R. S. Lee, and E. Becvar. "Considerations for the design of organic mulch biowalls”,   Remediation Journal, Vol. 18, Issue 1, pp. 59-72, Winter 2007.
  • Ahmad, F., S. P. Schnitker, and C. J. Newell. "Remediation of RDX- and HMX-contaminated groundwater using organic mulch permeable reactive barriers”, J. Contaminant Hydrology, Vol. 90, Issues 1-2, pp. 1-20, 2007.
  • McHugh, T. E., J. A. Connor, and F. Ahmad.  "Discussion of evaluation of the Johnson and Ettinger model for prediction of indoor air quality”, Ground Water Monitoring & Remediation, Vol. 24, pp. 139-140, 2004.
  • McHugh, T. E., J. A. Connor, and F. Ahmad.  "An empirical analysis of the groundwater-to-indoor-air exposure pathway: The role of background concentrations in indoor air”, Environmental Forensics, Vol. 5, pp. 33-44, March 2004.
  • Ahmad, F. and J. B. Hughes.  "Reactivity of partially reduced arylhydroxylamine and nitrosoarene metabolites of 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT) toward biomass and humic acids”, Environmental Science and Technology, Vol. 36, No. 20, pp4370-4381, October 2002.