Shadi Wajih Hasan

Shadi Wajih Hasan


Assistant Professor - Water & Environmental Engineering
Phone number: +971 2 810 9237

Dr. Shadi Hasan is currently an Assistant Professor at Masdar Institute of Science and Technology. He is a multi-disciplinary professional as he holds B.Sc. (UAE University-UAE), M.A.Sc. (Concordia University-Canada), and Ph.D. (Concordia University-Canada) in Chemical, Mechanical and Environmental Engineering, respectively. Prior to joining Masdar Institute, he worked as a research associate at Concordia University  (Montreal, Canada) focusing in environmental and chemical engineering related issues, in particular, water and wastewater treatment, waste minimization and sludge management, fate of contaminants in natural environments, and energy recovery from biological processes. His areas of expertise include membrane bioreactors, bio-electrochemical treatment, electrokinetics, and biological processes for COD-BOD, nutrients and metals removal.

Throughout his academic career, he was recognized as an excellent designer and obtained a number of awards during the International Environmental Design Contests (EDC) held in UAE between 2000 and 2004. Dr. Hasan was the first to design the recently developed technology (Submerged Membrane Electro-Bioreactor, SMEBR) for municipal wastewater treatment at a pilot scale. He also received a number of prestigious awards including FQRNT doctoral scholarship (Quebec, Canada), Concordia University accelerator award as well as his doctoral thesis being nominated for the 2012 Concordia University Convocation award.

Dr. Hasan authored and coauthored several articles in peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings including IWA and WEFTEC; and generated significant research interest abroad in the USA and overseas.


Courses/Teaching Interests

  • Wastewater engineering: treatment and reuse
  • Water desalination
  • Environmental and chemical Engineering

Current Masdar Institute Students

  • Adewale Olalekan Giwa
  • Noora Darwish       
  • Mozah Alzeyoudi   
  • Amna  Al Housani   

Research Interest/Research Projects

  • Investigation of novel submerged membrane electro-bioreactor (SMEBR) performance in warm conditions for wastewater treatment applications in arid regions.
  • Study of microbial activity and their revitalization under electrical field in bio-electrochemical cells.
  • Evaluation of kinetic parameters on substrate biodegradation in bio-electrochemical cells.
  • Membrane bioreactors: fouling, nitrification and denitrification.
  • Sludge handling and management for land use purposes.
  • Waste to energy: anaerobic digester and fermentation process.
  • Water treatment: microfiltration-ultrafiltration-nanofiltration-reverse osmosis desalination, and membrane distillation.
  • Rheology and distribution of water in sludge flocs.
  • Electrokinetics: electroosmosis, electrocoagulation, electrooxidation, electrophoresis, and electromigration.
  • Process design, modeling and simulation: bio-electrochemical cell, pilot studies.


Selected Publications

  • Hasan S., Elektorowicz M., and Oleszkiewicz J., (2012). Correlations between Trans-Membrane Pressure (TMP) and Sludge Properties in Submerged Membrane Electro-Bioreactor (SMEBR) and Conventional Membrane Bioreactor (MBR), Journal of Bioresource Technology 120, Pages 199-205
  • Elektorowicz M., Hasan S.W., and Oleszkiewicz J.A. (2011). A Novel Submerged Membrane Electrobioreactor Achieves High Removal Efficiencies. Water Environment and Technology 23 (12), Pages 60-62
  • Hasan S.W., Ghannam M., and Esmail N. (2010). Heavy Crude Oil Viscosity Reduction and Rheology for Pipeline Transportation, Journal of Fuel 89 (5), Pages 1095-1100