Dr. Hassan Arafat
Water and Environmental Engineering Program
Masdar Institute of Science and Technology
P.O. Box 54224
United Arab Emirates
Program: Water and Environmental Engineering
Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, USA (2000)
B.Sc., Chemical Engineering, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan (1996).
After obtaining his PhD from the University of Cincinnati in 2000, Dr. Arafat worked (2000-2003) at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) (Illinois, USA) as a researcher and project manager for the United States Department of Energy (DOE). His research at ANL focused on separation processes development for nuclear waste treatment at the DOE sites in the United States. Between 2003 and 2010, Dr. Arafat served as a faculty member at the Chemical Engineering Department at An-Najah University (Nablus, Palestine) and as the director of the "Water Technologies Research Unit" in that department. In 2010, he joined Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as a visiting scholar for six months, after which he moved to Abu Dhabi (UAE) where he is now employed as an Associate Professor in the Water and Environmental Engineering Program at Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (MIST). The focus of Dr. Arafat’s current research is on sustainable desalination processes and innovative membrane technologies. During his career so far, Dr. Arafat received 14 research grants, totaling USD $8.25Million. He is a recipient of several prestigious awards. Most notable among these are the Mondialogo Award by Daimler Co. and UNESCO in 2005 and the University of Cincinnati Distinguished Dissertation Fellowship in 1999 (one of only two fellowships awarded in open competition among PhD candidates from all University of Cincinnati colleges). Dr. Arafat also received three international research fellowships; two German DAAD Fellowships in 1995 and 2007 and the Open Society institute/Soros Foundation Fellowship (NY, USA) in 2009. He co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed journal publications, conference papers, and official technical reports (published by the US-DOE). He delivered 19 invited presentations/lectures at international events and institutes throughout the world. He supervised 13 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
Current research interests include:
Additionally, Dr. Arafat previously had research interests in adsorption, solvent extraction, and hazardous and nuclear waste treatment. He also has academic interests in quality assurance in higher education.
WEN502- Industrial Ecology (MSc-Level): Quantitative techniques for life cycle analysis of the impacts of materials extraction, processing use, and recycling; and economic analysis of materials processing, products, and markets. Student teams undertake a major case study of an energy related product/process using the latest methods of analysis and computer‐based models of materials process.
WEN614-Sustainable Desalination Processes (PhD/MSc-Level): Introduces key issues related to promoting sustainable desalination operations in today’s desalination industry. The course analyzes developments in the desalination industry using the three elements of sustainability: cost society, and the environment. The course covers: i) environmental impacts of desalination processes, ii) designing safe and sustainable intake and outfall systems for desalination plants, iii) assessing economic feasibility of new desalination processes, iv) evaluation of renewable‐energy powered desalination processes, v) application of membrane distillation in desalination, and vi) recent technological improvements for enhanced desalination processes.
Courses taught at previous institute: Solid waste management, Energy and environment, Water treatment processes and systems, Mass transfer, Unit operation, Membrane processes and desalination, Fluid mechanics, Statistical methods for engineers, Engineering economy.
Postdocs/graduate students supervised:
· Dr. Rinku Thomas, Postdoctoral Fellow, MIST (2011- )
· Dr. Elena Guillen-Burrieza, Postdoctoral Fellow, MIST (2011- )
· Sanaa Pirani, PhD student, thesis subject: Sustainable Solid Waste Management Strategy for Abu Dhabi, MIST (2012- )
· Kelifa Adem, M.Sc. student, thesis subject: Fouling in MD processes, MIST (2012-)
· Ali Farhat, Research Scientist, MIST (2011-2012)
· Tariq Al-Sarkal, M.Sc. student, thesis subject: Life Cycle Analysis of desalination systems, MIST (2011-2013)
· Lin Li, M.Sc. student, thesis subject: Novel membranes for membrane distillation process, MIST (2011-2013)
· Stephen Fadeyi, M.Sc. student (co-advisor), thesis subject: Life Cycle Analysis of carbon capture technology, MIST (2011-2013)
· Rasha Saffarini, M.Sc. student, thesis subject: Development of renewable-energy powered membrane distillation process, MIST (2010-2012). Winner of Masdar Institute’s Best Thesis Award for the 2012 Class.
· Kenan Jijakli, M.Sc. student, thesis subject: Environmental Assessment using LCA approach: a case study on solar desalination and waste-to-energy technologies, MIST (2010-2012)
· Bilal Abu-Tarboosh, M.Sc student (co-advisor), Thesis subject: Preparation of thin-film-composite polyamide membranes for desalination using novel hydrophilic surface modifying macromolecules, Univ. of Ottawa (2006-2008)
· Majdi Abu-Awwad, M.Sc. student, Thesis subject: Medical waste management, An-Najah Univ. (2005-2008)
· Jafar Eid, M.Sc. student, Thesis subject: Solid waste management, An-Najah Univ. (2004-2007)
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