Zaher Hashisho, PhD

Professor, Environmental Engineering

Office: 7-241 Donadeo Innovation Cntr for Engineering 
Phone: 780 492 0247
E-mail: hashisho@ualberta.ca
Website: http://www.ualberta.ca/~hashisho/ 

Research Interests

The general areas of my research are air pollution control and air quality characterization. Within air pollution control, I am interested in adsorption process for the capture and recovery of organic vapor emissions to promote sustainable development, microwave heating for the regeneration of novel adsorbents, and chemical treatment of adsorbents to modify their adsorption and regeneration properties. Within air quality characterization, I am interested in measuring and modeling of air quality in confined spaces such as tunnels and indoor environments, as well as studying the socio-economic aspects of air pollution. I recently participated in the study that analyze total gaseous mercury monitoring data around Edmonton to identify factors controlling total gaseous mercury concentrations and whether the reduction in mercury emissions form coal-fired power plants will affect total gaseous mercury concentrations .

Research Currently in Progress

Currently I am studying the impact of the properties of adsorbents and adsorbates on the thermal behavior of adsorbents during microwave regeneration. These results are useful for designing a microwave system for the regeneration of adsorbents. I am also working on using microwave energy to activate oil sands coke for use as adsorbent for water and air treatment applications. I am also working on characterizing and developing emission factors for air pollutants emitted from oil sands tailings ponds. The results from this research will help determining the contribution of tailings ponds to air pollutants emissions in the oil sand processing areas.

Education

  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), 2001 – 2007
    Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering in Civil Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), 2007
  • M.S. in Mechanical Engineering,
    Department of Industrial and Mechanical Engineering, 2007
  • American University of Beirut, 1995 – 2000
    M.S. in Environmental Technology, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2000
  • B.S. in Physics, Department of Physics, 1998

Awards and honors

Fellowships and Scholarships

  • Engelbrecht Fellowship, Environmental Engineering and Science Program, UIUC, 2006
  • CEE Alumni Teaching Fellowship, CEE, UIUC, 2006.
  • Mavis Memorial Fund Scholarship, College of Engineering, UIUC, 2006.
  • Journal of Environmental Engineering’s Editor Award for Service, 2004.

Paper Awards

  • First place award in Doctoral Student Paper/Poster Competition, 100th Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA)Annual Conference & Exhibition, 2007.
  • Third place award in Sustainable Development/Pollution Prevention Student Paper/Poster Competition, 99th A&WMA Annual Conference & Exhibition, 2006.
  • Third place award in Doctoral Student Paper/Poster Competition, 99th A&WMA Annual Conference & Exhibition, 2006.
  • Second place award in Sustainable Development/Pollution Prevention Student Paper/Poster Competition, 98th A&WMA Annual Conference & Exhibition, 2005.
  • Second place award in Student Paper Competition, Lake Michigan States Chapter of A&WMA, 2003.

Travel Awards

  • Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP) Travel Grant, National Science Foundation, 2005.
  • Travel Award from Lake Michigan States Chapter of A&WMA, 2005, 2007.
  • Racheff Student Travel Award, CEE, UIUC, 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006.

Professional Membership

  • American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), 2006 – present.
  • American Geophysical Union (AGU), 2006 – present.
  • Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP), 2004 – present.
  • Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA), 2003 – present.

Patents

  1. Rood, M., Hay, J., Kim, B., Emamipour, H., and Hashisho, Z. (2007) Steady State Tracking Desorption System and Method. World Intellectual Property Organization, International Publication Number WO 2007/133602.

Journal articles

  1. Hashisho, Z., Rood, M., Barot, S., and Bernhard, J. (2008) Role of Functional Groups on the Microwave Attenuation and Electric Resistivity of Activated Carbon Fiber Cloth. Carbon (in review).
  2. Hashisho, Z., Emamipour, H., Rood, M., Hay, J., Kim, B. and Thurston, D.L. (2008) Single and Multi-Component Concomitant Adsorption and Desorption of Organic Vapor and Water Vapor using Microwave and Direct Electrothermal Swing Adsorption. Environmental Science and Technolog y(in review).
  3. Sullivan, P., Stone, B. Hashisho, Z., and Rood, M. (2007) Water adsorption with hysteresis effect onto microporous activated carbon fabrics. Adsorption, 13 (3-4), pp. 173-189.
  4. Emamipour, H., Hashisho, Z., Cevallos, D., Rood, M., Thurston, D., Hay, J., Kim, B., and Sullivan, P. (2007) Steady-State and Dynamic Desorption of Organic Vapor from Activated Carbon with Electrothermal Swing Adsorption. Environmental Science and Technology, 41 (14), pp. 5063-5069.
  5. Hashisho, Z., Emamipour, H., Rood, M., Cevallos, D., Hay, J., and Kim, B. (2007) Rapid Response Concentration-Controlled Desorption of Activated Carbon for Dampening Fluctuation in Concentration in Gas Streams. Environmental Science and Technology, 41 (5), pp 1753 – 1758.
  6. Hashisho, Z., Rood, M., and Botich, L. (2005) Fixed-Bed Microwave-Swing Adsorption System to Capture and Recover Organic Vapors from Air Streams. Environmental Science and Technology, 39 (17), pp 6851 – 6859.
  7. Hashisho, Z., El-Fadel, M. (2004) Impacts of Traffic-Induced Lead Emissions on Air, Soil and Blood Lead Levels in Beirut. Environment Monitoring & Assessment, 93 (1), pp. 185 –202.
  8. El-Fadel, M., and Hashisho, Z. (2001) Phase-out of Leaded Gasoline in Developing Countries: Approaches and Prospects for Lebanon. Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management, 3 (1), pp. 35 – 59.
  9. El-Fadel, M., and Hashisho, Z. (2001) Vehicular Emissions in Roadway Tunnels: A Critical Review. Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology, 31 (2), pp. 125 – 174.
  10. Hashisho, Z., and El-Fadel, M. (2001) Socio-Economic Benefits of Leaded Gasoline Phase-out: The Case of Lebanon. Environmental Management and Health, 12 (4), pp. 389 – 406.
  11. El-Fadel, M., and Hashisho, Z. (2000) Vehicular Emissions and Air Quality Assessment in Roadway Tunnels: the Salim Slam Tunnel. Transportation Research Part D, 5 (5), pp. 355 –372.

Invited Presentations

  1. Special Seminar, Texas A&M University, Kingsville, TX, 2008.
  2. Special Seminar, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, 2007.
  3. Engelbrecht Fellow Seminar, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, 2007.
  4. Innovation Leadership Advisory Board Meeting, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, 2006.
  5. Special Seminar, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Industries Chimiques, Institut National Polytechnique de Lorraine, Nancy, France, 2006.

Conference Proceedings

  1. Hashisho, Z., Emamipour, H., Rood, M., Hay, J., Kim, B. and Thurston, D.L. (2008) Concomitant Adsorption and Desorption for Dampening Fluctuations in Organic Vapors Concentrations for Use Upstream of Biofilters, A&WMA's 101th Annual Meeting & Exhibition, Portland, OR.,No. 348, 14 pp.
  2. Emamipour, H., Rood, M., Thurston, D.L., Hashisho, Z., Hay, J., and Kim, B. (2008) Mathematical Modeling of Concentration-Controlled Electrothermal Swing Adsorption System A&WMA's 101th Annual Meeting & Exhibition, Portland, OR.
  3. Hashisho, Z., Stone, B.R., Barot, S., Rood, M., Sullivan, P., and Bernhard, J. (2007) Role of Functional Groups on Adsorption and Microwave Regeneration of Activated Carbon, Carbon 2007 Conference, Seattle, WA., No. 2049, 10 pp.
  4. Barot, S., Hashisho, Z., Bernhard, J., and Rood, M. (2007) Measurement of Activated Carbon Fiber Cloth Dielectric Properties at Microwave Frequencies, International Union of Radio Science (URSI) 2007 – North American Radio Science Meeting, Ottawa, ON, 1 pp.
  5. Sullivan, P., Stone, B., Hashisho, Z., and Rood, M. (2007) Water Vapor Adsorption onto Novel Activated Carbons, 9th International Conference on Fundamentals of Adsorption, Giardini Naxos, Sicily, Italy, No. 297.
  6. Hashisho, Z., Emamipour, H., Cevallos, D., Rood, M., Thurston, D., Hay, J., Kim, B., and Sullivan, P. (2007) Dampening Concentration Fluctuations for Use Upstream of Biofilters and Oxidizers using Concentration-Controlled Desorption of Activated Carbon, A&WMA's 100th Annual Meeting & Exhibition, Pittsburg, PA.,No. 449, 14 pp.
  7. Emamipour, H., Hashisho, Z., Rood, M., Sullivan, P., Hay, J., and Kim, B. (2007) Simulation of Electrothermal/Microwave Swing Adsorption with Organic Vapor and Activated Carbon Fiber Cloth, A&WMA's 100th Annual Meeting & Exhibition, Pittsburg, PA.,No. 507, 11 pp.
  8. Hashisho, Z., Rood, M., and Botich, L. (2006) Microwave Regeneration of Carbonaceous Adsorbent for Air Pollution Control Applications, A&WMA's 99th Annual Meeting & Exhibition, New Orleans, LA., No. 309, 13 pp.
  9. Hashisho, Z., Rood, M., and Botich, L. (2005) Fixed-Bed Microwave Swing Adsorption System for the Capture and Recovery of Organic Vapors, A&WMA's 98th Annual Meeting & Exhibition, Minneapolis, MN., No. 1266, 14 pp.
  10. Ramirez, D., Agnihotri, S., Emamipour, H. Hashisho, Z., Sullivan, P., Rood, M. J., Rostam-Abadi, M., and Luo, L. (2005) Novel Adsorption Systems to Capture and Recover Organic Vapors from Gas Streams, Carbons for a Greener Planet Workshop, State College, PA.
  11. Hashisho, Z., Rood, M., and Botich, L. (2004) Microwave Regeneration of Activated Carbon Fiber Cloth. International Microwave Power Institute’s 38th Annual Symposium. Toronto, ON, pp. 46-50.
  12. Hashisho, Z., Wieczorek, M., and Rood, M. (2003) Development of a Membrane-Based Diffusion Dryer. A&WMA's 96th Annual Meeting & Exhibition, San Diego, CA, No. 69663, 16 pp.
  13. Rood, M. J., Ramirez, D., Vidal, E. X., Hashisho, Z., Emamipour, H., Sullivan, P. D., Hay, J. K. (2003) Organic Vapor Recovery Using Activated Carbon Fiber Cloth Electrothermal–Swing Adsorption.
  14. APCSEET 2002 Conference, Integrated Technology Approach to Clean Energy and Environment Workshop, Japan, 5 pp.
  15. Ramirez, D., Vidal, E., Hashisho, Z., Sullivan, P., Rood, M., and Hay, J. (2003) Capture and Recovery of Hazardous Air Pollutants with a Pilot-Scale Adsorption-Electrothermal Desorption System. A&WMA's 96th Annual Meeting & Exhibition, San Diego, CA, No. 69799, 19 pp.
  16. Hashisho, Z., and El-Fadel, M. (2001) Aerobic/Anaerobic Bioreactor Operation of Municipal Solid Waste Landfills. The Seventeenth International Conference on Solid Waste Technology and Management” Philadelphia, PA, 15 pp.
  17. Hashisho, Z., El-Fadel, M., Ayoub, G., and Baaj, H. (2000) Phase-out of Leaded Gasoline: A Prescription for Lebanon. The 14th Science meeting of the National Council for Scientific Research and Lebanese Association for Advancement of Science, Beirut, Lebanon, 1 pp.
  18. Hashisho, Z., and El-Fadel, M. (2000) Air Quality Assessment in Tunnels: Field Measurements and Mathematical Modeling. Air Pollution 2000: The Eighth International Conference on Modeling, Monitoring and Management of Air Pollution, Cambridge University, UK, 14 pp.
  19. Kobrossi, R., Hashisho, Z, and El-Fadel, M. (2000) A Case Study in Economic Benefits of Reducing Emissions from the Cement Industry. Air Pollution 2000: The Eighth International Conference on Modeling, Monitoring and Management of Air Pollution, Cambridge University, UK, 11 pp.
  20. Hashisho, Z., and El-Fadel, M. (1999) Air Quality Assessment in Salim Slam Tunnel. The 13th Science meeting of the National Council for Scientific Research and Lebanese Association for Advancement of Science, Beirut, Lebanon, 1 pp.
  21. El-Fadel, M., and Hashisho, Z. (1999) Phase-out of leaded gasoline in Lebanon: Cost and health benefit analysis. The Land Transport Policy for Lebanon, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, Ministry of Transport, Beirut, Lebanon, 3 pp.