Zaher Hashisho, PhD, P.Eng.

Professor, Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering - Civil and Environmental Engineering Dept
Associate Dean -Grad Students, Faculty of Engineering - Deans Office

Contact

Professor, Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering - Civil and Environmental Engineering Dept
Email
hashisho@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 492-0247
Address
7-241 Donadeo Innovation Centre For Engineering
9211-116 St
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5

Associate Dean -Grad Students, Faculty of Engineering - Deans Office
Email
hashisho@ualberta.ca

Overview

Area of Study / Keywords

Environmental Engineering and Science; adsorption adsorbents greenhouse gas emission quantification emission control air pollution air quality


About

Professional experience

  • Associate Dean Graduate Students (CEE), July 2022 – present 
  • Program coordinator, Environmental Engineering Option, 2020 – present
  • McCalla Professor, September 2019 – ­ August 2021
  • Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, July 2017 – present 
  • Associate Professor, July 2013 – June 2017
  • Assistant Professor, August 2007 – June 2013

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

  • McCalla Professor, September 2019-August 2021.
  • NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement grant, 2018.
  • Teaching Excellence Appreciation Award, Delta Chi Fraternity, University of Alberta, 2018.
  • Teaching Excellence Appreciation Award, Delta Chi Fraternity, University of Alberta, 2009.
  • Young Alumnus Achievement Award, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Civil and Environmental Engineering Alumni Association, 2009.
  • 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.

Directed Research Awards

  •  First place Master Thesis Award, A&WMA, awarded to graduate student Keivan Rahmani, 2022.
  • Second place-tie Doctoral Student Dissertation Award, A&WMA, awarded to graduate student Arman Peyravi, 2022.
  • First place Doctoral Student Dissertation Award, A&WMA, awarded to graduate student Pooya Shariaty, 2019.
  • First place Master Thesis Award, A&WMA, awarded to graduate student Seyed Mojtaba Hashemi, 2018.
  •  First place Doctoral Student Dissertation Award, A&WMA, awarded to graduate student Masoud Jahandar Lashaki, 2016.
  •  First place Master Thesis Award, A&WMA, awarded to graduate student Saeid Niknaddaf, 2016.
  • First place Master Thesis Award, A&WMA, awarded to graduate student Dereje Tamiru Tefera, 2014.
  • Second place Master Thesis Award, A&WMA, awarded to graduate student Christina Small, 2011.

Professional service:

  • Associate editor (2020-2021), Editor (2022- present), Journal of Hazardous Materials (Impact factor: 14.224).
  • Associate Editor, ASCE Journal of Environmental Engineering. American Society of Civil Engineers, 2018-present.
  • Associate Editor, Journal of the Air and Waste Management Association (JA&WMA), 2018-present.
  • Member of the editorial board for Sustainable Environment Research, 2016-present.

Research

Research interests

Pollution control

  • Adsorption, preparation, characterization, modification, and regeneration of adsorbents (activated carbon, polymer, zeolites, and MOF) for pollution control applications
  • Control of VOC emissions from industrial sources
  • Microwave and resistive heating regeneration of adsorbents

Air quality characterization

  • Occupational and indoor air quality
  • Filtration, and masks/filter material
  • Greenhouse gases emission quantification
  • Measuring emissions from area sources such as oil sands tailings ponds and wastewater lagoons
  • Air quality impacts of Alberta oil sands developments

Recent Journal articles

  • Davarpanah, M., Hashisho, Z., Crompton, D., Anderson, J.E. Modeling the performance of a metal-organic framework (MIL-101) for the adsorption of toluene in an industrial fluidized bed adsorber and comparison to other adsorbent materials. Separation and Purification Technology, 288, No. 120685, 2022.
  • Davarpanah, M., Rahmani, K., Kamravaei, S., Hashisho, Z., Crompton, D., Anderson, J.E. Modeling the effect of humidity and temperature on VOC removal efficiency in a multistage fluidized bed adsorber. Chemical Engineering Journal, 431, No. 133991, 2022.
  • Hernandez-Maldonado, A.J., Atkinson, J.D., Hashisho, Z., Saleh, N., Deng, Y., Bae, S., Xiao, F., Georgi, A. Current and future trends in adsorption for environmental separations. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 433, No. 128776, 2022.
  • Peyravi, A., Ahmadijokani, F., Arjmand, M., Hashisho, Z. Graphene oxide enhances thermal stability and microwave absorption/regeneration of a porous polymer. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 433, No. 128792, 2022.
  • Peyravi, A., Feizbakhshan, M., Hashisho, Z., Crompton, D., Anderson, J.E. Purge gas humidity improves microwave-assisted regeneration of polymeric and zeolite adsorbents. Separation and Purification Technology, 288, No. 120640, 2022.
  • Peyravi, A., Hashisho, Z., Crompton, D., Anderson, J.E. Porous carbon black-polymer composites for volatile organic compound adsorption and efficient microwave-assisted desorption. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 612, pp. 181-193, 2022.
  • Rahmani, K., Mamaghani, A.H., Hashisho, Z., Crompton, D., Anderson, J.E. Prediction of heel build-up on activated carbon using machine learning. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 433, No. 128747, 2022.
  • Davarpanah, M., Feizbakhshan, M., Hashisho, Z., Crompton, D. Process intensification in binary adsorption of VOC-water vapor on zeolite in a countercurrent fluidized bed adsorber. Chemical Engineering Journal, 423, No. 130225, 2021. (Impact Factor=13.273)
  • Peyravi, A., Hashisho, Z., Crompton, D., and Anderson, J. E. Enhanced Microwave Regeneration of a Polymeric Adsorbent through Carbon Nanotubes Deposition. Separation and Purification Technology, 278, No. 119616, 2021. (Impact Factor= 7.31)
  • Liu, Y., Li, C., Peyravi, A., Sun, Z., Zhang, G., Rahmani, K., and Hashisho, Z. Mesoporous MCM-41 derived from natural Opoka and its application for organic vapors removal. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 408, No. 124911, 2021. (Impact Factor=10.58)
  • Davarpanah, M., Shi, H., Nikrityuk, P., Hashisho, Z. Verification of semi-empirical relations for predicting fluidization in a fluidized bed using CFD. Chemical Engineering Research and Design, 173, pp. 289-304, 2021. (Impact Factor= 3.739)
  • Awad, R., Haghighat Mamaghani, A., Boluk, Y., Hashisho, Z. Synthesis and characterization of electrospun PAN-based activated carbon nanofibers reinforced with cellulose nanocrystals for adsorption of VOCs. Chemical Engineering Journal, 410, No. 128412, 2021. (Impact Factor=13.273)
  • Davarpanah, M., Hashisho, Z., Crompton, D., Anderson, J. E. Mathematical correlations in two-phase modeling of fluidized bed adsorbers. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 423, 127218, 2022. (Impact Factor=10.58)
  • Feizbakhshan, M., Amdebrhan B., Hashisho, Z., Phillips, J.H., Crompton D., Anderson, J.E., Nichols, M. Effects of oxygen impurity and desorption temperature on heel build-up in activated carbon. Chemical Engineering Journal, 409, No. 128232, 2021. (Impact Factor=13.273)
  • Davarpanah, M., Hashisho, Z., Phillips, J.H., Crompton, D., Anderson, J.E., Nichols, M. Modeling VOC Adsorption in Lab- and Industrial-Scale Fluidized Bed Adsorbers: Effect of Operating Parameters and Heel Build-Up. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 400, No. 123129. 2020. (Impact Factor=10.58)
  • Peyravi, A., Hashisho, Z., Crompton, D., Anderson, J.E. Enhanced microwave regeneration of a polymeric adsorbent through carbon nanotubes deposition. Separation and Purification Technology, 278, No. 119616, 2022
  • Davarpanah, M., Feizbakhshan, M., Hashisho, Z., Crompton, D. Process intensification in binary adsorption of VOC-water vapor on zeolite in a countercurrent fluidized bed adsorber. Chemical Engineering Journal, 423, No. 130225, 2021.
  • Davarpanah, M., Shi, H., Nikrityuk, P., Hashisho, Z. Verification of semi-empirical relations for predicting fluidization in a fluidized bed using CFD. Chemical Engineering Research and Design, 173, pp. 289-304, 2021
  • Awad, R., Haghighat Mamaghani, A., Boluk, Y., Hashisho, Z. Synthesis and characterization of electrospun PAN-based activated carbon nanofibers reinforced with cellulose nanocrystals for adsorption of VOCs. Chemical Engineering Journal, 410, No. 128412, 2021.
  • Liu, Y., Li, C., Peyravi, A., Sun, Z., Zhang, G., Rahmani, K., Zheng, S., Hashisho, Z. Mesoporous MCM-41 derived from natural Opoka and its application for organic vapors removal. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 408, No. 124911, 2021.
  • Feizbakhshan, M., Amdebrhan B., Hashisho, Z., Phillips, J.H., Crompton D., Anderson, J.E., Nichols, M. Effects of oxygen impurity and desorption temperature on heel build-up in activated carbon. Chemical Engineering Journal, 409, No. 128232, 2021.

Patents

  • Choi, P., Hashisho, Z., Khalkhali, R., Peyravi, A. Microwave-Assisted Removal of Organic Solvent From Oil Sands Gangue. Filed on February 2022.
  • Hashisho, Z., and Shariaty, P. Method for Tailoring Electrical Resistivity of Molecular Sieve Adsorbents for Resistive Heating Application. US patent application No 15/807285, Filed on November 8, 2017.
  • Hashisho, Z., and Shariaty, P. Method for Tailoring Electrical Resistivity of Molecular Sieve Adsorbents for Resistive Heating Application. US Provisional patent application No 62/419,798, Filed on November 9, 2016.
  • Hashisho, Z., and Chen, H. Method for Preparation of Activated Carbon, U.S. Patent No 8,563,467. October 2013.
  • Rood, M., Hay, J., Kim, B., Emamipour, H., and Hashisho, Z. Steady State Tracking Desorption System and Method. U.S. Patent US8080095, December 2011.

Courses

ENV E 302 - Environmental Impact Assessment

Need and objectives of environmental impact assessment (EIA). Basic tasks and methods for need justification, project description, environmental factor determination, impact prediction, significance testing, mitigation design, evaluation, reporting, and public review. Review of impacts of different types of engineering projects and activities. Corequisite: ENV E 325.


ENV E 423 - Principles of Air Quality Management and Control

A first course on air quality and air pollution, dealing with: types of gaseous and particulate pollutants and their sources, effects of air pollution on man, vegetation, and materials, indoor air pollution, sampling and analysis of air pollutants, air pollution meteorology and dispersion, control techniques for gaseous and particulate pollutants, and air quality management aspects. Prerequisite: ENV E 325. Credit cannot be obtained for both ENV E 323 and ENV E 423.


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