Sherif Ismail, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, Faculty of Engineering - Civil and Environmental Engineering Dept

Pronouns: He/him


Postdoctoral Fellow, Faculty of Engineering - Civil and Environmental Engineering Dept


Area of Study / Keywords

Wastewater/Solid Waste Management Nutrients/Resources Recovery Biofuels Production Anaerobic Digestion Dark Fermentation Wastewater Treatment in Cold Climates Bioremediation of Industrial Wastewater Biological nitrogen removal Emerging Contaminants Removal Green Infrastructure for Urban Wastewater Management Advanced Oxidation Processes (AOPs) Hybrid Treatment Processes


Hello! I'm Dr. Sherif Ismail, an Environmental Researcher and Educator committed to advancing sustainable practices in the field of environmental engineering. My journey has taken me across various countries and prestigious institutions from Japan and France to China and Egypt. Currently, I'm a Postdoctoral Fellow in the esteemed Dhar Lab at the University of Alberta in Canada, focusing on cutting-edge bioenergy, resource recovery, and biosensing technologies tailored for the waste and wastewater sector. My mission is simple: to make a positive impact on our planet through innovative and green practices.


  • Ph.D., Environmental Engineering, Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology, 2019
  • M.Sc., Environmental Engineering, Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology, 2015
  • B.Sc., Civil Engineering, Zagazig University, 2009


My research experience covers environmental engineering-related topics, especially wastewater treatment using different treatment technologies and the development of value-added biofuels such as methane and hydrogen. My expertise extends to various technologies such as nitrification, anaerobic ammonia oxidation (anammox), dissimilatory nitrate reduction to ammonium (DNRA), anaerobic digestion, dark fermentation, and advanced oxidation processes (AOPs). I am also working on the environmental applications of nanomaterials, exploring their interaction with biological processes, and engaging in mathematical modeling using artificial intelligence. I have investigated the pollution of aquatic ecosystems such as rivers, lakes, and coastal estuaries.

Additionally, an impressive publication record reflects the significant recognition that my research journey has received. With over thirty articles published, my work encompasses diverse areas, including nitrogen biotransformation, hazardous organics and heavy metals removal, and waste conversion into valuable products.


I have been teaching since October 2009, when I was first recruited as a demonstrator, then as an assistant lecturer, and finally, in February 2019, I was promoted to lecturer. I have taught lectures on environmental-related courses for both under- and post- graduates. Further, I have been involved as a member of the examiners' committee for postgraduate students at the Faculty of Engineering at Zagazig University. The courses I taught are as follows:

Bachelor courses: Sanitary Engineering (1): Water Supply System, Sanitary Engineering (2): Wastewater collection and treatment, and General Chemistry.

Master/PhD courses: Environmental chemistry, Water pollution, Environmental impact assessment, and Environmental issue and Egyptian Environmental Law.

Except for teaching, I mentored and supervised undergraduate students' projects for almost four years. The project aimed to acquire the student all knowledge, skills, and hands- on experience for the complete design of a water treatment plant, water distribution network, sewerage system, and wastewater treatment plant. At the end of the project, students will have the skills to use different software (i.e., WaterCAD, SewerGEMS, and AutoCAD) and provide detailed drawings of the designed systems with a complete calculation note. In addition, I encourage exceptional students to combine their graduation with research, and we publish their findings in peer-reviewed publications.

In addition, I have given lectures under the course titled "Anaerobic Microbiology" at Shandong University (China).

In terms of professional service, I was responsible for postgraduate standards as a member of the quality assurance committee at Zagazig University in 2019 for the Faculty of Engineering as we prepared for an accreditation evaluation. During this period, I introduced some ideas to enhance postgraduate studies, such as making workshops about "how to do research", "scientific writing", and "journal selection". I believe these workshops help young researchers prepare to perform and publish their experiments, especially master's students who struggle with their first steps in the academic field. I also serve as a reviewer in top-ranked journals in the fields of water, wastewater, and energy (e.g., Journal of Hazardous Materials, Journal of Cleaner Production, Chemosphere, and Journal of Environmental Management), as well as a guest editor in Frontiers in Environmental Science.

Furthermore, my plan is to prepare for additional courses to improve the diversity of teaching contents in Environmental Engineering, such as Environmental Management Systems, and Environmental Microbiology. Overall, I am particularly interested in the concept of education and feel a strong sense of responsibility toward my students.

Featured Publications

Sherif Ismail, Chunzhen Zou, Zhibin Wang, Jinhua Zhan, Chengbo Cao, Yifeng Wang, Mohnad Abdalla, Xuming Zhuang, and Shou-Qing Ni

ACS ES&T Engineering. 2023 December; 10.1021/acsestengg.3c00350

Linjie Gao, Dong Wei, Sherif Ismail, Zhibin Wang, Amro El-Baz, Shou-Qing Ni

Bioresource Technology. 2023 October; 10.1016/j.biortech.2023.129558

Omneya Ibrahim, Nadia Badr, Sherif Ismail, Amro El-Baz

The Egyptian Journal of Aquatic Research. 2023 June; 10.1016/j.ejar.2022.12.003

Zhibin Wang, Jinpeng Zhang, Jing Zhou, Sherif Ismail, Hafiz Adeel Ahmad, Hanem Awad, Ahmed Tawfik, Shou-Qing Ni

ACS ES&T Water. 2023 March; 10.1021/acsestwater.2c00607

Water Research. 2023 January; 10.1016/j.watres.2023.120619

Zhibin Wang, Cuina Bu, Jianghai Dou, Sherif Ismail, Shakeel Ahmad, Daqian Qi, Haiwei Wei, Xue Chen, Taeho Lee, Ahmed Tawfik, Shou-Qing Ni

Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering. 2022 December; 10.1016/j.jece.2022.108867

Ahmed Tawfik, Mohamed Mohsen, Sherif Ismail, Nawaf S. Alhajeri, Ahmed Osman, David W. Rooney

Environmental Chemistry Letters. 2022 December; 10.1007/s10311-022-01465-2

Zhibin Wang, Pengpeng Liu, Jing Zhou, Sherif Ismail, Shakeel Ahmad, Hanem M. Awad, Shou-Qing Ni

Frontiers in Environmental Science. 2022 November; 10.3389/fenvs.2022.1046759

Sherif Ismail, Mohamed Elsamadony, Mohnad Abdalla, Shou-Qing Ni, Ahmed Tawfik

ACS ES&T Engineering. 2022 November; 10.1021/acsestengg.2c00140

Yiyi Zhao, Fang Yuan, Shaoyong Li, Jinpeng Zhang, Yuze Li, Xiang Shi, Jiachun Yang, Shou-Qing Ni, Shou-Qing Ni

Journal of Environmental Management. 2022 November; 10.1016/j.jenvman.2022.116091

Muhammad Abdul Qyyum, Ihsanullah Ihsanullah, Rizwan Ahmad, Sherif Ismail, Amin Khan, Abdul-Sattar Nizami, Ahmed Tawfik

International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. 2022 October; 10.1016/j.ijhydene.2022.01.195

Fu-ang Duan, Juan Wang, Sherif Ismail, Shihwu Sung, Zhaojie Cui, Shou-Qing Ni

Environmental Technology. 2022 September; 10.1080/09593330.2021.1921045

Ahmed Tawfik, Sherif Ismail, Mahdy Elsayed, Muhammad Abdul Qyyum, Mohammad Rehan

Chemosphere. 2022 June; 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2022.133812

Muhammad Abdul Qyyum, Sherif Ismail, Shou-Qing Ni, Ihsanullah Ihsanullah, Rizwan Ahmad, Amin Khan, Ahmed Tawfik, Abdul-Sattar Nizami, Moonyong Lee

Journal of Cleaner Production. 2022 March; 10.1016/j.jclepro.2022.130809

ACS ES and T Water. 2022 January; 10.1021/acsestwater.2c00088

Scientific Reports. 2022 January; 10.1038/s41598-022-09579-x

Science of the Total Environment. 2022 January; 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.151926

Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology. 2022 January; 10.3389/fbioe.2022.819937

ACS ES and T Water. 2022 January; 10.1021/acsestwater.2c00126

Ahmed Tawfik, Shou-Qing Ni, Hanem. M. Awad, Sherif Ismail, Vinay Kumar Tyagi, Mohd Shariq Khan, Muhammad Abdul Qyyum, Moonyong Lee

Energies. 2021 August; 10.3390/en14164936

Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. 2021 January; 10.1016/j.rser.2020.110126

Journal of Hazardous Materials. 2021 January; 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2021.125533

Separation and Purification Technology. 2021 January; 10.1016/j.seppur.2021.118539

Journal of Environmental Management. 2021 January; 10.1016/j.jenvman.2020.111495

Sherif Ismail, Mahmoud Nasr, Esraa Abdelrazek, Hanem M. Awad, Shanshan Zhaof, Fangang Meng, Ahmed Tawfik

Journal of Water Process Engineering. 2020 October; 10.1016/j.jwpe.2020.101415

Bioresource Technology. 2019 January; 10.1016/j.biortech.2018.09.004

Journal of Environmental Management. 2019 January; 10.1016/j.jenvman.2018.11.134

Process Safety and Environmental Protection. 2018 January; 10.1016/j.psep.2018.04.008

E3S Web of Conferences. 2017 January; 10.1051/e3sconf/20172200068

International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation. 2016 January; 10.1016/j.ibiod.2016.04.010

Water Science and Technology. 2016 January; 10.2166/wst.2015.655

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