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Dr. Bassam S. Tawabini

Associate Professor, Geosciences Department

Dr. Bassam has been an associate professor at Geosciences Department at CPG, KFUPM since 2007 in addition to his incumbency as an Acting Director, Environment and Sustainability Section, Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) Dept. KFUPM since 2014. From 1987 till 2005 he had assumed the role of Senior Research Engineer, Center for Environment and Water (CEW), Research Institute, KFUPM. Between 2005 – 07 he was appointed as Manager of Central Analytical Laboratory (CAL), Center for Environment and Water (CEW), Research Institute, KFUPM.

Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering (Water Resources & Environmental Engineering), KFUPM, KSA, 2002.
  • High Diploma: “Sustainable Development” Middle East University at Boston College, Boston, USA, 2001.
  • M.Sc., Civil Engineering, KFUPM, KSA, 1987.
  • B.Sc., (Hons.), Civil Engineering. KFUPM, KSA, 1984.

Research Interests

  • Investigating the fate of pollutants in the water, wastewater, marine, air and soil
  • Assessment, monitoring and treatment of water, soils and air contaminated with hazardous pollutants.
  • Developing innovative treatment technologies for industrial wastewater using electrochemical –based treatment technologies.
  • Developing advanced oxidation and photocatalytic technologies for the ex-situ and in-situ remediation of groundwater contaminated with trace metals and hydrocarbons using the combination of UV, H2O2, TiO2, Cl2 and O3.
  • Developing novel nano-based synthetic adsorbents (i.e. Graphene, CNTs, CNFs, TiO2…etc.) and natural adsorbents (i.e. fly ash, sewage sludge) for the removal of pollutants from environment.
  • Developing advanced technologies for remediation of contaminated sites with hydrocarbons and trace metals using bio-treatment and phytoremediation technologies
  • Developing novel for the removal of trace metals and hydrocarbons from contaminated environment.
  • Assessing the fate of the Disinfection By-products (DBPs) formation using chlorine (Cl2), ozone (O3) and chlorine dioxide (ClO2).
  • Assessing the spatial distribution of air pollutants (NOx, SOx, PMs, VOCs…etc.) and soil pollutants (heavy/trace metals) in the Arabian Gulf region.
  • Developing best practices and methods for the management of municipal, industrial and hazardous wastes.
  • Assessing the sustainable utilization of natural resources (i.e. water, soil, energy, minerals and biota)

Selected Publications

  • A. Liadi, B. Tawabini, R. Shawabkeh, N. Jaraah, A. Shaibani and M. Makkawi. The Potentials of Sewage Sludge-Derived Activated Carbon in Treating the MTBE-contaminated Water. Environmental Science and Pollution Research (2018) Oct;25(29):29397-29407. doi: 10.1007/s11356-018-2737-0. Epub 2018 Aug 20. (ISI, Q2, IF = 2.914)
  • Akeem O. Bello, Bassam S. Tawabini, Amjad B. Khalil, Christopher R. Bolandand Tawfik A. Saleh. Phytoremediation of cadmium-, lead- and nickel-contaminated water by Phragmites australis in hydroponic systems. Ecological Engineering 120 (2018). Pages 126-133 . September 2018. (ISI, Q2, IF= 3.4)
  • Akere Taiwo Hassana, Karuppasamy Manikandanb, BassamTawabini, Chanbasha Basheera, Krishnakumar Periyadanb, Mohammed Qurban. Assessment of the organotin pollution in the coastal sediments of the Western Arabian Gulf,Saudi Arabia. Marine Pollution Bulletin journal 139 (2019) 174-180. (ISI, Q1, IF = 3.78).
  • S. Tawabini, K. V. Plakas, M. Fraim, E. Safi, T. Oyehan, A. J. Karabelas. Assessing the efficiency of a pilot-scale GDE/BDD electrochemical system in removing phenol from highly brine waters. Chemosphere (2019) doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2019.124714. (ISI, Q1, IF=5.108).
  • Sudibyo S.Sardi, Mohammed A.Qurban, Wenzhao Li, Krishnakumar P. Kadinjappalli, Karuppasamy Manikandana Mustafa M.Haririb, Bassam S. Al-Tawabini, Amjad B.Khalil, Hesham El-Askary. Assessment of areas environmentally sensitive to oil spills in the Western Arabian Gulf, Saudi Arabia, for planning and undertaking an effective response. Marine Pollution Bulletin (2019). DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2019.110588.  (ISI Q1, IF = 3.782).
  • Mohammed Al Otaibi, Ashraf Farahat, Bassam Tawabini, Hafidz Omar, Emad Ramadan, Abdelgadir Abuelgasim, and Ramesh P. Singh (2019). Long-Term Aerosol Trends and Variability over Central Saudi Arabia Using Optical Characteristics from Solar Village AERONET Measurements. Atmosphere 10(12):752.

Research Profile – Google Scholar

  • Citations        807    
  • h-index           14       
  • i10-index       19

Awards & Honors

  • Award for obtaining 3 US Patents, 2019
  • Best Teaching Award. College of Sciences, KFUPM. 2011.
  • Nominee for the Best Research Award. Center for Environment and Water, Research Institute, KFUPM, 2007.
  • Long Services Award, KFUPM. Dhahran, KSA. 1994.
  • Nominee for the Best Academic Advisor for the College of Petroleum and Geosciences (2016)
  • The 1st place at the 5th Saudi Water Arabia conference held between 17-19 of October, 2017 in Saudi Arabia. The paper titled’ Assessment of Polyelectrolyte Coated Fly Ash for Cadmium Removal in Polluted Water”.