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Mohammad Shaiful Alam Amin

PhD Programme

Nanoscience, Materials and Chemical Engineering

Research group

Process Intensification, Simulation & Environmental Technology

Supervisor

Josep Font Capafons

Bio

Mohammad Amin obtained his bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering and Polymer Science at the Shahjalal University of Science and Technology of Sylhet, Bangladesh. Concerning the increasing environmental pollution in Bangladesh triggered his interest in water and wastewater treatment processes, and he did his bachelor dissertation in “Optimum design and optimal operation of activated sludge processes” under one of the ongoing EU projects (INNOWA). In this work, a design procedure has been developed, which would ensure the minimum area (footprint) for an activated sludge plant. Later, he started a master in Membrane Engineering under the umbrella of an Erasmus Mundus scholarship program. The main focus of his master thesis at MTG group (University of Twente, Netherlands), has been the axial development of nanoparticle fouling in hollow fiber microfiltration membranes. Besides this, he has also conducted the semester thesis project on “Behavior of pharmaceuticals in water treatment using membrane filtration processes” (University Toulouse III, France) and “Silver membranes in membrane reactors” (University of Zaragoza, Spain). As he was fascinated about the environmental pollution and remediation, he has been involved in a number of research projects, such as wastewater treatment by membrane processes, microbial fuel cell to convert waste to valuable product, catalyst for reduction of CO2 to fuel etc.

Project: Biodegradation of recalcitrant compounds by anaerobic reduction on carbon based membranes

To ensure the sustainability of today's society, the rational use of water from available sources must be imposed and combined with the maximum recovery of water already used. As for the recovery of this wastewater, it has been shown that classical treatments are no longer efficient enough, due to the presence of recalcitrant organic compounds and the appearance of emerging organic compounds. The main purpose of the project is to develop a new family of carbon-based membrane reactors for application to the treatment of wastewater containing contaminants, emerging or recalcitrant, which cannot be disposed of directly in conventional wastewater treatment plants, what they require a specific tertiary treatment. The technologies to be developed are based on the coupling of separation and reaction, through the anaerobic biodegradation of recalcitrant compounds on carbon-based membranes. The integration of the filter element in the process will facilitate obtaining treated quality effluents in a single unit, without the need for subsequent purification steps. This new compact reactor concept will reduce operating costs and improve disposal performance, thus obtaining an effluent potentially free of contaminants and microorganisms.