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George Mason University 
Fairfax, VA 22030, USA
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Extended Biography

Presentation and Publication

Arsenic Filter

Teaching Interest

CHEM 321
CHEM 422
CHEM 625/725

Teamwork at Mason

Center for Clean Water
Sustainable Technologies


Citation to Articles


Abul HussamAnalytical and Environmental Chemistry: Measurement and mitigation of arsenic in water is the current focus of my research. We are developing analytical techniques for the study of toxic species in the environment. We are particularly interested in the aquatic chemistry of arsenic in groundwater and the development of inexpensive water filters. We have devised simple filters (SONO filter) to purify groundwater from toxic arsenic species. The innovation was awarded the 2007 National Academy of Engineering - Grainger Challenge Prize for Sustainability the gold medal and one million dollar. More than 225,000 such filters are in use in Bangladesh and other countries producing more than a billion liter of safe drinking water for the affected people. We are also interested in the use of electrochemical techniques to understand the diffusion behavior and electron transfer kinetics of lipophilic redox species in organized media such as micelles and microemulsions. To complement these studies we have built a precision equilibrium headspace gas chromatograph and using solid phase microextraction to study the partitioning of volatile species in ambient atmosphere and in organized media. (Extended profile)

 Chemistry (Analytical), University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, USA. 1982.
M.Sc. Chemistry (Physical-Inorganic) University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh. 1976.
B.Sc. Honours in Chemistry, University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh. 1975..

National Academy of Engineering, USA, 2007 Grainger Challenge Prize for Sustainability Gold Award, 2007.
Bangladesh American Society for Humanity Award, 2007.
TIME Magazine, Global Heroes of the Environment Award, 2007.
Distinguished Alumni Award, Department of Chemistry, University of Pittsburgh, 2008.
Outstanding American by Choice Award, US Citizenship and Immigrations Services, 2008.
Doctor of Science, Honoris Causa (D.Sc), University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2009.
Mercantile Bank Foundation Award in the Field of Science and Technology, Bangladesh, 2010. 
University of Pittsburgh 225th Anniversary Medallion, May 28, 2014.
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Mahmoud Eljack* and Abul Hussam, Novel equilibrium headspace gas chromatographic technique for the measurement of noncovalent association and partition of n-alkylbenzenes in water/n-dodecane and water/1-octanol systems at low phase ratio without phase separation. Fluid Phase Equilibria. 384, 60-67 (2014). Mahmoud Eljack and Abul Hussam*, Extraction and solubilization of crude oil and volatile petroleum hydrocarbons by purified humic and fulvic acid and sodium dodecylbenzenesulfonate. J. Environ. Sci. and Health. Part A. Toxic/Hazardous Substances & Environmental Engineering. 49(14), 1623-1630 (2014).
 Anke Neumann*, Ralf Kaegi, Andreas Voegelin, Abul Hussam, Abul Munir, and Stephan Hug. Arsenic removal with composite iron matrix filters in Bangladesh: a field and laboratory study. Environ. Sci. and Technol. 47 (9), 4544-4554 (2013).
Abul Hussam. Potable Water: Nature and Purification in Monitoring Water Quality. pp 259-279, S. Ahuja (Editor). Elsevier B.V. January 2013. 
Abul Hussam, Contending with a Development Disaster: SONO Filters Remove Arsenic. Innovations: Technology, Governance, and Globalization. 4(3),103 -106, 2009.
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