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(1) Development of heterogeneous catalysts for production of biodieselfrom palm oil


(2) Development of doped-TiO2 photocatalysts for degradation of textile dyes




(3) Development of surfactant-assisted anatase mesoporous TiO2 transparent films for degradation of textile dyes





(4) Preparation of activated carbon from agricultural waste by microwave induced chemical activation 



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(5) Development of mesoporous heterogeneous catalysts for photo-Fenton degradationof water pollutants under visible irradiation




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(6) Synthesis of hybrid SBA-15 functionalizedcatalyst for glycerol esterification to fuel additives 


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Professor Dr. Bassim H. Hameed

B.Sc.   Chemical Engineering, University of Baghdad, IRAQ, 1985.

Ph.D.   Chemical Engineering, (Catalytic Reaction Engineering)

           Salford University, UNITED KINGDOM, 1992.


School ofChemical Engineering

Universiti Sains Malaysia

14300 Nibong Tebal

Penang, Malaysia

Phone: 04-599 6422

E-mail: Click to Contact Me


Research Interests:

  • Catalytic Reaction Engineering
  • Catalytic Pyrolysis of Lignocellulosic Residues
  • Biodiesel Production Technology
  • Advanced Oxidation Processes (AOP)
  • Multi-function Catalysts for Glycerol Upgrading
  • Adsorption Separation Technology
  • Synthesis & Characterization of Nanoporous Materials
  • Production of Char, Biochar & Activated Carbon
  • Carbon Dioxide Capture


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Professor Dr. Bassim H. Hameed named on the Thomson-Reuters list of “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014"


  Professor Dr. Bassim H. Hameed has been awarded the Elsevier’s “Recognized Reviewer” Status 2015 & 2014.

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Member of the review panel of the following international scientific journals in Chemical Engineering, Catalysis and Environmental Science & Engineering:

 Chem. Eng. J. (Elsevier); J. Colloid Interface Sci. (Elsevier); Desalination (Elsevier); J. Hazard. Mater. (Elsevier); Dyes Pigments (Elsevier)J. Eng. Tech. Manage. (Elsevier); Bioresour. Technol. (Elsevier); Process Biochem. (Elsevier); Biochem. Eng. J. (Elsevier); Energy & Fuels (ACS Publications); Chemosphere (Elsevier)Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. (ACS Publications) Appl. Clay Sci. (Elsevier); Mater. Res. Bull.(Elsevier); J. Chem. Eng. Data (ACS Publications); J. Taiwan Inst. Chem. Eng. (Elsevier)Catalysis Today (Elsevier)Desalination Water Treat. (European Desalination Society); Colloids Surf., A (Elsevier); Mater. Res. Bull. (Elsevier)J. Mol. Catal. A: Chem. (Elsevier).




Top Hottest Articles!

According to a recent   Science Direct report of J. Hazard. Mater.; Desalination; Colloids Surf A: Physicochem. Eng. Aspects; Chem. Eng. J. and Fuel Process. Technol., more than 15 of our papers were among Top 25 Hottest Articles accessed in 2007-2012. More..

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Top 10 Cited articles

According to Desalination (Extracted from Scopus on Sat Jan 1 22:08:55 GMT 2011), Journal of Hazardous Materials (Extracted from Scopus (on Sun Jan 2 20:51:48 GMT2011), Chemical Engineering Journal (Extracted from Scopus (on Wed Dec 2921:53:31 GMT 2010) and Dyes and Pigments (Extracted from Scopus on Thu Jan 6 22:47:17 GMT 2011), our following three articles were cited as one of Top 10 Cited articles published in the last five years:

Tan, I.A.W., Ahmad, A.L., Hameed, B.H., Adsorption of basic dye using activated carbon preparedfrom oil palm shell: batch and fixed bed studies, Desalination 225 (2008) 13-28.

Hameed, B.H., Din, A.T.M., Ahmad, A.L., Adsorption of methylene blue onto bamboo-basedactivated carbon: Kinetics and equilibrium studies, Journal of Hazardous Materials 141 (2007) 819-825.

Tan, I.A.W. , Hameed, B.H., Ahmad, A.L., Equilibrium and kinetic studies on basic dye adsorptionby oil palm fibre activated carbon, Chemical Engineering Journal127 ( 2007) 111-119.

Hameed, B.H., Ahmad, A.L., Latiff, K.N.A.,Adsorption of basic dye (methylene blue) onto activated carbon preparedfrom rattan sawdust, Dyes and Pigments, 75 (2007) 143-149.


Most Downloaded Articles

According to Chemical Engineering Journal (Extracted from Wed Dec 29 21:53:28 GMT 2010) and Applied Catalysis A: General (Extracted from Sat Jan 1 22:06:07 GMT 2011), our following articles have been cited as Most Downloaded articles:  

K.Y. Foo and B.H. Hameed, Insights into the modeling of adsorption isotherm systems, Chemical Engineering Journal 156 (2010) 2-10.

U. G. Akpan and B.H. Hameed, The advancements in solgel method of doped-TiO2 photocatalysts, Applied Catalysis A: General 375 (2010) 1-11.


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Professorial lecture

It is the delight of the READ Group to highlight the successful Professorial lecture of Prof. Bassim H. Hameed. The lecture took place on 15th June 2011 at Engineering Campus of USM, Nibong Tebal, Penang, Malaysia.

The title of the lecture was “Agro-Activated Carbons: low-cost, renewable and sustainable for clean environment”. Prof. Bassim, in his Lecture dwelt much on the conversion of waste to useful material. The slogan of the lecture is anchored on “Don’t Waste Waste”. Any waste can be transformed into a potentially useful material. In this delight, Prof. Bassim did justice to his lecture by taking his audience through the process by which various waste can be converted to activated carbon, a material which is very effective in the removal of pollutants from wastewater and air. A clip showing how our river waters are polluted was shown which a motivating factor to finding materials, such as activated carbon and other adsorbent which can be used in the treatment of water. Read more...


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Guest Professor at Yunan Minzu University, China

Prof. Dr. Bassim H. Hameed been appointed as a Guest Professor at Yunan Minzu University, China for the period of 2014—2017.


USM is the top 20

Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) is the 19th best varsity for Chemical Engineering in Asia, according to the inaugural QS World University Ranking for technical subjects.

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Moses Aderemi Olutoye won the best thesis of PhD award (Engineering) 2012

Moses Aderemi Olutoye won the best thesis of PhD award (Engineering) University of Science Malaysia 2012. The thesis titled “synthesis, characterization and activity of mixed oxide (Mg, Zn, al) catalysts for transesterification of waste cooking palm oil, edible and non-edible oils”, supervised by Professor Dr. Bassim H. Hameed. The thesis was successful completed in 36 months and his work has already led to seven articles published in ISI-indexed journals, including Applied Catalysis A: General(Impact Factor 2011: 3.903), Fuel Processing Technology (Impact Factor 2011: 2.945) and Bioresource Technology (Impact Factor 2011: 4.980). Congratulations Moses on your achievements.