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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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Welcome to My Homepage!      Reaction Engineering & Adsorption (READ)

   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 of Chemical Engineering

  Universiti Sains Malaysia

  14300 Nibong Tebal

                                 Penang, Malaysia

                   Office: Room 1.30

                                 Phone: 04-599 6422

                                 Fax:     04-594 1013

                                 E-mail: Click to Contact Me

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  Professor Dr. Bassim H. Hameed named on the prestigious list of Thomson-Reuters Highly Cited Researchers 2014


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 2014.

Area of Specialization:

                                - Catalytic Reaction Engineering

                                - Adsorption Separation Technology

                                - Activated Carbon

                                - Production of biodiesel using heterogeneous catalysts

                                - Advanced Oxidation Processes (AOP)


A Tag-Cloud of My Research Keywords

Professional Activities & Memberships:


Editor, Malaysian Journal of Fundamental and Applied Sciences, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.

Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Water Process Engineering (Elsevier).

Member of the International Advisory Board, Alexandria Engineering Journal (Elsevier).

Member of the International Editorial Board, IUG Journal of Natural and Engineering Studies.

Member of the Advisory Committee, Asia-Pacific Conference on Engineering and Applied Science (APCEAS), August 25-27, 2015, Osaka, Japan.

Member, Technical Program Committee, The Sixth International Conference on Bioenvironment, Biodiversity and Renewable Energies (BIONATURE 2015) May 24-29, 2015 - Rome, Italy.

Member, International Committee Board, International Conference on Engineering and Applied Sciences, 27-28 February, 2015, Bangkok, Thailand.

Member of the Advisory Committee, Asia- Pacific Teaching Professor Conference (APTPC), 22-24 March 2015 in Osaka, Japan.


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.


News and Events

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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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.