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Current Reseach Projects

(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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Over the years, Professor Bassim H. Hameed has taught undergraduate courses (Energy Balance, Chemical Reaction Engineering, Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics, Reactor Design and Analysis, Petroleum and Natural Gas Processes Engineering, Heterogeneous catalysis, Biorefinery Engineering, Separation Processes Engineering and Plant Design) and graduate courses (Industrial Catalysis and Reactor Engineering and Product Design and Development).



   Teaching for Academic Year 2018/2019


Current cources (Semester I 2018/2019):

EKC214        Energy Balance


(1) Prof. Dr. Bassim H. Hameed

(2) Dr. Low Siew Chun 

Schedule:           Monday (02.00-04:00 pm)

                         Thursday (12.00-1.00 pm)

                         Friday 03.00-05.0pm) (Tutorial)              




EKC 464        Biorefinery Engineering  

(1) Prof. Dr. Bassim H. Hameed

(2) Dr. Fadzil Noor Gonawan






EKC 451        Plant Design & Analysis  

Project Supervisor:

Prof. Dr. Bassim H. Hameed


Project Title:

Plant design for the production of phthalic anhydride from o-xylene


Group members:

Thayasree A/P Kaliappan

Muhammad Azwar Hafify Bin Zulkifli

Anis Sawani binti Rozman

Teng Siong Lim


Supervision of Final Year Research Project







Student Feedbacks:

Here are some feedbacks from the students of Energy Balance EKC 214. I am very grateful for the feedbacks given by students and I highly value it.


  • "Try to give more questions to be solved either individually or group discussion in class."
  • "Easy to understand what he had teaching in class. Overall, it is good!"
  • "The Forum in the Moodle helped me a lot because I can get many ideas through discussions."
  • "I truly appreciate all the efforts Dr. Bassim put in the class (and also in Moodle) in trying to help us to have better understanding in this subject. Dr. Bassim is very dedicated lecturer, full of patience. I like this subject and I will do my best to score A in this subject. Dr. Bassim applies the concept of OBE very well in this subject. He encourages two-way communication in class. He also encourages us to participate in the Forum on the Moodle. Thanks a lot, Dr. Bassim!!"
  • "Dr. Bassim was very dedicated to ensure that all students can catch what he taught in the class. All students are also encouraged to give opinions or having discursion through Moodle. I think this is good way of learning beside in class learning."
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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.


Latest Published Articles

K.L. Tan, B.H. Hameed, Insight into the adsorption kinetics models for the removal of contaminants from aqueous solutions, Journal of the Taiwan Institute of Chemical Engineers, 74 (2017) 25-48.

N. Nasuha, S. Ismail, B.H. Hameed, Activated electric arc furnace slag as an effective and reusable Fenton-like catalyst for the photodegradation of methylene blue and acid blue 29,  Journal of Environmental Management, 196 (2017) 323-329.




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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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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