Amira Abdelrasoul

     Amira Abdelrasoul  Ph.D., P.Eng

    Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

    Biography

    EDUCATION

    Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada

    Master of Science, Chemical Engineering, Kuwait University, Kuwait

    Bachelor of Chemical Engineering, Alexandria University, Egypt

    My primary research interests focus on Membrane Science and Technology for Energy and Water Sustainability; Process Modeling, Simulation and Optimization of Complex Systems; Nanomaterials for Advanced Technologies and Clean Energy.

    My research projects will focus on modeling; nanoscale molecular dynamics and computational fluid dynamics simulations; optimization; designing; developing; and synthesizing novel evolutional membranes with an advanced customized morphology that can pave the way for the sustainable engineering in the following areas:

    • Optimal membrane technologies for water and wastewater treatment, and the multiplicity of usage scenarios for various applications, including ultrafiltration and forward osmosis membranes
    • Novel nanocomposite electrolyte membranes for the transition to green renewable energy technology
    • Biomimetic and bioinspired membranes for stable, high performance, and fouling mitigation

    Currently accepting Master's and PhD students.

    Honours & Awards

    ACADEMIC HONOUR & AWARDS

    • Nominated for The Deans’ Teaching Award, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON , 2017.  
    • Norman Esch Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award, Stage 2, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON ,  2016
    • Governor General Academic Gold Medal (GGAGM),  Ryerson University, Toronto, ON , 2015
    • The C. Ravi Ravindran Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON , 2015
    • Norman Esch Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award, Stage 1, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON , 2015      
    • AMTA/ AWWA Membrane Technology Award, Orlando, Florida, USA, 2015
    • Doctoral Completion Award, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, 2015                               
    • High Academic Achievement Award, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON , 2014
    • Enabling Technologies Award, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON , 2013
    • High Academic Achievement Award, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, 2013                                 
    • High Academic Achievement Award, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, 2012                          
    • High Academic Achievement Award, Kuwait University, Kuwait, 2006                
    • Academic excellence award, Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt,1996                         

    SCHOLARSHIPS

    • Ontario Graduate Scholarship OGS, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, Canada. 09/2014-08/2015
    • Ontario Graduate Scholarship OGS, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, Canada. 09/2013- 08/2014
    • Queen Elizabeth IIQEII GSST, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, Canada. 09/2012- 08/2013
    • Ryerson Graduate Scholarship, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, Canada. 09/2011- 08/2012

    Teaching Areas

    2017-2018

    • CHE 454 -  Design of Industrial Waste Treatment Systems (Undergraduate Level)
    • CHE 882 -  Design of Industrial Waste Treatment Systems (Graduate Level)
    • CHE 333 -   Chemical Engineering Laboratory I

    I dedicated to my chosen discipline and I have achieved a unique teaching portfolio, with a University Teaching Development Professional Program (UTDP) accredited by SEDA in the UK. In addition, I am a licensed Instructional Skills & Educational Development Facilitator and a Fellow of the Staff and Educational Development Association (FSEDA) to sustain my leadership in Engineering Education. My pedagogical research interests focus on, but are not limited to the influence of innovative active learning strategies and technology integration in engineering disciplines; creation of effective teams in classroom environments and collaborative research groups with a focus on equity, diversity and inclusion; effective learning transitions and transformations in educational approaches and course design.

    Selected Professional Training and Development

    • Facilitator Development Workshop (FDW), 2017
    • University Teaching Development Professional Program (UTDP), accredited by the Educational Development Association of the United Kingdom (SEDA UK), 2017
    • Design Sprint for Open Educational Recourses/Blend Courses, 2017                                                                                                                                                                      
    • Teaching and Designing an Online Course Certificate, 2016
    • E-learning Faculty Development Training Program, 2015
    • Professional Development in Teaching Program (PDTP), accredited by the Staff and Educational Development Association of the United Kingdom (SEDA UK), 2014               
    • Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW), 2012

    Publications

    A. Refereed Journal Publications

    • Abdelrasoul, A., Zhang, H., Cheng, C.-H., Doan, H. (2017) Applications of Molecular Simulations in Gas/Liquid Separation and Adsorption, Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, 242 (2017) 294-348
    • Abdelrasoul, A., Doan, H., Lohi, A., Cheng, C.-H. (2017) The effect of contaminated particle sphericity and size on membrane fouling in cross flow ultrafiltration, Environmental Technology, DOI: 10.1080/09593330.2017.1297490.
    • Abdelrasoul, A., Doan, H., Lohi, A., Cheng, C.-H. (2016) Contaminated particle characteristics influence on membrane fouling, Water and Environment Journal, DOI: 10.1111/wej.12213
    • Abdelrasoul, A., Doan, H., Lohi, A., Cheng, C.-H. (2016) The Influence of Aggregation of Latex Particles on Membrane Fouling Attachments & Ultrafiltration Performance in Ultrafiltration of Latex Contaminated Water and Wastewater, Journal of Environmental Sciences, DOI: 10.1016/j.jes.2016.03.023
    • Abdelrasoul, A., Doan, H., Lohi, A., Cheng, C.-H. (2016) Innovative Membrane Technology: Predicting power consumption and performance in ultrafiltration of simulated latex effluent using non-uniform pore size membranes, Korean Journal of Chemical Engineering. 33(3):1014-1027.
    • Abdelrasoul, A., Doan, H., Lohi, A., Cheng, C.-H. (2016) Membrane Fouling Control & Performance Enhancement of Ultrafiltration of Latex Effluent, The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering. 94: 281-290.
    • Abdelrasoul, A., Doan, H., Lohi, A. (2015) Membrane fouling remediation in ultrafiltration of latex contaminated water and wastewater, in press, Water Quality Research Journal of Canada, DOI: 10.2166/wqrjc.2015.011.
    • Abdelrasoul, A., Doan, H., Lohi, A., Cheng, C.-H. (2015) Morphology Control of Polysulfone Membranes in Filtration Processes: A Critical Review. ChemBioEng Reviews. 2(1):22-43, DOI: 10.1002/cben.201400030.
    • Abdelrasoul, A., Doan, H., Lohi, A., Cheng, C.-H. (2014) Modelling of fouling and fouling attachments as a function of the zeta potential of heterogeneous membranes surfaces in ultrafiltration of latex solution. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research. 53: 9897−9908 
    • Abdelrasoul, A., Doan, H., Lohi, A., and Cheng, C.-H. (2014) Modeling of fouling and fouling attachments on heterogeneous membranes in ultrafiltration of latex solution. Separation and Purification Technology. 135: 199-210
    • Abdelrasoul, A., Doan, H., Lohi, A. (2014) Effect of pH on fouling attachments and power consumption in ultrafiltration of latex solution. The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering. 92(7): 1293-1305
    • Abdelrasoul, A., Doan, H., Lohi, A., and Cheng, C.-H. (2014) Modeling development for ultrafiltration membrane fouling of heterogeneous membranes with non-uniform pore size. The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering. 92 (11): 1926–1938.
    • Dang, H.V.X., Dang, H.V.B., Abdelrasoul, A., Doan, H., Nguyen, D.P. (2014) Assessment of treated latex wastewater reuse for perennial tree irrigation on ground water quality, Journal of Science and Technology, ISSN 1859-2171, 127 (13): 111 – 115.
    • Abdelrasoul, A., Doan, H., Lohi, A. (2013) A mechanistic model for ultrafiltration membrane fouling by latex. Journal of Membrane Science. 433: 88-99.
    • Abdelrasoul, A., Doan, H., Lohi, A. (2013) Impact of operating conditions on fouling probability and cake height in ultrafiltration of latex solution.  Journal of Membrane and Separation Technology.  2: 134-147
    • Abdelrasoul, A., Al-Hadad, A., Khan, A. (2010) Oil refineries emissions impact on urban localities using AERMOD. American Journal of Environmental Sciences. 6 (6):505-515

    B.  Book Chapters

    • Abdelrasoul, A., Doan, H., Lohi, A., Cheng, C.-H. (2015) Mass Transfer Mechanisms and Transport Resistances in Membrane Separations Processes, Chapter in Mass Transfer - Advancement in Process Modelling, Edited by Dr. Marek Solecki, 10/2015: chapter 2: pages 15-40; Intech Open Access Publisher., ISBN: 978-953-51-2192-3
    • Abdelrasoul, A., Doan, H., Lohi, A. (2013) Fouling in Membrane Filtration and Remediation Methods. Mass Transfer - Advances in Sustainable Energy and Environment Oriented Numerical Modeling, Dr. Hironori Nakajima (Ed.).  Intech Open Access Publisher. Chapter 8, 195-218.

    C. Provisional Patent        

    Water Purification Device with Novel Filter, United States Provisional Patent Application, 2016

    D. Refereed Conference Proceedings

    • Abdelrasoul, A., Doan, H., Lohi, A. (2015). Membrane fouling remediation using anionic and cationic surfactants in ultrafiltration of simulated latex paint  effluent, in Proceedings of The Water Environment Association of Ontario WEAO 2015 Conference, April 19-21, 2015, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
    • Abdelrasoul, A., Doan, H., Lohi, A. (2015). A Mechanistic Fouling Attachment Model for Homogenous and Heterogeneous Membranes in Ultrafiltration of Latex Solution, in Proceedings of the AMTA/AWWA 2015 Membrane Technology Conference & Exposition, March 2-5, 2015 – Orlando, FL. (http://acumen-va-publish.com/awwaMC2015)
    • Abdelrasoul, A., Doan, H., Lohi, A. (2015). Cationic surfactants influence on the fouling phenomenon control in ultrafiltration of latex contaminated water and wastewater, in Proceedings of ICES 2015 International Conference on Engineering Sciences, May 11-12,2015, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. International Scholarly and Scientific Research & Innovation, eISSN 1307-6892.
    • Abdelrasoul, A., Doan, H., Lohi, A. (2015). Mathematical Modeling of the Fouling Phenomenon in Ultrafiltration of Latex Effluent, in Proceedings of ICES 2015 International Conference on Engineering Sciences, May 11-12,2015, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. International Scholarly and Scientific Research & Innovation, eISSN 1307-6892.
    • Abdelrasoul, A., Doan, H., Lohi, A. (2014). Membrane fouling remediation in ultrafiltration of latex contaminated water and wastewater, in Proceedings of the 2014 International on Marine and Freshwater Environments, August 6-8, 2014, St’ Jones, Newfoundland, Canada (http://journals.library.mun.ca/ojs/index.php/IMFE)
    • Abdelrasoul, A., Al-Hadad, A., Khan, A.R. (2007). Oil refineries emissions impact on urban localities, in Proceedings of  the 3rd International Congress of Chemistry and Environment ICCE 2007, Dr. A. Al-Haddad & Dr. S. Al-Salem (Ed.), Nov. 18-20, 2007, Salwa, Kuwait.
          

    E. Conference Presentations

    • Abdelrasoul, A., Doan, H., Lohi (2017). Hydraulic Backwash for Flux Restoration and Irreversible Fouling in Latex Paint Effluent Ultrafiltration, 52nd Central Canadian Symposium on Water Quality Research (CAWQ), February 23, 2017, Toronto, Canada
    • Abdelrasoul, A. (2016). New Frontiers for Sustainable Water & Industrial Wastewater Treatment Technologies, 2016 AICHE Annual Meeting, November,13-18, 2016, San Francisco, CA, USA
    • Abdelrasoul, A., Doan, H., Lohi, A., Cheng, C.-H. (2016). Air Injection for Flux Enhancement and Membrane Fouling Reduction in Ultrafiltration of the Latex Solution, 66 th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, Oct. 16-19, 2016, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
    • Abdelrasoul, A., Doan, H., Lohi, A., Cheng, C.-H. (2016). Gas and Liquid Backwash for Flux Restoration and Irreversible Fouling Remediation in Latex Paint Effluent Ultrafiltration, 66 th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, Oct. 16-19, 2016, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
    • Abdelrasoul, A., Doan, H., Lohi, A. (2016). Multiphase influences in Ultrafiltration of latex effluent using injected air and Computational Fluid Dynamic CFD Modelling, 1st International Conference on Sustainable Water Processing, Sitges, Spain, Sep 11, 2016
    • Abdelrasoul, A., Doan, H., Lohi, A. (2016). Innovative Fouling Remediation Techniques in ultrafiltration of Latex Contaminated Water and Wastewater, 30th Eastern Canadian Symposium on Water Quality, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada, May 27th, 2016.
    • Abdelrasoul, A., Doan, H., Lohi, A. (2016). Membrane fouling innovative solutions in ultrafiltration of Contaminated Water and Wastewater, 51st Central Canadian Symposium on Water Quality Research, Toronto, Canada, February 23 and 24, 2016
    • Abdelrasoul, A. (2015). Membrane Fouling Remediation for Enhanced Performance & Energy Saving for Sustainable Water & Industrial Wastewater Treatment Technologies, 2015 AICHE Annual Meeting, November, 8-13, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT, USA
    • Abdelrasoul, A., Doan, H., Lohi, A.  (2015). Impact of hydraulic backwash on flux restoration and irreversible fouling in ultrafiltration of latex paint effluent: Experimental simulation and modeling, 65Th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, Oct. 4-7, 2015, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
    • Abdelrasoul, A., Doan, H., Lohi, A.  (2015). Modeling of power consumption in ultrafiltration of simulated latex effluent using non-uniform pore size membranes with various morphological characteristics, 65Th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, Oct. 4-7, 2015, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
    • Abdelrasoul, A., Doan, H., Lohi, A.  (2015). Comparative study of fouling remediation techniques in ultrafiltration of latex paint effluents using hydrophobic Polyvinyl Dene Difluoride PVDF membrane, 65Th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, Oct. 4-7, 2015, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
    • Abdelrasoul, A., Doan, H., Lohi, A.  (2015). Influences of sphericity and size of solid particles on the attachment fouling model in cross flow ultrafiltration, 65Th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, Oct. 4-7, 2015, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
    • Abdelrasoul, A., Doan, H., Lohi, A.  (2015). Power Consumption Minimizing and Membrane Fouling Control in Ultrafiltration of Contaminated Water and Wastewater, Nanotech Advanced Materials & Application World Innovation Conference, June 14-17, 2015, Washington, DC, U.S.A.
    • Abdelrasoul, A., Doan, H., Lohi, A.  (2015). A Mechanistic Fouling Attachment Model in Ultrafiltration of Latex Paint Effluents, 2015 North American Membrane Society Meeting NAMS, May 30 - June 3, 2015, Boston, MA, USA.
    • Abdelrasoul, A., Doan, H., Lohi, A. (2015). Cationic surfactants influence on the fouling phenomenon control in ultrafiltration of latex contaminated water and wastewater, ICES 2015 International Conference on Engineering Sciences, May 11-12,2015, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
    • Abdelrasoul, A., Doan, H., Lohi, A.  (2015). Mathematical Modeling of the Fouling Phenomenon in Ultrafiltration of Latex Effluent, ICES 2015 International Conference on Engineering Sciences, May 11-12,2015, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
    • Abdelrasoul, A., Doan, H., Lohi, A.  (2015). Membrane fouling remediation using anionic and cationic surfactants in ultrafiltration of simulated latex paint effluent, The 2015 WEAO's 44th Annual Conference, April 19-21, 2015, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
    • Abdelrasoul, A., Doan, H., Lohi, A.  (2015). A Mechanistic Fouling Attachment Model for Homogenous and Heterogeneous Membranes in Ultrafiltration of Latex Solution. The AMTA/AWWA 2015 Membrane Technology Conference & Exposition, March 2-5, 2015 – Orlando, FL.
    • Abdelrasoul, A., Doan, H., Lohi, A.  (2014). Membrane fouling remediation in ultrafiltration of latex contaminated water and wastewater. The 2014 International on Marine and Freshwater Environments, Aug. 6-8, 2014, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada.
    • Abdelrasoul, A., Doan, H., Lohi, A. (2014). Development of a Fouling Model for Heterogeneous Membranes in Ultrafiltration of Latex Solution. 64Th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, Oct. 19-22, 2014, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.
    • Abdelrasoul, A., Doan, H., Lohi, A. (2014). Modeling of Depositional and Coagulation Attachments on Hydrophilic Heterogeneous Membranes Application in Latex Solution Ultrafiltration. 64Th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, Oct. 19-22, 2014, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.
    • Abdelrasoul, A., Doan, H., Lohi, A. (2014). Effect of the Membrane Surface Zeta Potential on Fouling Attachments in Ultrafiltration of Latex Solution Experimental Simulations and Modeling. 64Th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, Oct. 19-22, 2014, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.
    • Abdelrasoul, A., Doan, H., Lohi, A. (2014). Effect of an Anionic Surfactant on Membrane Fouling in Ultrafiltration of Latex Solution. 64Th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, Oct. 19-22, 2014, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.
    • Abdelrasoul, A., Doan, H., Lohi, A. (2013). Operating conditions influence on fouling probability and cake height in ultrafiltration of latex solution. 63rd Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, Oct. 20-23, 2013, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.
    • Abdelrasoul, A., Doan, H., Lohi, A. (2013). Effect of pH value on fouling attachments and power consumption in ultrafiltration of latex solution. 63rd Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, Oct. 20-23, 2013, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.
    • Abdelrasoul, A., Doan, H., Lohi, A. (2013). Investigation on membrane fouling in ultrafiltration of latex solution. 1st Annual Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science Graduate Research Symposium, Nov 15, 2013, Ryerson University Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
    • Abdelrasoul, A., Doan, H., Lohi, A. (2012). Impact of Chemical Attachments in Ultrafiltration Membrane Fouling by Latex. 62nd Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, Oct. 14-17, 2012, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
    • Abdelrasoul, A., Al-Hadad, A., Khan, A.R. (2007). Oil refineries emissions impact on urban localities, 3rd International Congress of Chemistry and Environment ICCE 2007, Nov. 18-20, 2007, Salwa, Kuwait.
    • Abdelrasoul, A., Al-Hadad, A., Khan, A.R. (2006). Oil Refineries Emissions Source and Impact. A study using AERMOD, Green Industries and Air Pollution Control Symposium, Nov. 13-14, 2006 Kuwait University, Kuwait.