Track 1. Engineering applications for environmental management (Canceled)

  • Najla FOURATI

    Najla FOURATI

    Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers
    SATIE Laboratory, UMR CNRS 8029
    292, rue Saint Martin, 75003 Paris, France

    Chemical sensors for environmental monitoring: Limitations, challenges and prospects

    There is a window of opportunity now to tackle the challenges in environmental monitoring and respond to:

    • The current evolution of environmental standards with a considerable drop in the permissible limits of harmful substances in environmental samples,
    • The need to monitor pollutants concentrations in air, soil and rivers in situ and in real-time,
    • The increased need for air quality monitoring in homes and public buildings, mainly after the pandemic of Covid-19.

    The most promising devices that could meet all these challenges are chemical sensors. A bibliographic search on SciFinder (for the period 2020-2022) combining the concepts "Chemical sensors" and "Environmental monitoring" leads to a rather “impressive” number of references: more than 180,000 papers published in peer-reviewed journals, 35,000 patents and 17,000 reviews.
    However, with such a craze and despite undeniable progress in surface functionalization techniques, transduction mechanisms, and lab-on-chip design, the chemical sensors market is still limited.
    This presentation concerns the limitations, challenges to be met and prospects of chemical sensors. What improvements need to be done to make them THE analytical devices of choice for environmental monitoring?

    Najla Fourati is an Assistant Professor at Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (Cnam-Paris) since 2008. She obtained her PhD in Material Science in 1999, joined the Cnam Laboratory of Physics in 2000 and then the SATIE Laboratory in 2014. Her research is focused on the design and realization of electrochemical and surface acoustic wave sensors for selective detection of chemical analytes (pesticides, heavy ions, endocrine disruptors...) and biomolecules (proteins, cancers biomarkers, neurotransmitters ...) in simple and real media. She’s co-leader of the axis “Electrochemical and gravimetric bio and chemical sensors” at SATIE / Cnam.

Track 2. Process control, simulations and intensification for environmental management

  • Syed Javaid Zaidi

    Syed Javaid Zaidi

    UNESCO Chair in Desalination and Water Treatment
    Center for Advanced Materials (CAM), Qatar University, Qatar

    Pressure retarded osmosis (PRO) Technology for sustainable osmotic power generation from desalination waste

    Pressure retarded osmosis (PRO) is a membrane-based osmotically driven process that harnesses the energy of mixing between low-salinity and high-salinity streams for producing mechanical energy. In this PRO process, water permeates through a semipermeable membrane from a lower concentration feed solution into a higher concentration draw solution, partially pressurized, possibly brine. As a particular free energy, the salinity gradient energy from saline solutions with specific concentrations has lately been assured as a source of renewable energy. This work explores the latest advancements as well as different application of the PRO process along with the analysis of potential energy that is harvested from the salinity gradient resources in a multi-stage and single-stage PRO processes. A significant challenge faced by the PRO process is obtaining a suitable commercial membrane that consolidates the features of reverse osmosis membrane (for withstanding the hydraulic pressure) and forward osmosis membrane (to reduce the concentration polarization phenomenon). In order to address the above challenge, information on the advanced lab-fabricated membranes and commercially available membranes are presented in the current work. The huge possibility of PRO technology is introduced in the current work by interpreting the PRO desalination systems, process design, salinity gradient resource energy of pretreatment, and dual-stage PRO (DSPRO) process. It is expected that this work could help in extensively understanding the PRO process and therefore provide crucial information for stimulating further research and development.

    Syed Javaid Zaidi is presently UNESCO Chair in Desalination and Water Treatment recently established in Qatar at Qatar University and Chair Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Center for Advanced Materials, Qatar University. He has 30 years of research and teaching experience in academia and industry research in four reputed institutions: Qatar University, University of Queensland Australia, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, and Ottawa University. He published more than 300 articles in reputed international journals, book chapters, conference proceedings/presentations, 15 patents and patent disclosures and authored a book on Reverse Osmosis System published by Elsevier. The focus of his research have been desalination and water treatment, membrane technology for energy and environment applications, conducting interdiscipilinary research in collaboration with reputed international institutions worldwide. He was the visiting scholar at the Massachussettes Institute of Technology, USA. He has supervised more than 50 graduate students, 100 Summer internship and Co-op students in Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Australia contributing to research capacity building. He also have coordinated the establishment of Water Technology Unit at CAM. He is presently honorary member of Advisory Council of Arab Water Desalination (ARWDEX). He is the recipient of many national and international awards including Excellence in Research Award, Patent Award, Almari Prize for Scientific Research Innovation and Lifetime Achievement Award by Venus International Foundation.

Track 3. Ecotoxicology, environmental safety and bioremediation

  • Jörg Römbke

    Jörg Römbke

    ECT Oekotoxikologie GmbH
    Flörsheim am Main, Germany

    Literature review on test systems for the identification of the effects of endocrine active substances on soil invertebrates

    In the last 20 years, a considerable number of studies have addressed possible endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in the environment. However, little attention has been paid to endocrine effects on soil invertebrates. The aims of the present literature study are (1) to compile the existing knowledge of endocrine effects on soil invertebrates via a comprehensive and critical literature review, (2) to identify potentially useful test species and endpoints for evaluating and assessing the effects of endocrine active substances on soil organisms, and (3) to develop recommendations for suitable tests, based on criteria such as sensitivity and practicability. The compiled data set on the effects of potential EDCs on the development and reproduction of soil invertebrates does by far not cover the range of exposed soil organisms or those chemicals that (potentially) act as EDCs. In addition, there is an obvious lack of studies addressing EDC-specific endpoints. The available information on endocrinology of the relevant soil invertebrate groups and on endocrine disruptive effects on these organisms is relatively sparse, and the data are not sufficient to identify critical developmental periods with sufficient certainty. Thus, full life-cycle testing is required to identify potential adverse effects of EDCs on the most relevant groups of soil invertebrates. Actually, we propose to cover the effects of EDCs (and other chronic mode-of-actions (MOA)) in tests with specific endpoints and sufficiently long test durations. However, it is unlikely to start this kind of work with all four groups simultaneously because of limited resources. Acknowledging this it is proposed to start with those tests (species, methods), which scored best in the exercise previously described. Therefore, we propose to develop, validate and standardize life-cycle tests with reproductive endpoints (plus possible additional EDC-specific endpoints. The following four groups of organisms could be exposed and, thus, should be represented in the EDC-specific a test battery:

    1. life-cycle test with a Collembolan species (hard-body group);
    2. life-cycle test with an enchytraeid species (soft-body);
    3. life-cycle test with another arthropod (probably isopod) species (hard body);
    4. life-cycle test with another oligochaete (probably a lumbricid worm) species (soft-body).

    In addition, one further organism group should be mentioned, which has at least a potential to contain test species for EDCs: the nematodes. However, so far, the available information is not sufficient to recommend an EDC-focused test system. Instead, basic research should be perfor-med to better understand the ecological relevance of effects on and the sensitivity of nematodes. With regard to gastropods, the most suitable test species has to be identified before discussing test practicability and sensitivity. In short, both applied and basic research is highly needed. In detail, a step-wise approach is recommended in order to identify the effects of potential EDCs (and substances with other MOAs) on soil invertebrates.

    Dr. Römbke has a Ph.D. and a Diploma in Biology from the University of Frankfurt a.M.. In 1994, he co-founded ECT Oekotoxikologie GmbH (located in Flörsheim/Germany) as a private contract research laboratory, where he is still one of two Managing Directors. Dr. Römbke is responsible for ecotoxicological effect and fate tests as well as the environmental risk assessment of chemicals (pesticides, heavy metals, pharmaceuticals) and mixtures (wastes, contaminated soils), working both for chemical industry and for national and international governmental authorities. He has published about 210 papers in indexed journals. Dr. Römbke is specialized in the taxonomy, biogeography and ecology of soil fauna, in particular Oligochaeta such as earthworms and Enchytraeidae. He is involved in several ecological and ecotoxicological field studies in Germany, other European countries and in Brazil (Amazonas, Parana), most recently the EU-FP7 project EcoFINDERS. Especially he is interested in the development and standardization of ecotoxicological test methods for CEN, ISO and OECD as well as in the international harmonization of methods for biological soil monitoring, serving e.g. as chair of ISO TC 190/SC4 (the committee responsible for biological methods).

Track 4. Biotechnology for environmental management

  • Philippe MICHAUD

    Philippe MICHAUD

    Université Clermont Auvergne,
    Clermont Auvergne INP,
    CNRS, Institut Pascal, France

    Microalgae as polysaccharides producers – Challenges and recent developments

    Marine organisms are one of the most underutilized biological resources. The extreme diversity of microalgae, unicellular photosynthetic organisms that are known to produce large quantities of polysaccharides, makes them very attractive for bioprospecting and potential exploitation as commercial sources of exopolysaccharides. Indeed, exopolysaccharides from microalgae have been poorly studied compared to those from bacteria, fungi, terrestrial plants or macroalgae. A french interdisciplinary research project with approaches of biochemistry, physico-chemistry, process engineering and microbiology was conducted between 2015 and 2021. Its main objective was to increase the level of knowledge about the production of soluble polysaccharides with original structures by microalgae from marine and freshwater environments. It intended to develop the scientific background necessary for the industrial exploitation of these exopolysaccharides as hydrocolloids and/or biological active agents and to evaluate economic and environmental impacts of large-scale production. Correlations between original and published structures of exopolysaccharides and the taxonomic affiliation of microalgae producers have been highlighted for the first time. The implementation of physiological stress strategy led to accumulation of exopolysaccharides during microalgae cultivation. After their depolymerization some polysaccharides have been sucessfully tested as anti-age care and slimming agent. Other ones revealed unusual texturant properties as fluid gel behavior.

    Keywords : Exopolysaccharide, polysaccharide, microalgae, Cyanobacteria, photobioreactor

    Philippe Michaud, Full Professor of biochemistry since 2005 is head of the "4Bio" research group at the Institut Pascal, an interdisciplinary research laboratory of Clermont Auvergne University. His scientific skills focuse on the development of bioprocesses for obtaining polysaccharides from various sources and analysis of structure-function relationships. He has published 215 research papers and 17 book chapters. He is the co-inventor of 14 patents, 3 them leading to industrial exploitation. He has been the advisor or co-advisor for 25 PhD students. Since 2005, he has been in charge of more than 15 national and international research projects, funded or co-funded by industry. He was the general secretary of International Forum on Industrial Bioprocesses between 2015 and 2018. He is deputy editor of Bioengineered, and associate or guest editors of numerous international journals. He has been nominated as Chevalier des palmes académiques of the French government in 2020.

Track 5. Climate-change-related effects on the environment and ecological systems (Canceled)

  • Ana L. Patrício Silva

    Ana L. Patrício Silva

    Assistant researcher
    CESAM- Center of Environmental and Marine Studies
    Department of Biology, University of Aveiro
    3810-193 Aveiro, PORTUGAL


    Additives are essential components of plastic formulations providing maintenance and/or modification of polymer properties, performance, and durability. With a few exceptions, such additives are not chemically bound to the polymer, being able to migrate towards its surface, then possibly leaching out to the environment where can be persistent and remain biologically active. Some plastic additives remain unregulated, raising greater concern and urging research addressing their presence, fate, and effects.

    This presentation provides an overview of the mechanistic uptake/migration of plastics additives, and their potential (eco)toxicological effects. It highlights the most prominent ecological implications of the sorption of this multitude of chemical substances and describes some of the present limitations of the currently available literature. It also presents a prospective outlook for future research on this topic.

    Ana Luísa Patrício Silva has a graduation in Biology and Geology Teaching, an MSc degree in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources, and a PhD in Biology and Environmental Sciences. She is currently a researcher at the Department of Biology & CESAM, University of Aveiro, with a research line focused on the biodegradation and ecotoxicological effect of plastics, macro-to micro-sized, fuel- or bio-based, on soil and aquatic environments. She published a total of 34 published scientific papers, with 90% in Q1 WoS indexed journal (h index 15, 1938 citations, as of Sept 2022). She is involved in several R&D projects concerning emerging contaminants and is currently coordinating a national R&D project in the field of microplastics (COMPET-POCI-01-0145-FEDER-030361; total funding 240 k€). She is a guest editor on SI related with (micro)plastics thematic in IJERP, Molecules, Environments, Journal of Hazardous Materials Advances.

Track 6. Natural resources, agriculture and the environment

  • Elimame Elaloui

    Elimame Elaloui

    Faculty of Sciences
    University of Gafsa, Tunisia

    Phosphogypsum (PG) is a waste or a by-product? Case of valorization of PG in construction materials

    Phosphogypsum is a by-product resulting from the acidic attack of phosphate rock to produce phosphoric acid H3PO4. Huge quantities of phosphogypsum amounting up to 280 million tons are produced each year throughout the world. The Tunisian production rate exceeds 10 million tons per year. Actually, the only means of phosphogypsum management in Tunisia is its storage in dumps due to the heavy metals and radionuclides contents which potentially cause problems to the environment and human health. Different PG recovery processes have been proposed in the literature which can be environmentally safe and economically appealing. Through this work we proposed to address the question on how it can be valorized and whether it can be used in construction. This study, therefore, aimed to upgrade this waste into a value-added by-product.

    Prof. Elaloui Elimame currently teaches at the Faculty of Sciences of Gafsa, University of Gafsa and a head of Applications of Material for Environment, Water and Energy Research laboratory. His research interests cover a wide area ranging from Physical Chemistry, Green Chemistry to Materials Chemistry. He is working in the Sol-Gel field since 1994, strongly focused on the synthesis of innovative materials that can be used in different application areas such as optoelectronics, photonics, and photocatalyis. For some years he has been interested in the valorization of waste such as Phosphogypsum and natural clays in building materials, wastewater treatment and in agriculture. He has co-published about 122 papers and 5 book chapters. He was the former President of the University of Gafsa from 2011 to 2017 and serves actually as Director of Applications of Material for Environment, Water and Energy Research laboratory (LR21ES15) based at the Faculty of Sciences of Gafsa (h-index 23).

Track 7. Smart technologies for environmentally friendly energy production

  • Prof. Sebastià Puig

    Sebastià Puig

    Laboratory of Chemical and Environmental Engineering (LEQUIA)
    Universitat de Girona, Girona, Spain

    Climate change and future depletion of resources are two of the most important environmental challenges that humankind has ever faced. Prof. Puig pretends to put forward sustainable technology-based electron-driven microbial reactions giving a second chance to contaminated water and recalcitrant carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) streams.
    His talk will have parts:

    • “Water recovery is a need not a wish”. Water and energy are essential interrelated resources for sustainable development, whose demands are expected to increase in the next decades. Prof. Puig will present his recent experiences on electro bioremediation of contaminated water as potential drinking water.
    • “BioElectroCarbon recycling: from greenhouse gas to commodities”. Prof. Puig will talk about resilience and sustainable biorefinery concept based on electron-driven microbial reactions for the production of commodities (biofuels, building blocks) with renewable electricity and recalcitrant CO 2 from industrial sources.

    SHORT SUMMARY: Sebastià Puig graduated in Chemistry at the Universitat de Girona (UdG) in 2002, where he also pursued his Ph.D. studies. The research work during my Ph.D. involved scientific stays at TU Delft (The Netherlands) under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Ir. Mark C.M. van Loosdrecht. His academic career continued with two postdoctoral positions at TUDelft (The Netherlands) and Catalan Institute for Water Research (Spain) in period 2008-2010 thanks to a Beatriu de Pinós Fellowship. In 2010, he came back to the UdG holding the position of Assistant Professor. The same year, he conducted a research stay at Ghent University (Belgium) under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Ir. Willy Verstraete. In 2014, he received the award “Young talented researcher in Sustainable Water Management” from Fundación Botin (Spain). In 2019, he got the position of Associate Professor Serra Húnter at UdG and the award of ICREA Academia from the Catalan government. Currently, he is Visiting Professor at Sapienza University of Rome (Italy) at prof. M. Majone’s group. From 2022, Sebastià Puig is Associate Editor of Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology.

    Prof Puig has participated in more than 30 research projects and RD contracts and he is currently involved in five EU projects (ELECTRA, MICROBIO, SYNCONSOR4BUTANOL, ATMESPHERE and NYMPHE), one Swedish (ELECTROSYMBIOSIS), two national projects (GAIA and PANGEA), and one industrial EU H2020 project as subcontracted (SCALIBUR). His scientific production includes 116 publications in international peer-reviewed journals (h-index 42) and over 120 congress publications, 16 book chapters, and three European patents on microbial electrochemical technologies. Moreover, Dr Puig has supervised 6 postdoctoral researchers, 9 doctoral theses (plus 5 ongoings), and 11 master theses. His research is focused on environmental and white biotechnology in water and air streams. His research team pretends to put forward resilient and sustainable technology-based electron-driven microbial reactions. He works in giving a second chance to contaminated water and recalcitrant carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) streams using bio-electrochemical platforms.

Track 8. Remote sensing and GIS for environmental monitoring and management

Track 9. Environmental impacts of natural hazards and environmental risk assessment (Canceled)

  • Sami Rtimi

    Sami Rtimi

    Global Institute for Water, Environment and Health
    Geneva, Switzerland

    Smart energy production for brighter tomorrow based on multidisciplinary

    The world's energy consumption is on the rise, and it appears that the residential, commercial, transportation, and industrial services industry are the major contributors. Combined with a growing global population, electricity generation worldwide is expected to double by 2050. Multi-directional networks (smart grids) allow the exchange of real-time information between suppliers and users. The global smart grid market was estimated at 37 billion U.S. dollars in 2021. The growth of smart technology is one of the most beneficial trends brought on by advances in material science. Many factors are driving the demand for smart technology. Specifically in the construction sphere, many architects and engineers are looking to integrate data from sensors and intelligent materials to rapidly assess building conditions and identify any issues before they become costly. The quest for effective and sustainable energy use is one of the significant technological challenges today, especially as we find ourselves in the throe of the world’s first real global energy crisis. Even though this is a structural problem, it is vital for individuals, families and businesses to optimize their energy consumption, both to alleviate the astonishing prices and begin a widespread move towards more conscious and responsible energy consumption. In this talk I will present the actual situation of energy production and the recent advances in materials engineering leading to higher H 2 yields, smart windows for heating, solar energy uses and sustainability.

    Dr. Sami Rtimi is the Director of innovation and technology at the Global Institute for Water, Environment and Health and European Climate Pact Ambassador. He was awarded a PhD in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL, 14 th worldwide) and a PhD in Biological Science from the University of Carthage in Tunisia. His research involves (i) the design and engineering of self-sterilizing and self-cleaning materials for environmental remediation, (ii) the coupling of processes for indoor environment mitigation and (iii) the pioneering of novel materials for hydrogen reaction evolution. He published more than 150 papers, several book chapter, patents and presented at more than 50 international conferences. He is editor in Environmental Science and Pollution Research (Springer-Nature) and edited some special issues in highly reputed journals (Applied Catalysis B, Chemical Engineering Journal…). He was awarded the Teaching Quality Assurance from the Catalan agency for higher education assurance (Spain). He was also awarded an outstanding research award in photocatalysis from the Russian Academy of Science and the Award of Innovation from the Science-Father organization.

Track 10. Sustainable management of marine and coastal environments

  • Mustapha Abdelmadjid MEGHRAOUI

    Mustapha Abdelmadjid MEGHRAOUI

    Professor at EOST-Institut Terre et Environnement (UMR 7063)
    Université de Strasbourg, France

    Tsunamis as trans-Mediterranean Sea catastrophic events with damage on the North Africa coastline

    The Mediterranean coastal regions experienced several tsunamigenic earthquakes with significant damage. Among the strongest and well known are the Crete in CE 365 (Mw 8.3), Rhodes in 1303 (Mw 8.0), Catania-eastern Sicily (Mw 7.4) in 1693, and the South Aegean Sea (Mw 7.5) in 1956. Severe damage occurred to harbours and cities, and inundations with run-up affected in the past the coastal areas in Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia in particular. Large tsunamigenic earthquakes with Mw ≥ 8 took place along the Hellenic subduction zone. Studies of tsunamigenic deposits were conducted at El Alamein west of Alexandria, and at Henchir El Mejdoul north of Sfax (Tunisia). Sedimentary units made of sand coarse gravel and limestone beach-rock mixed with broken shells of marine gastropods and lamellibranch molluscs, bones and organic matter characterize the catastrophic deposit of tsunami origin. Archaeological sites with walls and broken pottery buried under the same deposits confirm the catastrophic character. Isotopic dating of the catastrophic deposit correlate with the 21 July 365 Crete earthquake. Damage of archaeological sites are reported in Alexandria (Egypt), Sabratha (Libya) and Nabeul (Tunisia). The modelling of a sea wave propagation analogue to that of the CE 365 tsunami in regions with significant increase of coastal constructions (mainly touristic), harbour growths and nowadays dense population in North Africa illustrates the major tsunami risk. The proximity of coastal regions to tsunamigenic earthquake sources calls for the development of tsunami awareness and preparedness with an education programme in North Africa and Mediterranean regions.

    Mustapha MEGHRAOUI (PhD in 1988 at University Paris XI-Orsay) is a senior research scientist (Physicien 1ère Classe) at the EOST-University of Strasbourg (France). He is a member of the “Active deformation” team (at Institut Terre et Environnement de Strasbourg) and develops programs in the study of earthquake faulting, seismotectonics, paleoseismology, paleotsunami and geological hazards. He has played a significant role in the identification of earthquake faulting in intraplate and interplate tectonic domains. He teaches Active Tectonics and Paleoseismology and supervised more than 14 PhD theses. He has been coordinator and PI in previous and current scientific projects in Europe, North Africa, Tunisia and Middle East (EC funded PALEOSIS ENV4-CT97-0578; SAFE EVG1- 2000-22005, RELIEF EVG1-2002-00069, APAME ICA-CT-2002-10024, TRANSFER EC GOCE Contract N° 037058, FP7- ENV.2013.6.4-3-ASTARTE), in Algeria (PNE, ACI, CMEP) and since 2011 in Africa (UNESCO-IUGS-IGCP-601, IGCP-659 Seismic Hazard and Risk in Africa). He is the elected President of the African Seismological Commission (2018 – 2020), Freeman of the city of Chlef (ex El Asnam, the site of Mw 7.1 earthquake in 1980, Algeria), Honor Medalist of Aristoteles University (Thessaloniki, Greece), Merit Medalist of the Italian Ministry of Interior, and Honor Medalist of the Turkish Geological Society. He is a founding member of the Algerian Academy of Science and Technology, and author and co-author of about 99 peer-reviewed scientific publications in international journals, with 3567 citations with H-index of 38 (ISI Web of Science).

Track 11. Sustainable management of the urban environment, the indoor and built environment (Canceled)

  • Tarek Abichou

    Tarek Abichou

    Tarek Abichou, Ph.D., P.E.
    FAMU-FSU College of Engineering
    Florida State University

    Measuring Methane Emissions from Solid Waste Landfills: Side by Side Assessment of Ground-Based, Drone-Based, Satellite-Based Technologies

    Anaerobic decomposition in municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills results in the generation and emissions of methane from these facilities. These emissions are a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions at the national and global level. Due to the heterogeneity, the spatial and temporal variability of emissions patterns, it has been very challenging to assign a total GHG emissions contribution of a given landfill. Currently, GHG contributions of each landfill are not based on measurements but estimated based on simplistic and often inaccurate first-order decay models and voluntarily reported to regulatory agencies. Due to the advances in sensor and remote sensing technologies, more and more methods are being developed to measure methane emissions from landfills. Amongst all currently available methods of measuring methane emissions from landfills, the tracer correlation technique is the most accurate method in terms of providing estimates of total methane emissions from landfills. The controlled tracer method is regarded as the benchmark to “ground-truth” any other technologies developed or designed to provide estimates of landfill emissions. The newly formed Methane Emission Reduction Initiative (MERI) at FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, Florida State University has the instrumentations and the capacity to perform the controlled tracer correlation testing. The vision of MERI is to (1) provide scientifically validated methodologies that measures emissions from landfills, and (2) revise and develop protocols for GHG emissions inventories for landfills The presentation will summarize the results of an extensive field campaign consisting of:

    • Collecting ambient air methane concentrations measured during (1) SEM campaigns, (2) drone-based air monitoring campaigns, (3) a fixed array of continuous methane concentration sensors, and (4) from controlled tracer experiments at several landfills in the U.S.A.
    • Using the collected data from each campaign/technology to determine independent estimates of total methane emissions from each Landfill.
    • Verifying and validate the developed approaches by simultaneous tracer correlation method.
    • Estimating the difference between measured emissions and regulatory acceptable GHG inventory methods.

    Tarek Abichou: Tarek holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Engineering from the University of Wisconsin Madison. Tarek is currently a Full Professor at Florida State University. He also an Executive Director of Resilient Infrastructure & Disaster Response Center (RIDER). His research, academic, and professional background have focused on the environmental geotechnics field, which combines the traditional geotechnical engineering discipline with environmental and natural resources applications. Professor Abichou has been involved in field, laboratory, and modeling studies of sustainable solid waste management systems for more than 30 years. He is currently involved in research investigating the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions from landfills using bio-oxidation of methane. Recently, he has been involved in temporal and spatial characterization of methane emissions from landfills. He is also developing a gas generation model to inventory fugitive gas emission from landfills. He has been recently involved in research on the resilience of coastal communities and barrier islands to rising sea levels and how to incorporate the use of livable shorelines to enhance coastal resiliency. He is known for his research investigating the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions from landfills using bio-oxidation of methane. He was also a full-time practicing civil and environmental engineer for more than five years.

Track 12. Ecosystems and biodiversity conservation

  • Jahangir Mirza

    Jahangir Mirza

    Professor (adjunct),
    Department of Civil Engineering,
    York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada


    Concrete is a mixture of Portland cement, aggregates, water and admixtures. The principal binder in concrete is Portland cement, the production of which consumes high energy, costly, depletes natural resources and is a major contributor to green-house gases (GHG) emissions that are implicated in global warming and climate change. Every ton of Portland cement production releases about 1 ton of CO2 into the atmosphere. If the world produces 4.1 billion tons of cement per year, it emits approximately the same amount of CO2 in the atmosphere every year, just from one industry. Moreover, concrete consumes more than 8 billion tons of aggregates every year, which also depletes the natural resources, thus causing additional problems to the ecology and the environment. On the other hand, millions of tons of agriculture, industrial and natural waste materials (such as oil and coal burning by-products, fly ash, bottom ash, slag, rice husk ash, palm-oil fuel ash, cement and quarry dust, bagasse, tires, sewer sludge, glass, silica fume, garnets, bentonite, kaolin, volcanic ash, etc.,) are abundantly available in the world and are wasted every year. Most of them may contain one or more of hazardous and toxic chemicals from trace amount to several percentages. The majority of these unused wastes are dumped in landfills, quarries, rivers and oceans, exacerbating environmental concerns like air pollution, leaching into soil and water. Studies have shown that some of these waste materials have been and are being used successfully in all kinds of existing and future concrete structures by replacing cement, sometimes up to 70%. They reduce not only energy, ecology and environmental pollution but also produce stable, more durable and economical sustainable construction materials. This presentation will discuss the issues related to the reduction in economy, energy, ecology and environmental in concrete industry using waste materials.

    Dr. Jahangir Mirza, speaking of six languages (English, French, German, Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu), is presently a Prof. (adjunct) at York University, Totonto, Ontario, Canada. Professor Dr. Mirza has also worked as senior scientist at Research Institute of Hydro-Québec, Montreal, Canada (35 years), Professor at UTM - Construction Research Centre, Institute for Smart Infrastructure and Innovative Construction, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Johor, Malaysia and Professor (adjunct) at Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics Dept. of McGill University, Montreal, Canada (8 years).

    Prof. Mirza obtained his Ph. D. degree in Inorganic Chemistry from Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany. He is primarily involved in “Applied R & D” on: evaluation and application of various types of materials to repair deteriorated concrete hydraulic structures”, “development and utilization of natural, industrial and agro-wastes (to reduce cost, energy and environmental problems) in concrete for the existing and future construction structures”, “Applied R & D on new advanced sustainable cement-based and cement-free geopolymer mortars/concrete and “Nano Materials for Smart Concrete”.

    Prof. Mirza was recently ranked #1 - AD World Scientist Rankings 2022 in Civil Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (One of the top most universities of Malaysia), #6, 119 and 515 in Malaysia, Asia and the World, respectively, Selected to receive International Association of Advanced Materials Medal, Stockholm, Sweden, Oct. 2022, Awarded +30 national and international awards/prizes/honors from Canada, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, Thailand, U.K. and U.S.A, etc., (include 6 Gold and one Silver Medals, Howard medal from institution of Civil Engineers, UK, Two best paper awards from International Conferences: Structural Faults & Repairs, U.K (1993) and 1st International Conference on Durability of Buildings and Infrastructures (DuraBI2018), Miri, Malaysia (2018)), Authored and co-authored +250 publications and technical reports, 3 books and 26 book chapters, Selected Member Editorial Board: J. Construction and Building Materials, since 1993 (Q1, Impact factor: 7.693), Selected Member Advisory Board: International Conferences (Structural Faults & Repairs), UK, since 1993, Peer Reviewer - several International Journals and M. Sc./Ph. D. theses, Conducted presentations/workshops upon invitation, in +15 countries of the world, Participated actively in +40 national and international conferences/workshops, Supervised/co-supervised M.Sc., Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Environment Sciences and Engineering and Chemistry students in Canada, Pakistan, Malaysia, Member - Concrete Society of Malaysia (Life time), International Concrete Repair Institute (Applied for) and Ex-member - American Concrete Institute (Committee 210), International Concrete Repair Institute, Canadian Dam Safety Association, American Ceramic Society, Chemical Institute of Canada.

Track 13. Environmental-change-related impacts on human, animal, and ecosystem health

  • Chedly Tizaoui

    Chedly Tizaoui

    Water and Resources Recovery Research Lab
    Department of Chemical Engineering
    Faculty of Science and Engineering
    Bay Campus, Swansea University,
    Swansea SA1 8EN, UK

    Ozone inactivation of SARS-COV-2

    Ozone is a gas that is easy to produce from either air or pure oxygen using electrical generators. The ozone molecule (O 3 ) has fascinating properties making it an excellent oxidant and disinfectant for an array of applications including water and wastewater treatment, air treatment, agri-food industry, and health. In the recent COVID-19 pandemic, the use of ozone to disinfect surfaces and spaces has even heightened interests in ozone from both industry and the scientific community. Building on the fact that ozone is effective against other viruses, the virucidal properties of ozone against SARS-CoV2 (the virus responsible for COVID-19) has also been established over the past two years. This paper will review the recent research conducted to fight SARS-CoV-2 using ozone in different media including spaces, surfaces, and in droplets. The review will present novel data on the effect of key parameters including ozone dose, exposure time, relative humidity, and virus medium on virus inactivation. This will subsequently lead to a discussion highlighting the optimum conditions for the virus inactivation on surfaces, air and in droplets. Ozone is a toxic gas and should not be breathed.

    Chedly Tizaoui, FIChemE, is a full Professor of Chemical Engineering and he leads the Water and Resources Recovery Research Lab at Swansea University, UK. He has research interests in ozone science and engineering, advanced oxidation and separation processes, emerging contaminants, resources recovery, and more recently COVID-19 disinfection. So far, Tizaoui has supervised to successful completion over 20 PhD and Postdoc researchers and has published over 120 papers in peer-reviewed journals and international conferences as well as authoring technical reports for industry and governmental organisations. He received research funding from major funding bodies and industry and he sits on the editorial boards of several peer-reviewed scientific journals. He is the Associate Editor in Chief of Ozone: Science and Engineering journal, and of the Euro-Mediterranean Journal for Environmental Integration. He has been invited more than ten times as keynote speaker in international conferences and run conference workshops as well as chairing conference sessions, and participating in conference scientific committees.