Zewail City Students Present Solution for Groundwater Contamination in Bahria Oasis

Lobna Wael, Islam Genina, Dr. Ibrahim El-Sherbiny, Mahmoud Abdelhay, Omar Magdy, and Nouran Bahgat

Lobna Wael, Islam Genina, Dr. Ibrahim El-Sherbiny, Mahmoud Abdelhay, Omar Magdy, and Nouran Bahgat

Driven by the resolution to solve one of the ecological problems that Egyptian society faces, second year University of Science and Technology students - Islam genina, Lobna Wael, Omar Magdy, Nouran Bahgat, and Mahmoud Abdelhay - have managed to find a potential solution for groundwater contamination in Bahria Oasis.

The team - led by Dr. Ibrahim El-Sherbiny, associate professor of nanomaterials science and codirector of the Center for Materials Science- came up with a methodology that utilizes low-cost nanomaterials to purify groundwater of heavy metals. Their project achieved a remediation level of 99%.

In recognition of their achievement, the team was selected to present their project in the 21st International Cultural and Academic Meeting of Engineering Students (ICAMES), held in Bogazici University, Turkey on May 2 – 9, 2015; alongside teams from 20 countries. ICAMES is an annual world-wide engineering project competition for undergraduate students hosted by the Engineering Society of Bogazici University.

Realizing the potential role groundwater could play as a prominent water resource, especially in remote areas that do not get water supplies from the River Nile, the team aims to further develop this project. Eventually, they hope to put it into effective use for the treatment of Egypt’s groundwater.