פרופ"ח עיסאם סבאח

פרופ"ח עיסאם סבאח

Assoc. Prof. Isam Sabbah

פרופ"ח עיסאם סבאח
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Department
Biotechnology Engineering
Research Interests

Fate of nano and microparticles in the environemnt; water and wastewater treatment technologies,

Courses

Mass Transfer; Water Chemistry; bio-separation

Current Position
Associate Professor
Contact Information
Email
isabbah@braude.ac.il
Telephone
972-4-990-1924
Office
D225
Education
D.Sc. 1997
Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel.
M.Sc. 1992
Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel.
B.Sc. 1989
Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Chemical Engineering, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel.
Research Areas
• Fate of nano and micro praticles in the environment
• Advanced wastewater technologies
• In-situ remediation and bioremediation

 

 

Academic Appointments
2018-              Head of the Department 
2015-               Associate Professor,  Prof. Ephraim Katzir  Department of Biotechnology Engineering,  ORT  Braude  College, Karmil, Israel    
 
2007-2015 Senior Lecturer, Prof. Ephraim Katzir Department of Biotechnology Engineering, ORT Braude College, Karmiel, Israel
 
2006-2007 Adjunct Lecturer , Department of Biotechnology, ORT Braude College, Karmiel,
 
2005-2006 Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Mar Elias Campus at the Galilee, Indianapolis University. Department of Environmental Chemistry
 
2002 Visiting Lecturer , Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA.
 
2000-2001 Adjunct Lecturer, Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering,, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel.
Teaching Experience
ORT Braude College of Engineering:
Graduate Courses:
Biotechnology and Environment
Undergraduate Courses:
Mass transferAquatic Chemistry-Fundamentals and Processes Bioseparation EngineeringIntroduction to Heat Transfer
Academic and Professional Awards and Grants
2010 The Greenspan Award for the best master thesis for Kaite Baransi- sponsored by the Faculty of Civil and Environment Engineering, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel
2009 Excellent Researcher - ORT Braude College Excellent faculty member for the entire activity - ORT Braude College
2008 The Greenspan Award for the best master thesis for Nedal Massalha- sponsored by the Faculty of Civil and Environment Engineering, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel The Maoff Fellowship- Sponsored by the Higher Education Council.
1997 The Lord Goodman Scholarship, sponsored by the British Council in Israel.
1995 The Miriam and Aaron Gutwirth Award, for academic excellence sponsored by the Technion- Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel.
Publications
Refereed Papers

     

·       Ali Nejidat, Damiana Diaz-Rec, Nedal Massalha, AdiArbiv, Anwar Dawas, Carlos Dosoretz, Isam Sabbah. Abundance and diversity of anammox bacteria in a mainstream wastewater treatment plant Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, J. Appl. Microbiol. & Biotechnol. 2018 (Accepted)

·       Nedal Massalha, Asher Brenner, Chaim Sheindorf., and Isam Sabbah*, Application of immobilized and granular dried anaerobic biomass for stabilizing and increasing anaerobic bio-systems tolerance for high organic loads and phenol shocks. Bioresource Technology, 197, 106-112, (2015).  

·       Nedal Massalha, Asher Brenner, Chaim Sheindorf, Youri Haimov and Isam Sabbah*, Enriching composite hydrophilic polyurethane foams with PAC to enhance adsorption of phenol from aqueous solutions. Chem. Eng. J., 280 283-292 (2015).

·       Anwar Dawas-Massalha, Shirra Gur-Reznik, Sofia Lerman, Isam Sabbah, Carlos G. Dosoretz, Co-metabolic oxidation of pharmaceutical compounds by a nitrifying bacterial enrichment", Bioresource Technology, 167, 336-342 (2014).

·       Nedal Massalha,  Asher Brenner, Chaim Sheindorf., and Isam Sabbah*, The effect of anaerobic biomass drying and exposure to air on their recovery and evolution. Water Research. 63, 42-51 (2014),  

·       Sabbah* I., Baransi K., Massalha N., Dawas-Massalha A., Saadi I., and  Njidat A., Efficient ammonia removal from wastewater by a microbial biofilm in tuff-based intermittent biofilters. Ecological Eng. 5, 354-360 (2013)-

·       Baransi K., Dubowski Y. and Sabbah* I., Synergetic effect of photocatalytic degradation and adsorption processes on the removal of phenolic compounds from agro-industrial effluent. Water Research, 46, 3, 789-798 (2012).

·       Massalha N., Shaviv A. and Sabbah* I.; Modeling the Effect of Immobilization of Microorganisms on the Rate of Biodegradation of Phenol Under Inhibitory Conditions, Water Research, 44, 5252-5259 (2010).

·       Khatib A., Aqra F., Yagi N., Basheer S., Sabbah I., Al-Hayek B., and Musa M.  Environmental pollution resulting from olive oil production in Palestine, South. Braz. J. Chem., Vol. 17, 17 (2009). 

·       Krasnits E., Friedler E., Sabbah I., Beliavski M., Tarre S., and Green M.  Spatial distribution of microbial population in a well established constructed wetland treating municipal wastewater, J. Ecological Eng., 35, 1085-1089 (2009).

·       Khatib A., Aqra F., Yagi N., Subuh Y., Hayeek B., Musa M., Basheer S. and Sabbah I. Reducing the environmental impact of olive mill wastewater. Amer. J. Environ. Sci., 5, 1, 1- 6 (2009). IF=1.22 NC=5

·       Massalha  N., Basheer S. and Sabbah* I. Effect of adsorption and bead size of immobilized biomass on the rate of biodegradation of phenol at high concentration levels. Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 46, 6820-6824 (2007).

·       Green M., Shaul N., Beliavski M., Sabbah I., Ghattas B. and Tarre S. Minimizing land requirements and evaporation in extensive wastewater treatment systems. Ecological Eng., 26, 266-271(2006).

·       Admon S., Tarre S., Sabbah I., Lahav O., Beliavski M. and Green M. Treatment of pre-settled municipal wastewater using a passively aerated vertical bed. Env. Eng. Sci., 22, 6, 707-715 (2005).

·       NguyenT.H., Sabbah I. and Ball W.P. Immobilization of Soot Particles in a Silica Matrix: A Sorbent-Carrier System for Studying Organic Chemical Sorption.  Environ. Sci. and Technol., 39, 6527-6534 (2005).

·       Sabbah* I., Yazbak A., Haj J., Saliba A. and Basheer S.  Biomass selection for optimal anaerobic treatment of olive mill wastewater. Environmental Technology, 26, 47-54 (2005).

·       Sabbah* I., Ball W.P., Young D. and Bouwer E.J. Misinterpretations in the Modeling of Contaminant Desorption From Environmental Solids when Equilibrium Conditions Are Not Fully Understood, Environ. Eng. Sci., 22, 3, 350-366 (2005).

·       Nguyen T., Sabbah I. and Ball W.P. Response to comment on “Sorption nonlinearity for organic contaminants with diesel soot: method development and isotherm interpretation”. Environ. Sci. and Technol. 38, 20, 5486-5487 (2004).

·       Sabbah* I., Rebhun M. and Gerstl Z.  An independent prediction of the effect of DOM on the transport of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.  J. Contaminant Hydrol., 75 (1-2), 55-70. (2004).

·       Nguyen T., Sabbah I., and Ball W.P.  Sorption nonlinearity for organic contaminants with diesel soot: method development and isotherm interpretation. Environ. Sci. and Technol. 38, 13, 3595-3603 (2004).

·       Sabbah* I., Marzook T. and Basheer S.  The effect of pretreatment on anaerobic activity of olive mill wastewater using batch and continuous systems. Process Biochemistry, 39 (12), 1947-1951 (2004).

·       Sabbah* I. Ghattas B., Hayeek A., Omari J., Haj Y., Admon S. and Green M. Intermittent Sand Filtration for wastewater treatment in rural areas of the Middle-East- A pilot Study. Wat. Sci. and Technol. 48 (11) 147-152 (2003). 

Sabbah I. and Rebhun M. Adsorption-desorption of TCP in soil-water systems related to groundwater contamination and remediation. Water Environment Research, 69 (5) 1032-1038 (1997).

Books

Sabbah I., and Rayan A., Wastewater treatment in The Arab villages. Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies, 2007 (Book in Hebrew).        http://www.jiis.org.il/imageBank/File/publications/isam-eng.pdf.

Book Chapters

1.    Rebhun M., Rav-Acha Ch., Sabbah I., Rwetabula J. and DeSmedt F. (1998) "Sorption-desorption and complexation processes of the adsorbed and aqueous fraction of NAPL-importance for complete clean-up of aquifers."  In H. Rubin, N. Narkis and J.B. Carberry, Soil and Aquifer Pollution - Non Aqueous Phase Liquids - Contamination and Reclamation.  Berlin: Springer-Verlag Publishers.

2.    Basheer S., Sabbah I., Yazbak A., Haj J., Saleeba A., Hayeek B., Musa M., Khateeb A., Suboh Y., and Galil N., (2006). Reducing the environmental impact of olive mill wastewater in the Middle East region. In H. Shuval, and H. Dwiek, Water for Life in the Middle East.  Jerusalem: IPCRI Publishers. Vol 2, 590-602, 2006.

3.    Sabbah I., Ghattas B., Hayeek A., Massalha N., Rabi A., El-Araby A., Wasef E., Mehawed H., Smadar A., Lahav O., Tarre S., Shaul N., Beliavski M., and Green M. (2006). Appropriate Technologies for Wastewater Treatment and Reuse in the Rural Areas of the Middle East- Case Study of Successful Regional Cooperation. In H. Shuval, and H. Dwiek, Water for Life in the Middle East.  Jerusalem: IPCRI Publishers.  Vol 2,  756-767, 2006.

4.     Orhan Ince, Zeynep Cetecioglu Gurol, E Gozde Ozbayram, Miguel M Iglesias, Bahar Ince, Nedal Massalha, Ángel Robles, Isam Sabbah, Aurora Seco (2017). Anaerobic treatment of municipal wastewater. In J, Lema and S., Suarez. Innovative Wastewater Treatment & Resource Recovery Technologies: Impacts on Energy, Economy and Environment. IWA Publishing, 2017.

Conference Proceedings and Abstracts

1.         Isam Sabbah, Water issues as engine for new opportunities in Israel and the Middle East. Special conference "Aqua Innovation Day", Fortaleza, Brazil, June 22-23, 2017. (Invited keynote speaker)

2.         Nedal Massalha, Asher Brenner, Chaim Sheindorf, Isam Sabbah, Immobilized anaerobic biomass in PAC-enriched polyurethane for increasing anaerobic bio-systems tolerance for high organic loads and pollutant shocks, The 252nd American Chemical Society National Meeting, Philadelphia, August 21-25, 2016.

3.         Nedal Massalha, Asher Brenner, Chaim Sheindorf, Yuri Haimov, and Isam Sabbah, Composite of hydrophilic polyurethane foams enriched with PAC to enhance adsorption capacity and control rate of contaminants  from aqueous solutions, The 252nd American Chemical Society National Meeting, Philadelphia, August 21-25, 2016.

4.         Nedal Massalha, Asher Brenner, Chaim Sheindorf, Isam Sabbah, Application of immobilized anaerobic biomass for increasing tolerance for phenol shocks, The 3rd IWA Specialized International Conference Ecotechnologies for Wastewater Treatment  - ecoSTP2016, 27-30, June 2016, Cambridge, UK

5.         Isam Sabbah, Nedal Massalha, Stephanie West, Slava Shmulevich, Avi Aharoni and Harald Horn. Mass balance and methane production on the WWTP Karmiel (Israel) with advanced anaerobic pretreatment (AAT)- AD14- World Congress on Anaerobic Digestion, Vina del Mar, Chile, November 15-18, 2015

6.         Massalha N., and Sabbah I., Optimization methodology for enhancement the biogas production of anaerobic digestion of agro-wastes, The 2nd IWA Specialized International Conference - Ecotechnologies for Wastewater Treatment  - ecoSTP2014, 23-27, June 2014, Verona, Italy

7.         Dawas A., Sabbah I., and Dosoretz C.,Biotransformation of organic micro-pollutants by ammonia oxidizing bacteria.  The 2nd IWA Specialized International Conference - Ecotechnologies for Wastewater Treatment  - ecoSTP2014, 23-27, June 2014, Verona, Italy

8.         Isam Sabbah, Yuri Haimov and Niv Mor, Fate of natural and naturally modified engineered Nano-particles related to in-situ remediation of soil and groundwater contamination, InterNano, March 12, 2014, Landau in der Pfalz, Germany

9.         Sabbah, I, Massalha N., Saliba A., and Hussien M., Immobilized anaerobic biomass for improving wastewater treatment systems. The 13th world congress on Anaerobic Digestion, June 25-28, 2013. Santiago de Compostela,

10.      Massalha N., Saliba A., Hussien M. and Sabbah, I. Experimental procedure and software tool for optimal blends of wastes for anaerobic digestion: maximizing the economical profits. The 13th world congress on Anaerobic Digestion, June 25-28, 2013, Santiago de Compostela.

11.      Sabbah, I, Massalha N., and Saliba A. Humic acid-coated activated carbon matrix enhances and stabilizes anaerobic biodegradation system: An example of olive mill wastewater. The 13th world congress on Anaerobic Digestion, June 25-28, 2013, Santiago de Compostela.

12.      Sabbah I., Massalha N. and Friedler E., Evaluation of the hydraulic regime of matured CWL and assessing the effect of hydraulic manipulation on the RTD, 12th IWA International Conference on Wetland Systems, ICWS2010, October 4-9, 2010, Venice, Italy.

13.      Sabbah I., Massalha N., Saliba A., and Hussien M., Immobilized anaerobic biomass for improving wastewater treatment systems,  June 17, 2010 IAMWA, Izmir Turkey

14.      Massalha N., Hussien M., Gretrel T., and Sabbah I., Improvement of biogas production of cow manure digester by the addition of different agro-industrial wastes. IAMWA, June 17, 2010, Izmir, Turkey.

15.      Sabbah I., Agro-industrial wastewater = good biogas potential, Why?, June 2009, Terni Italy

16.      Baransi K. Dubowski Y. and Sabbah I. The effect of photocatalytic degradation and adsorption processes on the removal of phenolic compounds from agro-industrial effluent, June 2009, Terni, Italy

17.      Sabbah, I., Ball, WP, D’Adamo , PC, and Bouwer, 2009. Modeling the Effect of Aging on Naphthalene and Phenanthrene Desorption Rates from Environmental Solids. Xenowac-2009 Conference March 10-13, 2009, Paphos, Cyprus

18.      Baransi K. Dubowski Y. and Sabbah I. Synergetic effect of photocatalytic degradation and adsorption processes on the removal of phenolic compounds from agro-industrial effluent. Xenowac-2009 Conference March 10-13, 2009, Paphos, Cyprus 

19.      Sabbah I., Yazbak A., and Basheer S., Decreasing the start-up period of anaerobic sludge blanket (UASB) reactor for the biodegradation of olive mill wastewater. Paper and Poster presentation at the “New Technologies for the Treatment and Valorization of Agro by Products” conference, October 3-5, 2007, Terni, Italy. 

20.      Massalha, N., Basheer S., and Sabbah I., The effect of immobilization of microbial cells on bioavailability and rate of biodegradation of phenol at high concentration. Paper and oral presentation at the first Mediterranean Congress “Chemical Engineering for Environment”, October 4-6, 2006, San Servolo Venice, Italy.

21.      Sabbah I., Ghattas B., Hayeek A., Massalha N., Rabi A., El-Araby A., Wasef E., Mehawed H., Smadar A., Lahav O., Tarre S., Shaul N., Beliavski M., and Green M. Appropriate Technologies for Wastewater Treatment and Reuse in the Rural Areas of the Middle East- Case Study of Successful Regional Cooperation. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the 2ed Israeli-Palestinian International (Water for Life in the Middle East), October 10-14, 2004, Antalya, Turkey.  

22.      Basheer S., Sabbah I., Yazbak A., Haj J., Saleeba A., Hayeek B., Musa M., Khateeb A., Suboh Y., and Galil N., 2004. Reducing the environmental impact of olive mill wastewater in the Middle East region. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the 2ed Israeli-Palestinian International (Water for Life in the Middle East), October 10-14, 2004, Antalya, Turkey.

23.      Sabbah I., Ball WP, D'Adamo PC, Bouwer EJ, 2004. Modeling the effect of aging on naphthalene and phenanthrene desorption rates from borden sand. ACS, Division of Environmental Chemistry, 44 (2), 1004-1009. August, 2004, Philadelphia, USA.  

24.      Sabbah I, Ghattas B., Hayeek A., Omari J., Haj Y., Admon S.and M. Green M. Intermittent Sand Filtration for Wastewater Treatment In Rural Areas of the Middle East—A Pilot Study, Fifth Specialised Conference on” Small Water and Wastewater Treatment Systems, September 24-26, 2002, Istanbul, Turkey.

25.      Sabbah I.,  Marzook T and Basheer S. Anaerobic Systems for Reducing the Environmental Impact of Olive Mill Wastewater, the 9th World Congress  “Anaerobic Digestion 2001Antwerpen, Belgium, September 2-5, 2001.

26.      Rebhun M., Rav-Acha Ch., Sabbah I., Rwetabula J. and DeSmedt F. "Sorption-desorption and complexation processes of the adsorbed and aqueous fraction of NAPL-importance for complete clean-up of aquifers". International Workshop on Soil and Aquifer Pollution, May 13-15, 1996, Haifa.

Sabbah, I. and Rebhun M.) "Adsorption-desorption of TCP in soil-water systems related to groundwater contamination and remediation."  Paper and poster presented at WEFTEC '96, Dallas, Texas, October 1996.
Other Publications

1. Sabbah I., Massalha N., and Saliba A., Compositions Of Matter And Uses Thereof In The Treatment Of Waste Materials, USA patent # 9,452,458 (2016)

                 2.  Sabbah I., Massalha N., Aharoni A., Bleich S., Shmolovish S., COMBINED SYSTEM OF HIGH RATE ANAEROBIC BIOREACTOR AND SETTLER DIGESTER BASIN FOR WASTEWATER TREATMENT, application number 62/109,228 (2015)

 

                 3.  Sabbah I., Massalha N., and Saliba A., Compositions of matter and uses thereof in the treatment of waste materials”  PCT- 61/317,444 (2011)

                 4.  Sabbah I., Massalha N., and Basheer S., Reducing the toxicity threshold value of phenol and short-chain alcohols to microorganisms, Patent Provisional 38229 (2007)