• Ph.D. (2005)

    Chemical Engineering - Environmental biotechnology

    Chemical Engineering, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia

  • M.Sc. (1998)

    Applied Chemistry

    Applied Chemistry, Islamic Azad university, Sharoud, Iran

  • B.Sc. (1996)

    Applied Chemistry

    Applied Chemistry, Islamic Azad university, Arak, Iran

  • Simultaneous electricity generation and wastewater treatment in a microbial fuel cell (MFC) system
  • Biological wastewater treatment using various types of bioreactor
  • CO2 capture on molecular sieves and activated carbon
  • Color removal using mesoporous carbon drived lignocellulosic biomass
  • Remediation of wastewater by using advanced oxidation process
  • Fermentation processes for use of food waste to the production of various kinds of biofuels
  • Solid waste management
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I was born in Iran and grew up in Freydonkenar. I attended Arak University, where I received a B.Sc. degree in Applied Chemistry. I then attended the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Sharoud, where I obtained my MSc in 1999. I worked at Oil Gas Company, Ltd, Iran, Piping Design Engineer, Attach to Gas Piping Design and Qualification Department for a few years. I then attended the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Universiti Sains Malaysia, where I received my PhD in 2005. My thesis is titled Biohydrogen and bioethanol production from synthesis gas via fermentation with Rhodospirillum rubrum and Clostridium ljungdahlii, and my supervisor was Prof. Dr. Ghasem Najafpour. My research interests cover a range of topics in heavy metal removal from aqueous solution, Chemicals and Fuels Production from Synthesis gas, and Wastewater Treatment with Various Type of Bioreactor. Specific interests include Biosorption of Heavy Metal from Wastewater Stream, VOCs Removal from Air Pollutants, Bioplastic and biopolymer Production, and Adsorption of Heavy Metals using functionalized mesoporous silica.


Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Biodegradation of acetaminophen and its main by-product 4-aminophenol by Trichoderma harzianum versus mixed biofilm of Trichoderma harzianum/Pseudomonas fluorescens in a fungal?…

Mehri Shabani, Maxime Ponti?, Habibollah Younesi, Mouna Nacef, Ahmad Rahimpour, Mostafa Rahimnejad, Racha Medjda Bouchenak Khelladi
Journal PaperJournal of Applied Electrochemistry , 2021 January 6, {Pages 16-Jan }


Our research aimed to explore the bioremediation of acetaminophen (APAP) and 4-aminophenol (PAP), as well as energy production in a dual-chamber fungal microbial fuel cell (FMFC) device. The pure culture of fungus Trichoderma harzianum and mixed culture of bacteria and fungi (Trichoderma harzianum and Pseudomonas fluorescens) were used as bioanodes. The microorganisms were compared for the first time to examine the removal efficiency of the APAP and its main by-product (PAP). The authors have applied an electrochemical approach to follow the APAP and PAP behavior in the systems. It is interesting to mention that the mixed biofilm culture was able to completely remove the APAP and PAP at around 7 h. These experiments revealed that the biodeg

Application of proton-conducting sulfonated polysulfone incorporated MIL-100 (Fe) composite materials for polymer-electrolyte membrane microbial fuel cells

Bita Roshanravan, Habibollah Younesi, Mahdi Abdollahi, Mostafa Rahimnejad, Sang-Hyun Pyo
Journal PaperJournal of Cleaner Production , 2021 April 3, {Pages 126963 }


This research aimed to evaluate a microbial fuel cell (MFC) device equipped with a novel composite polymer-electrolyte membrane consisting of the metal-organic framework and sulfonated polysulfone (SPSU/MIL-100(Fe)) for simultaneous treatment of meat poultry wastewater and power generation. The composite SPSU/MIL-100(Fe) membranes were fabricated by solution casting of polymer and characterized to determine the MFC performance. A 20wt% SPSU solution with 42.27%desulfonation degree exhibited an IEC 1.2 meq g-1, PC 0.90 mS cm-1, and low WU 7%. However, the minimum oxygen diffusion coefficient 1.23?10-5 cm2 s-1, oxygen mass transfer coefficient 6.49?10-4 cm s-1, maximum PC 2.55 mS cm-1, and WU 36.50% were achieved with SPSU composite membrane

Tailoring of Nanostructured ZnO-Fe3O4/TiO2 Composite Derived from MIL 125 (Ti) for Efficient Photocatalytic Removal of Reactive Blue 21 from Aqueous Solutions

Zahra Esania, Habibollah Younesi, Mohsen Nowrouzi
Journal Paper , 2021 April 19, {Pages }


Page 1. 1 Tailoring of nanostructured ZnO-Fe3O4/TiO2 composite derived from MIL 125(Ti) for 1 efficient photocatalytic removal of Reactive Blue 21 from aqueous solutions 2 3 Zahra Esania1, Habibollah Younesi1*, Mohsen Nowrouzi2* 4 5 1Department of Environmental Science, Faculty of Natural Resources, Tarbiat Modares 6 University, PO Box: 46414-356, Noor, Iran 7 2Department of Science and biotechnology, Faculty of Nano and BioScience and 8 Technology, Persian Gulf University, Bushehr 75169-13798, Iran 9 10 Abstract 11 A novel nanostructured ZnO-Fe3O4/TiO2 composite derived from MIL 125(Ti) was 12 synthesized using mixed solvo-hydrothermal and sol-gel methods for efficient removal of 13 Reactive Blue 21 (RB 21) from aqueous solutions under dif

Magnetic Nitrogen-doped graphene synthesized from orange peel as highly effective adsorbent for removal of sodium dodecyl benzenesulfonate (SDBS) from aqueous solutions

Arash Khoshnoodfar, Nader Bahramifar, Habibollah Younesi
Journal Paper , 2021 April 19, {Pages }


The purpose of the current research is to investigate the adsorption process behavior of magnetic nitrogen doped graphene (MNG) prepared from the orange peel in the adsorption of sodium dodecylbenzene sulfonate (SDBS) from liquid solution in batch experiments. The characteristics results of VSM, FTIR, SEM, AFM, Raman, elemental analysis and BET surface area analysis revealed the successful synthesis nano adsorbent. The effective factors on adsorption performance were including adsorbent dosage, temperature, contact time, pH and initial concentration of SDBS. The Maximum adsorption capacity for SDBS is computed to be 556 mg/g at 45◦ C and pH of 3. The adsorption process of SDBS was found that tted well with the Langmuir isotherm model and

Enhancement of microbial fuel cell efficiency by incorporation of graphene oxide and functionalized graphene oxide in sulfonated polyethersulfone membrane

M Shabani, H Younesi, M Pontié, A Rahimpour, M Rahimnejad, H Guo, ...
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Design and fabrication of high performance membrane for carbon dioxide separation via blending poly (ethylene oxide-b-amid 6) with dense, glassy and highly CO2-philic …

MG Enderati, M Abdollahi, H Younesi, E Khaki
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A new anti-fouling polysulphone nanofiltration membrane blended by amine-functionalized MCM-41 for post treating waste stabilization pond's effluent

Z Rahimi, AA Zinatizadeh, S Zinadini, M van Loosdrecht, H Younesi
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A facile decoration of anatase Fe3O4/TiO2 nanocomposite with graphene quantum dots: Synthesis, characterization, and photocatalytic activity

R Hatefi, H Younesi, A Mashinchian-Moradi, S Nojavan
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Comparative Adsorption of Cd (II) and Pb (II) by MCM-48 and Amine-Grafted MCM-48 in Single and Binary Component Systems

H Vatandoust, H Younesi, Z Mehraban, A Heidari, H Khakpour
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Comparative life cycle assessment of polymeric membranes: Polyacrylonitrile, polyvinylimidazole and poly (acrylonitrile-co-vinylimidazole) applied for CO2 sequestration

E Khaki, H Abyar, M Nowrouzi, H Younesi, M Abdollahi, MG Enderati
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Life cycle environmental and economic assessment of highly efficient carbon-based CO2 adsorbents: A comparative study

M Nowrouzi, H Abyar, H Younesi, E Khaki
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Biodegradation of acetaminophen and its main by-product 4-aminophenol by Trichoderma harzianum versus mixed biofilm of Trichoderma harzianum/Pseudomonas fluorescens in a fungal …

M Shabani, M Pontié, H Younesi, M Nacef, A Rahimpour, M Rahimnejad, ...
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Investigation on the Efficiency of Activated Carbon Produced from Grapes Wood for the Removal of Reactive Blue 19 and Reactive Red 198 dyes from Aqueous Solution-Equilibrium …

M Bijari, Z Alimohammadi, H Younesi, N Bahramifar
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Assessment of resistance and biosorption ability of Lactobacillus paracasei to remove lead and cadmium from aqueous solution

V Afraz, H Younesi, M Bolandi, MR Hadiani
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Production of the polyhydroxyalkanoate biopolymer by Cupriavidus necator using beer brewery wastewater containing maltose as a primary carbon source

Malihe Amini, Hassan Yousefi-Massumabad, Habibollah Younesi, Hajar Abyar, Nader Bahramifar
Journal PaperJournal of Environmental Chemical Engineering , Volume 8 , Issue 1, 2020 February 1, {Pages 103588 }


Recent technologies have been directed toward the use ofinexpensive carbon sources like agricultural wastes and wastewaters in order to produce polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) in a large commercial and industrial scaleand to reducehazardous pollutants. This study aimed toproduce poly-3-hydroxybutyrate (PHB) from wastewater of the beer brewery industry using Cupriavidus necator. For this purpose, the experiments were performed at three steps to evaluate the effect ofC/N and C/Pratiosand industrial-grade maltose on biopolymer production. The batch system was chosen for the fermentation process and the alteration of bacterial growth and NH4+-N and PO43−-P consumption were monitored at24 h intervals.Maximum biopolymer productionof 1.98 g L

Synthesis, characterization and life cycle assessment of carbon nanospheres from waste tires pyrolysis over ferrocene catalyst

Ava Heidari, Habibollah Younesi
Journal PaperJournal of Environmental Chemical Engineering , 2020 January 7, {Pages 103669 }


Waste tires can be a promising carbon precursor for the production of carbon nanospheres (CNSs) because of their high carbon content, low price, and abundance. CNSs were synthesized from waste tire powder through a chemical vapor deposition method over the ferrocene catalyst at 800-900 ?C. The scanning electron microscope (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET), and Raman spectroscopy analyses characterized the as-synthesized CNSs. The obtained products had a spherical shape with a mean size of 50 nm. The least BET surface area, the total pore volume, and relative intensities of D- and G-bands (ID/IG) of the CNSs were foun

Optimization using the response surface methodology for adsorption of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) from transformer oil by magnetic CMCD-Fe3O4@ SiO2 nanoparticles

Sanaz Khammar, Nader Bahramifar, Habibollah Younesi
Journal PaperMaterials Chemistry and Physics , 2020 May 19, {Pages 123195 }


The main objective of this work was to synthesis a novel magnetic nanoparticles functionalized with β-cyclodextrin and use it to refine transformer oil contaminated with high concentration of PCBs. Carboxymethyl-β-cyclodextrin modified Fe3O4@SiO2 magnetic nanoparticles (CMCD-Fe3O4@SiO2) were fabricated by grafting onto the core-shell silica magnetic nanoparticles surface using carbodiimide. The successful synthesis of nanocomposites was characterized by FTIR, XRD, VSM, SEM, TEM, VSM, TGA and EDX analysis. Hereinafter, the application of response surface methodology (RSM) based on the central composite design (CCD) was employed for optimization of the interactive effects of the three main variables on the removal efficiency of PCBs. A quad

Synthesis of porous graphene nanocomposite and its excellent adsorption behavior for Erythromycin antibiotic

Fateme Bahmei, Nader Bahramifar, Habibollah Younesi, Valeri Tolstoy
Journal PaperNanosystems: Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics , Volume 11 , Issue 2, 2020 January , {Pages 214-222 }


The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficiency of porous magnetic graphene (PMG) for removal of Erythromycin (ER) from aqueous solutions. PMG was prepared from banana peel residue, which was considered as a discarded material. As-synthesized nanocomposite was characterized by SEM, AFM, FTIR, RAMAN and BET analysis. The optimum conditions were obtained at pH of 3, contact time of 30 min, initial antibiotic concentration of 200 mg/L, and adsorbent dose of 0.35 g/L. In equilibrium, the Langmuir isotherm model was the best fit to the experimental data for the kinetics study, the adsorption process developed the pseudo-second-order model. According to the results, nanosheet had high adsorption capacity (286 mg/g) and can be considered

A critical review on recent proton exchange membranes applied in microbial fuel cells for renewable energy recovery

Mehri Shabani, Habibollah Younesi, Maxime Ponti?, Ahmad Rahimpour, Mostafa Rahimnejad, Ali Akbar Zinatizadeh
Journal Paper , 2020 April 21, {Pages 121446 }


This paper proposes a critical review of the proton exchange membranes currently available or under development for use in batch-mode microbial fuel cell (MFC) systems in order to suggest a suitable cost-effective membrane in terms of energy recovery. To prepare the present review, the relevant papers were identified by searching the Scopus database and extracting papers from 2007 to 2020. There is a wide variety of different membranes, each with its advantages and disadvantages. Perfluorinated and non-fluorinated membranes were evaluated based on different properties, including proton conductivity, power density (PD), water uptake, and ion exchange capacity. Results reveal that non-fluorinated membranes such as sulfonated poly (ether ether

Selective Adsorption of Mercury (II) From Aqueous Solution Using Functionalized Nanochitosan by Carbon Disulfide

SM Hosseini, H Younesi, R Vajdi, N Bahramifar
Journal PaperJournal of Water and Wastewater , Volume 31 , Issue 2, 2020 January , {Pages 57-75 }


Mercury (Hg) is one of the water pollutants and its removal from the aqueous environment is important. The major goal of this study was to remove the Hg (II) from aqueous solution by synthesizing a modified nanochitosan with carbon disulfide functional groups. Nanochitosan was synthesized using citric acid as an environmentally friendly crosslinking agent, and then it was modified with a carbon disulfide functional group. The characteristics of synthesized nanocomposite were studied by using proton nuclear magnetic resonance (1HNMR), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). Batch adsorption experiments of Hg (II) in metal ion solution were conducted under

Current Teaching

  • MS.c.

    Wastewater Treatment

Teaching History

  • Ph.D.

    Environmental Biotechnology

  • MS.c.

    Waste Recycling

  • 2020
    EhsanniyaRami, Maede
    Removal of Cr(VI) and Pb(II) from aqueous solutions using a composite adsorbent from organic-metallic framework and activated carbon obtained from natural fibrous fruit (Loofah sponge).
  • 2020
    Mirchi, Melika
  • 2019
    Yaghoobi rahni, Soghra
    Synthesis of perovskite based- heterostructure of Bi2WO6 and B4C for photodegradation of pharmaceutical pollutant in aqueous solution
  • 2019
    Nazerifar, Maryam
  • Academic Award on Research Achievements, Chancellor of Universiti Sains Malaysia, 2003.
  • Bronze Medal of Invention/Innovation Competition, for the research project, Production of Hydrogen and Ethanol from Low-Value Synthesis Gas Using Biocatalysts. EXPO Science & Technology, Sponsored by Ministry of Science and Technology, Kuala Lumpur, 2002
  • Organizing Committee of National Postgraduate Colloquium 2004 (NAPCOL 2004), Editorial board.
  • Silver Medal of Invention/Innovation Competition, for the research project, Production of Bio-ethanol from Palm Oil Solid Wastes. EXPO Science & Technology, Sponsored by Ministry of Science and Technology, Kuala Lumpur, 2003
  • Silver Medal of Invention/Innovation Industrial Design Technology, I.TEX 2003, Competition, for the research project, Production of Clean Fuels from Synthesis Gas Using Bacteria, Kuala Lumpur, 2003
  • Silver Medal of the Best Postgraduate Student Award in Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) (Postgraduate Exhibition 2004) Graduate Assistance Fellowship Scholar (PhD program) by the Universiti Sains Malaysia
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