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On May 14th, 2019, An-Najah National University’s chemical engineering faculty member, Amjad El-Qanni, was awarded two awards while presenting Palestine in the Global Invention Forum (GIF); the Silver Medal Award and the GIF 2019 Special Award. This international forum was held over 2 days from May 14th – May 15th, 2019 in ‎Limassol, Republic of Cyprus.

The participants in this forum were owners of intellectual property and intellectual property designations; industrial companies, organizations, creative teams, individual inventors, members of International Federation of Inventors' Associations (IFIA), and International Innovation Club "Archimedes". Ten different countries participated including Switzerland, Taiwan, China, Croatia, Russia, Poland, Serbia, Egypt, Cyprus, and Palestine.

Dr. El-Qanni presented his proposed innovative nanoparticle technology titled:  Development of Metal Oxide Based Nanosorbcats for Wastewater Treatment in the West Bank: Removal of Organic Pollutants and Heavy Metals. El-Qanni says: “The Middle East shortage of freshwater and the huge competing demands from a variety of users, especially in Palestine, stimulate an urgent need for finding innovative wastewater treatment processes”. He adds; “heavy metals, textile, and pharmaceutical wastewater effluents pose a critical energy issue and an environmental alert since these effluents are toxic to many aquatic and non-aquatic living organisms. Some of these pollutants are non-biodegradable and, thus they will exist for a long time in the environment, which may cause a real challenge to the conventional wastewater treatment processes.” The concept of metal oxide-based nanosorbcats was developed during El-Qanni’s Ph.D. study at the University of Calgary, Canada. “Herein, we are trying to apply it for the local wastewater effluents in Palestine,” El-Qanni said.

This achievement would not have been possible without the research team spirit, especially the undergraduate students who work under El-Qanni’s supervision, namely; Saqr Abuhatab, Hana Hamdan, Wessal Ziad, Assalah Hanoon, and Dua’a Ghanim. The financial support from the Dean of Scientific Research at An-Najah, the Palestinian Ministry of Higher Education, and the Higher Council for Innovation and Excellence is highly appreciated.     

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