Making Discoveries that Make a Difference


Professor and Director
Center for Clean Water and Sustainable Technologies
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA 22030, USA,


Analytical Chemistry: Development of analytical techniques for the study of toxic species in the environment. Aquatic chemistry of arsenic in groundwater and the development of inexpensive water filters (like SONO filter). We are also interested in the non-covalent interactions of organic species with solvents, micelles, dissolved organic matters, macromolecules, and solids measured by electrochemical and by equilibrium headspace gas chromatographic techniques. (Extended profile).


Ph.D. Chemistry (Analytical), University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, USA. 1982.
M.Sc. Chemistry (Physical-Inorganic) University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh. 1976.
B.Sc. Honours in Chemistry, University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh. 1975.


National Academy of Engineering, USA, 2007 Grainger Challenge Prize for Sustainability Gold Award, 2007.
Bangladesh American Society for Humanity Award, 2007.
TIME Magazine, Global Heroes of the Environment Award, 2007.
Outstanding American by Choice Award, US Citizenship and Immigrations Services, 2008.
Doctor of Science, Honoris Causa (D.Sc), University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2009.
University of Pittsburgh 225th Anniversary Medallion, May 28, 2014.
(Complete list)


Abul Hussam and Jinsoo Hong*. A novel field deployable filter paper based amperometric gas sensor for the measurement of arsenic in water. Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry. 758, 156-162 (2015).
Mahmoud D. Eljack,  Rachael E. Wilson, Abul Hussam*,  Shahamat U. Khan., Development of an Equilibrium Headspace Gas Chromatographic Method for the Measurement of Noncovalent Association and Partitioning of n-Alkylbenzenes at Infinite Dilution in Fulvic Acid Pseudophase. Journal of Chromatography A.,1383, 1-7 (2015).
Mahmoud Eljack* and Abul Hussam, Novel equilibrium headspace gas chromatographic technique for the measurement of noncovalent association and partition of n-alkylbenzenes in water/n-dodecane and water/1-octanol systems at low phase ratio without phase separation. Fluid Phase Equilibria. 384, 60-67 (2014).
Mahmoud Eljack and Abul Hussam*, Extraction and solubilization of crude oil and volatile petroleum hydrocarbons by purified humic and fulvic acid and sodium dodecylbenzenesulfonate. J. Environ. Sci. and Health. Part A. Toxic/Hazardous Substances & Environmental Engineering. 49(14), 1623-1630 (2014).
Abul Hussam. Potable Water: Nature and Purification in Monitoring Water Quality. pp 259-279, S. Ahuja (Editor). Elsevier B.V. January 2013.
Anke Neumann*, Ralf Kaegi, Andreas Voegelin, Abul Hussam, Abul Munir, and Stephan Hug. Arsenic removal with composite iron matrix filters in Bangladesh: a field and laboratory study. Environ. Sci. and Technol. 47 (9), 4544-4554 (2013).
(Complete list)

Back to Top