Omneya El Sharnouby

Degradation of 1,2-Dichloroethane using nano scale zero valent iron (nZVI).

Chlorinated organic compounds have caused wide spread environmental contamination in both groundwater and soil, caused by the illegal dumping, leaks, and accidental chemical spills. They are persistent in the environment over relatively long periods of time. Both in-situ and ex-situ approaches comprising of thermal, biological, physical, and chemical treatments are commonly used to remove those contaminants. Recently, the degradation of chlorinated organic compounds using nano scale zero valent iron technology have received great interest. Their very tiny dimension allow them to be injected in the form of water slurry into the contaminated plume requiring treatment, even in areas where many conventional methods are inaccessible. Also, due to their very small dimension they react more rapidly to the chlorinated compounds than other remediation techniques. However, although most of the chlorinated organic compounds are relatively easily degraded by nZVI, 1,2-Dichloroethane has shown resistance to dechlorination by this nano material. The goal of my research is to innovate a nZVI based formula capable of degrading 1,2-Dichloroethane, and investigate, and identify the degradation pathways.

Personal Background

I completed my bachelor of science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Alexandria university in Egypt. I worked afterwards for two years as a researcher on projects concerning water, industrial, and municipal waste water treatment.

Travel and Awards


  • Ontario Trillium Scholarship for 2012