Wuhib Zeine Ousman
PhD student
MSc at UNESCO-IHE, The Netherlands, 2010

Main project: Integrated membrane-based systems for fluoride remediation in the Rift Valley
Funding: Network for Advancement of Sustainable Capacity in Education and Research in Ethiopia (NASCERE)
Supervisor(s): Patricia Luis Alconero

The main aim of this project is the feasibility of fluoride removal from drinking water by applying integrated-membrane based technologies so that the fluoride concentration in drinking water will be in acceptable range. This will also have an economic and social aim. The project also aims at finding/fabricating a low cost, locally available membrane to remove fluoride from drinking water.In general the objectives of this project are:To evaluate technical feasibility of membrane technologies (distillation driven by osmosis, crystallization and reverse osmosis) for fluoride removal from drinking water, To fabricate low cost, locally available membrane filter (from natural & synthetic materials) and evaluating its defluoridation efficiency,To determine defluoridation efficiency of integrated- membrane based technologies (membrane filtration & adsorption) and To assess factors affecting the efficiency of integrated -membrane based process and to. determine the optimum values for the factors.

IMMC main research direction(s):
Civil and environmental engineering

membrane technology

Research group(s): IMAP
Collaborations: Esayas Alemayehu (Prof.), Jimma University, Institute of Technology, Ethiopia