PhD research project (2017-2022): Phytoextraction of toxic and valuable metals from waste substrates.
MSc research project (2014-2017), titled: Making the Best from Sewage Sludge: Phytoextraction of Cadmium, Copper, & Zinc
Financed by water board Aa & Maas, I performed a plant screening experiment, aiming for feasible phytoextraction of cadmium, copper, and/or zinc from composted sewage sludge. The research was supervised by Prof Dr Violette Geissen and Prof Dr Mark G.M. Aarts, and advised by Dr Paul Römkens. The experiments resulted in a proof of principle for cadmium and zinc phytoextraction from biogranulate, desalinated by flushing.
Extracurricular research (2015-2016), titled: Nickel Phytoextraction from Mine Tailings
Upon the request via Prof Dr Mark G.M. Aarts from mining company Fondel, I experimented with zinc- and nickel-hyperaccumulating plant species, growing them on step-wise mixtures of mechanical nickel mine tailings and different types of potting soil. This research provided a proof of principle for commercial nickel phytoextraction from mine tailings, aided and advised by Dr Henk Schat.
BA research project (2012), titled: Occidentalisms on the Palestinian Countryside: the Relation between the social-economic status of farmers around Birzeit and their ideas on wastewater reuse and foreign influences
In the proximity of Birzeit, West Bank, I have interviewed 35 farmers in Arabic on their work, income, and ideas. I have processed the interview data quantitatively and statistically, to conclude which type of farmer is best approached for projects on wastewater reuse.