Nashaat Nassar

Professor

Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

PhD - Chemical Engineering

University of Calgary, 2008

MSc - Chemical Engineering

McGill University, 2003

BSc - Chemical Engineering

An-Najah National University, 2000

Contact information

Location

Calgary Centre for Innovative Technology : CCIT 120

Courses

Courses I teach or have taught

Natural Gas Processing Principles (ENCH 607)

Natural Gas Processing Technology ENCH 609)

Separation Processes I (ENCH 405)

Effluent Treatment Processes for Energy Industry (ENEE 505)

Behavior of Liquids Gases & Solids (ENGG 201)

Engineering Thermodynamics (ENGG 311)

Heat and Mass Transfer (ENCH 403)

Chemical Engineering Laboratory (ENCH 551)

Petroleum Engineering Laboratory (ENPE 551)

Chemical Engineering Process Development (ENCH 423)

Oil & Gas Engineering Process Development (ENPE 423)

Chemical Engineering Process Calculations (ENCH 315)

Final Year Chemical Engineering Design Project I (ENCH 511) 

Industrial short courses

Nanotechnology Engineering, Heat Exchanger Design, Fundamental of Natural Gas Processing, Engineering Economic, Petroleum Refinery Engineering, Heavy Oil and Oil Sands Recovery Process Design, Industrial Wastewater Treatment Process Design, Fundamental of Engineering Management, Leadership Fundamentals, etc.


Preferred method of communication

For those interested in graduate studies and post-doctoral fellows

I am always looking for energetic, enthusiastic, proactive, and team player graduate students and funded post-doctoral fellows (PDFs). Although research opportunities are within areas of research listed above, projects can be tuned to your interests. If you are interested, send me an email (nassar@ucalgary.ca) with a summary of your undergraduate/graduate grades and CV plus a one-page description of your research interests. I shall get back to you, if there is a space available.

For those interested in conducting a research project

If you or your company would like to support research activities or have a research problem that you wish to be solved, send me an email (nassar@ucalgary.ca) and I will get back to you. Our focus within industrial and other sponsored research projects is providing new knowledge and/or solutions, training graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, and getting the research done in a reasonable budget and timely manner. 


Research

Research areas

  • Nanotechnology for energy and environment applications
  • Advanced heavy oil upgrading andrecovery
  • Natural gas
  • Solid waste management
  • Air pollution controls
  • Petroleum and coke treating
  • Polymer engineering
  • Reactor design
  • Wastewater treatment and processes
  • Computational modelling

Activities

Nanotechnology: Synthesis, applications, and modeling.

Heavy oil recovery and upgrading: Catalytic steam gasification, catalytic thermal cracking, adsorption, nanocatalysis, asphaltene removal, oxidation and gasification, EOR, etc.

Computational Modeling: Nanoparticle uptake, kinetic behavior of nanocatalysts agglomeration/deactivation, asphaltene adsorption isotherms, kinetics of thermal decomposition of asphaltenes, the aggregation and deposition kinetics of multi-metallic nanoparticles in porous media, etc.

Reactor design:  Batch, CSTR and Packed-bed reactor column required for processes using nanocatalysts for enhancing recovery and upgrading of hydrocarbon, asphaltene adsorption and subsequent gasification processing.

Wastewater treatment and processes: SAGD and tailing water treatment, adsorption, membrane ultrafiltration and chemical oxidation.

Air pollution controls: Scavenging of H2S, NOx, and SOx, and CO2 capture (e.g., absorption, adsorption, and catalysis).

Petroleum coke treating: Oxy-cracking for demineralization of petcoke and converting it into commodity chemicals

Solid waste management: Mature fine tailing treatment, aerobic and anaerobic digestions of biosolid, catalytic steam gasification of waste hydrocarbons.

Natural gas: conditioning and process optimization

Polymer engineering: Synthesis and processing of polymeric nanocomposites  

Others, such as:

  • Effective teaching/education
  • Project management and conference organizations
  • Leadership management
  • Business acumen 

Biography

Dr. Nassar is an associate professor in the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, University of Calgary. He leads a large research group focusing on nanotechnology and its applications in oil and gas industry including enhanced heavy oil upgrading and recovery, inhibition of asphaltene formation damage, asphaltene gasification, natural gas processing and conditioning, oil spillage remediation, and produced and wastewater treatment, and removal of pharmaceutical active species from drinking water. He published more than 100 peer-reviewed technical papers, 110 refereed conference abstracts, 5 book chapters, filed 7 patents, chaired 11 conferences and delivered a number of keynote speeches at the national and international levels.

Dr. Nassar and his group are working on government and industry funded projects ranging from environmental remediation to energy production, to design and configure process for hydrogen production and waste processing to mitigate carbon emission. His main goal is to improve oil quality, optimize natural gas processing, reduce gaseous emissions and improve water recyclability using innovative technologies.

Dr. Nassar group has developed state of the art methods for in-situ formation of multi-metallic nanoparticles in heavy oil matrix so they can be used as catalysts to upgrade heavy oil/bitumen. In addition, some in-situ formed nanoparticles are employed as adsorbents/catalysts for asphaltenes adsorption and subsequent oxidation and/or gasification. For on surface application, nanoparticles have been successfully incorporated into a classical cost-effective support, where they are used in fixed-bed column for waste hydrocarbon adsorption and subsequent gasification. 

Using various characterization techniques, a relationship between nanoparticle surface acidity and structural properties and its adsorption affinity and catalytic activity towards asphaltenes has been established to facilitate rational design of nanoadsorbents/nanocatalyst systems. Employing our novel in-situ method, the equilibrium time for asphaltenes removal from heavy oil matrix by nanoadsorbents was reduced from days to less than 2 hours for more than 90% removal efficiency. Subsequent catalytic steam gasification of the adsorbed asphaltenes has been successfully achieved at relatively lower temperatures (less than 550 oC) in a fixed-bed reactor.  

Furthermore, intensive modeling pertaining to catalytic bitumen/heavy oil reaction kinetic, nanoparticle synthesis, agglomeration and transport behavior of nanoparticles, and kinetics and adsorption thermodynamic of waste hydrocarbon have also been performed for perfecting the science of synthetic nanoparticles and/or incorporating them with catalyst supports to produce them on a massive scale. This is ongoing research that has been recognized by multiple public media, such as UNow TV, UToday Magazine, Schulich Engineer Magazine, Eye on Ideas Magazine and Alberta WaterSMART, and documented in a variety of journals over the past year, including Energy and Fuels, Fuel, Journal of Colloids and Interface Science, Journal of Hazardous Materials, Separation Science and Technology, Colloids and Surfaces, Catalysts Today, Applied Catalysis A, RSC Advances, Physical Chemistry and Chemical Physics, RSC Reaction Engineering and Chemistry, Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, etc.


Publications

Invited talks

Nanoparticles as adsorbents and catalysts for enhancing upgrading and recovery of heavy hydrocarbons. Schlumberger Industry Day, Calgary, Canada. October 7-8, 2014.

Nanotechnology for Enhancing Athabasca Bitumen Upgrading and Recovery. Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Calgary, Canada. June 5, 2013.

Nanotechnology for In Situ Catalytic Upgrading of Athabasca Bitumen/Heavy Oil: Enhancement of Produced Liquid Quality and Reduction in CO2 Emission and Coke Deposition, BIT’s 2nd Annual International Symposium of Unconventional Oil & Gas. Theme: Unlock the True Potential, Taiyuan, China, September, 24-26, 2012.

Utilization of (w/o) Microemulsions as Nanoreactors for In-Situ Synthesis of Nanoadsorbents/Nanocatalysts for In-situ Catalytic Heavy Oil Upgrading, BIT’s 2nd Annual International Symposium of Unconventional Oil & Gas. Theme: Unlock the True Potential, Taiyuan, China, September, 24-26, 2012.

Effluent Treatment Processes for Energy Industry, Energy and Environment Engineering Students' Association at the University of Calgary, April 3, 2012

Nanotechnology for reducing the environmental footprint of Alberta oil sands industry, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, University of Calgary, Alberta, October 7, 2011.

In house prepared nanoparticles for green oil sands industry, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan, May 13, 2010.

Potential Applications of Nanotechnology for Textile Wastewater Treatment, Dafern Designs Inc., Calgary, AB, December 20, 2009.

Nanoparticles for industrial wastewater treatment, Canadian Clean Water Systems Inc. Calgary, AB, September 19, 2009.

Nanotechnology: Energy and Environmental Applications, Polymer Engineering (ENCH 539), Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada, April 1st, 2009

Nanotechnology and the Environment, Polymer Engineering (ENCH 539), Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada, April 1st, 2008

Preparation of Nanoparticles Using Microemulsion Techniques, In-Situ Upgrading and Heavy Oil Research Group, Calgary, Canada, September 2004
 

Patents

Removal of Oil Spills from Fresh or Brine Water Emulsions by Hydrophobic Nanoparticles Functionalized with Petroleum Vacuum Residue
 

Books

Nanotechnology for Enhancing In-Situ Recovery and Upgrading of Oil and Gas Processing. SBN 978-3-319-12050-8 Available (June 2016) at: http://www.springer.com/engineering/book/978-3-319-12050-8
 

Articles in refereed journals

2014

Franco, C. A., Cortés, F. B. & Nassar, N. N. 2014a. Adsorptive removal of oil spill from oil-in-fresh water emulsions by hydrophobic alumina nanoparticles functionalized with petroleum vacuum residue. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 425 , 168-177.

Franco, C. A., Nassar, N. N. & Cortés, F. B. 2014b. Removal of oil from oil-in-saltwater emulsions by adsorption onto nano-alumina functionalized with petroleum vacuum residue. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 433 , 58-67.

Hashemi, R., Nassar, N. N. & Pereira Almao, P. 2014a. In Situ Upgrading of Athabasca Bitumen Using Multimetallic Ultradispersed Nanocatalysts in an Oil Sands Packed-Bed Column: Part 1. Produced Liquid Quality Enhancement. Energy & Fuels, 28 , 1338-1350.

Hashemi, R., Nassar, N. N. & Pereira Almao, P. 2014b. In Situ Upgrading of Athabasca Bitumen Using Multimetallic Ultradispersed Nanocatalysts in an Oil Sands Packed-Bed Column: Part 2. Solid Analysis and Gaseous Product Distribution. Energy & Fuels, 28 , 1351-1361.

Hashemi, R., Nassar, N. N. & Pereira Almao, P. 2014c. Nanoparticle technology for heavy oil in-situ upgrading and recovery enhancement: Opportunities and challenges. Applied Energy, 133 , 374-387.

Montoya, T., Coral, D., Franco, C. A., Nassar, N. N. & Cortés, F. B. 2014. A Novel Solid–Liquid Equilibrium Model for Describing the Adsorption of Associating Asphaltene Molecules onto Solid Surfaces Based on the “Chemical Theory”. Energy & Fuels, 28 , 4963-4975.

Nassar, N. N., Arar, L. A., Marei, N. N., Abu Ghanim, M. M., Dwekat, M. S. & Sawalha, S. H. 2014a. Treatment of olive mill based wastewater by means of magnetic nanoparticles: Decolourization, dephenolization and COD removal. Environmental Nanotechnology, Monitoring & Management,1–2 , 14-23.

Nassar, N. N., Hassan, A. & Vitale, G. 2014b. Comparing kinetics and mechanism of adsorption and thermo-oxidative decomposition of Athabasca asphaltenes onto TiO2, ZrO2, and CeO2 nanoparticles. Applied Catalysis A: General, 484 ,161-171.

2013

Franco, C. A., Montoya, T., Nassar, N. N., Pereira-Almao, P. & Cortés, F. B. 2013a. Adsorption and Subsequent Oxidation of Colombian Asphaltenes onto Nickel and/or Palladium Oxide Supported on Fumed Silica Nanoparticles. Energy & Fuels, 27 , 7336-7347.

Franco, C. A., Nassar, N. N., Ruiz, M. A., Pereira-Almao, P. R. & Cortés, F. B. 2013b. Nanoparticles for Inhibition of Asphaltenes Damage: Adsorption Study and Displacement Test on Porous Media. Energy & Fuels, 27 , 2899−2907.

Giraldo, J., Nassar, N. N., Benjumea, P., Pereira-Almao, P. & Cortés, F. B. 2013. Modeling and Prediction of Asphaltene Adsorption Isotherms Using Polanyi’s Modified Theory. Energy & Fuels, 27 , 2908−2914.

Hashemi, R., Nassar, N. N. & Pereira Almao, P. 2013. Enhanced Heavy Oil Recovery by in Situ Prepared Ultradispersed Multimetallic Nanoparticles: A Study of Hot Fluid Flooding for Athabasca Bitumen Recovery. Energy & Fuels, 27 , 2194-2201.

Hassan, A., Lopez-Linares, F., Nassar, N. N., Carbognani-Arambarri, L. & Pereira-Almao, P. 2013. Development of a support for a NiO catalyst for selective adsorption and post-adsorption catalytic steam gasification of thermally converted asphaltenes. Catalysis Today, 207 , 112-118.

Nassar, N. N., Hassan, A., Luna, G. & Pereira-Almao, P. 2013a. Comparative study on thermal cracking of Athabasca bitumen. Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry, 114 ,465-472.

Nassar, N. N., Hassan, A., Luna, G. & Pereira-Almao, P. 2013b. Kinetics of the catalytic thermo-oxidation of asphaltenes at isothermal conditions on different metal oxide nanoparticle surfaces. Catalysis Today, 207 , 127-132.

Nassar, N. N., Hassan, A. & Pereira-Almao, P. 2013c. Clarifying the catalytic role of NiO nanoparticles in the oxidation of asphaltenes. Applied Catalysis A: General, 462–463 , 116-120.

2012

Hashemi, R., Nassar, N. N. & Pereira-Almao, P. 2012. Transport Behavior of Multimetallic Ultradispersed Nanoparticles in an Oil-Sands-Packed Bed Column at a High Temperature and Pressure. Energy & Fuels, 26 , 1645-1655.

Mehrotra, A. K., Nassar, N. N. & Kasumu, A. S. 2012. A novel laboratory experiment for demonstrating boiling heat transfer. Education for Chemical Engineers, 7 , e210-e218.

Nassar, N. N., Hassan, A. & Pereira-Almao, P. 2012a. Thermogravimetric studies on catalytic effect of metal oxide nanoparticles on asphaltene pyrolysis under inert conditions. Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry, 110 , 1327-1332.

Nassar, N. N. 2012. Kinetics, equilibrium and thermodynamic studies on the adsorptive removal of nickel, cadmium and cobalt from wastewater by superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoadsorbents. The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering, 90 , 1231-1238.

Nassar, N. N., Hassan, A., Carbognani, L., Lopez-Linares, F. & Pereira-Almao, P. 2012b. Iron oxide nanoparticles for rapid adsorption and enhanced catalytic oxidation of thermally cracked asphaltenes. Fuel, 95 , 257–262.

Nassar, N. N. & Ringsred, A. 2012. Rapid Adsorption of Methylene Blue from Aqueous Solutions by Goethite Nanoadsorbents. Environmental Engineering Science, 29 ,790-797.

2011

Nassar, N. N., Hassan, A. & Pereira-Almao, P. 2011a. Application of Nanotechnology for Heavy Oil Upgrading: Catalytic Steam Gasification/Cracking of Asphaltenes. Energy & Fuels, 25 , 1566-1570.

Nassar, N. N., Hassan, A. & Pereira-Almao, P. 2011b. Comparative oxidation of adsorbed asphaltenes onto transition metal oxide nanoparticles. Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, 384 , 145-149.

Nassar, N. N., Hassan, A. & Pereira-Almao, P. 2011c. Effect of surface acidity and basicity of aluminas on asphaltene adsorption and oxidation. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 360 , 233–238.

Nassar, N. N., Hassan, A. & Pereira-Almao, P. 2011d. Effect of the Particle Size on Asphaltene Adsorption and Catalytic Oxidation onto Alumina Particles. Energy & Fuels, 25 , 3961-3965.

Nassar, N. N., Hassan, A. & Pereira-Almao, P. 2011e. Metal Oxide Nanoparticles for Asphaltene Adsorption and Oxidation. Energy & Fuels, 25 , 1017-1023.

Nassar, N. N., Husein, M. M. & Pereira-Almao, P. 2011f. In-Situ prepared nanoparticles in support of oilsands industry meeting future environmental challenges. Exploration and Production: Oil and Gas Review, 9 , 46-48.

Nassar, N. N. & Mehrotra, A. K. 2011. Design of a laboratory experiment on heat transfer in an agitated vessel. Education for Chemical Engineers, 6 , e83-e89.

2010

Husein, M. M., Patruyo, L., Pereira-Almao, P. & Nassar, N. N.2010. Scavenging H2S(g) from oil phases by means of ultradispersed sorbents. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 342 , 253-260.

Nassar, N. N. 2010a. Asphaltene Adsorption onto Alumina Nanoparticles: Kinetics and Thermodynamic Studies. Energy & Fuels, 24 , 4116-4122.

Nassar, N. N. 2010b. Kinetics, Mechanistic, Equilibrium, and Thermodynamic Studies on the Adsorption of Acid Red Dye from Wastewater by γ-Fe2O3 Nanoadsorbents. Separation Science and Technology, 45 , 1092-1103.

Nassar, N. N. 2010c. Rapid removal and recovery of Pb(II) from wastewater by magnetic nanoadsorbents. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 184 , 538-546.

Nassar, N. N. 2010d. Study and Modeling of Metal Oxide Solubilization in (w/o) Microemulsions. Journal of Dispersion Science and Technology, 31 , 1714-1720.

Nassar, N. N. & Husein, M. M. 2010. Ultradispersed particles in heavy oil: Part I, preparation and stabilization of iron oxide/hydroxide. Fuel Processing Technology, 91 , 164-168.

Nassar, N. N., Husein, M. M. & Pereira-Almao, P. 2010. Ultradispersed particles in heavy oil: Part II, sorption of H2S(g). Fuel Processing Technology, 91 , 169-174.

Nassar, N. N. & Pereira-Almao, P. 2010. Capturing H2S(g) by In Situ-Prepared Ultradispersed Metal Oxide Particles in an Oilsand-Packed Bed Column. Energy & Fuels, 24 , 5903-5906.

2009-2005

Husein, M. M. & Nassar, N. N. 2008. Nanoparticle preparation using the single microemulsions scheme. Current Nanoscience, 4 , 370-380.

El-Hamouz, A., Hilal, H. S., Nassar, N., & Mardawi, Z. 2007. Solid olive waste in environmental cleanup: Oil recovery and carbon production for water purification. Journal of Environmental Management, 84 , 83-92.

Nassar, N. & Husein, M. 2006. Preparation of iron oxide nanoparticles from FeCl3 solid powder using microemulsions. physica status solidi (a), 203 , 1324-1328.

Nassar, N., Utracki, L. & Kamal, M. 2005. Melt intercalation in montmorillonite/polystyrene nanocomposites. International Polymer Processing, 20 , 423-431.

Nassar, N. N. & Husein, M. M. 2007a. Effect of microemulsion variables on copper oxide nanoparticle uptake by AOT microemulsions. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 316 , 442-450.

Nassar, N. N. & Husein, M. M. 2007b. Study and modeling of iron hydroxide nanoparticle uptake by AOT (w/o) microemulsions. Langmuir, 23 , 13093-13103.
 

Refereed book chapters

Franco, C. A., Nassar, N. N., Montoya, T. & Cortés, F. B. 2014. NiO and PdO Supported on Fumed Silica Nanoparticles for Adsorption and Catalytic Steam Gasification of Colombian C7-Asphaltenes. In: AMBROSIO, J. (ed.) Handbook on Oil Production Research. Hauppauge, N.Y. USA: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

Nassar, N. N. 2013. The application of nanoparticles for wastewater remediation. In: BRUGGEN, B. V. D. (ed.) Applications of Nanomaterials for Water Quality’. Unitec House, 2 Albert Place, London N3 1QB, UK: Future Science.

Nassar, N. N. 2012. Iron Oxide Nanoadsorbents for Removal of Various Pollutants from Wastewater: An Overview. In:BHATNAGAR, A. (ed.) Application of Adsorbents for Water Pollution Control. Bentham Science Publishers.

Nassar, N. N. & Husein, M. M. 2012. Maximizing the uptake of nickel oxide nanoparticles in AOT (w/o) microemulsions. In: PAUL, B. K. (ed.) Recent Trends in Surface and Colloid Science. Singapore: World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd.

Husein, M. M. & Nassar, N. N. 2009. Nanoparticle uptake by (w/o) microemulsions. In: FANUN, M. (ed.) Microemulsions: Properties and Applications. Boca Raton, FL, USA.: CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group LLC.
 

Refereed conference proceedings

J.  Berezinski, F. López-Linares, N.N. Nassar, L. Carbognani Ortega and P. Pereira-Almao, Microwave-Assisted Procedure for Metal Extraction in Heavy Hydrocarbon Feedstocks and Emulsions. Prepr. Pap.-Am. Chem. Soc., Div. Energy Fuels 2012, 57 (2)

Nassar, N. N. & Husein, M. M. In-situ capturing of H2S(g) associated with SAGD operations.  The IASTED International Conference on Environmental Management and Engineering (EME 2009), July 6–8 2009 Banff, Canada. 135-138.

Nassar, N. N., Al-Jabari, M. E. & Husein, M. M. Investigation on asphaltene deposition onto different surfaces of ultradispersed catalysts.  8th World Congress of Chemical Engineering (WCCE8), 2009 Montreal, QC, Canada.

Nassar, N. N., Al-Jabari, M. E. & Husein, M. M. Removal of asphaltenes from heavy oil by nickel nano and micro particle adsorbents.  The IASTED International Conference: Nanotechnology and Applications (NANA 2008), September 29 - October 1, 2008 Crete, Greece.

Al-Jabari, M. E., Nassar, N. N. & Husein, M. M. Separation of asphaltenes from heavy oil model-solutions by adsorption on colloidal magnetite nanoparticles.  International Congress of Chemistry & Environment (ICCE 2007), 2007 Kuwait, Kuwait.

Nassar, N., Utracki, L. & Kamal, M. Melt exfoliation of montmorillonite in polystyrene.  Polymeric Nanocomposites 2005 conference, September 28-30 2005 Industrial Materials Institute, National Research Council Canada, Boucherville, Quebec, Canada.
 

Articles in technical/professional publications 

Guest Columnist: N.N. Nassar, 2012. Nanotechnology could help in reducing the environmental footprints of Alberta oilsands industry. Alberta WaterSMART, March 2012

NassarN. 2008. Decreasing environmental impacts: Environmental and energy applications of nanoparticles, Eye on Ideas magazine, University of Calgary, Global Issue, vol 2, no. 2, p.8.

NassarN. 2007. Learning to lead: In conversation with Nashaat Nassar, Schulich Engineer Magazine, University of Calgary, Leadership Issue, p.10.
 

In the news

Interview with the Schulich Engineer Magazine, Fall 2012.

Appeared on U-Now TV to show how we have the strengths, talent and commitment to realize our university and our city’s remarkable potential.

Selected to appear in Community report 2012 on Eyes Highstrategy. Your City Your University.

Nanoparticles as nanoscrubbers, UToday Magazine, University of Calgary, April 19, 2012

Interview with the Eye on Ideas Magazine for Graduate Studies office, Global Issue, vol 2, issue 2, Winter 2008.

Interview with the Schulich Engineer Magazine, Leadership Issue, Fall 2007.

Interview with the Schulich School of Engineering communication office about leading the graduate student research conference, April 2007.

Interview with NSERC-Prairies office rep. about leading the graduate student research conference, May 2006.
 

Conference presentations

N. N. Nassar, Nedal Marei and Gerardo Vitale. Recent progress and future challenges on the use of metal and metal oxide nanoparticles in heavy oil applications, World Heavy Oil Congress, 2015. Edmonton, Canada. March 24 - 26, 2015

Juan Pablo Villegas, Nashaat N. Nassar, Diana Ortega, Dioni Zapata, Alexis Bonnett, Farid Cortes, and Camilo A. Franco. Hydrocarbon Removal from Produced Water Using Highly Hydrophobic and Magnetic Adsorbents Functionalized with Nanoparticles and Vacuum Residue. AIChE 12th International Conference on Gas-Liquid & Gas-Liquid-Solid Reactor Engineering, New York, June 28 - July 1, 2015.

Tatiana Montoya, Nashaat N. Nassar, Farid Cortes, Marco Ruizand Camilo A. Franco. Kinetics of the Catalytic Steam Gasification of Colombian Asphaltenes at Isothermal Conditions in Presence of Nickel and Palladium Oxide Supported on Fumed Silica Nanoparticles. AIChE 12thInternational Conference on Gas-Liquid & Gas-Liquid-Solid Reactor Engineering, New York, June 28 - July 1, 2015.

N. N. Nassar, Nedal Marei and Gerardo Vitale. Effect of Nanosize on Adsorptive and Catalytic Properties of NiO Nanoparticles Towards Heavy Hydrocarbons: Kinetics, Thermodynamics and Mechanistic Insights, AIChE 2015 Spring Meeting and 11th Global Congress on Process Safety, Austin, April 26-30, 2015.

N. Nassar, A. Hassan, Nanoparticles as adsorbents/catalysts for enhancing bitumen upgrading and recovery. 64thCanadian Chemical Engineering Conference, Niagara Falls, Canada, October 19-22, 2014. 

M. Hmoudah, G. Vitale and N.N. NassarNano-Aegirine for adsorption and oxidation of waste heavy hydrocarbons. 64thCanadian Chemical Engineering Conference, Niagara Falls, Canada, October 19-22, 2014.

El-Qanni, A. and Nassar, N.N. Characterization of mature fine tailings (MFTs) and solubilization of its organic constituent. 64th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, Niagara Falls, Canada, October 19-22, 2014.  

Franco CA, Nassar NN, Cortés FB. (2014). Investigating the effect of surface acidity of fumed silica nanoparticles on adsorption and catalytic thermal decomposition of heavy hydrocarbons. Heavy Oil Latin America Conference and Exhibition. Heavy Oil Latin America Conference and Exhibition (HOLA 2014), margarita Island, Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of, 2014-10-15.

Franco CA, Nassar NN, Cortés FB. (2014). Nanoparticle technology for inhibition of asphaltene damage at reservoir conditions and enhancing oil recovery. Heavy Oil Latin America Conference and Exhibition. Heavy Oil Latin America Conference and Exhibition (HOLA 2014), Margarita Island, Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of, 2014-10-15.

Nassar NN, Marie N. (2013). Textile wastewater treatment by Fe2O3 nanoparticles. The 2nd Arab Innovation Network Annual Conference, Jordan, 2013-12-06.

L. Carbognani-Arambarri, A. Hassan, N.N. Nassar, P. Pereira-Almao, Hydrogen Production and Waste Processing, Carbon Management Canada (CMC-NCE) Annual Conference 2013, Calgary, Alberta, June 3-5.

N. N. Nassar, Nanotechnology for Energy and Environmental Applications, First Research Day, An-Najah National University, Nablus, Palestine, March 30, 2013

N. N. Nassar, In-House Prepared Nanoparticles as Adsorbent/Catalysts for Heavy Oil Upgrading and Recovery,  7th International Chemistry Conference, Birzeit University, Birzeit, Palestine, April 23-24, 2013.

R. Hashemi,  N.N. Nassar, and P. Pereira-Almao, In-situ Upgrading of Athabasca Bitumen Using In-House Prepared Multi-metallic Ultra-Dispersed Nanocatalysts in an Oil-Sands-Packed Bed Column, 62nd Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, October 14-17, 2012. 

N. Nassar, A. Hassan, P. Pereira-Almao, Utilization of nanoparticles for in-situ and ex-situ adsorption and subsequent enhanced catalytic steam gasification/cracking of Athabasca asphaltenes, 62nd Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, October 14-17, 2012. 

N. Nassar and A. El-Qanni, Iron oxide nanoparticles for adsorption and subsequent catalytic steam gasification of ionic organic pollutants from produced water, 62nd Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, October 14-17, 2012. 

R. Hashemi,  N.N. Nassar, and P. Pereira-Almao,In-situ Upgrading of Athabasca Bitumen Using In-House Prepared Multi-metallic Ultra-Dispersed Nanocatalysts in an Oil-Sands-Packed Bed Column, 62nd Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, October 14-17, 2012. 

N. Nassar, A. Hassan, F. Lopez-Linares and P. Pereira-Almao, Project number A05: Hydrogen Production and Waste Processing, Carbon Management Canada 2nd Annual CMC Scientific Conference, Gatineau, Quebec, May 23-25, 2012.

R. Hashemi,  N.N. Nassar, and P. Pereira-AlmaoChallenges Facing Heavy Oil In-Situ Catalytic Upgrading and Recovery using Ultradispersed Nanoparticles inside Porous Media, SPE 2012 conference, October, Calgary, Alberta 

A. Hassan,  N.N. Nassar, and P. Pereira-Almao,Nanoparticles for asphaltene adsorption and post adsorption catalysis. 95thCanadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition (CSC 2012), Calgary, AB, May 26 – 30, 2012.

A. Hassan,  N.N. Nassar, F.  Lopez-Linares and P. Pereira-Almao, Asphaltenes Adsorption and Post Adsorption Catalysis over Mesoporous-macroporous Materials, Calorimetry and Thermal Effects in Catalysis (CTEC 2012), June 26 - 29, 2012- Lyon, France

N. Nassar, A. Hassan, P. Pereira-Almao, Metal oxide nanocatalysts for enhanced catalytic cracking, oxidation, and steam gasification of waste hydrocarbons, 61st Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, London, Ontario, Canada, October 23-26, 2011. 

A. Hassan, N. Nassar, P. Pereira-Almao, Novel Catalysts for Asphaltene Adsorption and Gasification, 61st Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, London, Ontario, Canada, October 23-26, 2011. 

P. Pereira-Almao, N. Nassar, A. HassanF. Lopez-Linares, J. Perez-Zurita-Scott, Project number A05: CO2 Abatement Technique, Carbon Management Canada Annual Conference, Calgary, Alberta, May 17, 2011.

P. Pereira-Almao, A. Hassan, N. Nassar, F. Lopez-Linares, Project number A05: Hydrogen Production and Waste Processing, Carbon Management Canada Annual Conference, Calgary, Alberta, May 17, 2011.

A. Hassan, N. Nassar, P. Pereira-Almao, Catalytic Effect of Nanoparticles for Asphaltenes Adsorption, Oxidation and Gasification, 60th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, October 24-27, 2010. 

A. Hassan, N. Nassar, P. Pereira-Almao, Nanoparticles for asphaltenes adsorption and gasification, 93rd Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition (CSC 2010), Toronto, ON, May 29 – June 2, 2010.

N. Nassar, M. Al-Jabari and M. Husein, Removal of asphaltenes from heavy oil by nickel nano and micro particle adsorbents, NANA2008, Crete, Greece, September 2008.

N. Nassar and M. Husein, Maximizing the Concentration of Colloidal Nanoparticles in Microemulsions and their Application as Absorbents, International Symposium on Recent Trends in Surface and Colloid Science ISSCS-07, Kolkata, India November 15-16, 2007.

N. Nassar, M. Al-Jabari and M. Husein, Removal of asphaltenes from heavy oil by nickel nano and micro particle adsorbents, in: proceeding of International Association of Science and Technology Development (IASTED) Conference on Nanotechnology and Applications (NANA2008), Crete, Greece, September 2008.

N. Nassar and M. Husein, Single-Microemulsions for the Preparation of High Surface Area Colloidal Nanocatalysts, 57th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, October 28-31, 2007. 

N. Nassar and M. Husein, Stabilization of Copper Oxide Nanoparticles in (w/o) Microemulsions: Experimental and Modeling Results, Trends in Nanotechnology 7th conference, 2007 San Sebastian, Spain, September 3rd-7th, 2007.

N. Nassar and M. Husein, Reverse Micelle Synthesis of Metal Oxide Nanoparticles, The 4th Annual Schulich School of Engineering Graduate Student Research Conference 2007, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada, April 30- May 1, 2007.

N. Nassar and M. Husein, Preparation of FeOOH Nanoparticles from its Solid Powder in Aerosol-OT w/o Microemulsions, 56th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada October 15-18, 2006. 

N. Nassar, A. El-Hamouz, H. Hilal, Z. Mardawi, Utilization of Olive Solid Waste (Jift) in Removing Chromium from Synthetic Wastewater, 56th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada October 15-18, 2006.

N. Nassar and M. Husein, Solubility of FeOOH powder in AOT Reverse Micelles, The 3rd Annual Schulich School of Engineering Graduate Student Research Conference 2006, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada, May 1-2, 2006.

N. Nassar and M. Husein, Preparation of Iron Oxide Nanoparticle Catalysts Starting from Iron Chloride Powder Using Microemulsions, 55th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, Toronto, Ontario, Canada October 16-19, 2005.

N. Nassar, L. Utracki, M. Kamal, Melt Exfoliation of Montmorillonite in Polystyrene, Proceeding in Polymeric Nanocomposites 2005 conference, Industrial Materials Institute, National Research Council Canada, Boucherville, Quebec, Canada, September 28-30, 2005.

N. Nassar and M. Husein, Preparation of Iron Oxide Nanoparticle from FeCl3 Solid Powder Using Microemulsions, Trends in Nanotechnology 5th conference, 2005 Oviedo, Spain, August 28-September 2, 2005.

N. Nassar and M. Husein, Preparation of Iron Oxide Nanoparticle Using Microemulsions, The 2nd Annual Engineering Graduate Student Research Conference 2005, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada, May 2-3, 2005.

N. Nassar, L. Utracki, M. Kamal, Paper competition: Polystyrene Nanocomposites” 54th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, October 16-19, 2004.

N. Nassar, M. Kamal, S. Tanoue, L.A. Utracki, A. Garcia-Rejon, J. Tatibouet, K.Cole, Melt Compounding of Polystyrene with Organoclay,  The SPE Asian Plastics Technology Conference, Nagoya, Japan, November 12-14, 2003.

N. Nassar, L. Utracki and M. Kamal, Melt Processing of Polystyrene/Clay Nanocomposites Using Various Torpedo Attachments in a Single-Screw Extruder, Polymeric Nanocomposites 2003 conference, Industrial Materials Institute, National Research Council Canada, Boucherville, Quebec, Canada, October 2003.

N. Nassar, J. Calderon, L. Utracki M. Kamal, Melt Processing of Polystyrene Nanocomposites, Polymeric Nanocomposites 2003 conference, Industrial Materials Institute, National Research Council Canada, Boucherville, Quebec, Canada, October 2003.

N. Nassar and M. Kamal, Effect of Shear Stress and Elongational Deformation on Nanocomposite Compounding,Polymeric Nanocomposites Project Conference, McGill University, Montréal, Quebec, Canada, May 28, 2002

N. Nassar, L. Utracki and M. Kamal, Mechanical Exfoliation of Monmorillonite in Molten Polystyrene, Polymeric Nanocomposites 2001 conference, Industrial Materials Institute, National Research Council Canada, Boucherville, Quebec, Canada, October 2001


Awards

2018, APEGA Early Accomplishment Award, 2018 APEGA Summit Award, Edmonton, Alberta. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-MbC00BXBo

2018, Innovation, Development, Entrepreneurship Award, First Place, Graduate Student’s Association, University of Calgary.

2017, Killam Emerging Research Leader Award Nominee, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Calgary.

2017, Innovation Development Award, Fan Favorites, Graduate Student’s Association, University of Calgary.

 2016, Early Research Excellence Award, Schulich School of Engineering, University of Calgary.

2016, Great Supervisor Award, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Calgary.

2016, Outstanding Teaching Performance, Schulich School of Engineering, University of Calgary for the year 2015-2016.

2016, Experiential Learning Initiatives Award Nominee, University of Calgary.

2016, GSA Teaching Excellence Award Nominee, University of Calgary.

2016, GSA Supervisory Excellence Award Nominee, University of Calgary.

2015, Experiential Learning Initiatives Award Nominee, University of Calgary.

2015, GSA Supervisory Excellence Award Nominee, University of Calgary.

2015, Palestinian American Research Center fellowship for the year 2014/2015

2013, Outstanding Teaching Performance, Schulich School of Engineering, University of Calgary for the year 2012-2013.

2008, NSERC IRDF (declined), Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada.

2008, President’s Award Nominee for excellence in student leadership, University of Calgary.

2007, NSERC Nano-Innovation Platform travel grant award to Trends in Nanotechnology conference (September 3rd-7th)/San Sebastian, Spain.

2007, Queen Elizabeth II Doctoral Scholarship, Open Graduate Competition Award, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Calgary, AB, Canada.

2006, Ursula & Herbert Zandmer Graduate Award, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Calgary, AB, Canada.

2006, Schulich School of Engineering Travel Award, University of Calgary, June 2006 (to attend the 56th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, Sherbrook.

2006, J.B. Hyne Graduate Scholarship Award, Open Graduate Competition Award, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Calgary, AB, Canada.

2005, Faculty of Graduate Studies, Graduate Travel Award University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada November 14, 2005. (to attend the 55thCanadian Chemical Engineering Conference, Toronto.

2005, Best PhD Students Poster Award, Trends in Nanotechnology 2005 Conference; Oviedo, Spain.

2005, NSERC Nano-Innovation Platform travel grant award to Trends in Nanotechnology conference/Oviedo, Spain.

2005, Best Presentation Award, Faculty of Engineering, University of Calgary.

2001, Tuition Fee Waiver Award for two Semesters, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

2000, Best Graduation Project Award, An-Najah National University, Nablus, Palestine.

1995 – 2000, Dean’s List of Honor, An-Najah National University, Nablus, Palestine