Masdar Institute of Science and Technology an independent, research-driven graduate-level university focused on advanced energy and sustainable technologies, announced that one of its faculty members, who is a UJ alumnus, has been awarded the 2013 Secretarial Honor Award by the United States Department of Energy (DOE).
This prize is the DOE’s highest form of non-monetary employee recognition and is being awarded to Dr. Hassan A. Arafat, Associate Professor, Institute Center for Water and Environment (iWater) and Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Masdar Institute, for research he performed during his time at Argonne National Lab (ANL) in the United States.
The winning team, comprising Dr. Arafat’s former colleagues at ANL, a few collaborators at Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL) and several other DOE-affiliated individuals, was selected for this award after being nominated for their work on ‘caustic side solvent extraction technology’, which was developed for the treatment of nuclear waste at DOE sites.
The technology developed by the team successfully made it through the R&D stage, then to pilot testing and finally to full implementation at the DOE sites. Using this technology, four out of 34 million gallons of high-level radioactive waste have been treated at the DOE’s Savannah River Site since its implementation in 2004 till date.
The award citation says: “This remarkable collaboration between DOE laboratories, industry, and academia has moved fundamental DOE research in the chemical sciences to full process implementation. This promises to save billions of dollars in clean-up costs and will accelerate the disposition of millions of gallons of the nation’s most dangerous legacy wastes. It will also accelerate the completion of one of DOE’s highest-priority environmental missions.”
Dr. Arafat has also received three international research fellowships; two German DAAD Fellowships in 1995 and 2007 and the Open Society institute/Soros Foundation Fellowship (NY, USA) in 2009. He has a BSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Jordan, Amman, and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, in Ohio, US.