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Maather Sawalha

Personal Info

  • Country of residence: Palestine
  • Gender: Female
  • Age: 0
  • Curriculum vitae :


The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) PhD of Environmental Science and Engineering
Al Najah National University, Nablus, Palestine Masters in Chemistry
Al Yarmouk University, Irbid, Jordan Masters. in Organic Chemistry
Al Yarmouk University, Irbid, Jordan Bachelors in Chemistry with minor in computer science


Maather F. Sawalha, Jose R. Peralta-Videa, Jason G. Parsons, Jorge H. Gonzalez, Jorge L. Gardea-Torresdey “Removal of cadmium from contaminated waters using saltbush (Atriplex canescens) biomass: identification of Cd binding sites Int. J. of Environment and Pollution 2008 - Vol. 34, No.1/2/3/4 pp. 28 - 42

M.F. Sawalha, J.L. Gardea-Torresdey, J.G. Parsons, Geoffrey Saupe and J.R. Peralta-Videa “Determination of adsorption and speciation of chromium species by saltbush (Atriplex canescens) biomass using a combination of XAS and ICP–OES” Microchemical Journal, Volume 81, Issue 1, August 2005, Pages 122-132.

Maather F. Sawalha, Jose R. Peralta-Videa, Jaime Romero-González and Jorge L. GardeaTorresdey. “Biosorption of Cd(II), Cr(III), and Cr(VI) by saltbush biomass: Thermodynamic and isotherm studies". Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 300 (2006) 100–104.

Maather F. Sawalha, Jose R. Peralta-Videa, Jaime Romero-Gonzále and Jorge L. GardeaTorresdey “Thermodynamic and isotherm studies of the biosorption of Cu(II), Pb(II), and Zn(II) onto the leaves biomass of saltbush (Atriplex canescens)”. Journal of Chemical Thermodynamics. (2007), 39(3), 488-492.

Maather F. Sawalha, Jose R. Peralta-Videa, Geoffrey B. Saupe, Kenneth M. Dokken, and Jorge L. Gardea-Torresdey “Using FTIR to corroborate the identity of functional groups involved in the binding of Cd and Cr to saltbush (Atriplex canescens) biomass”. Chemosphere (2007), 66(8), 1424-1430.

Maather F. Sawalha1 , Jose R. Peralta-Videa, Maria Duarte-Gardea, and Jorge L. GardeaTorresdey “Removal of copper, lead, and zinc from contaminated water by saltbush biomass: Analysis of the optimum binding, stripping, and binding mechanism”. Bioresource Technology, (2008),99, 4438–4444.

Maather F. Sawalha, Jose R. Peralta-Videa, Blanca Sanchez-Salcido, and Jorge L. GardeaTorresdey “Sorption of hazardous metals from single and multi-element solutions by saltbush biomass in batch and continuous mode: interference of calcium and magnesium in batch mode”. Journal of Environmental Management 90 (2009) 1213-1218.

Maather F. Sawalha,1 Mrinal K. Sengupta,1 Shin-Ichi Ohira, Ademola D. Idowu, Thomas E. Gill, Lila Rojo, Melanie Barnes, Purnendu K. Dasgupta1 Measurement of soil/dust arsenic by gas-phase chemiluminescence. Talanta 77, (2008), 372-379

Mrinal K. Sengupta, Maather F. Sawalha, Shin-Ichi Ohira, Ademola D. Idowu and Purnendu K. Dasgupta A Green Analyzer for Arsenic. Electrochemical Arsine Generation Coupled Gas-Phase Chemiluminescence Measurement of Total Arsenic. Analytical Chemistry. 2010, 82, 3467–3473.


Achievements and Awards

-Received as the more advanced woman in science 2012 by the American consulate through women in science program 
-Selected as the “Outstanding graduate” in May 2006 at the UTEP College of Science PreCommencement 
-Receive the award for the best student presentation in the 1ST Annual Desert Southwest SETAC Conference in 2004 
-Awarded a grant of $1000 research grant from UTEP in 2004
-Received the two-year Fulbright scholarship 2001-2003 Al Najah National University list 1998-1999
-Al Yarmouk University list 1988-1995.

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