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Marhaba, Taha F.

Contact Info
Title: Professor & Chairman
Email: taha.f.marhaba@njit.edu
Office: 245 Colton Hall
Hours: Call Secretary (973) 596-2447
Phone: 973-642-4599
Dept: Civil Environ. Eng.
Webpage: http://web.njit.edu/~marhaba

About Me

Taha F. Marhaba, PhD, is a professor of civil and environmental engineering and director of the New Jersey Applied Water Research Center at New Jersey Institute of Technology. His expertise in water quality most notably has developed what is known as the spectral fluorescent signatures (SFS) technique, which is used to rapidly identify organics in water—organics that could be problematic. The SFS acts like a fingerprint of water, characterizing its organic content and allowing researchers to see if the water contains natural or unnatural sources. Most importantly, the SFS allows researchers to determine the organic character of watersheds and to check the water quality.

Marhaba also has an expertise in droughts, and has been one of New Jersey’s leading commentators on the consequences of the current drought. Prior to joining NJIT in 1995, he was associated with environmental consulting at Stone & Webster Engineering Corp.His work has been published in Water Research, Journal of Environmental Engineering, Journal of Hazardous Materials and others.

In 2008, Marhaba received NJIT´s Excellence in Teaching Award for undergraduate instruction, lower division. The awards are given annually to professors whose teaching has had an immense and positive impact on students.

Education

  • Rutgers University, B.S., 1989.
  • Rutgers University, M.S., 1990.
  • Rutgers University, Ph.D., 1993.

Courses I Teach

MASTER'S THESIS
DOCT DISSERTATION & RES
DOCT DISSERTATION & RES
DOCT DISSERTATION & RES
MASTER'S PROJECT
MASTER'S THESIS
DOCTORAL DISSERT & RES

Research Interests

  • Impact of raw water quality on drinking water treatment.
  • Development of analytical techniques for rapid pollution detection and delineation in raw water and treatment processes.  

Current Research

  • Fractionation of Natural Organic Matter.
  • Formation and Control of Disinfection By-Products in Drinking Water.
  • Determination of Organic Substances by Spectral Fluorescent Signatures Technique.
  • Optimization of Water Treatment Plant Operations by Spectral Fluorescent Signatures.
  • Detemination of Disinfection By-Product Precursors.
  • Optimizing the Removal of Organic Matter Fractions by Coagulation.
  • Development of a Surface Water Quality Standard for Natural Organics

Selected Publications

Pavasant Prasert; Apiratikul Ronbanchob; Sungkhum Vimonrat; Suthiparinyanont Prateep; Wattanachira Suraphong; Marhaba Taha F Biosorption of Cu2+, Cd2+, Pb2+, and Zn2+ using dried marine green macroalga Caulerpa lentillifera. Bioresource technology (2006), 97(18), 2321-9. Journal code: 9889523. ISSN:0960-8524. PubMed ID 16330209 AN 2006449134 MEDLINE (Copyright (C) 2007 U.S. National Library of Medicine on SciFinder (R))

 

Kanokkantapong, Vorapot; Marhaba, Taha F.; Pavasant, Prasert; Panyapinyophol, Bunyarit. Characterization of haloacetic acid precursors in source water. Journal of Environmental Management (2006), 80(3), 214-221. CODEN: JEVMAW ISSN:0301-4797. CAN 146:148127 AN 2006:894995 CAPLUS (Copyright (C) 2007 ACS on SciFinder (R))

 

Kanokkantapong, Vorapot; Marhaba, Taha F.; Panyapinyophol, Bunyarit; Pavasant, Prasert. FTIR evaluation of functional groups involved in the formation of haloacetic acids during the chlorination of raw water. Journal of Hazardous Materials (2006), 136(2), 188-196. CODEN: JHMAD9 ISSN:0304-3894. CAN 145:403339 AN 2006:671000 CAPLUS (Copyright (C) 2007 ACS on SciFinder (R))

 

Kanokkantapong, Vorapot; Marhaba, Taha F.; Wattanachira, Suraphong; Panyapinyophol, Bunyarit; Pavasant, Prasert. Interaction between organic species in the formation of haloacetic acids following disinfection. Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part A: Toxic/Hazardous Substances & Environmental Engineering (2006), 41(6), 1233-1248. CODEN: JATEF9 ISSN:1093-4529. CAN 145:277605 AN 2006:602419 CAPLUS (Copyright (C) 2007 ACS on SciFinder (R))

 

Marhaba, Taha F.; Mangmeechai, Aweewan; Chaiwatpongsakorn, Chaichana; Pavasant, Prasert. Trihalomethanes formation potential of shrimp farm effluents. Journal of Hazardous Materials (2006), 136(2), 151-163. CODEN: JHMAD9 ISSN:0304-3894. CAN 145:216623 AN 2006:670996 CAPLUS (Copyright (C) 2007 ACS on SciFinder (R))

 

Phenrat, Tanapon; Marhaba, Taha F.; Rachakornkij, Manaskorn. A SEM and X-ray study for investigation of solidified/stabilized arsenic-iron hydroxide sludge. Journal of Hazardous Materials (2005), 118(1-3), 185-195. CODEN: JHMAD9 ISSN:0304-3894. CAN 142:486703 AN 2005:145554 CAPLUS (Copyright (C) 2007 ACS on SciFinder (R))

 

Phenrat Tanapon; Marhaba Taha F; Rachakornkij Manaskorn A SEM and X-ray study for investigation of solidified/stabilized arsenic-iron hydroxide sludge. Journal of hazardous materials (2005), 118(1-3), 185-95. Journal code: 9422688. ISSN:0304-3894. PubMed ID 15721543 AN 2005092243 MEDLINE (Copyright (C) 2007 U.S. National Library of Medicine on SciFinder (R))

 

Panyapinyopol, Bunyarit; Marhaba, Taha F.; Kanokkantapong, Vorapot; Pavasant, Prasert. Characterization of precursors to trihalomethanes formation in Bangkok source water. Journal of Hazardous Materials (2005), 120(1-3), 229-236. CODEN: JHMAD9 ISSN:0304-3894. CAN 143:83076 AN 2005:286555 CAPLUS (Copyright (C) 2007 ACS on SciFinder (R))

 

Panyapinyopol, Bunyarit; Kanokkantapong, Vorapot; Marhaba, Taha F.; Wattanachira, Suraphong; Pavasant, Prasert. Kinetics of trihalomethane formation from organic contaminants in raw water from the Bangkhen water treatment plant. Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part A: Toxic/Hazardous Substances & Environmental Engineering (2005), 40(8), 1543-1555. CODEN: JATEF9 ISSN:1093-4529. CAN 143:372631 AN 2005:603574 CAPLUS (Copyright (C) 2007 ACS on SciFinder (R))

 

Musikavong, Charongpun; Wattanachira, Suraphong; Marhaba, Taha F.; Pavasant, Prasert. Reduction of organic matter and trihalomethane formation potential in reclaimed water from treated industrial estate wastewater by coagulation. Journal of Hazardous Materials (2005), 127(1-3), 58-67. CODEN: JHMAD9 ISSN:0304-3894. AN 2005:1267255 CAPLUS (Copyright (C) 2007 ACS on SciFinder (R))

 

Bengraine, Karim; Marhaba, Taha F.. Predicting organic loading in natural water using spectral fluorescent signatures. Journal of Hazardous Materials (2004), 108(3), 207-211. CODEN: JHMAD9 ISSN:0304-3894. CAN 141:11762 AN 2004:357706 CAPLUS (Copyright (C) 2007 ACS on SciFinder (R))

 

Meegoda, Jay N.; Marhaba, Taha F.; Ratnaweera, Prasanna. Strategies to Mitigate Salt Runoff from Salt Storage and Salt Truck Maintenance Facilities. Practice Periodical of Hazardous, Toxic, and Radioactive Waste Management (2004), 8(4), 247-252. CODEN: PPHMF8 ISSN:1090-025X. CAN 142:468432 AN 2004:846521 CAPLUS (Copyright (C) 2007 ACS on SciFinder (R))

 

Bengraine, Karim; Marhaba, Taha F.. Comparison of spectral fluorescent signatures-based models to characterize DOM in treated water samples. Journal of Hazardous Materials (2003), 100(1-3), 117-130. CODEN: JHMAD9 ISSN:0304-3894. CAN 139:265193 AN 2003:493687 CAPLUS (Copyright (C) 2007 ACS on SciFinder (R))

 

Marhaba, Taha F.; Pu, Yong; Bengraine, Karim. Modified dissolved organic matter fractionation technique for natural water. Journal of Hazardous Materials (2003), 101(1), 43-53. CODEN: JHMAD9 ISSN:0304-3894. CAN 139:265158 AN 2003:514802 CAPLUS (Copyright (C) 2007 ACS on SciFinder (R))

 

Marhaba, Taha F.; Bengraine, Karim. Review of strategies for minimizing bromate formation resulting from drinking water ozonation. Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy (2003), 5(2), 101-112. CODEN: CTEPAI ISSN:1618-954X. CAN 139:385539 AN 2003:665681 CAPLUS (Copyright (C) 2007 ACS on SciFinder (R))

 

Marhaba, Taha F.; Bengraine, Karim; Pu, Yong; Arago, Jaime. Spectral fluorescence signatures and partial least squares regression: model to predict dissolved organic carbon in water. Journal of Hazardous Materials (2003), 97(1-3), 83-97. CODEN: JHMAD9 ISSN:0304-3894. CAN 138:357948 AN 2003:84954 CAPLUS (Copyright (C) 2007 ACS on SciFinder (R))

 

Bengraine, Karim; Marhaba, Taha F.. Using principal component analysis to monitor spatial and temporal changes in water quality. Journal of Hazardous Materials (2003), 100(1-3), 179-195. CODEN: JHMAD9 ISSN:0304-3894. CAN 139:265194 AN 2003:493691 CAPLUS (Copyright (C) 2007 ACS on SciFinder (R))

 

Marhaba, Taha F.; Lee Lippincott, R. Application of fluorescence technique for rapid identification of DOM fractions in source waters. Journal of Environmental Engineering (Reston, Virginia) (2000), 126(11), 1039-1044. CODEN: JOEEDU ISSN:0733-9372. CAN 133:339790 AN 2000:775598 CAPLUS (Copyright (C) 2007 ACS on SciFinder (R))

 

Marhaba, Taha F.; Van, Doanh; Lippincott, R. Lee. Changes in NOM fractionation through treatment: a comparison of ozonation and chlorination. Ozone: Science & Engineering (2000), 22(3), 249-266. CODEN: OZSEDS ISSN:0191-9512. CAN 133:63459 AN 2000:469133 CAPLUS (Copyright (C) 2007 ACS on SciFinder (R))

 

Marhaba, Taha F.; Pipada, Neeraj S. Coagulation: effectiveness in removing dissolved organic matter fractions. Environmental Engineering Science (2000), 17(2), 107-115. CODEN: EESCF5 ISSN:1092-8758. CAN 132:283819 AN 2000:228342 CAPLUS (Copyright (C) 2007 ACS on SciFinder (R))

 

Marhaba, Taha F.. Fluorescence technique for rapid identification of DOM fractions. Journal of Environmental Engineering (Reston, Virginia) (2000), 126(2), 145-152. CODEN: JOEEDU ISSN:0733-9372. CAN 132:83227 AN 2000:63132 CAPLUS (Copyright (C) 2007 ACS on SciFinder (R))