Taha F. Marhaba

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: 

About Me

Taha F. Marhaba, PhD, is a professor of civil and environmental engineering 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.

Website

http://web.njit.edu/~marhaba
Research: 

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.
  • Nanotechnology for water treatment.
     

Current Research

  • Nanobubble treatment of contaminated water.
  • 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
Publications: 

Selected Publications

Abdella A. and Marhaba T., Increasing Permeate Flux and Run Time of Ceramic Membranes by Air Nano Bubbles, Clean Tech & Env Policy, 2017, 19(2):349-359

Sun C., Qiu J., Zhang Z., Marhaba T., Zhang Y. and Zhang W., Characterization of Citric Acid-Modified Clam Shells and Application for Aqueous Lead (II) Removal, Water, Air, & Soil Pollution, 2016, 227: 298

Sun C.., Qiu J., Zhang Z., Marhaba T. and Zhang Y.. Removal of Arsenite from Water by Ce-Al-Fe Trimetal Oxide Adsorbent: Kinetics, Isotherms, and Thermodynamics, Journal of Chemistry, 2016, 2016:1-8.

Zhang Z., Li J., Sun C., Marhaba T., Zhang W. and Zhang Y., Arsenic Speciation by Sequential Extraction from As-Fe Precipitates Formed Under Different Coagulation Conditions, Water, Air, & Soil Pollution, 2016, 227:309

Ghadimkhani, A., Zhang W, and Marhaba T., Ceramic Membrane Defouling (Cleaning) by Nano Bubbles, Chemosphere, 2016, 146(3), pp. 379-84.

Zhang Z., Lv Y., Zhang W., Zhang Y., Sun C., and Marhaba T., Phosphorus, Organic Matter and Nitrogen Distribution Characteristics of the Surface Sediments in Nansi Lake, China,  Environmental Earth Sciences, 2015, 73(2):5669-5675.

Chien S., Gao S, Meegoda J., Marhaba T., Estimation of Maintenance Fleet Size for Spreading Operation Considering Road Geometry, Weather and Traffic, Journal of Transportation and Traffic Engineering, 2014, (1)1:1-12.

Hsieh, H-N, Rodrigues P. and Marhaba T., Challeges of Vessel General Permit, Journal of the Transportation Research Record, 2273(1),  2012, 2273(1):62-68.

Marhaba T.F. Bonkaonkar A., and , Punburananon K., Principal component regression model applied to dimensionally reduced spectral fluorescentsignature for the determination of organic character and THM formation potential of source water, Journal of Hazardous Materials, 169(1-3), pp. 998-1004, 2009.

Phenrat, T., Marhaba, T.F., Rachakornkij, M., Leaching behaviors of arsenic from arsenic-iron hydroxide sludge during TCLP, Journal of Environmental Engineering 134 (8), pp. 671-682, 2008.

Phenrat T., Marhaba T.F. and Rachakornkij M.,  XRD and Unconfined Compressive Strength Study for a Qualitative Examination of Calcium–Arsenic Compounds Retardation of Cement Hydration in Solidified/Stabilized Arsenic–Iron Hydroxide Sludge, ASCE Journal of Environmental Engineering, 133(6), pp. 595-607, 2007.

Kanokkantapong V., Marhaba T.F., Wattanachira S., Panyapinyophol B., and Pavasant P., Interaction between organic species in the formation of haloacetic acids following disinfection, Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part A, Vol. 41(6), pp. 1233-1248, 2006.

Pavasant P., Apiratikul R., Sungkhum V., Suthiparinyanont P., Wattanachira S. and Marhaba T.F., Biosorption of Cu2+, Cd2+, Pb2+, and Zn2+ using dried marine green macroalga Caulerpa lentillifera, Bioresource Technology, 97(18),  pp. 2321-2329, 2006.

Marhaba T.F., Mangmeechai A, Chaiwatpongsakorn C and Pavasant P., Trihalomethanes formation potential of shrimp farm effluents, Journal of Hazardous Materials, 136(2), pp. 151-163, 2006.

Kanokkantapong V., Marhaba T.F., Pavasant P. and Panyapinyophol B., Characterization of haloacetic acid precursors in source water, Journal of Environmental Management, 80(3), pp. 214-221, 2006.

Suthiparinyanont P., Wattanachira S., Marhaba T F., and Pavasant P., Pretreatment of Cualerpa Lentillifera with NaOH for Biosorption of Cu, Cd, Pb, and Zn, Thai Environmental Engineering Journal, 20(1):11-23, 2006.

Kanokkantapong V., Marhaba T.F., Panyapinyophol B., and Pavasant P., FTIR evaluation of functional groups involved in the formation of haloacetic acids during the chlorination of raw water, Journal of Hazardous Materials, 136(2), pp. 188-196, 2006.

Phenrat T., Marhaba T.F. And Rachakornkij M., A SEM and X-ray study for investigation of solidified/stabilized arsenic-iron hydroxide sludge,Journal of Hazardous Materials, 118 (1-3), 185-195, 2005.

Papinyopol B., Marhaba T.F., Kanokkantapong V. and Pavasant P. Characterization of precursors to trihalomethanes formation in Bangkok source water, Journal of Hazardous Materials, 120 (1-3), 229-236, 2005.

Musikavong C., Wattanachira S., Marhaba T.F. and Pavasant P., Reduction of organic matter and trihalomethane formation potential in reclaimed water from treated industrial estate wastewater by coagulation, Journal of Hazardous Materials, 127(1-3), pp. 48-57, 2005.

Musikavong C., Wattanachira S., Marhaba T.F. and Pavasant P., Reduction of organic matter and trihalomethane formation potential in reclaimed water from treated industrial estate wastewater by coagulation, Journal of Hazardous Materials, 127(1-3), pp. 58-67, 2005 -duplicate reprint of the above.

Panyapinyopol B., Kanokkantapong V., Marhaba T.F., Wattanachira S. and Pavasant P., Kinetics of trihalomethane formation from organic contaminants in raw water of Bangkhen water treatment plant, Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part A, Vol. 40(8), pp. 1543-1555, 2005.

Meegoda, Jay N., Marhaba, Taha F., and Ratnaweera, Prasanna,  Strategies to Mitigate Salt Runoff from Salt Storage and Salt Truck Maintenance Facilities, ASCE Practice Periodical of Hazardous, Toxic, and Radioactive Waste Management, 8 (4),  247-252, 2004.

Bengraine K. and Marhaba T.F., Predicting organic loading in natural water using spectral spectral fluorescent signatures, Journal of Hazardous Materials, 108(3), pp. 207-211, 2004.

Phenrat T., Marhaba T.F., and Rachakorkij M., Examination of Solidified and Stabilized Matrices as a result of Solidification and Stabilization Process of Arsenic-containing Sludge with Portland Cement and Lime, Songklanakarin Journal of Science & Technology, 26 (1), 65-76, 2004.

Mangmeechai A., Chaiwatpongsakorn C., Marhaba T.F., Wattanachira S., and Pavasant P., Trihalomethane Formation Potential of Shrimp Farm Effluents in Chachoengsao Province- Thailand, Songklanakarin Journal of Science & Technology, 26 (1), 185-198, 2004.

Apiratikul R., Marhaba T.F., Wattanachira S., and Pavasant P., Biosorption of Binary Mixtures of Heavy Metals by Green Macro Algae- Caulerpa lentillifera, Songklanakarin Journal of Science & Technology, 26 (1), 199-208, 2004.

Marhaba T.F., Pu Y., Bengraine K., New Jersey’s Water Supply Demand and Needs, Clean Technologies & Environmental Policy, 6 (1), 51-60, 2003.

Marhaba T.F., Pu Y., Bengraine K., Review of Strategies For Minimizing Bromate Formation Resulting From Drinking Water Ozonation, Clean Technologies & Environmental Policy, 5 (2), 101-112, 2003.

Bengraïne K. and Marhaba T.F., Using Principal Component Analysis to Monitor Spatial and Temporal Changes in Water Quality, Journal of Hazardous Materials, 100(1-3):179-195, 2003.

Bengraïne K. and Marhaba T.F., Comparison of spectral fluorescent signature-based models to characterize DOM in treated water samples.Journal of Hazardous Materials, 100(1-3):117-130, 2003.

Marhaba T.F., Pu Y., Bengraine K., Modified Dissolved Organic Carbon Fractionation Technique for Natural Water, Journal of Hazardous Materials, 101(1), pp. 43-53, 2003.

Marhaba T.F., Bengraine, K. , Pu Y. and Arago J., Spectral Fluorescence Signatures and Partial Least Squares Regression: Model to Predict Dissolved Organic Carbon in Water, Journal of Hazardous Materials, 97 (1-3): 83-97, 2003.

Marhaba T.F. and Lippincott R.L., Application of Fluorescence Technique for Rapid Identification of DOM Fractions in Source Waters, ASCE Journal of Environmental Engineering, 126(11):1039-1044, 2000.

Marhaba T.F., Van D. and Lippincott R.L., Rapid Identification of Dissolved Organic Matter Fractions in Water by Spectral Fluorescent Signatures, Water Research, 34(14), 3543-3550, 2000.

Marhaba T.F. and Van D., The Variation of Mass and Disinfection By-Product Formation Potential of Dissolved Organic Matter Fractions Along a Conventional Surface Water Treatment Plant, Journal of Hazardous Materials, 74(3), 133-147, 2000.

Marhaba T.F. and Pu Y., Rapid Delineation of Humic and Non-Humic Organic Matter Fractions in Water, Journal of Hazardous Materials, 73(3):221-234, 2000.

Marhaba T.F. and Kochar I.H., Rapid Prediction of Disinfection By-Products Formation Potential by Fluorescence, Environmental Engineering & Policy, Vol. 2, 29-26, 2000.

Marhaba T.F., Van D. and Lippincott R.L., Changes in NOM Fractionation Through Treatment: A Comparison of Ozonation and Chlorination,Ozone Science and Engineering, 22(3), 249-266, 2000.

Marhaba T.F. Fluorescence Technique for Rapid Identification of DOM Fractions, Journal of Environmental Engineering-ASCE, 126(2):145-152, 2000.

Marhaba T.F., Examining Bromate Ion Removal By GAC Through RSSCT and Pilot-Scale Columns, Environmental Engineering and Policy, Vol. 2, 59-64, 2000.

Marhaba T.F. and Pipada N.S., Coagulation: Effectiveness In Removing Dissolved Organic Matter Fractions, Environmental Engineering Science, 17(2), 107-115, 2000.

Marhaba T.F., Lippincott R.L. and Van D., Characterizing Dissolved Organic Matter Fractions Using Spectral Fluorescent Signatures and Post Processing by Principal Component Analysis, Fresenius Journal of Analytical Chemistry (now Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry), 366(1):22-25, 2000.

Marhaba T.F. and Van D., Chlorinated Disinfection By-Product Formation Potential of Dissolved Organic Matter Fractions at an Ozonation Water Treatment Plant, Advances in Environmental Research, 3(3):255-268, 1999.

Marhaba T.F. and Lackey D.M., Flow Control Regulations to Gain Waste Disposal Self Sufficiency, Environmental Engineering and Policy, 1(2):125-136, 1998.

Marhaba T.F. and Washington M.B, Drinking Water Disinfection By-Products: History and Current Practice, Advances in Environmental Research, 2(1):103-115, 1998.