October 4, 2013

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Zahirul Islam's Journal Paper Receives Honourable Mention as "One of the Best Papers Published in Geosynthetics International in 2008"

AUSTIN, Texas — Geosyntec staff member Dr. Zahirul Islam's paper, " Leachate Chemical Composition Effects on OIT Depletion in an HDPE Geomembrane," received Honorable Mention as "one of the best papers published in Geosynthetics International in 2008." It was published in the April 2008 issue of the Geosynthetics International journal and was co-authored by R. Kerry Rowe of the GeoEngineering Centre at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada and Y. Grace Hsuan of Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The award news has been published in the journal's February 2011 issue.

In the article, Zahirul and his co-authors discuss their investigation of the effect of different chemical constituents found in municipal solid waste leachate on the depletion of antioxidants from of a high-density polyethylene (HDPE) geomembrane. Their results showed that the depletion of antioxidants was most sensitive to the presence of surfactant (e.g., soap). Their results also showed that the depletion of antioxidants was the fastest for relatively acidic or basic leachates compared to neutral leachates.

Zahirul earned his PhD in civil engineering from Queen's University. In addition, he received his Master's degree in civil engineering from the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada and Bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh. This article was part of his research work while pursuing his doctoral degree at Queen's University under the supervision of Prof. Rowe.