As part of the research activities of the German-Palestinian Science Bridge , student Ghadir Hanbali, who is one of the PhD students in Chemistry department at An- najah National University , she got a research grant to do part of her PhD thesis which is entitled “Assessment and removal of heavy trace metals by magnetic multiwall carbon nanotube decorated by novel functionality from ground water in Jericho, Palestine” , at Jülich Research Institute in Germany, this study is supervised by Prof. Shehdeh Jodeh , Prof. Othman Hamed from An- najah National University and Prof. Roland Bol from Jülich Research Institute.

The present study summarizes monitoring of seasonal variations in the concentrations of heavy metals (Pb, Fe, Mn, Co, Cd, Cu, Cr, Fe ) and Na in the Jericho wells . during two seasons i.e. summer (September ) and winter (March) for the year 2018-2019. The concentration of heavy metals in the water samples was measured by ICP-MS.

The focus of this study will be on trying to solve and removal of heavy metals by preparing multiwall carbon nanotube functionalized with hydroxyl amine, cystine and hydrazine separately and the final product were characterized by Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR),Ramman spectroscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Transition Electron Microscopy(TEM) , Brunauer–Emmett–Teller surface area analysis(BET), and thermogravimetric analysis(TGA), Vibrating Sample Magnetometer(VSM).

Through her presence at the Jülich Institute, Ghadir was able to perform all characterization technique using the sophisticated instrument present at institute and now she is complete her research it in the laboratories of the chemistry department at her university.

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