Description of the organisation

Al-Baath University (ABU) is one of the 4 government's universities in Syria and has 24 faculties. 250 of more than 3,500 employees are working within the chemical engineering faculty. The Department of Chemical Engineering is one of the 4 departments in the Faculty of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering. The department has 18 professors, 16 associate professors and 6 assitants with PhD degree, 26 engineers and 24 technicians. There are 14 laboratories for research and training in the chemical engineering sciences. One lab belongs to the environmental studies - for students undergraduate, postgraduate and research.

The postgraduate students work in this laboratory in different fields:

  • Anaerobic biological treatment
  • Treatment of wastewater from rubber industry
  • Municipal wastewater treatment
  • Industrial wastewater treatment
  • Wastewater treatment with membranes


Contribution to the project

ABU has long-time experience in chemical engineering, especially in the treatment of municipal, industrial as well as agricultural wastewater. Therefore, ABU will contribute invaluably to the project by providing not only its expertise and knowledge but also by forming the relevant networks in the MENA countries for an effective technology transfer and exploitation (exploitation strategy) of the project's results in this region (WP9).

Within the project, ABU will mainly focus on field tests with already commercially available membrane modules of Microdyn-Nadir for benchmarking issues as well as field tests with the newly developed BioNexGen membranes, especially focusing on wastewater generated by olive oil industry (WP8). 

Furthermore, ABU will set up small BioNexGen test plants in order to test practical wastewater from olive oil industry in double blind experiments and analyse the degree of sludge generation as well as the properties of this sludge (WP6).

ABU will also support all dissemination activities in terms of translating the relevant documents and promotional materials into Arabic language.




Prof. Dr. Eng. Adnan Ghata


Tel.: +963 31-2135520

Fax: +963 31-2310011



BioNexGen is co-financed by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme