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Shafi Mohammad Tareq

Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences



Dr. Shafi Mohammad Tareq obtained B.Sc.(honours) and M.Sc. from Department of Chemistry, Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh. He completed M.S. from Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Nagoya University, Japan and awarded D.Sc. from Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Nagoya University, Japan. Dr. Tareq is an environmental biogeochemist by training, has been involved in muti-disciplinary environmental research since 1995. In his early career, he worked as a JSPS postdoctoral fellow at Nagoya University and the University of Shiga Prefecture, Japan. He also worked as a Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental Sciences, Jahangirnagar University and adjunct faculty of the University of Shiga Prefecture, Japan and North South University, Bangladesh. He has collaborated in several international projects between Bangladesh and Japan. He has been supervising a number of MS, MPhil and PhD students working on different environmental problems and published some significant papers on arsenic pollution in groundwater of Bangladesh and Nepal as well as paleovegetation and climate changes in tropical and sub-tropical areas. Dr. Tareq got the very prestigious BAS-TWAS young scientist gold medal 2013 from Bangladesh Academy of Sciences for his excellent contribution to national science and technology. He worked in the University of Birmingham, UK as a commonwealth academic fellow. Currently, he is working as an associate professor at School of Bioscience, the University of Nottingham, Malaysia

Teaching Summary

Module C124E8-Hydrogeochemistry

Module C123E3-Soil Science

Module C136E1-Soil and Water Pollution and Reclamation

Module C135E4-Contaminant Fate and impact in the Environment

Module C13M02- Environmental pollution and Remediation

Research Summary

Characteristics and dynamics of dissolved organic matter (DOM) and trace metals in freshwater ecosystem.

Arsenic mobilization in sedimentary environments and groundwater

Photo-catalytic degradation of industrial effluents

Selected Publications

Past Research

Dr. Shafi Mohammad Tareq started his research career at the department of Chemistry, Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh on Arsenic mobilization in sedimentary environments of the Ganges-Meghna-Brahmaputra river Basins and Nepalese Terai and health effects as well as mitigation measure for arsenic pollution in drinking water of Bangladesh. In the study of arsenic pollution, he improved the arsenic determination methods, prepared macro- and micro-geochemical maps of arsenic for different areas of Bangladesh as well as Nepal and devised porous as well as mesoporous materials for arsenic removal. Based on laboratory mimic leaching experiments on aquifer sediments from the Ganges-Meghna Basins and Nepalese Terai, a self organizing geochemical process was proposed for understanding arsenic mobilization in sedimentary environment. In addition, newly developed domestic filter and arsenic removing shallow tubewell was successfully used for purification arsenic contaminated water in rural areas of Bangladesh.

In combining his interests for Chemistry, Earth and Environment, his research initiated to the development of a new biogeochemical tool for paleovegetation and climate change studies based on isotope and biomarker signatures in sedimentary organic matter at Nagoya University, Japan. In the applications of isotope and biomarker (lignin, hydrocarbons and carbohydrates) signatures in sedimentary organic matter, a new biomarker index called lignin phenol vegetation index (LPVI), has been developed for deciphering past terrestrial vegetation changes and better understanding vegetation-climate relationships. The new index is successfully applied to a wide range of environments (including tropical Rawa danau, west Java, Indonesia, sub-tropical Lake Erhai, southwest China and temperate areas Lake DaBuSu, northeast China) and can overcome some shortcoming of classical methods of vegetation and climate reconstructions. The early diagenetic changes and biogeochemical cycling of important biomolecules, e.g., carbohydrate and hydrocarbon, have also been evaluated in different natural environments including peat lands, freshwater and saline lakes. In addition, the age model of sedimentary core has been improved by developing a new method for measurement of radiocarbon concentration of sedimentary cellulose.

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