Kenan Jijakli

Kenan-photo-with bioMSc. Water and Environmental Engineering, Masdar Institute for Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi, UAE
B.Sc., Civil Engineering, American University of Sharjah, Sharjah, UAE


Kenan Jijakli graduated in 2012 earning a MS. in Water and Environmental Engineering from MI. He was a member of Dr. Arafat’s research group at Masdar Institute where he worked on two main projects. The first project was a technical, economic and environmental comparison of different desalination processes. Along with an assessment of desalination processes, he investigated the environmental impact of using desalination as a water treatment process to provide inland rural communities with water. A central tool in this project was Life Cycle Assessment modeling to quantify the environmental impact from the emissions, processes and materials involved in each desalination technology.

The second project was a comprehensive evaluation of different waste to energy technologies. It analyzed the different thermo-chemical and biological waste to energy technologies from a process, energy, efficiency and environmental point of view.

Prior to joining Masdar Institute, Kenan graduated with Cum Laude honors from the American University of Sharjah (AUS). At AUS, he earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering with a focus on Environmental Engineering. His undergraduate thesis was on biosorption for the treatment of industrial wastewater. He was also a Research Assistant at the Center for Water and Environmental Research at AUS as an undergraduate. There he worked on wastewater treatment and biosolids stabilization.

Besides engineering, Kenan is interested in humor, food, sports and music.



H. A. Arafat and Kenan Jijakli, Modeling and Comparative Assessment of Municipal Solid Waste Gasification for Energy Production, in press, Waste Management (2013)

K. Jijakli, H. A. Arafat, S. Kennedy, P. Mande, V. Theeyattuparampil, How green solar desalination really is? Environmental assessment using life-cycle analysis (LCA) approach, Desalination, 287, 123-131 (2012)

Mortula, M., Jijakli, K., El Mosleh, A., and Abu Seif, T. 2011. Heavy metal removal from aluminum smelter wastewater using tree leaves. Presented to 4th Specialized Conference on Decentralized Water and Wastewater International Network (DEWSIN), Venice, Italy

Mortula, M., Jijakli, K., El Mosleh, A., and Abu Seif, T. 2011. Ecological risk assessment of an alternate approach to treating wastewater from aluminum smelter. Presented to the International Conference on Sustainable Systems and Environment. Sharjah, UAE

Mortula, M., Jijakli, K., Irfan, M., and Saffarini, R. 2010. Limiting Heavy Metals and Phosphorus Leachability from Sewage Sludge. Conference in Engineering Research, Innovation and Education, Sylhet, Bangladesh, January 13-14