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Alumnus Discovers Bacteria that Can
​Eat Radioactive Waste

Balamand alumnus Naji Bassil achieved a scientific breakthrough by uncovering bacteria with radioactive waste-eating properties that can survive in the very harsh conditions in radioactive waste disposal sites. This multi-barrier system proposed for the deep geological disposal of radioactive material is the safest and most feasible disposal route.

Most of the unpublished studies have shown that this particular microbe survives in a highly-acidic environment, curbing the degradation of Uranium in water, and ultimately reducing radioactive contamination in ground and sea waters by limiting the mobility of radioactive substances. This scientific advancement has been published in British, American and European journals.

Bassil, a 2009 Balamand graduate of Faculty of Sciences in Biology obtained his Ph.D. in Environmental Geochemistry and Geomicrobiology from the University of Manchester in the UK.

Bassil was also awarded the University of Manchester School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences Postgraduate Research Student Best Outstanding Output Award for 2014. Additionally, he has been nominated for the Manchester Doctoral College Excellence Award for 2015 in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences category.

Congratulation to our alumnus. ​
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