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Faculty/Staff Spotlight

Jan. 18, 2013

Mottaleb co-edits textbook focusing on biochemical processes

Dr. M. Abdul Mottaleb

Dr. M. Abdul Mottaleb

Dr. M. Abdul Mottaleb, an analytical chemist at Northwest Missouri State University’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, is the co-editor of a new book, “Photobiogechemistry of Organic Matters: Principles and Practices in Water Environments,” published this month by Springer.

The book, which is designed as a study text for students, provides a comprehensive account of photo and biological processes of key biogeochemical functions and their interrelations in the aquatic environment. Allochthonous and autochthonous dissolved organic matter (DOM), the book explains, can be involved into several photo-induced, chemical and biological changes, which may be affected by global warming. The book is uniquely structured to present an overview of degradation of DOM, photosynthesis, metal complexation, chlorophyll and global warming as well as their mutual interrelationships based on updated scientific results.

Mottaleb worked with co-editors from China, Japan and Italy on the book. In addition, he co-authored five of the book’s 10 chapters.   

Mottaleb, who joined Northwest in 2009, specializes in analytical and environmental chemistry related to anthropogenic contaminants in aquatic ecosystems, the biotransformation and bioavailability of persistent organic pollutants and nitroaromatics in aquatic organisms, and the bioconcentration of pharmaceuticals and personal care products and toxic chemicals in different environmental compartments and aquatic lives.

Before joining Northwest, he served as a research scientist at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, was a research associate with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a chemistry associate professor at Rajshahi University in Bangladesh.

Currently, he is serving as editorial board member of the peer-reviewed journals Phytochemical Analysis, International Journal of Current Research, International Journal of Pure and Applied Science and Technology and Majeo International Journal of Science and Technology in addition to serving as a reviewer of many professional journals.

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