Mohamed Ksibi

Mohamed Ksibi
University of Sfax/High Institute of Biotechnology · Biotechnology

PhD
Professor in Environmental Chemistry

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Introduction
Mohamed Ksibi, completed his Ph.D. in 1993 in Applied Chemistry at the University of Poitiers, France. He also gained the Habilitation (HDR) in Chemistry from the University of Sfax, Tunisia in 2003. He was appointed as a full Professor of Chemistry in 2009 at the Higher Institute of Biotechnology of Sfax (ISBS. His areas of research interest include removal and toxicology assessment of persistent organic pollutants in the environment (water and sediment/soil).
Additional affiliations
August 2011 - December 2017
Higher Institute of Biotechnology of Sfax
Position
  • Managing Director
August 2011 - November 2015
University of Sfax/High Institute of Biotechnology
Position
  • Managing Director
August 2011 - November 2015
University of Sfax/High Institute of Biotechnology
Position
  • Professor (full) Director
Education
September 1990 - June 1993
High School of Engineers of Poitiers (ESIP)
Field of study
  • Applied Chemistry
September 1989 - June 1990
High School of Engineers of Poitiers (ESIP)
Field of study
  • Applied Chemistry
September 1982 - June 1988
Faculty of Sciences and Techniques, University of Sfax
Field of study
  • Science and Techniques in chemistry

Publications

Publications (147)
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The high consumption of natural sand and the accumulation of mineral wastes in landflls such as dredged sediments make it necessary to valorize the wastes as secondary materials in the feld of construction. This work dealt with the valorization of sediments from Sidi Mansour (SM) and Sidi Youssef (SY) Tunisian harbors in geopolymer matrices. The ex...
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Plastic film mulching and use of wastewaters for irrigation have been common agricultural practices for over half a century in Tunisia, especially in arid regions, resulting in the undesired creation of a pathway for microplastics (MPs) to enter farmland soil. In order to assess the extent and characteristics of soil contamination by MPs in the Mok...
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The major challenge facing Sfax, the second-largest city in Tunisia, is how to shift successfully and smoothly toward green and innovative sustainable development. Indeed, Sfax is traumatized by more than a half-century of irrelevant environmental choices and, at the same time, it aspires to take advantage of the national circumstances in multiple...
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In Tunisia, olive mill waste water (OMW) is discharged into evaporation ponds where they turn into solid waste (OMSW) and become a serious threat to the environment. This paper reports for the first time on how to valorize OMSW into a biochar (BC) that can be used as an adsorbent aiming at either the recovery or the removal of polyphenols from the...
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The Mediterranean Sea has a long-lasting history of fishery exploitation that, together with other anthropogenic impacts, has led to declines in several marine organisms. In particular, elasmobranch populations have been severely impacted, with drastic decreases in abundance and species diversity. Based on their experience, fishers can provide info...
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Despite the high array of potential applications of cobalt oxide nanomaterial (nano-Co3O4), data regarding its toxicity to soil biota is limited, compromising the capability of predicting the risks of this metal oxide nanomaterial (MO-NM). In a previous study the predicted no effect concentration of nano-Co3O4 to soil (PNECsoil) was estimated to be...
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Microplastics (MPs) are one of the most significant solid waste pollutants in the marine environment and accumulate in sediments around worldwide. In this study, the pollution level, the type, occurrence, and distribution of MPs in sediments from the southwestern Kerkennah archipelago, Tunisia, were investigated. Sediment samples were collected fro...
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A global increase in average annual temperatures above land and oceans has led to increasing sea levels, which has in turn caused flooding along the coastlines of the Kerkennah Islands, Sfax Governorate, Central-East Tunisia. Seawater actively seeps into the groundwater of these islands. This groundwater is used for crop irrigation, which has resul...
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Pharmaceutical products have become a necessary part of life. Several studies have demonstrated that indirect exposure of humans to pharmaceuticals through the water could cause negative effects. Raw sewage and wastewater effluents are the major sources of pharmaceuticals found in surface waters and drinking water. Therefore, it is important to con...
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Dredged sediments display a great potential for growing media applications; however, there are few studies about their beneficial reuse for the waste storage reclamation. This research study aims at checking the agronomic values and environmental impacts of three growing media based on waterways sediments (WSs) and green waste (GW) according ecolab...
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Rainwater is extremely important for the arid regions of Tunisia for a better valorization of this water, the indigenous of these regions decided to build earthen cisterns (Majel and Fesquia) to collect rain water, to satisfy their needs and to have sufficient long-term water reserve in case of prolonged drought. Despite the difficulties faced to a...
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Metals contents were determined in 18 samples of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) collected from different regions in Tunisia, after microwave digestion with nitric acid and hydrogen peroxide. In oil obtained by the detection power of the ICP–MS technique was sufficient for the determination of trace metals. Oils were extracted using Lab Olive Oil Ext...
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Microplastic (MPs) pollution has been recognized as a serious threat to marine environment with the growing use of plastics. There is no sufficient data on the extent and characteristics of MPs pollution in the beach sediments and sand in the Atlantic Ocean. The coastal area is one of the main tourist zones in Aveiro in Portugal, thus, impacted by...
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The management of phosphogypsum (PG) heap, located south of the Sfax city in Tunisia, has been going on for decades. But dumping this solid waste still poses environmental problems. Even though valorized as amendment to agriculture soils, the sanitary impact of this practice is not seriously considered. To assess the risk of the transference of con...
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Field-effect transistors (FETs) are one of the most widely-used electronic sensors for continuous monitoring and detection of contaminants such as pharmaceuticals and endocrine-disrupting compounds at low concentrations. FETs have been successfully utilized for the rapid analysis of these environmental pollutants due to their advantageous material...
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To maintain their economic activities, inland ports, rivers, and canals have to be dredged. In the French legislation, dredged sediments have to be managed onshore when their environmental characteristics, i.e., trace elements and organic concentrations, are of major concern. In this case, dredged sediments are considered as waste and their reuse a...
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Microplastics (MPs) (<5 mm) are emerging pollutants that have attracted widespread environmental concerns about their negative effects on the marine ecosystems. The harbor area of Sidi Youssef in Kerkennah Islands is threatened by the abandoned plastic fishing gears or their leftovers which affect fish stocks and consequently pose a serious threat...
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In order to maintain the navigation, a continuous stream of polluted sediments is dredged in Tunisia every 10 years. Due to the increased amounts of marine dredged sediments, their environmental and wider reuse is urgently needed. The main aim of this study was to evaluate the possibility of recycling sediments collected from Zarzis harbor in the s...
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The contamination left by abandoned mines demands sustainable mitigation measures. Hence, the aim of this study was to examine the phytoremediator ability of Eucalyptus globulus Labill. to be used for cleaning up metal-contaminated soils from an African abandoned iron (Fe) mine (Ait Ammar, Oued Zem, Morocco). Plantlets of this species were exposed...
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Olive oil traceability based on the intrinsic chemical composition of the oil is becoming increasingly important due to the prevalence of fraudulent geographical labelling of olive oils. For a traceability tool to be valid, it should be based on olive oil properties that are clearly related to provenance factors. However, multielement analysis of t...
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The first case of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), which is caused by Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), in Europe was officially confirmed in February 2020. On 11 March 2020, after thousands of deaths from this disease had been reported worldwide, the WHO changed their classification of COVID-19 from a public health...
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Rainwater is extremely important for the arid regions of Tunisia for a better valorization of this water, the indigenous of these regions decided to build earthen cisterns (Majel and Fesquia) to collect rain water, to satisfy their needs and to have sufficient long-term water reserve in case of prolonged drought. Despite the difficulties faced to a...
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Microplastics (MPs) with particles lower than 5mm in size, are crucial pollution of increasing ecotoxicological concern in the environments. Lately, studies on MPs have been documented globally due to increasing awareness of the potential risks for human health and for the environment. However due to limitations of different analytical methods and...
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Tannery wastewater contains large amounts of pollutants that, if directly discharged into ecosystems, can generate an environmental hazard. The present investigation has focused the attention to the remediation of wastewater originated from tanned leather in Tunisia. The analysis revealed wastewater with a high level of chemical oxygen demand (COD)...
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Tannery wastewater contains large amounts of pollutants that, if directly discharged into ecosystems, can generate an environmental hazard. The present investigation has focused the attention to the remediation of wastewater originated from tanned leather in Tunisia. The analysis revealed wastewater with a high level of chemical oxygen demand (COD)...
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The Joumine Dam located in northern Tunisia has lost more than 20% of its initial storage capacity due to sedimentation, meaning that sediment management is necessary. The sediments at the reservoir bottom act as a sink for nutrients and chemicals originating from the upper agricultural lands and take the form of suspended particles. We proposed th...
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Simple and low-cost hydrogen sulfide gas sensors based on polyaniline-copper chloride and polyaniline- tungsten trioxide- copper chloride composites were developed. The sensing film was produced by drop cast of the dispersed composite on top of screen-printed carbon electrodes on a flexible polyethylene terephthalate substrate. A fast onset time of...
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This book includes over three hundred and seventy-five short papers presented during the second EMCEI, which was held in Sousse, Tunisia in October 2019. After the success of the first EMCEI in 2017, the second installment tackled emerging environmental issues together with new challenges, e.g. by focusing on innovative approaches that contribute t...
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The 1st Euro-Mediterranean Conference for Environmental Integration (EMCEI: http://www.emcei.net/2017) was launched in November 2017 and held in Tunisia by Springer, in collaboration with the Editorial Office of the Euro-Mediterranean Journal for Environmental Integration. The conference gathered new research contributions from a broad range of dis...
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The management of dredged sediments poses serious environmental and economic problems because of their geochemical properties and in particular their pollutant content. In this research, marine sediments from Tunisian harbors were collected to study their beneficial reuse as construction materials using an eco-friendly polymer binder. Experimental...
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A INVENÇÃO CONCERNE UM DISPOSITIVO PARA A DETECÇÃO E QUANTIFICAÇÃO DE ALQUILFENÓIS EM AMOSTRAS LÍQUIDAS. A ARQUITECTURA FINAL DO DISPOSITIVO ASSENTA EM CAMADAS DE SILÍCIO (A), DIÓXIDO DE SILÍCIO (B), TITÂNIO (C) E OURO (F), QUE CONSTITUI O MICROTRANSÍSTOR ELECTRÓNICO. NESTE, SÃO DEPOSITADOS NANOTUBOS DE CARBONO DE PAREDE ÚNICA, SWCNTS, QUE ACTUAM C...
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The present study investigates the efficient extraction of humic acid (HA) from Tunisian lignite (TL). The extraction method was optimized using the full factorial design (FFD) based on the interactive effects of sodium hydroxide (NaOH) and sodium pyrophosphate (Na4P2O7) concentrations, extraction temperature, and agitation time as input factors. T...
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Elemental analysis of olive oils by Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) is challenging because of the high organic load in olive oil samples and the low analyte concentrations. However, conflicting operating procedures in the preparation of oils prior to analysis by ICP-MS have been reported to overcome these difficulties. This st...
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Purpose Metallic nanomaterials (MNM) like cobalt oxide (nano-Co3O4) are currently attracting enormous interest owing to their unique size and shape-dependent properties and potential applications in various sectors. The aims of this study were to assess the toxicity of nano-Co3O4 and to propose a risk limit through the estimation of a Predicted No...
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The aim of this study was to prove the usefulness of multielements as provenance markers of olive oils by evaluating their link with soil composition and their discriminatory power. Eleven elements in twenty-one olive oils and their paired soils from four Tunisian regions were characterized. Chemometrics have been implemented for ICP-MS data proces...
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Microbial prospecting technique was applied in El Hajeb oilfield, Tunisia for potential hydrocarbon resource exploration by examining the anomalous abundance of hydrocarbon oxidizing bacteria. The method depends on the seepage of light gaseous hydrocarbons such as C1 – C5 from the petroleum pools to the shallow surface giving the reasonable conditi...
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Microbial prospecting for oil and gas (MPOG) method for bacterial detection is widely applied in surface geochemical exploration for oil and gas deposits. The modified MPOG method was applied in the Guebiba-Sfax basin of the Tunisian Republic which showed signs of hydrocarbon generation and proved oil production. This technique is based on seepage...
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Environment of Ghannouch in the south-east of Tunisia is characterized by the wide-spread hypersaline soils, typically colonized by halophytes. The study of their distribution is required in order to reveal the extent of salinization and its dynamic. Mapping and monitoring with a remote sensing approach are foreseen as the ways to trace the spatial...
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In this work we attempt to identify the geomicrobial fingerprints alongside with trace metals anomalies, and to explore whether the geomicrobial signatures are correlated with trace metals in El Hajeb oilfield in Tunisia. 51 soil samples are collected in grid pattern of 1 × 1 km interval. After incubating soil samples with propane in mineral salt m...
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The main objective of the study is to propose a methodology to estimate the potential carbon credit that could be obtained by Mediterranean countries to finance the placement of soil caps on their dumpsites, through carbon offset credits that take advantage of methane emission reduction associated with methane oxidation in soil caps. This study con...
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A series of tungsten‐doped Titania photocatalysts were synthesized using a low‐temperature method. The effects of dopant concentration and annealing temperature on the phase transitions, crystallinity, electronic, optical, and photocatalytic properties of the resulting material were studied. The X‐ray patterns revealed that the doping delays the tr...
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Sol‐gel grown TiO2 thin films are deposited on glass substrates by spin‐coating, using noble metals (M = Ag, Au, Pd, and Pt) for doping. The films are thermally treated at 500 °C, to obtain the anatase phase. The film properties are characterized by field‐emission scanning electron microscopy (FE‐SEM), energy‐dispersive X‐ray spectroscopy (EDX), X‐...
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In this work we identified natural essences extracted from olive leaves (Chemlali variety). Phenolic compounds were extracted using methanol/water as a solvent. The identification of flavonoids and phenolic monomers was carried out by diode array high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), and liquid chromatography coupled with mass spectroscopy...
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We have reported electrodeposition of silicon films on metal substrates obtained through electrochemical reduction of silicon dioxide nanoparticles (SiO2-NP) at high temperature of 855 °C in the calcium chloride (CaCl2) melt. Electrodeposition was conducted using a three-electrode based electrochemical cell. Reduction of the SiO2 was found possible...
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Cobalt oxide nanomaterial (nano-Co3O4) is among the least investigated NMs in terms of environmental ecotoxicity. However, nano-Co3O4 was widely used for pigments, catalysis, sensors, electrochemistry, magnetism and energy storage.
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The Euro-Mediterranean Consortium of Institutes of Higher Education and Industry (C3ESI) is made up of universities and colleges of engineering.
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A variety of hazardous environmental pollutants has been identified in recent years as contaminants such as synthetic compounds (e.g., pesticides, pharmaceuticals, and anti-foulants), non-synthetic substances and compounds (e.g., heavy metals and hydrocarbons), and radionuclides (Justino et al. 2015). Alkylphenols are commonly determined by traditi...
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Tunisia is a semi-arid to arid country located at the northern edge of North Africa, bounded by the Mediterranean Sea and characterized by specific ecosystems.
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XRD reveals that the doping delays the transition Anatase to Rutile to high temperature. XRD pattern of 5%W-TiO2 treated at 900 °C exhibits the appearance of new phase (H). Photocatalytic study shows an important activity in visible light of doped samples thermally treated at 700 and 900 °C. Appearing new phase enhances the photocatalytic reactivit...
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Nanomaterials (NMs) are emergent compounds that have started to appear in soils already stressed by other commonly used chemicals, such metals. In this context, our concerns should be focused not only on the individual toxicity of NMs, but also on their binary toxicity.
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Access to clean water is a major problem for many people. The use of contaminated drinking-water causes hundreds of thousands deaths every year. Even in the developed countries chemical residuals from the industry or human activities or even from the disinfection process can cause several health problems. There are many methods to purify contaminat...
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This edited volume includes the papers presented during the 1st Euro-Mediterranean Conference for Environmental Integration (EMCEI) which was held in Sousse, Tunisia in November 2017. This conference was jointly organized by the editorial office of the Euro-Mediterranean Journal for Environmental Integration in Sfax, Tunisia and Springer (MENA Publ...
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Degradation and mineralization of ibuprofen (IBU) were investigated using Ultraviolet (UV) Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) in TiO 2 photocatalysis. Samples of ultrapure water (UP) and a secondary treated effluent of a municipal wastewater treatment plant (WWTP), both spiked with IBU, as well as a highly concentrated IBU (230 mg L −1) pharmaceutical in...
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Degradation and mineralization of ibuprofen (IBU) were investigated using Ultraviolet (UV) Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) in TiO 2 photocatalysis. Samples of ultrapure water (UP) and a secondary treated effluent of a municipal wastewater treatment plant (WWTP), both spiked with IBU, as well as a highly concentrated IBU (230 mg L-1) pharmaceutical ind...
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This study presents the application of free gas micro-seepage detection and interpretation in the evaluation of areas for their subsurface hydrocarbon potential.The aim of the present work is to demarcate the hydrocarbon micro-seepage traces, and to investigate whether, the free gas anomalies have correlation with the existing faults over oil and g...
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This study aims an integrated approach using direct and indirect indicators including free gas and adsorbed soil gas studies to delineate areas of hydrocarbon micro seepages and the prospecting zones in the werstern Sfax oilfield area. The light gaseous hydrocarbons ranging from C1 to C5 migrate to the surface sediments from their source rock/rese...
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This study consists on an integrated approach using direct and indirect indicators including free gas surveys and structural studies. The aim of the present work is to characterize the hydrocarbon micro-seepage signatures and investigate whether free gas anomalies have correlation with faults in oil and gas province. The study area is located in ea...
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The aim of the present study was to evaluate the ecotoxicological effects of olive mill waste (OMW) on soil habitat function. To this end, soil samples from OMW evaporating ponds (S1–S5) located at Agareb (Sfax, Tunisia) and a reference soil (R) were collected. The effects of OMW on the springtails Folsomia candida (F.c.), the earthworm species Eis...