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Talal Shahwan

Pioneering Academic and Researcher in Chemistry

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Born in Jordan, from a Palestinian family from the town of Hableh in the province of Qalqilya​​.

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Why Featured?

Talal Shahwan is renowned for his extensive contributions to the field of chemistry, particularly in the areas of surface chemistry, radiochemistry, and physical chemistry. His work has significantly advanced the understanding and application of these fields in environmental and industrial contexts.

Brief bio

Talal Shahwan, a distinguished figure in Palestinian academic circles, is known for his impactful research and leadership in chemistry. He has held various key positions, including the presidency of Birzeit University, and has been instrumental in advancing research and education in the field of chemistry, both in Palestine and internationally.

Major Milestones


  • 1994: Obtained a degree in Chemical Engineering from the Middle East Technical University.

  • 2000: Completed his PhD in Chemistry from Bilkent University.

  • 2006: Promoted to associate professor at Izmir Institute of Technology.

  • 2012: Became a full professor at Birzeit University.

  • 2023: Appointed as the President of Birzeit University...See More

  • Research in Chemistry: Specialized in surface chemistry, radiochemistry, and physical chemistry.

  • Academic Leadership: Served as the Chairperson of the Chemistry Department, Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Birzeit University.

  • Scientific Publications: Authored over 67 publications in reputed international journals, contributing significantly to the field of chemistry.

  • Environmental Applications: His research includes environmental applications of iron nanotechnology and adsorption of aqueous pollutants.

  • International Recognition: Ranked in the top 2% of the most cited world scientists in his field by Stanford-Elsevier analysis​

Date of Last Update: 
January 14, 2024

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