Dr. Youssef-Amine Boussouga

  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
    Institute for Advanced Membrane Technology
    Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1
    76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen


Lack access to safe water is nowadays a serious challenge which affects currently many developing countries. Not having safe water means constant fatal water-related diseases and a serious impact on economy. Once a source water is polluted by toxic elements (e.g. pesticides, uranium, arsenic, fluoride, etc.), effective and long-term water treatment processes must be applied. Nanofiltration (NF) is considered as a promising candidate to deal with water decontamination due to its interesting rejection characteristics and permeate flux. However, the energy consumption must be taken into account while using nanofiltration process, especially in case of use for drinking water supply in rural areas. In this case, it would be essential to adopt a treatment process powered by a renewable energy source; RE-NF.




Since – 03/2019

PostDoc at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany, Institute for Advanced Membrane Technology (IAMT)

03/2014 – 03/2018

Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences and Technologies, Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University, Fez, Morocco (Part-time lecturer)

06/2016 – 11/2016

Department of Water Engineering, Faculty of Environmental Engineering, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Lithuania (Research Internship)





2013 – 2018

Doctoral Degree in Environmental Science and Engineering, Faculty of Sciences and Technologies, Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University, Fez, Morocco

2011 – 2013

Master Degree in Materials and Process Engineering, Faculty of Sciences and Technologies, Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University, Fez, Morocco

2008 – 2011

Bachelor Degree in Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Sciences and Technologies, Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University, Fez, Morocco



Research Projects


Nanofiltration systems and applications to removal of toxic trace elements in water with emphasis on pesticide and radioactive contamination.

Modeling of mass transport through NF membranes.

Renewable energy powered nanofiltration systems (RE-NF).



Y.A. Boussouga, M. Bangalore Mohankumar, A. Gopalakrishnan, A. Welle, A. A.I. Schäfer, (2021) Removal of arsenic(III) via nanofiltration: contribution of organic matter interactions, Water Research, 201, 117315.

Y.A. Boussouga, H. Frey, H., A.I. Schäfer, (2021) Removal of arsenic(V) by nanofiltration: Impact of water salinity, pH and organic matter. Journal of Membrane Science, 618, 118452

Y.A. Boussouga, B.S. Richards, A.I. Schäfer, A.I., (2021) Renewable energy powered membrane technology: System resilience under solar irradiance fluctuations during the treatment of fluoride-rich natural waters by different nanofiltration/reverse osmosis membranes. Journal of Membrane Science, 617, 118452

M. Breida, W. Taanaoui, A. Karim, S. Alami Younssi, M. Ouammou, A. Aaddane, Y.A. Boussouga, A. Lhassani (2020) Comparison of the performance of inorganic ultrafiltration and organic nanofiltration membranes for removal of nitrate contamination of groundwater. Desalination and Water Treatmentm, 208, 17–31

M. Valentukeviciene, R. Zurauskiene, Y.A. Boussouga, (2019) Fluoride removal from groundwater by technological process optimization. Ecological Chemistry and Engineering S, 26 (1), 133-147

Y.A. Boussouga, A. Lhassani, (2017) Modeling of fluoride retention in nanofiltration and reverse osmosis membranes for single and binary salt mixtures. Desalination and Water Treatment, 95, 162-169

A. Lhassani, H. Dach, Y.A. Boussouga, (2017) Brackish water desalination using nanofiltration membranes in Morocco. Desalination and Water Treatment, 83, 288-293

Y.A. Boussouga, A. Lhassani, (2017) Study of mass transfer mechanisms for reverse osmosis and nanofiltration membranes intended for desalination. Journal of Materials and Environmental Science, 8(3), 1128-1138


A. Imbrogno, Y.A. Boussouga, L.D. Nghiem, A.I. Schäfer (2021) Trace Contaminant Removal by Nanofiltration. In : A.I. Schäefer and A.G. Fane (eds) Nanofiltration – Principles, Applications, and New Materials, 2nd Edition: - Wiley-VCH

E. Lichtfouse, N. Morin-Crini, C. Bradu, Y.A. Boussouga, M. Aliaskari, A.I. Schäfer, S. Das, L.D. Wilson, M. Ike, D. Inoue, M. Kuroda, S. Déon, P. Fievet, G. Crini (2021) Technologies to remove selenium from water and wastewater. In : Morin-Crini N., Lichtfouse E., Crini G. (eds) Emerging Contaminants Vol. 2. Environmental Chemistry for a Sustainable World, vol 66. Springer, Cham.


Y.A. Boussouga, A. Lhassani, (2017) Performances of nanofiltration and low pressure reverse osmosis membranes for desalination: Characterization and modelling. IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, 186(1), 012039

Y.A. Boussouga, M. Valentukeviciene, R. Zurauskiene (2017) Research on fluoride removal from membranes rejected water. 10th International Conference on Environmental Engineering

Y.A. Boussouga, M. Valentukeviciene, R. Zurauskiene (2017) Investigating recycled filter media in order to remove fluoride compounds from groundwater. 10th International Conference on Environmental Engineering

R. Zurauskiene, M. Valentukeviciene, Y.A. Boussouga (2017) Filter medias from recycled concrete, properties investigated for sorption processes. 10th International Conference on Environmental Engineering