Dr. Hussein Mahmoud Fahmy occupies the position of Professor of Physical Chemistry in the Chemistry Department of the faculty of science Cairo University Egypt where he has been teaching since 1970. In 1986 he was awarded the “State Prize in Chemistry”  which is one of the highest and most distinguished national awards in Egypt. At the beginning of his career, he was assigned by both the Egyptian and French governments for post-doctorate research for a period of one year (1976-1977) in the laboratory of Prof. G. Cauquis  at the University of Grenoble (France), where he worked on the electrooxidation  of substituted Thiazoles in non aqueous media at rotating disc electrodes. In 1978 he was seconded to the American University in Cairo  to lecture on “Science and Technology in Ancient Egypt”. In the period from November 1979 to January 1980 he rejoined Prof. G. Cauquis group as visiting lecturer (Maitre de Conference). In the period 1990-1992 he was appointed as Research scientist I in the Research Institute of King Fahd University in Dhahran Saudi Arabia. Dr. Fahmy has sponsored about 28 Ph. D and Sc. theses, and formed a school of Polarography and Electroorganic Chemists in the same department. His research interests involve the Electroreduction processes of heterocycles containing both the hydrazono and activated olefinic moieties in aqueous (mainly) and non aqueous media, electroorganic synthesis and the study of reaction mechanisms of organic electrode processes at the DME and Hg pool cathodes and others. He has published over than 70 papers in these fields. Finally, it is worth mentioning that he has been active member of the Royal Society of Chemistry-Britain since May 1986, and is carrying the title of C.CHEM (Chartered Chemist).

Professional History

  1. Assistant Lecturer, Department of Chemistry, Cairo University (1972 – 1974).
  2. Lecturer (1974 – 1977) & assigned from both the Egyptian and French governments for post doctorate studies and researches in the laboratory of Prof. Cauquis at Grenoble University in France (1976 – 1977)
  3. Lecturer (1977 – 1982), assigned to the American University in Cairo on 1978 to lecture on: “Science & Technology in Ancient Egypt”.  He then rejoined Professor Cauquis laboratory in France for 3 months (November 1979 to January 1980).
  4. Assistant Professor of Physical Chemistry (1982 – 1987).
  5. Professor of Physical Chemistry (Electrochemistry), 1987 to present.
  6. Trustee of the Chemistry Department Council (1988 – 1991) during which chaired the division meetings and coordinated between its different committees.
  7. Senior Scientific Researcher in The Research Institute of King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia (1991 – 1993).
  8. Consultant at the Technical Office of Environment (TCOE) of the Cabinet of Ministers (1994).
  9. Visiting Professor at the University of Al Ein in the United Arab Emirates (1995 to 1996).
  10. Independent Consultant for Industry and Environment in addition to his current job (Asian Paints, SCIB, DryMix).
  11. Examiner to numerous International Scientific Magazines in the field of Chemistry.
  12. Member of Promotional Committees of Professors and Assistant Professors .
  13. Obtained the State Award in Chemistry in 1986 (and First Class Award of Merit) and First Class Medal of Excellence.
  14. Supervised 35 master degree theses and doctorates at Cairo University and established a school of electroorganic Chemistry in the same University.

Experience in the Fields of Industry and Environment

  1. Expert in EEAA (1994).
  2. Consultant to the Technical Office of the Environment TCOE, “Performed a detailed study on the contamination of sewage water at Kafr- El- Zayat Industrial, City”.
  3. Participated in the studies on “Corrosion of stored cupper electric cables” at the RI of University of King Fahd for Petroleum and Minerals in Saudi Arabia.
  4. Performed a field study for one of the Egyptian Private Sector Companies on the” location, intensity and cost of deriving Gypsum from its ores – the possibility of extraction  and its economics & marketing feasibility of establishing a Gypsum factory in Egypt”.
  5. “Analysis of the purity and flow of water wells, & suggesting the best and cost effective solutions” for “ASWAD” dye factory, a Private Sector company.
  6. Conducted a study for “ZENOTEX” weaving factory (one of the Egyptian Private Sector Factories) on “Consumption and disposal of water of different production lines”.
  7. Studies on treatment of sewage water and energy preservation for “ORIENT” factory of chemicals in the Egyptian Private Sector.
  8. Coordinator and Technical Director of one of the major Environmental Projects in Egypt in Collaboration with Finland and the World Bank on Pollution Loads of “Shoubra- Al- Kheima” Industrial Zone.
  9. Supervised and participated in the study on “Contamination and purity of water” in “Swiss Pharma”, one of the major and leading world pharmaceutical companies.
  10. Performed a feasibility study for “ Al-Shark” Tannery Company.
  11. Consultant and team leader for water treatment and administration at “El- Nile pharmaceuticals and chemicals” an Egyptian Public Sector Company.
  12. Coordinator and principle speaker in the workshop on “EMS , ISO 14000” for (3 days) 2000.
  13. Coordinator and principle speaker in seminar on “The law number 4 for the year 1994 and its decree” (3 days) 2000.
  14. Coordinator of the workshop entitled “administrating solid and harmful wastes in the law # 4 for the year 1994 and its articles (3 days) 2000.
  15. Coordinator of a workshop on Health and Safety in “JUTON” paint factory, (one day) 2000.
  16. Coordinator of a workshop on: “Methods and Decisions in the different methods of Industrial effluents treatment. (3 days) 2000.
  17. Coordinator of the workshop “Measurements & monitoring  liquid and gas under Environmental law # 4 for the year 1994 (2 days) (2000).
  18. Established the Environmental Affairs & Training Center of the Modern Academy in Maadi Vice-Dean for Environment.2001-present.
  19. During his two years in King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Saudi Arabia,  he participated with his work in all subjects concerning Environmental problems resulting from the Gulf war, during that period, he managed a team of skilful scientists and technicians in the division of Inorganic Chemistry, and found several solutions in liquid & solid analysis in addition to the following tasks:
    • Preparation and description of a monitoring  program for the quality assurance of the central analysis laboratory
    • Suggested innovative solutions for  problems related to the industrial sector in KSA.
    • Participated in the funded projects in the fields of water analysis and liquid wastes.
  20. He also joined the “EEIF” project through a round table meeting (October 13, 1997) he was elected as coordinator and editor for the committee supporting & funding project.   He also participated in implementing the examination rules of the members of the project’s follow up committee and making a general draft of the agenda to be used during the preparation of the workshop.
  21. Selected two days Courses suggested  designed and coordinated by H. M. Fahmy for the Modern Academy Training Centre.
  1. Water present and future.
  2. Pollution prevention concepts, financial consideration and implementation.
  3. How to effectively document environmental management systems (ISO 14001).
  4. Environmental impact assessment in relation to law4 of the year 1994.
  5. Reduction of air and dust emissions in big industrial processes.
  6. Chemical hazards from industry , effect on surrounding environment.
  7. Pesticides in food in relation to human health.
  8. Corrosion in Oil industry, biotechnology and prevention techniques.
  9. Corrosion : Definition, types and prevention with special reference to coating techniques.
  10. Environmental auditing, audit report and action plans.
  11. Drinking water , analysis ,hazardous contaminants and related laws.
  12. Air emissions in industrial processes in relation to Global warming and acid rains.
  13. Egyptian environmental laws, a full package.
  14. An introduction to total management systems ISO 9001/2000 and ISO 140001.
  15. Heavy metals and human health.
  16. Wastewater management in industry in relation to Egyptian laws.
  17. Recycling, processes and economical benefits.
  18. Solid waste management with special reference to hazardous materials in Law 4 / 1994.
  19. Introduction in Chemistry for Environmentalists.
  20. Introduction to air pollution control with special reference to Law 4 / 1994.
  21. How to manage Environmental projects.
  22. Process hazard analysis leader training: Safety and Health in Egyptian Laws and decrees.
  23. Environment on the Cyber Space.
  24. Management of agricultural waste.
  25. Economics and Environment.
  26. Religions and the Environment.
  27. Clean and Renewable Energy.
  28. Environment ethics and its effluent on human behavior.



I- Physical Chemistry (Undergraduate Course) including Pre-Medicine, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Veterinary and Major Chemistry students [First Year Students].

The Course includes

Basic gas laws – Equation of state – Laws of thermodynamics – Chemical equilibria – Phase and phase equilibria – Acid-base equilibria – Indicators – Redox reactions – Solubility and solubility products – Chemical kinetics – Surface properties – Colloids and transport properties – Introduction to electrochemistry.

Text Books: i- Text Book of Physical Chemistry ;S. Glasstone, Macmillan Co. 2nd Ed. 1974 or any other edition ii- Physical Chemistry ;P. W. Atkins, Oxford University Press, England 1990.iii- Physical Chemistry ; M. K. Kemp, Edited by J. J. Lagowski, Marcel Dekker, Inc., New York, 1979.

II- Instrumental Methods of Analysis For B.Sc. Students [Last Year Students].

The Course includes

The theory and practice of modern methods of Instrumental Analysis including Electrochemical methods [ Polarography, Amperometry, Potentiometry, Conductometry and Coulometry ] Optical methods [ IR, UV/VIS , NMR and MS ] and separation methods [ Paper, Column, Thin Layer, Ion Exchange Chromatography].

Text Books: i- Instrumental Methods of Analysis ;H. H. Willard, L. L. Merritt, and J. A. Dean, D. Van Nostrand Company, New York,Latest Available Edition. ii- Instrumental Chemical Analysis ;G. W. Ewing, Mc. Graw – Hill Book Company ,New York. Latest Available Edition. iii- Spectrometric Identification of Organic Compounds ;R. M. Silverstein, G. C. Bassler, T. C. Morill, John Wiley and Sons Inc., New York, 1991.

III- Voltammetry (Post Graduate Course) For M.Sc Students (Inorganic Section)

The Course includes

An advanced treatment of theory and technique of DC Polarography and Cyclic Voltammetry with special reference to Mass transfer, Diffusion current, Ilkovic equation, Reversibility and Irreversibility, Kinetics and mechanisms of electrode reactions, Applications.

Text Books and references: i- Polarography ;D. R. Crow and J. V. Westwood, Methuen and Co LTD, London,1968. ii- Organic Electrochemistry ;A. J. Fry, Harper and Row, New York, 1972. iii-Electroanalytical Chemistry ;B. H. Vassos and G. W. Ewing, John Wiley and Sons, New York,1983. iv- Electrochemistry at solid Electrodes ; R. N. Adams, Marcel Dekker, Inc. ,New York,1969. v- Cyclic Voltammetry – Electrochemical Spectroscopy ; J. Heinze, Angewandte,23(11),831(1984)

IV- Electroorganic an Introduction (Post Graduate Course) For M.Sc. Students (Organic Section)

The Course includes 

Polarographic and Controlled Potential Electrolysis techniques including Coulometry and Controlled Current Electrolysis with special reference to Effect of pH on the electrode mechanism , the square diagram, the Nicholson – Shain criteria EC,ECEC and other mechanisms, Commercial and Pilot – Plant Synthesis.

Text Books: i- Organic Electrochemistry ;Ed. by H. Lund and M. M. Baizer, Marcel Dekker, Inc.,New York, 1991. ii- Industrial Applications of Electroorganic Synthesis ;R, Roberts, R. P. Ouellette, and P. N. Chremisinoff, Ann Arbor Science, Michigan, 1982.

V- Electrochemistry Reversible & Irreversible Processes – Reversible Processes & Double Layer: Third year students course 312.

VI- Corrosion :Diploma student special post graduate course

VIISpecial Topics in Physical Chemistry CP 614 and Energy Conversion CP 616: MS post graduate from 2017 –




Supervised the following labs

Analytical Chemistry Labs. Third Year Major Chemistry Students

Gravimetric , Complexometric and Titrimetric separations[Quantitative separations and estimation of ions].

Physical Chemistry Labs. B.Sc Major Chemistry Students Experiments involving Electrochemical measurements [ emf, conductivity, potentiometry], Kinetics of reactions [ Reaction order, Rate constants], Measurements of surface properties of liquids[ adsorption, viscosity, density …etc.], Statistical treatment of data.

General Chemistry Labs. First Year Students .Analytical determination of anions and cations [Group Qualitative Analytical Determinations]

Identification of Organic Functional Groups

Acid-Base Titrations

Chemistry Labs. Second Year Major Biology. Titrimetric methods [acid-base, redox, Iodometry,complexometry]

Qualitative Separation of Inorganic Mixtures.


Diploma of Analytical Chemistry. (Post Graduate Diploma Students)

Practical Polarography [ Instrumentation, Anions Determinations – Qualitative and Quantitative- Application of the Ilkovic equation. Introduction to Organic Polarography – Qualitative determination of some functional groups – Analysis of polarographic waves[Test of reversibility].