Water Research Lab

About Lab

Water research provides multidisciplinary research in water resources, management, and the development of tools for environmental management and sustainability for improving aquatic and atmospheric environments. Our research addresses the risks of water quality and quantity in groundwater, surface water, river basins, and coastal zones. The research includes an analysis of the climatic drivers of water-related risks, impacts, and mitigation responses.

Instrumentation facilities

The laboratory offers excellent facilities for detailed analysis of trace and heavy metal contaminants, cations, and anions in soils and waters. The instruments include a computerized UV spectrophotometer, a high-speed centrifuged machine, and a UV chamber. Additional instrumentation includes pH meters, EC, DO, TDS, constant temperature baths, etc. In addition, the Central Science Laboratory of the University is located in the same building and is equipped with all modern instrumental facilities, including AAS, gas chromatography, HPLC, etc.


























Md. Golam Mostafa
BSc (Honours), MSc, DEng. (Japan)


Institute of Environmental Science                      
Room No. 210, 4th Science Building
University of Rajshahi

Phone: Office: 880-721-711573

Cell: 880-1556-336488 Fax. 880-721-750064,



Visiting Professor/Scientist

Institute for Sustainability and Innovation, Victoria University, Melbourne Australia (April – October 2011)

Institute of Applied Sciences, Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences Karlsruhe, Germany (December 2011)

Institute for Sustainability and Innovation, Victoria University, Melbourne Australia (April – August 2015)

Post-doc Researcher

Department of Civil, Urban and Geosystem Engineering, Seoul National University, R. Korea (August 2005 to February 2006)

Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Kumamoto University, Japan (June, 2008 to August 2008)

Department of Earth Science, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan (December 2008 to November 2009)

Awards and Fellowships

Endeavour Awards Ambassador 2018, Australia

Endeavour Executive Fellowship 2015, Australia

Endeavour Research Fellowship 2011, Australia

DAAD Fellowship (short-term) 2011, Germany

Top 100 University Advancement Office Fellowship, 2008-2009, Taiwan

JASSO Research Fellowship for Foreign Researcher, 2008, Japan

Brain Korea 21(BK21) Fellowship, 2005-2006, R. Korea

MONBUSHO Scholarship 1996-2000, JAPAN


Lab Members





Md Abu Sayed


Tawfiqua Rahman


Umama Monira


Md Zahidul islam


Md Ohidur Rahman


Asama Akther


Md. Anwar Hossain


Marzana Rahman Khuku


Akther Uzzaman


Sultana Zahura

















Our activities

Attending conference at Vienna International Center, Austria

Textile Dyeing effluent discharge area

Sample collection at Saint Martin Island, the northeastern of the Bay of Bengal

An effluent treatment plant (ETP) at Tongi in Dhaka


Recent Publications

Book Chapters

1. Islam M.S., Mostafa M.G. (2021) Groundwater Status and Challenges in Bangladesh. In: Lichtfouse E. (eds) Sustainable Agriculture Reviews 52. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-73245-5_4

2. Mostafa, M.G. (2018). Anammox Cultivation in a Submerged Membrane BioreactorBharagava, Ram Naresh, Chowdhary, Pankaj (Eds.), Emerging and Eco-Friendly Approaches for Waste Management (pp 69-82). Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd 2019, ISBN 978-981-10-8669-4

3. Mostafa, M.G., Y.-H. Chen, J.-Sajin, C.-Coli (2010). Adsorption of Arsenate on iron oxide coated perlite by batch experiment: Equilibrium and kinetics studies. Arsenic in Geosphere and Human Diseases, As 2010. Eds. J.-S. Jean, J. Bundschuh and P. Bhattacharya. CRC Press, Taylor & Francis group, London, ISBN 978-0-415-57898-1.

4. Mostafa, M.G., Y.-H. Chen, J.-S. Jean, C.-C.Liu (2010). Preparation and adsorption efficiency of arsenate on titanium oxide-coated perlite by batch experiment: Equilibrium and kinetics studies. Arsenic in Geosphere and Human Diseases, As 2010. Eds. J.-S. Jean, J. Bundschuh and P. Bhattacharya. CRC Press, Taylor & Francis group, London, ISBN 978-0-415-57898-1.


Journal Publications


1.     Md. Shajedul Islam and M. G. Mostafa (2023). Occurrence, Source, and Mobilization of Iron, Manganese, and Arsenic Pollution in Shallow Aquifer. Geofluids, Volume 2023 (Wiley | Hindawi), Article ID 6628095, 19 pages. doi.org/10.1155/2023/6628095

2.     Md Shakilur Zaman Shakil and Md Golam Mostafa (2023). Research article Characterization of Paper Mill Effluent and Its Impacts on the Environment. J of Chemistry and Environment, 2(1), 109-122 https://doi.org/10.56946/jce.v1i02.135

3.     Most. Serajum Monira and M.G. Mostafa (2023). Heavy Metals in Agricultural Soil and Their Impacts on Rice Production and Human Health: A Review.  Asian Journal of Applied Science and Technology (AJAST), 7(2), 204-2011. DOI: https://doi.org/10.38177/ajast.2023.7208

4.     Mahmud Hasan Tareque, M Azizul Islam, Mostafa Md Golam (2023). Photocatalytic decomposition of textile dyeing effluents using TiO2, ZnO, and Fe2O3catalysts, Nepal J Environ Sci, 10(2), 49-58.

5.     Monira, U., Sattar, G.S. and Mostafa, M.G. (2023). Characterization and Removal Efficiency of Central Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP). J. of Sustainability and Environmental Management (JOSEM), 2(1), 42-50.

6.     Md. Shajedul Islam, M. G. Mostafa, Muhammad Touseef (2023). Identification of Sources and Mobilization of Trace Elements in Shallow Groundwater of the Upper Ganges River Basin. J. of Chem and Environment, 1(2), 14-29.



1.       Md. Shajedul Islam and Md. Golam Mostafa (2022). Comparison of classical and developed indexing methods for assessing the groundwater suitability for irrigation, J of Sustainable Agriculture and Environment, 1(2) (Wiley). DOI: 10.1002/sae2.12027

2.       Monira, U., Sattar, G.S. and Mostafa, M.G. (2022). Characterization of Tannery Effluent of Savar Tannery Estate in Bangladesh. BAUET J. 3(2), 67-76. https://journal.bauet.ac.bd/volume-03-issue-02/

3.       Most. Halima Khatun & M.G. Mostafa (2022) Optimization of Dyeing Process of Natural Dye Extracted from Polyalthia longifolia Leaves on Silk and Cotton Fabrics. Journal of Natural Fibers, Taylor & Francis. https://doi.org/10.1080/15440478.2022.2081281

4.       Md. Shajedul Islam and M. G. Mostafa (2022) Suitability of water quality index methods for assessing groundwater quality in the Ganges River basin area. H2Open Journal (2022) 5 (2): 198–220. https://doi.org/10.2166/h2oj.2022.145

5.       M. R. Islam and M. G. Mostafa (2022) Adsorption kinetics, isotherms and thermodynamic studies of methyl blue in textile dye effluent on natural clay adsorbent. Sustainable Water Resources Management, 8:52 (Springer). https://doi.org/10.1007/s40899-022-00640-1

6.       Md. Shajedul Islam and M. G. Mostafa (2022). Evaluation of Hydrogeochemical Processes in Groundwater Using Geochemical and Geostatistical Approaches in the Upper Bengal Basin. Geofluids, Volume 2022, Article ID 9591717, 21 pages (Hindawi). https://doi.org/10.1155/2022/9591717

7.       Md. Abu Sayed and M.G. Mostafa “Efficiency Assessment of FeSO4 Coagulant on Yarn Dyeing Industrial Effluent” BAUET Journal 3(1): 50-58



1.       Islam, M.S., and M. G. Mostafa (2021). Influence of chemical fertilizers on arsenic mobilization in the alluvial Bengal delta plain: a critical review. Journal of Water Supply: Research and Technology-Aqua, 70(7), 948 (IWA Pub.). https://doi.org/10.2166/aqua.2021.043

2.       Md. Shajedul Islam and M.G. Mostafa (2021). Trends of Chemical Pesticide Consumption and its Contamination Feature of Natural Waters in Especial Reference to Bangladesh: A Review. American-Eurasian J. Agric. & Environ. Sci., 21 (3): 151-167, 2021.DOI: 10.5829/idosi.aejaes.2021.151.167

3.       Md. Abu Sayed and M.G. Mostafa (2021). Efficiency Assessment of FeSO4 Coagulant on Yarn Dyeing Industrial Effluent. BAUETJOURNAL, 3(1), 50-58. https://journal.bauet.ac.bd/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/Art-6-.pdf

4.       Islam, M.S., and M. G. Mostafa (2021). Development of an integrated irrigation water quality index (IIWQIndex) model. J of water supply, 22(2): 2322- 2337; https://doi.org/10.2166/ws.2021.378

5.       Islam, M.S., and M.G. Mostafa (2021). Exposure of Trace Metals and Their Effects on Human Health: A Case Study for Groundwater in Part of the Ganges Basin Areas, Intl. J. Wat. Resource. and Env. Sci., 10(1): 01-13.

6.       Md. Shakilur Zaman Shakil and M. G. Mostafa (2021). Water Quality Assessment of Paper Mills Effluent Discharge Areas. Al-Nahrain Journal of Science ANJS, 24 (3), 63-72

7.       Saha M.K., Ahmed, S.J., Sheikh, A.H., and Mostafa, M.G. (2021). Impacts of Brick Kilns on Environment around Kiln areas of Bangladesh. Jordan j. of Earth and Environmental Science (JJEES), 12(3), 241-253. http://jjees.hu.edu.jo/files/Vol12No3/JJEES_Vol_12_No_3_P6.pdf

8.       Islam, M.S. and Mostafa, M.G. (2021c). Meta-analysis and risk assessment of fluoride contamination in groundwater. Water Environ Res. (Wiley) 93(8): 1194-1216. doi: 10.1002/wer.1508 

9.       Rahim, M.A.  and Mostafa, M.G. (2021) Impact of Sugar Mills Effluent on Environment around Mills Area, AIMS Environmental Science, 8(1): 86-99. doi: 10.3934/environsci.2021006

10.    Saha, M. K., Sarkar, R. R., Ahmed, S. J., Sheikh, A. H., & Mostafa, M. G. (2021). Impacts of brick kiln emission on agricultural soil around brick kiln areas. Nepal Journal of Environmental Science9(1), 1–10. Retrieved from https://www.cdes.edu.np/njes/index.php/NJES/article/view/73

11.    Islam, M.S. and Mostafa, M.G. (2021). Groundwater Quality and Risk Assessment of Heavy Metal Pollution in Middle-West Part of Bangladesh. Journal of Earth and Environmental Science Research, 3(2): 1-5. DOI: https://doi.org/10.47363/JEESR/2021 (3)143.

12.    Shakil, Md. Shakilur Zaman and Mostafa, M.G. (2021). Paper industries concern water pollution: A review. International Journal of Innovative Research and Review, 9, 19-31.

13.    Saha M.K. and Mostafa, M.G (2021). Impacts of Brick Kilns on Surface Water around Kiln Areas. Intl. J. of Multidisciplinary Sciences and Advanced Technology 2(3): 1-18.

14.    Islam, M.S. and Mostafa, M.G. (2021). Groundwater suitability for irrigated agriculture in Alluvial Bengal delta plain: A review. International Journal of Advances in Applied Sciences (IJAAS), 10(2): 156-170. DOI: 10.11591/ijaas.v10.i2.pp156-170.  

15.    Islam, M.S., M. G. Mostafa (2021) Environmental Hazards of Petroleum Refinery in Bangladesh: A Review, Petroleum and Chemical industry International, 4 (1):15-21. doi.org/10.33140/PCII.04.01.03

16.    M. K. Saha, Rowshon Ara, S. Danish Kadir and M. G. Mostafa*(2021). Environmental Vulnerability of people to Brick Kiln Hazards. SPC Journal of Environmental Sciences, 3(1), 23-31. DOI: 10.14419/jes.v3i1.31609



1.       Serder, M.F., Islam, M.S., Hasan, M.R., Yeasmin, M.S.,  and Mostafa, M.G. (2020). Assessment of coastal surface water quality for irrigation purpose. Wat. Prac. & Tech. 15(4): 960-972. doi: 10.2166/wpt.2020.070960-972

2.       Islam, M.R., Mostafa, M.G. Characterization of textile dyeing effluent and its treatment using polyaluminum chloride. Appl Water Sci 10, 119 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s13201-020-01204-4

3.       Saha, M.K., Ahmed, S.J., Sheikh, MA.H., Mostafa, M.2020. Occupational and environmental health hazards in brick kilns. Journal of Air Pollution and Health (Spring 2020); 5(2):135-146. https://doi.org/10.18502/japh.v5i2.4242

4.       M. K. Saha, S. J. Ahmed, A. H. Sheikh, N. Ahsan and M. G. Mostafa* (2020). Impacts of Brick Kiln Emissions on Air Quality around Kiln Areas.  Int. J. Natural and Human Sciences, 1(1), 59–69.

5.       M. S. Z. Shakil, M.R. Hasan and M.G. Mostafa* (2020). Groundwater Exploitation and its Environmental Consequences in Bangladesh: A Review. BAUET Journal, 2 (2), 11-16.

6.       Hasan, M.R., Matin,I., Mostafa, M.G. (2020). Assessment of Specific Yield and Storage Capacity of Groundwater using Borehole Log. Journal of Environment and Earth Science, 10 (8): 12-22.  doi: 10.7176/JEES/10-8-02



1.       K. Saha, S.J. Ahmed, A.H. Sheikh and M.G. Mostafa (2019). Occupation Hazardous of Brick Kiln Worker at High Intensity Noisy Environment.  Journal of Industrial Pollution Control, 35(1), 2220-2223.

2.       Most. Halima Khatun and M. G. Mostafa (2019). Phytochemical screening and extraction of natural dye from leaves of Polyalthia longifolia and its application on silk fabric. J of Life Earth Science 14, 87-92.


1.       M. Rafiqul Islam1 and M. G. Mostafa (2018).  Removal of a Reactive Dye from Synthetic Wastewater Using PAC and FeCl3 coagulants.  J. Life Earth Sci., 13: 39-44. http://banglajol.info.index.php/JLE

2.       2.     M. R. Islam and M. G. Mostafa (2018). Textile Dyeing Effluents and Environment Concerns    – A Review. J. Environ. Sci. & Natural Resources, 11(1&2):131-144.

3.       Mst. Shifat Rumana, Zihad Ahmed and M.G. Mostafa (2018). Floods in Bangladesh and Their impacts: A Review. Rajshahi University Journal of Environmental Science, 7, 105-115.

4.       Hasan, M.R., Mostafa, M.G., Nafiur Rahman, Md. Saiful Islam and Md. Moynul Islam, (2018). Groundwater depletion and its sustainable management in Barind tract of Bangladesh. Res. J. Environ. Sci., 12: 247-255.mailto:shimul.roy84@gmail.com