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Salih Muhammad Awadh

Editorial Board Member of Geosciences

Professor, University of Baghdad, College of Science, Iraq

Research Areas



1986B.ScGeneral Geology from Baghdad University
1992M.ScGeochemistry from Baghdad University
2006Ph.DGeochemistry and Economic Geology, University of Baghdad, Iraq


2011-presentAssist. Prof. Dr. as an academic member of teaching staff at Earth Sciences Department, College of Science, University of Baghdad-Iraq
1997-2001Contractor with the Higher Education and Scientific Research Ministry in the Great Republic of Libya
1996-1997Contractor with administration of Science College at the drug and chemical materials project, and External lecturer in the Geology Dept.-Science College – Baghdad University
1994-1996Head of the geological studies department and laboratory at the Ministry of industry – General Establishment of Phosphate – Akkashat Mine-Western Desert of Iraq
1992-1994Manager of production in the Magnesium Oxide Project-Ministry of industry-Iraq

Publications: Journals

[1]  Awadh, SM and Abdulla Fatma H. (2017): Purification of aqueous water from Pb (II) by natural bentonite: An empirical study on chemical adsorption, Environmental Earth Sciences (accepted in press).
[2]  Awadh, SM. (2017): Chemofacies of formation water in the Zubair reservoir at North Rumaila Oil field, Southern Iraq, Iranian Journal of Oil and Gas- under review.
[3]  Awadh SM and Fadhil LI, (2016): Assessment of Carbonate rocks, Western Desert of Iraq as dimention stone for building. The Arab Journal of Sciences and Research Publishing, Vol. Issue (7): 1, December; PP. 232-248.
[4]  Awadh SM and Al-Ankaz. ZS (2016): Sulfur isotope geochemistry of the bituminous fatha evaporates in Fatha Formation, Hit -Abu jir area, western Iraq. Iraqi Geological Journal, 39-49 (2): pp:34-45.
[5]  Awadh SM and Al-Ankaz. ZS (2016): Inorganic geochemistry and origin of bitumen intruded in Euphrates and Fatha Formations in Hit area, western Iraq, Iraqi Journal of Science, Vol. 57, No.4A, pp: 2478-2489.
[6]  Awadh SM and Nejbert K (2016) Polymetallic sulfide ores hosted in Late Permian carbonate at the Alanish locality, northern Iraq: petrography and mineral chemistry.
[7]  Arabian Journal of Geosciences (Springer), 9 (9):1-15, DOI 10.1007/s12517-016-2571-y. IF=1.224
[8]  Awadh SM, and Al-Ankaz ZS, 2016: Geochemistry and petrology of Late Miocene-Pleistocene Dibdibba sandstone formation in south and central Iraq: implications for provenance and depositional setting. Arabian Journal of Geosciences, V.9, No. 8: 1-14, Springer, IF=1.224
[9]  Al-Hamdani, J., Awadh Salih Muhammad, and Ommer Sabah Ibrahim, 2016: Geochemical partitioning of heavy metals in the urban soil, kirkuk-iraq, Iraqi Geological Journal, 39-49 (1): 1-24.
[10]  Awadh, S, M and Al-Kilabi J.E.H., Fras Mudhafer, 2014: Assessment of Groundwater Quality Using Water Quality Index (WQI) in Al-Hawija Area, Northern Iraq, Iraqi Geological Journal, V 39-49 (1), 67-76.
[11]  Awadh, SM, 2016: Outstanding Universal Values of the Sawa Lake as a World Nature Heritage. Bulletin of the Iraq Natural History Musuem, 14 (1): 1-11. GIF-0.602.
[12]  Mirza, T.A., Mohialdeen, I.M. and Awadh, S.M., 2016. Iron mineralization in the Garagu Formation of Gara Mountain, Duhok Governorate, Kurdistan, NE Iraq: geochemistry, mineralogy and origin. Arabian Journal of Geosciences, 9(6), pp.1-13. DOI 10.1007/s12517-016-2450-6.
[13]  Al-Hamdani, J., Merkel, H., B., Awadh S.M., and Ommer Sabah Ibrahim (2016): Modelling Natural Attenuation of Heavy-Metal in Groundwater of Kirkuk City, Iraq. Iraqi Journal of Science, 2016, Vol. 57, No.3B, pp:2043-2061.
[14]  Awadh SM, and Sfoog Asi Hussien, 2015: Rare earth elements geochemistry of the Upper Oligocene-Middle Miocene succession in the Western Iraq. Iraqi J of Sciences. 4C (56), 2015.
[15]  Awadh, SM, Abdulhussein, FM and Al-Kilabi, JA. 2016: Hydrogeochemical processes and water-rock interaction in groundwater of the Al-Dammam aquifer at Bahr Al-Najaf, Central Iraq. Iraqi Bulletin of Geology and Mining, 12(1):1-15.
[16]  Awadh SM, Al-Kilabi, JA, and Khallfah N.H., 2015. Comparison the Geochemical Background, Threshold and Anomaly with Pollution Indices in the Assessment of Soil Pollution: Al-Hawija, North of Iraq Case Study. International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR), Vol. 7, (4), pp: 2357-2363. IF=6.
[17]  Awadh SM, and Sfoog Asi Hussien, 2015: Organic geochemistry and stable carbon isotopes of oil seepages in the Abu-Jir Fault Zone at the Al-Anbar governorate, Iraq, Iraqi Journal of Sciences, 4B (56), 2015.
[18]  Awadh SM, and Al-Mimar HS, 2015: Statistical analysis of the relations between API, specific gravity and sulfur content in the universal crude oil, International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR). Volume 4, Issue 5, pp:1279-1284. IF=6.
[19]  Awadh SM and Lenaz A Fadhel (2015): Assessment of porcellanite in Western Desert of Iraq as aggregates for structural light weight concrete, Journal of Babylon University/Pure and Applied Sciences, V 23 No 4: 1636-1652.
[20]  Awadh SM and Lenaz A Fadhel (2016): Assessment of sandstone in western desert of Iraq as anti-acidic and alkalis benches. Journal of Babylon University/Pure and Applied Sciences, V 24, No 5:1378-1394.
[21]  Awadh SM, and Al-Jubory H. E. 2015: Sorption efficiency of bentonite in removal Cd from aqueous solutions, Iraqi Journal of Science. V 56, No 2B, pp:1438-1445.
[22]  Awadh SM, and Ayad Abud Hammeed Y., 2015: Sorption efficiency of kaolinte in removal Cd from aqueous solutions, Iraqi Journal of Science, V 56, No 3C, pp: 1699-1707.
[23]  Salman Z. Khalaf, Ali T. Yassin, Salih M Awadh and Rafaa Z. Jassim,2014: Mineralogical Characteristics of the Ellicott Meteorite Using Scanning Electron Microscopy and Energy Disperse Spectroscopy (SEM–EDS). Arab J Geosci. (2015) 8:4819–4831.
[24]  Al-Rawi F, Al-Ameri Th. Awadh S. M., 2014: Petroleum geochemistry of oil sample from shallow borehole at Sakran site, western Iraq. Arab J Geosci, 7:545-558. DOI 10.1007/s12517-012-0813-1.
[25]  Awadh, S. M., 2014: Stable carbon and nitrogen isotopes and elemental composition and origin the organic matter from the Euphrates, Injana and Dibdibba formations in Iraq: discrimination between marine and terrestrial environments. Geological Quarterly Journal, 2014, 58 (4), pp: 729–736, DOI:
[26]  Awadh, S. M and Al-Kilabi, Ayfan J.H., 2014: Assessment of groundwater in Al-Hawija (Kirkuk Governorate) for irrigation purposes. Iraqi Journal of Science, V. 55, No. 2B, pp: 760-767.
[27]  Awadh, S. M., Al-Yaseri, A. and Hussein , A.R., 2013: The influence of kaolinite migration and pH on permeability in the Zubair reservoir in the North Rumaila Oilfield, southern Iraq. Iraqi Journal of Science, Vol 55, no. 2B, pp: 780-789.
[28]  Ali, K.K., Awadh S. M. and Al-Auweidy, M. R., 2014: Assessment of natural radioactivity of marl as raw material for Portland cement at kufa cement quarry in Najaf Governorate. Iraqi Journal of Science, v55, No. 2A, pp: 454-462.
[29]  Awadh S.M and Towfik S. M., 2013: Sorption Mechanism and Capacity Evaluation of Palygorskite from Iraq to Remove Pb from Aqueous Solution. J Geol Geosci 2: 126. doi: 10.4172/2329-6755.1000126.
[30]  Awadh S.M. and Muslim R. E., 2014: The formation model of gypsum barier, chemical temporal changes, and assessment the water quality of Sawa Lake, southern Iraq. Iraqi journal of Science, Vol 55, no1, pp: 161-173.
[31]  Awadh S.M., 2015: Cd, Ni, and Pb distribution and pollution assessment in roadside dust from Baghdad City and Western Iraqi Desert. Arab J Geosci, 8, pp: 315–323. DOI 10.1007/s12517-013-1204-y.
[32]  Awadh S.M. and Abdul Al-Ghani, S. 2013: Assessment of sulfate springs water in the west of Iraq for balneo-therapeutic, drinking, irrigation and aquatic purposes, Environmental geochemistry and Health, Springer- 36:359–373, 10.1007/s10653-013-9555-6.
[33]  Al-Dabbas, M. Awadh, S. M., and Zaid A.A., 2014: Facies analysis and geochemistry of the Euphrates Formation in Middle of Iraq. Arab J Geosci., 7:1799–1810, DOI 10.1007/s12517-013-0932-3.
[34]  Awadh S. M., Ali, K. K., and Alazzawi, A. T., 2013: Geochemical exploration using surveys of spring water, hydrocarbon and gas seepage, and geobotany for determining the surface extension of Abu-Jir Fault Zone in Iraq: A new way for determining geometrical shapes of computational simulation models. Journal of Geochemical Exploration, Elsevier, 124, pp: 218–229.
[35]  Habib R. H., Awadh S. M. and Muslim M.Z.,2012: Toxic heavy metals in soil and some plants in Baghdad, Iraq. Journal of Al-Nahrain University. Vol.15 (2), June, pp: 1-16.
[36]  Awadh S. M. and Ahmed R. M, 2012: Hydrochemistry and pollution probability of selected sites along the Euphrates River, Western Iraq. Arabian Journal of Geosciences, 6:2501–2518, DOI 10.1007/s12517-012-0538-1.
[37]  Awadh S.M. Aboud, Z.S. and Eisa, M.J., 2012: Chemical and physical control processes on the development of caves in the Injan Formation, Central Iraq, Arab J Geosci (2013) 6:3765–3772.
[38]  Awadh S.M. 2012: Geochemistry and mineralogical composition of the airborne particles of sand dunes and dust storms settled in Iraq and their environmental impact, Environ Earth Sci 66 (8), PP: 2247-2256.
[39]  Al-Dabbas, M. Awadh, S. M., and Zaid A.A.,2013: Mineralogy, Geochemistry and Reserve Estimation of the Euphrates Limestone for Portland Cement Industry at Al-Najaf Area, South Iraq. Arab J Geosci. (6), pp: :491-503, DOI 10.1007/s12517-011-0370-z.
[40]  Kamal K. K., Awadh S. M. and Jassim M. Hemad, J. M., 2011: Ground Radiometric Method as a Tool for Determining the Subsurface Boundary of Buried Bauxitic Karsts, QSU Journal for Science. 16, pp: 37-47.
[41]  Awadh S. M., 2010: Geochemistry of termite hill as a tool for geochemical exploration of glass sand in the Iraqi Western Desert. International Journal of geosciences, Vol.1, pp: 130-138. IF=0.26.
[42]  Awadh S. M., Mayson U. A. and Rana A. A. (2011): Mineralogy and Palyonlogy of the Mesopotamian plain sediments, Central Iraq. Arab J Geosci., 4, pp:1261–1271.
[43]  Awadh S. M., and M, R. Luma, 2012: Climatic prediction of the terrestrial and coastal areas, Iraq. Arab. J. Geosci., 5, pp: 465–469. DOI 10.1007/s12517-010-0257-4.
[44]  Awadh S. M, Thamir K. Al-Ameri, Sahar Y. Jassim and Mehmet S. Bayraktutan, 2010: Fluid inclusions used to assess oil migration in Duhok, North Iraq. Positioning, Scientefic Reserch, 2010, 2, pp: 42-49.
[45]  Ayad A. Al- Halem and Awadh S. M., 2009: Chemical characterization and environmental pollution of drilling waste on-site disposal in some Iraqi oilfields. Proceeding of the 3rdScientific conference. Iraqi Journal of Science, pp: 1866-1871.
[46]  Awadh S. M. and Hamed Hassan Abdulla, (2011): Mineralogical, geochemical and geotechnical evaluation of Al-Swera soil used for the bricks industry in Iraq.. Arabian Journal of Geosciences Vol. 4, pp: 413-419.
[47]  Ayad A. Al-Haleem and Awadh, S. M., 2011: Salinity evaluation of on-site drilling wastes at Bi-Hassan oilfield, north Iraq. Journal of Babylon University, vol.9, no.2, pp:581-589.
[48]  Awadh, S. M., 2009: Atmospheric pollution in Baghdad city, Iraq (Proceeding of 3rd scientific conference of College of Science, University of Baghdad. Iraqi Journal of Science, pp:. 1727-1740.
[49]  Awadh S. M; 2009: Iron Content Variations in Sphalerite and Their Effects on Reflectance and Internal Reflections under Reflected Light. Arab. J. Geosci. (AJGS), vol. 2, pp: 139-142.
[50]  Awadh, S. M., Habib R, H. and Al-Bassam,K.S. (2008) Mineralogy, Geochemistry and origin of zinc – lead – barite deposits in Northern Thrust Zone, Northern Iraq. Iraqi Journal of Sciences. Vol.49, No.2, pp; 124-136.
[51]  Awadh S. M. Habib R.H. and Al-Bassam K. S., 2008: Upper Cretaceous carbonate hosted zinc-lead-barite deposits in Northern Thrust Zone, Northern Iraq; Petrography and geochemistry. Arab. J. of geosci. (AJGS), Springer; vol. 1; no.1, July, pp:75-85.
[52]  Awadh, S. M., Habib R, H. and Al-Bassam, K. ,2008: Geneses of the zinc-lead – barite deposits in the Northern Iraq: ore mineralogy, geochemistry, fluid inclusions, lead isotopes and sulfur isotopes implicatiuons. Dirasat; An International Refereed Research Journal. Vol.35, no.2, pp: 96-110.
[53]  Awadh S. M. and Kettanah Y. 2008: Petrology, geochemistry and tectonic environment of the Shalair Metamorphhic Rock Group and Kater Rash Volcanic Group, Shalair Valley area, Northeastern Iraq. Iraqi Journal of Science. Vol.49, No.1, pp:135-146.
[54]  AL-Dulaimi A.S. and Awadh S. M. 2007: Geochemical and paleontological study of Gulneri Formation (Upper Cretaceous) NE Iraq. Al-Anbar University Journal for pure sciences. ISSN: 1991-8941. Vol.1, No. 3, pp: 64-74.
[55]  Awadh, S. M. 2004: Cluster and factor analyses R and Q mode technique of geochemical and petrological data of the Shalair Metamorphic Rock Group, Shalair Valley area, Northeastern Iraq. Iraqi J. Sci. Vol.45C, No.1, pp: 1-19.
[56]  Awadh, S. M. 1999: A new proposal method for sampling and explosion of the phosphatic rocks in the Akkashat Mine, Western desert, Iraq. Iraqi J. Sci., Vol. 40C, No.4, pp: 1-20.
[57]  Awadh, S. M. 2006: Biogeochemistry of arsenic in the water system (short essay). The Electronic Water Journal. (Online available).
[58]  Awadh, S. M. 2006: Mercury and their compounds in the aqueous system (short essay) The Electronic Water Journal. (Online available).
[59]  Awadh, S. M. (2006): The environmental pollution by radon gas and lung cancer. (Short essay). Journal of Environment and Life. Ministry of Environment. No.11, Dec., p.26-27.
[60]  Major and trace element concentrations in human body: their importance and food sources. (Short essay), published in Journal of Medicine and life.
[61]  Medical Geochemistry of Vanadium and Nickel in Human body, (Short essay). Journal of Medical and life). under review.