Bench Scale Laboratory

Bench Scale Laboratory
​​The high-hat laboratory is equipped with a full range of utilities and services to operate large- and small-scale experimental and pilot units for desalination and wastewater treatment research projects. The laboratory has fresh sea water supply to operate the desalination units. There are also supplies of pressurized air, nitrogen, and chilled water. A 480V and 240V electric service bus runs the entire length of the laboratory.  A wide range of experimental setups and pilot units are currently under operation in the lab, including low-pressure pre-filtration units, high-pressure desalination units, novel desalination technologies and wastewater treatment units.


  • Reverse Osmosis Testing Unit Brand: Simatec,
    Model: Custom made
    Reverse Osmosis Testing Unit Reverse Osmosis Testing Unit is running sea water through membranes with high pressure up to 50 bars and allows researchers to conduct RO flat sheet membranes experimental studies in different operating conditions.
  • Distillation Bench Scale Set-Up for Seawater/Brine Desalination Brand: Custom made,
    Model: Custom made
    Distillation Bench Scale Set-Up for Seawater/Brine Desalination The membrane distillation (MD) bench is a sustainable, scalable and stand-alone seawater/brine desalination process utilizing a temperature gradient.
  • Autoclavable Completely Stirred Bioreactor Brand: Applikon,
    Model: 2 Liter
    Autoclavable Completely Stirred Bioreactor With a built-in ez-control system, this stirred bioreactor can be used for anaerobic, anoxic and aerobic microbial cultivation and/or wastewater treatment in both batch and continuous modes.
  • Osmo Inspector Brand: Convergence,
    Model: Minos
    Osmo Inspector This membrane fouling simulator was developed to quickly evaluate biofouling growth in reverse osmosis systems. It consists of a small cell with a reverse osmosis membrane and spacer.
  • Membrane Fouling Simulator (MFS) Brand: Global Membrains B.V.,
    Model: Custom made
    Membrane Fouling Simulator (MFS) The membrane fouling simulator (MFS) consists of a gear pump, flow meter, pressure sensor, temperature sensor, flow cell and substrate dosing pump.