Research Interests

  • Non-invasive in-situ fouling monitoring in membrane systems, Optical Coherence Tomography
  • Gravity driven membrane systems for sustainable water treatment processes 
  • Biofouling investigation in spiral wound elements (RO/NF) and membrane bioreactor (MBR)
  • Seawater desalination pretreatment, Harmful algal blooms (HABs)
  • Scaling in Membrane Distillation (MD) and Forward Osmosis (FO)
  • Algae Membrane Photobioreactor for wastewater treatment and nutrient recovery 

Selected Publications

Education Profile

  •  Ph.D., Environmental Science and Engineering, KAUST, Saudi Arabia, 2017
  •  M.Sc., Chemistry, University of Salerno, Italy, 2011
  •  Research Internship, Leiden University, Netherlands 2010
  •  B.S., Chemistry, University of Salerno, Italy, 2008

Professional Profile

  • 2019 - Present: Research Scientist, WDRC, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2017-2019: Postdoctoral fellow, WDRC, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2014-2017: PhD Student, WDRC, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • ​2009-2014: Research and analysis, ArsNova sas (Water & Wastewater), Italy

Scientific and Professional Memberships

 • International Desalination Association
 • European Membrane Society
 • International Water Association
 • Italian Society of Chemists
 • American Chemical Society


 • Award for the best oral presentation at the 8th International Desalination Workshop 2015
 • Award for the Best Young Scientist Oral Presentation at IBA-AMBRES 2018

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​Water Desalination and Reuse Center (WDRC)
  • Division of Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE)