Research Interests

​The current desalination technologies are very energy-intensive compared to the thermodynamic limits, despite recent technical improvements. Furthermore, membrane technology development is hampered by relatively low flux performances and membrane fouling. My research work focuses on reducing the cost of desalination for water supply sustainability by improving the performance of the existing desalination technologies and developing innovative low-energy desalination processes, which could be driven by renewable energy in an integrated system.

Selected Publications

Education Profile

  • ​Qualification for Candidacy Associate Professor, CNU (University National Council), Ministry of Higher Education, Research & Technology, Section 62, France, 1997
  • Ph.D., Membrane Separation Technology (MSP), University of Montpellier, France, 1995
  • M.S., Process Engineering (MSP), University of Montpellier, France, 1992
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering and Energy, INGM/INSA, Algeria/France, 1991

Professional Profile

  • ​2015-Present: Research Professor, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • 2010-2014: Principal Research Scientist, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • 2003-2010: Senior R&D and Capacity Building Project Manager, Middle East Desalination Research Center (MEDRC), International R&D Institution, headquarter in Muscat, Oman
  • 2002-2003: Engineer-Consultant and Trainer (Water Treatment Technologies), FiltraTech, France
  • 1998-2002: Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department (R&A/C), Jeddah College of Technology, Saudi Arabia
  • 1995-1998: R&D Engineer/Post-Doc Researcher, Laboratory of Materials and Membrane Processes (LMPM), Montpellier University, France

Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • ​Member: Desalination & Water Treatment (DWT); Scientific Research Committee in different Universities and Research Centers; International Desalination Association (IDA), European Desalination Society (EDS), Global Water Intelligence/Water Desalination Report (GWI/WDR), American Water Intelligence (AWI), American Water Works Association (AWWA), American Membrane Technology Association (AMTA), International Water Association (IWA).
  • Member, Consulting Group A2E (France)
  • Member/Consultant, Project Advisory Committee (PAC), MEDRC
  • Editorial Board member of: i) Mediterranean Journal of Chemistry & ii) International Journal of Water Sciences.
  • Advisory editorial board member of the book series Sustainable Energy Developments published by CRC Press.



  • KAUST-Seed Fund Award, US$430K, 2013-2014
  • Granted US$5.5m from industry/research centers for several R&D projects
  • Granted US$1.2m from different private/government institutions to develop capacity building programs
  • Awarded the 'Youngest Engineer Degree Holder', 1991, and 'PhD Degree Holder', 1995​

KAUST Affiliations


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