Research Interests

​His research interests are in nuclear power plants, solar energy applications, adsorption cooling & desalination, membrane-based dehumidification. He has published over two hundred peer-reviewed journals and conferences. He is active in professional services, serving as associate editors in three international journals. He has published 2 books, 4 book chapters, 12 patents, and 4 spin-off companies. His research H-index is 37 with 4463 citations.

Selected Publications

Education Profile

  • ​Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom, 1980
  • B.S.​ (Hons 1), Mechanical Engineering, University of Strathcylde, Glasgow, United Kingdom​, 1975
  • Dip., Singapore Polytechnic, 1973

Professional Profile

  • 2015- Present: Professor, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • 1981- 2015: Professor, NUS, Singapore​

Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • ​Professional Engineer (Singapore)
  • Member of IES, Singapore
  • MIMechE, UK.


  • ​Ludwig Mond Prize, 2006, Institution of Mechanical Engineers, IMechE, London, UK
  • IES Prestigious Engineering Achievements Award 2009 (Team award)– by Institution of Engineers Singapore for research in Adsorption Technology for Desalination and Cooling
  • NUS Innovation & Enterprise Award 2014
  • GE-Aramco Renewable Energy Solutions for Desalination 2015.
  • IES Prestigious Engineering Achievements Award 2015 (Team award)– by Institution of Engineers Singapore for Air Conditioning Efficiency improvements without compressors.

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​Water Desalination & Reuse Centre (WDRC)
  • Biological & Environmental Sciences & Engineering (BESE)​