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WDRC scientists selected as Special Issue Editors of "Developments in Innovative Membrane Desalination Processes"

Sep 29, 2020

Professor NorEddine Ghaffour, Dr. Sofiane Soukane, and Dr. Alla Alpatova are selected as the guest editors of a Special Issue Editors of "Developments in Innovative Membrane Desalination Processes"

Startup of the week: QualSens smart water technology for the future

Sep 16, 2020

Qualsens, a KAUST start-up founded by Dr. Babar Khan, Dr. Luca Fortunato and Professor TorOve Leiknes is featured in the ARAB NEWS.


Detecting the next pandemic using wastewater

Aug 10, 2020

Catch Associate Professor Peiying Hong at the KAUST Pioneers Lecture Series: the R3T talk on how monitoring wastewater could be an effective and faster means of detecting an outbreak.

KAUST startup Wayakit partners with Swissport International AG to provide disinfectant solution at Saudi Airports in fight against COVID-19​

Jul 28, 2020

Wayakit founders, Luisa Javier and Sandra Medina, both Ph.D. students from the center, secured a partnership with Swissport in disinfecting international aircraft and buses at the Jeddah, Dammam and Riyadh airports. Soon, air travel in Saudi Arabia will be much safer, thanks to Wayakit!


Diagnosing individual trees from above

Jul 26, 2020

Professor Matthew McCabe and Dr. Kasper Johansen with co-workers in Australia used combined data from satellite and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) flights to map the condition of macadamia trees in Queensland.


WDRC Labs Re-Opening

Jul 02, 2020

The WDRC labs in Building 4 is now open for research operation from June 29, 2020. For the safety of lab users, members are advised to familiarize themselves and strictly follow the lab safety and occupancy guidelines.

Anammox bacteria generate energy from wastewater while taking a breath

Jun 29, 2020

A new finding suggests that anammox bacteria alone could be used for ammonium removal in wastewater treatment, while also producing energy-rich hydrogen gas.


The Ventibag Story

Jun 22, 2020

Adnan Qamar and Ahad Syed received $20,000 at the KAUST COVID-19 Innovation Challenge to develop Ventibag and launch it into the market. Read their full story.


Here's one way to protect Earth's groundwater:guard it from space

Jun 15, 2020

WIRED features Professor Matthew McCabe's work on remote sensing which aims to provide metrics on farming and agriculture water use in Saudi Arabia


2020 WDRC Translational Research Activities

Jun 04, 2020

The center's translational research activities on water desalination and wastewater reuse aims to support the KSA and its future economic goals.

A Map of the Future of Water by Prof. Jay Famiglietti

Jun 01, 2020

Listen to Prof. Jay Famiglietti as he presents compelling evidence of the global groundwater depletion that threatens both water and food security.

Reaching Drawdown: Climate Solutions for the New Decade by Dr. Jonathan Foley

May 31, 2020

If you missed Dr. Jonathan Foley's EnSE talk, the video is now available online.

Wastewater monitoring could provide early warnings of COVID-19 outbreaks

May 21, 2020

In the third series of Sci-Cafe, Associate Professor Peiying Hong discussed how wastewater analysis could be a non-invasive and cost-effective step in the early detection of COVID-19 outbreaks in communities.

Sea skaters are a super source of inspiration

May 17, 2020

Prof. Himanshu Mishra is part of a multi-disciplinary team at KAUST that investigated the characteristics of Halobates. Inspired by the mushroom-shaped hairs of this insect, his team at the Interfacial Lab aims to explore how this new finding could be further applied in the area of water desalination.


Moisture-sucking gels give solar panels the chills

May 12, 2020

Prof Peng Wang and his postdoc Renyuan Li have produced a proof-of-concept device that can harvest water vapor and use it to cool solar cells, which will improve their efficiency.