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Quantum destabilization of a water sandwich

Sep 19, 2019

Prof. Himanshu Mishra and his team have revealed new information about what happens when a thin water layer becomes sandwiched between two hydrophobic surfaces.


KAUST signs MoU with ACWA Power

Sep 12, 2019

KAUST launches ACWA Power Center of Excellence for Desalination and Solar Power


The movers and shakers of wastewater treatment

Sep 10, 2019

The latest study from Prof. Pascal's group provides relevant baseline data about AGS systems while also addressing important questions about community composition in microbial ecology to optimize its performance in the future.


Fair compare of desalination puts heat on energy sources

Aug 28, 2019

Muhammad Wakil Shahzad, Muhammad Burhan and Kim Choon Ng have demonstrated a simple thermodynamic approach that produces a common platform for comparison of energy efficiency uses a standard universal performance ratio that offers a fairer comparison between seawater desalination methods.


Prof. Peng Wang is going back to Hong Kong

Jul 31, 2019

A farewell gathering was held to thank Prof. Peng Wang for his remarkable contribution to the WDRC.

WDRC welcomes SRSI participants

Jul 21, 2019

WDRC welcomes into the center two participants of the SRSI program under the mentorship of Professors Pascal Saikaly and Peiying Hong. Mohammad Tawfiq and Abdulelah Alahmed are two of the 42 students who got accepted into the program this year. They will be working with their mentors for six weeks and enjoy a real scientific research experience at the center.


Solar power with a free side of drinking water

Jul 11, 2019

Prof. Peng Wang and his Ph.D. student Wenbin Wang have developed a device that will allow them to generate clean drinking water while generating electricity using solar panels.


Bionic catalysts to produce clean energy

Jul 02, 2019

Professor Pascal Saikaly and his former postdoc Shafeer Kalathil are mixing microbes with carbon nanomaterials to create a biohybrid material that can outperform expensive metal-based analogs while also being environmentally friendly.


Insects inspire greener, cheaper membranes for desalination

Jul 01, 2019

Professor Himanshu Mishra, postdoc Ratul Das and research scientist Sankara Arunachalam were inspired by insects to develop a membrane from nonhydrophobic materials for membrane distillation.


Casting a net for a sustainable water network

Jun 19, 2019

Prof. Hans Vrouwenvelder discussed in this article how WDRC focuses on three flagship research themes: greener desalination, water security, and waste to resource to transform the water cycle.

It also highlights the partnership between WDRC and The Red Sea Development Company by launching the 'Brains for Brine Challenge', a call for fresh ideas to tackle the challenge of managing brine in an environmentally sustainable manner.


A leap forward in estimating crop water use

May 07, 2019

High-resolution imaging data collected by small satellites could transform how we monitor freshwater use in agriculture.


Faculty Promotion

May 07, 2019

Dr. Peng Wang is promoted to the rank of full professor at KAUST.

Dr. Wakil Shahzad receives 2019 Golden Globe Tiger Award

Apr 25, 2019

Congratulations to Dr. Muhammad Wakil Shahzad for being a recipient of the 2019 'excellence & leadership in water' Golden Globe Tiger Award.


Solar-powered cup brews better brine treatments

Apr 07, 2019

Prof. Peng Wang and his team developed a solar photothermal distillation device which could evaporate water with 90% energy efficiency. It could also concentrate the brine effectively and dramatically reduce waste from the desalination process.


2019 World Water Day: KAUST Water Research Awareness

Mar 21, 2019

On Thursday, March 21st, the Water Desalination and Reuse Center (WDRC) welcomed thirty grade 5 students from The KAUST Schools (TKS) to participate in fun lab experiments and learn about the latest research at the center, as a way of celebrating the World Water Day.