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Nada Aljassim becomes first KGSP student to earn Ph.D. at KAUST

Sep 25, 2018

Nada Aljassim shares her inspiring journey as a KGSP student until she earns her Ph.D. degree at KAUST.

The KGSP program has become Saudi Arabia's preeminent STEM scholarship and is attracting ambitious students who want to contribute to innovation and development in the Kingdom.

Reusing water to grow quality food in cities

Sep 09, 2018

Professor TorOve Leiknes and his team are setting up an aquaponics system at KAUST to trial ways of rearing fish and growing crops using recycled residential wastewater from the university complex. Their project will investigate how to optimize the system, including trialing novel lighting methods and fish feed and improved water-treatment processes.

Bio-inspired materials decrease drag for liquids

Sep 06, 2018

An eco-friendly coating-free strategy has now been developed to make solid surfaces liquid repellent, which is crucial for the transportation of large quantities of liquids through pipes. Researchers from KAUST’s Water Desalination and Reuse Center have engineered nature-inspired surfaces that help to decrease frictional drag at the interface between liquid and pipe surface.

Faculty Appointment and Promotions

Aug 14, 2018

It is with great pleasure that we announce the recent advancement of three of our faculty members, in recognition of their contribution to scientific scholarship and the goals of WDRC.

Let us all congratulate them on this important milestone in their career!

Hybrid nanomaterials bristle with potential

Aug 09, 2018

Associate Professor Peng Wang and Professor Yu Han co-led postdoc Sifei Zhuo in developing and a new approach to growing nanomaterials that have a good electrocatalytic performance for great energy conversion and storage potential for electrochemical applications.

Prof. Kim Choon Ng receives Prestigious Engineering Achievement Awards 2018

Jul 31, 2018

Prof. Kim Choon Ng and his collaborators at the National University of Singapore is the recipient of Prestigious Engineering Achievement Awards 2018 by the Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES).

Hong Cheng wins most popular poster award

Jul 29, 2018

Congratulations to Ph.D. student Hong Cheng for winning the most popular poster award at the 15th International Water Association Leading Edge Conference on Water and Wastewater Technologies held in Nanjing, China from May 27-31, 2018.

Boring down on boron

Jun 12, 2018

Prof. Noreddine Ghaffour and his group explored the effects of two thermal-based desalination methods with respect to its boron removal capacity. The Air-gap membrane distillation (AGMD), an emerging technology being developed at WDRC has proven its high potential in the production of safe, innovative and cost-effective drinking water that would meet the stringent standards of boron concentration set by Saudi Arabia and the GCC in its water distribution systems. Learn more about boron and its volatile behavior in this latest article.

Solar energy tapped for clean water

Jun 03, 2018

Associate Professor Peng Wang and his group developed a 3D-photothermal structure that achieved near 100% efficiency in producing clean fresh water using energy from sunlight.

Mimicking a sweet solution to mop up pollution

May 14, 2018

A fast and safe method to prepare a 3D porous material that mimics the shape of a honeycomb could have broad applications from catalysis to drug delivery or for filtering air to remove pollutants or viruses.

WDRC Postdoc wins Best Young Scientist Oral Presentation Award

May 02, 2018

Luca Fortunato, a postdoctoral fellow in Prof. TorOve Leiknes’s group was awarded with the Best Young Scientist Oral Presentation at The International Symposium on Advanced Membrane Bioreactors for Environment Sustainability (IBA - AMBRES 2018) held on April 15 – 18, 2018 in Tianjin, China. Fortunato’s presentation entitled “Biofouling development in Activated Sludge Membrane Bioreactor: In-situ non destructive monitoring" was selected from among 115 speakers who participated in the event. #WDRC

Growing more with less

Apr 23, 2018

In a hot and dry country like Saudi Arabia, WDRC Assistant Professor Himanshu Mishra’s research opens a promising and innovative means to save a lot of water used in agriculture, which is otherwise lost through evaporation.

Peng Wang featured at Environmental Science: Nano

Apr 12, 2018

WDRC Associate Professor, Peng Wang has been recognized by Environmental Science: Nano for his recent work on photothermal materials which highlights its great potential for clean and more energy-efficient water production and emerging applications in treatment technologies.

Grime does pay when it comes to wastewater filters

Mar 26, 2018

A grimy layer on wastewater filters could slow the spread of antibiotic resistance.

Solar desalination—from lab to plant

Mar 19, 2018

Ng developed a process that combines adsorption desalination (AD) and multi-effect distillation (MED) to boost thermodynamic synergy between the two cycles. The combined cycle, known as the MEDAD cycle, yields significantly higher water production performance when compared to conventional MED desalination cycles.