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WDRC Faculty rank amongst the world's top scientists and engineers

Nov 23, 2020

Six of our Water Desalination and Reuse Center (WDRC) faculty have been ranked among the top 2% of researchers globally, according to a list recently published by Stanford University.


Peel-off coating keeps desalination cleaner and greener

Nov 16, 2020

Prof. Hans Vrouwenvelder's group developed a novel membrane cleaning strategy for biofouling control by using a sacrificial multilayer polyelectrolyte coating on the membrane surface, which could be easily removed by using a concentrated sodium chloride solution.


Dr. Muhammad Saqib Nawaz wins best oral presentation award

Nov 11, 2020

Dr. Muhammad Saqib Nawaz, a postdoctoral fellow in Prof. Noreddine Ghaffour's group, won the best oral presentation award at the Virtual Pak Water & Energy Exhibition & Webinar event on November 3-5, 2020.


Probing water for an electrifying cause

Oct 29, 2020

Prof. Himanshu Mishra and his Ph.D. student Jamilya Nauruzbayeva are delving into water to understand how water interacts with the charges of different surfaces.


Dario Rangel Shaw receives the 2020 ISMET Discovery Award

Oct 20, 2020

Congratulations to Dario Rangel Shaw, a Ph.D. student in Prof. Pascal Saikaly's group for receiving the prestigious Discovery Award for Best Scientific paper from the International Society for Microbial Electrochemistry and Technology (ISMET).


Sludge-powered bacteria generate more electricity, faster

Oct 18, 2020

Dr. Krishna Katuri, a research scientist from Prof. Pascal Saikaly's group identified a novel electroactive bacterium that could purify wastewater and generate clean energy.


KAUST to expand its strategic partnership with the Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC)​

Oct 06, 2020

The KAUST-WDRC and SWCC expand its engagement to advance desalination technologies within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and beyond.

Lighting the path to recycling carbon dioxide

Oct 05, 2020

Prof. Pascal Saikaly and his student Bin Bian are combining microbial electrosynthesis with renewable energy supply to recycle carbon dioxide while generating useful chemicals and fuels.


Professor Peng Wang receives the Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water

Oct 01, 2020

Professor Peng Wang is the 9th Award recipient of the Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water (PSIPW) on the Alternative Water Resource category. Congratulations!


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.