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WDRC congratulates Mohammed Namazi for a successful Ph.D. defense

Nov 19, 2017

Mohammed successfully defended his thesis entitled "AOM Characterization and Removal Efficiency Using Various SWRO Pretreatment Techniques" under the advisory of Professor TorOve Leiknes, co-advised by Research Professor Noreddine Ghaffour.

Sunny solution for killing E. coli

Nov 12, 2017

Treating wastewater with solar irradiation shows promise in reducing two E. coli strains but a resilient strain persists.

Congratulations to Abdullah Hamoud Dehwah for a successful Ph.D. defense

Nov 08, 2017

Abdullah successfully defended his thesis entitled "An Assessment of Subsurface Intake Systems: Planning and Impact on Feed Water Quality for SWRO Facilities" under the supervision of Professors Kim Choon Ng and Prof. Thomas Missimer. His research focuses on the development of subsurface intake systems for the seawater reverses osmosis plants around the Red Sea region.

CIAP 8th Annual Meeting 2017

Nov 08, 2017

The Water Desalination and Reuse Center (WDRC) hosted its 8th Center Industry Affiliates Program (CIAP) Annual Meeting on 7th and 8th November 2017, at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia.

Briny pool bacteria can clean up and power up

Nov 05, 2017

Promising electrochemical technologies for cleaning wastewater are boosted by the discovery of extremophilic microbes in the Red Sea.

Congratulations to Daniyal Jahangir for a successful Ph.D. defense

Nov 02, 2017

On November 2nd, Daniyal Jahangir successfully defended of his thesis entitled “Surface Modification of Ceramic Membranes with Thin-film Deposition” under the supervision of Professor TorOve Leiknes.

​​WDRC is proud to announce the latest addition to its Ph.D. graduates

Nov 01, 2017

Ryan Lefers successfully defended his thesis entitled "A liquid desiccant cycle for dehumidification and freshwater supply in controlled environment agriculture".

Mohammed Albloushi successfully defends his thesis

Oct 23, 2017

WDRC congratulates its new Ph.D. graduate Mohammed Albloushi who successfully defended his theses entitled "Biofouling control of industrial seawater cooling towers" on Monday, October 23rd.

Ph.D. student Adair Gallo wins best poster award

Oct 22, 2017

Congratulations to Adair Gallo for winning the best poster award at the 5th Water Arabia Conference and Exhibition.

Prof. Matthew McCabe appointed as Associate Director

Oct 01, 2017

Effective October 2017, Professor Matthew McCabe is WDRC Associate Director

Luca Fortunato successfully defends his thesis

Sep 27, 2017

Following his thesis presentation and a good discussion with his defense committee, Luca fully demonstrated that he has accomplished the requirements for his doctorate degree.


Sep 27, 2017

Delegates from the Saudi Industrial Property Authority (MODON) paid a familiarization visit to WDRC.

WDRC Ph.D. student wins best poster award

Sep 25, 2017

Hong Cheng clinched the best poster award at the International Water Association Membrane Technology conference in Singapore.

The sky’s the limit for Earth observation

Sep 17, 2017

Emerging technologies are poised to transform how we observe the Earth.
Imagine sending your own custom-made satellite into space to study specific elements of rivers, glaciers, volcanoes, landslides or agricultural practices.
Sensors, digital imaging and other sensing components have shrunk in size and cost, which has dramatically changed the technology available to Earth scientists in just the last five years. KAUST researchers and international colleagues report that we are entering a new era in Earth observation and research; and they identify what’s needed if we are to maximize its opportunities.

Dr. Johannes Vrouwenvelder has been appointed as Center Director

Sep 11, 2017

Dr. Johannes Vrouwenvelder's appointment as Center Director of Water Desalination Research Center effective August 2017 was made official in an announcement from Mr. Nadhmi A. Al-Nasr, KAUST Interim President. Having served as interim director since the beginning of this year, Dr. Johannes was highly commended for his commitment to promoting interdisciplinary research and investment in building stronger connections with industry partners.