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Research Discovery Publications

Wastewater monitoring in COVID-19 surveillance

Dec 20, 2020

Prof. Peiying Hong monitors wastewater to determine and survey the prevalence of the COVID-19 in populations.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Bursting bubbles clear the way for desalination

Feb 19, 2020

Professor NorEddine Ghaffour and Mohanned Al Ghamdi have harnessed the physical and chemical action of carbon dioxide as a fast and environmentally friendly way of cleaning filters used in water desalination.


Flushing nitrogen from seawater-based toilets

Feb 03, 2020

Prof. Pascal Saikaly and his postdoc Muhammad Ali and the team have identified a salt-tolerant bacterium cultured from the Red Sea, which can remove nitrogen from salty wastewater. Their work could potentially increase the use of saltwater for toilet flushing, thereby easing up pressure on desalination and freshwater resources.


Chlorine could increase antimicrobial resistance

Jan 08, 2020

In this latest article from the KAUST Discovery, Prof. Peiying Hong with David Mantilla-Calderon, postdoc, and Nicolas Augsburger, a Ph.D. student challenges the safety of using chlorine as a final disinfection step for wastewater.


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.


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.