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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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Nature provides a key to repelling liquids

Jul 29, 2017

Inspired by nature, an inexpensive green technique that enables common materials to repel liquid has been developed by KAUST scientists and could lead to diverse applications from underwater drag reduction to antifouling. Making surfaces liquid repellent, referred to as omniphobicity, is used in a range of industrial processes from reducing biofouling and underwater drag to membrane distillation, waterproofing and oil-water separation.