28 July, 2020

KAUST startup Wayakit partners with Swissport International AG to provide disinfectant solution at Saudi Airports in fight against COVID-19​

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!

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26 July, 2020

Diagnosing individual trees from above

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.

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02 July, 2020

WDRC Labs Re-Opening

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.

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29 June, 2020

Anammox bacteria generate energy from wastewater while taking a breath

A new finding suggests that anammox bacteria alone could be used for ammonium removal in wastewater treatment, while also producing energy-rich hydrogen gas.

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22 June, 2020

The Ventibag Story

Adnan Qamar and Ahad Syed received $20,000 at the KAUST COVID-19 Innovation Challenge to develop Ventibag and launch it into the market. Read their full story.

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15 June, 2020

Here's one way to protect Earth's groundwater:guard it from space

WIRED features Professor Matthew McCabe's work on remote sensing which aims to provide metrics on farming and agriculture water use in Saudi Arabia

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04 June, 2020

2020 WDRC Translational Research Activities

The center's translational research activities on water desalination and wastewater reuse aims to support the KSA and its future economic goals.

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01 June, 2020

A Map of the Future of Water by Prof. Jay Famiglietti

Listen to Prof. Jay Famiglietti as he presents compelling evidence of the global groundwater depletion that threatens both water and food security.

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31 May, 2020

Reaching Drawdown: Climate Solutions for the New Decade by Dr. Jonathan Foley

If you missed Dr. Jonathan Foley's EnSE talk, the video is now available online.

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21 May, 2020

Wastewater monitoring could provide early warnings of COVID-19 outbreaks

In the third series of Sci-Cafe, Associate Professor Peiying Hong discussed how wastewater analysis could be a non-invasive and cost-effective step in the early detection of COVID-19 outbreaks in communities.

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17 May, 2020

Sea skaters are a super source of inspiration

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.

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12 May, 2020

Moisture-sucking gels give solar panels the chills

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.

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28 April, 2020

Missed our last EnSE webinar invited speaker?

Dr. Philip Ball's presentation on "Why water is weird?" is now available!

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16 April, 2020

WDRC Faculty Promotion

Professor Himanshu Mishra is promoted to the rank of Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering.

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07 April, 2020

Arab News features OrbitCrops

WDRC congratulates Bruno Aragon and Matteo Ziliani as they launch OrbitCrops into the Saudi Arabian market.

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02 April, 2020

Raid AlRowais successfully defends thesis

Raid AlRowais from the group of Prof. Kim Choon Ng is the latest addition to the WDRC- EnSE Program Ph.D. graduates.

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19 February, 2020

Bursting bubbles clear the way for desalination

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.

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03 February, 2020

Flushing nitrogen from seawater-based toilets

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.

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08 January, 2020

Chlorine could increase antimicrobial resistance

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.

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16 December, 2019

EnSE Class of 2019

Congratulations to the WDRC- EnSE class of 2019!

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