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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05 December, 2019

WDRC-CIAP 2019 in pictures

The Water Desalination and Reuse Center (WDRC) hosted the 10th annual meeting of the Center Industry Affiliates Program (CIAP) on November 25th & 26th, of which over 30 representatives from in-Kingdom and international collaborators of the Center came to participate.

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28 November, 2019

Jorge Rosas successfully defends Ph.D. thesis

Jorge Rosas, under the supervision of Prof. Matthew McCabe, successfully defended his thesis entitled "Advancing the Utility of Thermal Remote Sensing in Irrigated Arid-Lands Agriculture."

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17 November, 2019

TRSDC and KAUST announce winners of Brains for Brine Challenge

Three winners were announced during the international Aquatech 2019 event in Amsterdam. The competition identified new solutions to manage the disposal of brine.

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14 November, 2019

KAUST student Zain Ahmad wins best poster award

KAUST M.S. student Zain Ahmad won the best poster award in the area of "Nanofabrication for Functionality" at the 45th International Conference on Micro & Nano Engineering (MNE2019).

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14 November, 2019

Yasmeen Najm successfully defends Ph.D. thesis

Yasmeen Najm successfully defended her thesis entitled "Photosynthetic Oxygenation and Nutrient Utilization by Chlorella Vulgaris in a Hybrid Membrance Bioreactor and Algal Membrane Photobioreactor System" under the supervision of Professor TorOve Leiknes.

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13 November, 2019

OrbitCrops wins 2nd place at StartUp Istanbul

OrbitCrops was awarded second place at the Startup Istanbul event held on October 18-21, 2019.

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10 November, 2019

Raid AlRowais wins best paper award

Congratulations to Raid Alrowais for winning the best paper award at the IMAT 2019 held on November 7-8, at Kyushu University, Kasuga, Japan.

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29 October, 2019

Huma Sanawar successfully defends her Ph.D. thesis

Congratulations to Huma for successfully defending her thesis entitled “Enhanced Chemical Cleaning of Reverse Osmosis Membranes to Mitigate Biofouling.”

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28 October, 2019

Alaa Ragab successfully defends her Ph.D. thesis

Alaa Ragab successfully defended her thesis entitled "Investigating Effects of Electron Donor Availability on Cathodic Microbial Community Structure and Functional Dynamics in Electromethanogenesis" on October 27, 2019.

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