20 September, 2021Strong sunlight powers passive cooling device
Professor Peng Wang and Dr. Wenbin Wang developed a simple cooling system based on solar energy and the cooling effect of saltwater evaporation that could be used for refrigeration in regions with limited access to electricity.
08 February, 2021Monitoring precious groundwater resources for arid agricultural regions
Prof. Matthew McCabe and Dr. Oliver Lopez, a research specialist, developed the world's first operating system to monitor and model agricultural water use at fine spatial and time scales.
16 November, 2020Peel-off coating keeps desalination cleaner and greener
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.
18 October, 2020Sludge-powered bacteria generate more electricity, faster
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.
29 June, 2020Anammox 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.
17 May, 2020Sea 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.
12 May, 2020Moisture-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.
03 February, 2020Flushing 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.
08 January, 2020Chlorine 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.
10 September, 2019The movers and shakers of wastewater treatment
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.
28 August, 2019Fair compare of desalination puts heat on energy sources
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.