01 February, 2024

Greening initiatives that hit home

KAUST researchers highlight the importance of tailoring urban greening initiatives for specific contexts, with a focus on challenges and solutions for the Middle East.

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01 January, 2024

The sweet smell of successful wastewater treatment

The KAUST team, led by Kyle Lauersen and including environmental scientist Professor Peiying Hong, has innovatively used engineered algae, specifically Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, to treat wastewater and produce valuable co-products.

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20 September, 2022

Membranes help multiply microbial CO2 munching

Professor Pascal Saikaly and postdoc Bin Bian have developed a microbial electrosynthesis process whereby living microbes transform carbon dioxide into useful chemicals in an electrochemical cell via a reduction reaction under applied voltage.

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25 July, 2022

One drop at a time

WDRC is finding solutions across all scales to tackle water security challenges by understanding water's fundamental physical and chemical properties, using satellites, solar energy and microorganisms.

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24 July, 2022

Managing water security down to the tiniest drop

The challenge to provide fresh water and protect supply for future generations already requires a huge effort, coordination and management. WDRC is already planning and delivering technological advances on the global, local, micro- and nanoscale to make water usage more sustainable.

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30 June, 2022

Drones and dyes paint a picture of coastal water movement

Prof. Matthew McCabe, research scientist Kasper Johansen and PhD student Aislinn Dunne from Prof. Burton Jones' group have brought disciplines together to create a detailed picture of water flows between different habitats on the Red Sea coast.

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25 April, 2022

Wax coating helps waning water resources

Professor Himanshu Mishra and colleagues developed superhydrophobic sand (called SandX), a bio-inspired material comprising grains of sand or sandy soils coated in a nanoscale layer of paraffin wax.

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20 March, 2022

Drones shed light on coastal water flows

Prof. Matthew McCabe, research scientist Kasper Johansen and Ph.D. student Aislinn Dunne developed a method using drones and harmless dyes to track and monitor the movement of water between coastal habitats.

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06 March, 2022

Coproducing water and electricity powers crop growth

Prof. Peng Wang and Dr. Renyuan Li have designed a system that extracts fresh water from the atmosphere using heat generated by photovoltaic panels. The water could be used to irrigate crops in water-scarce regions.

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15 February, 2022

What we knew about water was right after all

A comprehensive investigation by KAUST researchers sets the record straight on the formation of hydrogen peroxide in micrometre-sized water droplets, or microdroplets, and shows that ozone is the key to this transformation

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10 January, 2022

Making light work of emerging micropollutants

A collaboration between KAUST's Solar Center and Water Desalination and Reuse Center resulted in developing a high-intensity pulsed light (HIPL) treatment efficient for post-treatment of contaminated water containing organic micropollutants (OMPs).

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28 October, 2021

Chemical-free cleaning of bioreactor membranes

Prof. Peiying Hong and alumnus Dr. Giantommaso Scarascia develop a method to remove biofilms on membranes in anaerobic reactors by using bacteriophages and UV light.

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17 October, 2021

Treated jute bags boost grain storage and other green goals

Dr. Kennedy Odokonyero, a postdoctoral fellow in Prof. Himanshu Mishra's group developed a wax-based treatment for jute bags to improve water repellency and reduces loss of stored food grains.

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12 October, 2021

The curious task of watching liquid marbles dry

Professor Himanshu Mishra and Ph.D. student Adair Gallo Jr. discover, with the help of high-speed imaging, that liquid–particle and particle-particle interactions critically influence the evaporation behavior of liquid marbles.

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20 September, 2021

Strong 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.

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04 April, 2021

Harnessing the power of microbes for water reuse

Prof. Pascal Saikaly is pioneering technologies based on microbial electrolysis cells that use microbes to decompose organic matter in wastewater to generate electricity.

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22 February, 2021

A salt solution for desalinating brine

Prof. Peng Wang and his Ph.D. student Chenlin Zhang developed a method to treat waste brine from water desalination plants using a self-cleaning crystallizer powered by solar energy.

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08 February, 2021

Monitoring 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.

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20 December, 2020

Wastewater monitoring in COVID-19 surveillance

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

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16 November, 2020

Peel-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.

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