20 September, 2022Membranes 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.
24 July, 2022Managing 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.
30 June, 2022Drones 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.
06 March, 2022Coproducing 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.
10 January, 2022Making 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).
17 October, 2021Treated 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.
12 October, 2021The 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.
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.