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.
25 July, 2022One 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.
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.
25 April, 2022Wax 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.
20 March, 2022Drones 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.
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.
15 February, 2022What 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
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).
28 October, 2021Chemical-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.
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.
04 April, 2021Harnessing 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.
22 February, 2021A 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.
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.
20 December, 2020Wastewater monitoring in COVID-19 surveillance
Prof. Peiying Hong monitors wastewater to determine and survey the prevalence of the COVID-19 in populations.
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.
29 October, 2020Probing water for an electrifying cause
Prof. Himanshu Mishra and his Ph.D. student Jamilya Nauruzbayeva are delving into water to understand how water interacts with the charges of different surfaces.
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.