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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29 October, 2020

Probing 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.

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18 October, 2020

Sludge-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.

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05 October, 2020

Lighting the path to recycling carbon dioxide

Prof. Pascal Saikaly and his student Bin Bian are combining microbial electrosynthesis with renewable energy supply to recycle carbon dioxide while generating useful chemicals and fuels.

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26 July, 2020

Diagnosing individual trees from above

Professor Matthew McCabe and Dr. Kasper Johansen with co-workers in Australia used combined data from satellite and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) flights to map the condition of macadamia trees in Queensland.

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29 June, 2020

Anammox 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.

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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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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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19 September, 2019

Quantum destabilization of a water sandwich

Prof. Himanshu Mishra and his team have revealed new information about what happens when a thin water layer becomes sandwiched between two hydrophobic surfaces.

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10 September, 2019

The 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.

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28 August, 2019

Fair 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.

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11 July, 2019

Solar power with a free side of drinking water

Prof. Peng Wang and his Ph.D. student Wenbin Wang have developed a device that will allow them to generate clean drinking water while generating electricity using solar panels.

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02 July, 2019

Bionic catalysts to produce clean energy

Professor Pascal Saikaly and his former postdoc Shafeer Kalathil are mixing microbes with carbon nanomaterials to create a biohybrid material that can outperform expensive metal-based analogs while also being environmentally friendly.

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