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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01 July, 2019

Insects inspire greener, cheaper membranes for desalination

Professor Himanshu Mishra, postdoc Ratul Das and research scientist Sankara Arunachalam were inspired by insects to develop a membrane from nonhydrophobic materials for membrane distillation.

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19 June, 2019

Casting a net for a sustainable water network

Prof. Hans Vrouwenvelder discussed in this article how WDRC focuses on three flagship research themes: greener desalination, water security, and waste to resource to transform the water cycle.

It also highlights the partnership between WDRC and The Red Sea Development Company by launching the 'Brains for Brine Challenge', a call for fresh ideas to tackle the challenge of managing brine in an environmentally sustainable manner.

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07 May, 2019

A leap forward in estimating crop water use

High-resolution imaging data collected by small satellites could transform how we monitor freshwater use in agriculture.

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07 April, 2019

Solar-powered cup brews better brine treatments

Prof. Peng Wang and his team developed a solar photothermal distillation device which could evaporate water with 90% energy efficiency. It could also concentrate the brine effectively and dramatically reduce waste from the desalination process.

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18 March, 2019

A drone on crop resources

HALO Lab's most recent work demonstrated that crop monitoring using UAVs is a more effective and economical option which could help farmers manage crops with precision thereby saving resources while growing better quality crops.

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28 February, 2019

Probing water's skin

Prof. Himanshu Mishra's latest contribution to electrosprays investigation was discussed in detail in this recent article from the KAUST Discovery.

It was also the featured cover article at Chemical Science journal published on Feb. 27, 2019.

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