Cristian Picioreanu, Ph.D.


Research Interest: Numerical modeling, Biofilms, Membrane engineering, Bioreactor engineering, Multi-scale simulations, Water Treatment

Johannes Vrouwenvelder, Ph.D.

Professor | Center Director

Research Interest: Biofouling, Water Treatment, Biofilms, Transport and distribution, Biological stability / regrowth, Microbial water quality, Membrane fouling, Biofilm monitors, On-line sensors

Matthew McCabe, Ph.D.

Professor | ​​​​​​​​Associate Director

Research Interest: Hydrology, Remote sensing, Climate change, Agriculture, Evaporation, Water resources, Satellite, ​UAV

Kim Choon NG, Ph.D.


Research Interest: ​Solar-powered adsorption desalination, Thermal desalination,, ​Membrane-based dehumidification​

Noreddine Ghaffour, Ph.D.


Research Interest: ​Innovative desalination technologies and hybrid systems (Membrane Distillation,, Forward Osmosis, Adsorption Desalination, Membrane fouling and scaling, Innovative membrane cleaning methods, Fouling indices, RO pretreatment and intake systems, RO systems design and optimization, Desalination economics, Renewable energy-driven integrated desalination technologies

Geert-Jan Witkamp, Ph.D.


Research Interest: Water, Crystallization, Thermodynamics, Supercritical carbon dioxide, Natural deep eutectic solvents, Green solvents

Pascal Saikaly, Ph.D.

​​​Associate Professor​

Research Interest: Microbial Electrochemical Technology, Aerobic Granular Sludge, Anammox

Peng Wang, Ph.D.


Research Interest: ​Nanomaterial, Water, Solar energy, Surface wettability, Membrane, Lithography

Peiying Hong, Ph.D.

​Associate Professor

Research Interest: ​Microbial safety, biotechnology,, water reuse, water quality, antibiotic resistance, anaerobic processes

Himanshu Mishra, Ph.D.

​​​​​​​​​​​Associate Professor

Research Interest: Bio-inspired technologies for food-water security, Capillarity, Surface forces, Nanoconfined liquids, Chemistry at water interfaces

Gary Amy, Ph.D.

​Emeritus Professor

Research Interest: ​Membrane technology, Innovative adsorbents, Ozone/advanced oxidation, River bank filtration and soil aquifer treatment, Natural organic matter and disinfection by-products, Organic and inorganic micropollutants

Research Scientists

Tiannyu Wang, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Research Interest: Bacteria engineering, Biocatalyst, Water safety

Alla Alpatova, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Research Interest: ​Membrane separation processes, Water desalination, Catalytically active membranes, Advanced oxidation processes

Bastiaan Blankert, Ph.D.

​Research Scientist

Research Interest: Process control, Modeling, Membrane processes, Optimization, System design, Pilot scale research, Membrane fouling, Membrane integrity

Muhammad Ali, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Research Interest: ​Biological wastewater treatment, Biological nitrogen transformation, Anaerobic ammonium oxidation​

Szilard Bucs

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Research Scientist

Research Interest: Desalination, Wastewater Treatment1, Forward Osmosis, reverse osmosis, Biofouling

Muhammad Burhan, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Research Interest: ​Solar Energy Systems, Concentrated Photovoltaic (CPV), Water Electrolysis, Ozone Water Treatment, Wastewater Electrolytic Treatment, Hydrogen Energy

Nadia Farhat, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Research Interest: Water Treatment, Desalination, reverse osmosis, Biofouling, non-destructive imaging

Kasper Johansen, Ph.D.

​Research Scientist

Research Interest: Remote sensing, Agriculture, Satellite, High spatial resolution, Geographic object-based image analysis, UAV1, Airborne, Multi-spectral, LiDAR, Thermal, Hyper-spectral, Image processing

Luca Fortunato, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Research Interest: Membrane fouling, In-situ monitoring, Water Treatment, Membrane distillation, Desalination

Krishna Katuri, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Research Interest: Electro-microbiology, Microbial electrochemical systems, Electrochemical membrane bioreactors, Molecular microbial ecology, Bioreactors (aerobic & anaerobic bioprocesses) design for waste treatment and fermentation processes

Zahid Rehman, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Research Interest: Microbiology, Biofouling

Buddha Shrestha, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Research Interest: ​​Hydrophobic interaction, Bio-lubrication, Bio-adhesion, Electrochemistry, Catalysis

Graciela Gonzalez-Gil, Ph.D.

​Research Scientist

Research Interest: Microbial ecology, Biofilms architecture and ecology, Drinking water, Environmental biotechnology

Sofiane Soukane, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Research Interest: ​Process design and scale-up, Multi-scale modeling and simulation

Research Staff

Ali Imran A.

Lab Manager

Samir K. M. Al Mashharawi

​Research Staff

Research Interest: Meterology, Hydrology, land surface and climate modeling, Water resources, arid land water management, water resources engineer, Evapotranspiration

Imene El Tall

Safety Specialist

Andreia Farinha, Ph.D.

Staff Scientist

Research Interest: Water Treatment, Organic pollutants, Chromatography

Ahmed Kasmi

Research Technician

Sarah Kerdi, Ph.D.

​Research Consultant

Research Interest: Membrane filtration processes, Water desalination, Fouling, Spacer design, Material sciences, Catalysis, Chemical formulation

Adnan Qamar, Ph.D.

System Modelling and Data Specialist​

Research Interest: ​Computational Fluid Dynamics, Machine learning, Data Analytics and High Performance Computing (HPC)

Yogesh Singh, Ph.D.

​Research Specialist

Research Interest: ​Water quality (analysis, treatment and monitoring)seawater desalination (SWRO/MD), Pretreatment, Membrane fouling/ scaling

Chengyan Zhao

​Research Technician

Yanjie Zhu

​Research Consultant

Yunpeng Zhou

​Research Technician

Research Interest: Membrane distillation, Desalination, Clean water producing, Waste water treatment

Jianqiang Zhou

​Research Staff

Research Interest: ​Wastewater treatment, Anaerobic MBR, Heterogeneous Fenton oxidation

Oliver López, Ph.D.

Research Specialist

Research Interest: Remote sensing, Hydrology, Water resources

Postdoctoral Fellows

Yu-Hsuan Tu, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: Agricultural monitoring, UAV remote sensing, Vegetation mapping, Aerial survey

Kennedy Odokonyero, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: Plant biology/ecology, Plant microbial interaction, Material engineering, Soil science, Irrigation management

Bárbara Freitas, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: Microalgae biotechnology, Biological Co2 fixation, Food science

Shuo Zhang, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: Anaerobic membrane reactor, Industrial wastewater, water reuse, Pathogen, Emerging contaminants, Membrane fouling

Faheem Akhtar, Ph.D.

​Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: ​Polymeric and mixed-matrix membranes, Water vapor separation, Dehumidification

Mohammed Obaid Awad, Ph.D.

​Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: Seawater desalination, Wastewater Treatment1, Membrane fabrication, Electrospinning, Forward Osmosis, Ultrafiltration

Qian Chen, Ph.D.

​Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: Thermal desalination,, Thermodynamics analysis and optimization

Harun Elcik, Ph.D.

​Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: Membrane distillation, Membrane fouling, Water and Wastewater Treatment, Renewable Energy, Microalgae

Seunghyun Hong, Ph.D.

​​​​Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: ​​Two-dimensional nanomaterials, Nanofluidics, Membrane, Energy harvesting

Mahmoud Ibrahim, Ph.D.

​Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: ​Water Surface, Interface, Wetting, Nanoparticles, Catalysis

Jiale Jang, Ph.D.

​Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: ​Crop growth monitoring, Optical remote sensing modeling, Scale transformation, Data fusion

Renyuan Li, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: Environmental Nanotechnology, Atmospheric Water Harvesting, Photothermal, Water desalination

Muhammad Nawaz, Ph.D.

​Postdoctoral fellow

Research Interest: ​Forward osmosis membrane filtration, Biological treatment of wastewater, Water purification, Fate of chemical contaminants in water treatment

Adriano Santana Sanchez, Ph.D.

​Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: ​Density functional theory, Molecular dynamics, Free energy, Transition state, Machine learning

Meng Shi, Ph.D.

​Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: ​Interfacial phenomenon, Heat transfer, Fluid Mechanics, Nanostructures

Mengchun Wu, Ph.D.

​Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: Bio-inspired films, Photothermal materials

Veerraghavulu Sapireddy, Ph.D.

​Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: ​Microbial biofilm development, Wastewater Treatment1, Microbial fuel cell (MFC) and Microbial electrolysis cell (MEC)

Jiajie Xu, Ph.D.

​Postdoctoral fellow

Research Interest: Wastewater Treatment1, Electrochemical technology, Anaerobic digestion/fermentation, Resource recovery technology

Doskhan Ybyraiymkul, Ph.D.

​Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: CFD modeling, Adsorption, Water desalination, Thermal management systems

Peng Zhang, Ph.D.

​Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: Analytical chemistry, Microchip electrophoresis for bio/nano applications, Nanofabrication techniques, Single-molecule detection based super-resolution optical imaging, Materials characterizations, Water droplet on a super-hydrophobic surface

Yong Jin, Ph.D.

​Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: Condensation, Heat transfer, Desaliantion, Materials, CFD

Bin Bian, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral fellow

Research Interest: Bioelectrochemical systems, Hollow Fiber Membrane, Wastewater Treatment1

Dario Rangel Shaw, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral fellow

Research Interest: ​Microbial ecology of wastewater, ​Environmental microbiology, Bioremediation, Molecular biology techniques

Hyuk Soo Son, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral fellow

Research Interest: Water desalination, Sustainable Engineering

Wenbin Wang, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral fellow

Research Interest: Solar water distillation and collection, ​Wastewater treatment

Ph.D. Students

Yeong Na

Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Environmental engineering, ​Biological wastewater treatment, ​Environmental microbiology

Lamya Al Fuhaid

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: ​NADES, Physical chemistry, Biological processes, biotechnology,, Biochemistry

Sarah Almahfoodh

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Membrane distillation, Water desalination

Yoseline Ángel Lopez

​​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: ​​Hyperspectral remote sensing, satellites, Earth observation, UAVs​​​

Nicolas Augsburger

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: ​Environmental microbiology, antibiotic resistance, Extreme systems microbiology, Microbial-hydrocarbon interactions

Sankara Arunachalam

Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Biomimetics, Microfabrication, Wetting, Membrane distillation, Fluid dynamics, Surface science

Adair Gallo Junior

​​​M.S./Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Solar energy, Water desalination, Materials, ​Interfaces, Superhydrophobicity

Kees Theo Huisman

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Membrane processes, Fouling control, Biofouling, Non-destructive characterization

Luisa Javier

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Biofouling, Membrane systems, reverse osmosis, Desalination process

Rodrigo Jimenez-Sandoval

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Water Treatment, Bioelectrochemical systems, Biofuels, Bioproducts

Ting Li

M.S./Ph.D. Student

Mustakeem Mustakeem

​Ph.D. Candidate​

Research Interest: Bioelectrochemical System, Nanomaterial Interface

Jamilya Nauruzbayeva

​​​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Contact electrification, Superhydrophobicity, Surface wettability, Micro/Nanotextured surfaces, Materials characterization

Maria Fernanda Nava Ocampo

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: ​​Environmental, Chemical engineering, Biofouling

Claudia L. Sánchez Huerta

​​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: ​Membrane bioreactor, Biological wastewater treatments, biotechnology,, Organic micro-pollutants, water reuse

Julie Sanchez Medina

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Environmental biotechnology, Microbial ecology, Resource recovery, ​Wastewater treatment

Victor Manuel Torres Serrano

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Innovative adsorbents, Water desalination, Phosphorus recovery, Inorganic crystallization, Reactor design and modeling

Changzhi Wang

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Bioinformatics, Computational biology, Metagenomics

Chenlin Zhang

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Environmental nanomaterials

Matteo Guiseppe Ziliani

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: ​​Data assimmilation, Unmanned aerial vehicles, Remote sensing, Crop yield modeling

Zain Ahmad

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Wetting, Interfacial Phenomena

Sara Aleid

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Environmental nanomaterials, Water desalination, ​Wastewater treatment, Clean water production, Membranes, Heat recovery, Brine, Bacterial inhibition, Solar cells, Membrane distillation

Bothayna Algashgari

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: ​Environmental microbiology, Antibiotic-resistant bacteria, ​Wastewater treatment

Vinicius Luis dos Santos

​M.S./Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: ​Interfaces, Superhydrophicity, Surfaces

Nayara Vivian Huve Musskopf

​M.S./ Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: ​Interfaces, Superhydrophobicity, Surface wettability, Materials characterization

Ratna Putri

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: ​Environmental microbiology, Bioinformatics, Microbial indicators, Biocorrosion, Microbial enhanced oil recovery

Luigi Ranieri

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: ​Wastewater treatment, Membrane fouling, In-situ monitoring

Mayamin Razali

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: ​Industrial Crystallization, Eutectic Freeze Crystallization, Water Treatment, Scale-up, Sustainable Chemical Process

Administrative Staff

Victor Otoadese

​​Center Manager

Shereen Bawazeer

Business Administrator​

Cecilia Balagtas

​Communications Coordinator

Cairong Zheng

​Administrative Assistant

Industry Specialists

Abdulaali Alharbi

Research specialist/ Pilot Engineer

Muhammad Altaf, Ph.D.

Process and Controls Lead

Paulus J. Buijs

​Center Liaison Officer

Vitor Borges

​Pilot Plant Specialist

Achraf Boussira

​Research Assistant