Kim Choon NG, Ph.D.



Research Interest

His research interests are in nuclear power plants, solar energy applications, adsorption cooling & desalination, membrane-based dehumidification. He has published over two hundred peer-reviewed journals and conferences. He is active in professional services, serving as associate editors in three international journals. He has published 2 books, 4 book chapters, 12 patents, and 4 spin-off companies. His research H-index is 37 with 4463 citations.

Selected Publications

  • Performance investigation on a 4-bed adsorption desalination cycle with internal heat recovery scheme 
    K. Thu, H. Yanagi, B.B. Saha, K.C. Ng
    Desalination, Volume 402, pp. 88-96, (2017)
  • A heat transfer correlation for transient vapor uptake of powdered adsorbent embedded onto the fins of heat exchang... 
    A. Li, K. Thu, A. Bin Ismail, K.C. Ng
    Applied Thermal Engineering, Volume 93, pp. 668-677, (2016)
  • Performance investigation of a waste heat-driven 3-bed 2-evaporator adsorption cycle for cooling and desalination 
    K. Thu, B.B. Saha, K.J. Chua, K.C. Ng
    International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Volume 101, pp. 1111-1122, (2016)
  • Fundamental and application aspects of adsorption cooling and desalination 
    B.B. Saha, I.I. El-Sharkawy, M.W. Shahzad, K. Thu, L. Ang, K.C. Ng
    Applied Thermal Engineering, Volume 97, pp. 68-76, (2016)
  • An adsorption equilibria model for steady state analysis 
    A. Bin Ismail, K.M. Sabnani, L. Ang, K.C. Ng
    International Journal of Technology, Volume 7, pp. 274-280, (2016)
  • A novel integrated thermal-/membrane-based solar energy-driven hybrid desalination system: Concept description and ... 
    Y.-D. Kim, K. Thu, K.C. Ng, G.L. Amy, N. Ghaffour
    Water Research, Volume 100, 7-19, (2016)
  • Recent developments in thermally-driven seawater desalination: Energy efficiency improvement by hybridization of the... 
    K.C. Ng, K. Thu, S.J. Oh, L. Ang, M.W. Shahzad, A. Bin Ismail
    Desalination, vol. 356, 255-270, (2015)
  • Performance of adsorbent-embedded heat exchangers using binder-coating method 
    A. Li, K. Thu, A. Bin Ismail, M.W. Shahzad, K.C. Ng
    International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 92, 149-157, (2015)
  • An experimental investigation on MEDAD hybrid desalination cycle 
    M.W. Shahzad, K. Thu, Y.-D. Kim, K.C. Ng
    Applied Energy, 148, 273-281, (2015)
  • A hybrid multi-effect distillation and adsorption cycle 
    K. Thu, Y.-D. Kim, G.L. Amy, W.G. Chun, K.C. Ng
    Applied Energy, 104, 810-82, (2013)


  • ​Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom, 1980
  • B.S.​ (Hons 1), Mechanical Engineering, University of Strathcylde, Glasgow, United Kingdom​, 1975
  • Dip., Singapore Polytechnic, 1973

Professional Profile

  • 2015- Present: Professor, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • 1981- 2015: Professor, NUS, Singapore​

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • ​Professional Engineer (Singapore)
  • Member of IES, Singapore
  • MIMechE, UK.


  • ​Ludwig Mond Prize, 2006, Institution of Mechanical Engineers, IMechE, London, UK
  • IES Prestigious Engineering Achievements Award 2009 (Team award)– by Institution of Engineers Singapore for research in Adsorption Technology for Desalination and Cooling
  • NUS Innovation & Enterprise Award 2014
  • GE-Aramco Renewable Energy Solutions for Desalination 2015.
  • IES Prestigious Engineering Achievements Award 2015 (Team award)– by Institution of Engineers Singapore for Air Conditioning Efficiency improvements without compressors.

KAUST Affiliations

  • Water Desalination & Reuse Centre (WDRC)
  • Biological & Environmental Sciences & Engineering (BESE)​

Research Interests Keywords

​Solar-powered adsorption desalination Thermal desalination, ​Membrane-based dehumidification​