Luigi Ranieri

Ph.D. Students

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interests

  • ​Sustainable water treatment processes, Gravity-Driven Membrane systems 
  • Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), non-invasive in-situ fouling monitoring in membrane systems
  • Characterization of membrane fouling

Selected Publications

    • Gravity-Driven Membrane as seawater desalination pretreatment: Understanding the role of membrane biofilm on water production and AOC removal   L. Ranieri, R.E. Putri, N. Farhat, L.Fortunato, J.S. Vrouwenvelder,     
      Desalination, Vol. 549, p. 116353 (2023). DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2022.1563
    • Periodic fouling control strategies in gravity-driven membrane bioreactors (GD-MBRs): Impact on treatment performance and membrane fouling properties
      L. Ranieri, J.S. Vrouwenvelder, L.Fortunato     
      Science of The Total Environment, Volume 838, Part 3, (2022). DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2022.156340
    • Fouling control in a gravity-driven membrane (GDM) bioreactor treating primary wastewater by using relaxation and/o...
      L. Fortunato, L. Ranieri, V. Naddeo, T.O. Leiknes
      Journal of Membrane Science, Vol. 610, p. 118261, (2020)


    • M.Sc., Environmental Engineering, University of Salerno, Italy, 2019
    • B.Sc., Civil Engineering, University of Salerno, Italy, 2016

    Professional Profile

    • 2020 - Present: PhD Student, WDRC, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
    • 2019: Visiting Student Research Program, KAUST, Saudi Arabia,

    KAUST Affiliations

    • ​​​Water Desalination and Reuse Center (WDRC)
    • Division of Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE)​​

    Research Interests Keywords

    ​Wastewater treatment Membrane fouling In-situ monitoring Seawater pre-treatment for desalination