Sarah Kerdi, Ph.D.

Research Scientists

​Research Scientist

Research Interests

  • ​Optimization of spacer design for fouling mitigation and enhanced filtration performance 
  • Water desalination processes
  • Prevention/control and characterization of fouling developed in filtration systems 
  • Synthesis of materials and metallic nanoparticles embedded in mesoporous materials
  • Synthesis of heterogeneous catalysts and their evaluation via chemical reactions
  • Chemical formulation 

Selected Publications

  • Novel hole-pillar spacer design for improved hydrodynamics and biofouling mitigation in membrane filtration, S. Kerdi, A. Qamar, S. M. Ali , H. K. Shon, J. S. Vrouwenvelder, N. Ghaffour, Scientific Reports, 11, 6979, (2021).
  • Hole-type spacer for more stable shale gas produced water treatment by forward osmosis, J. AlQattan, Y. Kim, S. Kerdi, A. Qamar, N. Ghaffour, Membranes, 11, 34, (2021).
  • Effect of Localized Hydrodynamics on Biofilm Attachment and Growth in a Cross-low Filtration Channel, S. Kerdi, A. Qamar, J. S. Vrouwenvelder, N. Ghaffour, Water Research, 188, 116502, (2021).
  • Biofilm Removal Efficacy Using Direct Electrical Current in Cross-Flow Ultrafiltration Processes for Water Treatment, S. Kerdi, A. Qamar, J. S. Vrouwenvelder, N. Ghaffour, Journal of Membrane Science, 620, 118808, (2021)
  • Membrane filtration performance enhancement and biofouling mitigation using symmetric spacers with helical filament... 
    S, Kerdi, A. Qamar, A. Alpatova, J.S. Vrouwenvelder, N. Ghaffour
    Desalination, Volume 484, p.114454, (2020)


  • Ph.D., Chemistry, UCBL, Villeurbanne, France, 2011
  • M.Sc., Chemistry, UCBL, Villeurbanne, France, 2008
  • B.Sc., Chemical engineering, ITECH, Lyon, France, 2007

Professional Profile

  • April 2021-present: Research scientist, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2017-2021: Researcher, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2012-2014: Postdoctoral fellow, IRCELYON, Villeurbanne, France
  • 2008-2011: Ph.D. student, IRCELYON, Villeurbanne, France

KAUST Affiliations

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

Research Interests Keywords

Membrane filtration processes Water desalination Fouling Spacer design Material sciences Catalysis Chemical formulation