Sarah Kerdi, Ph.D.

Research Staff

​Research Consultant

Research Interest

  • ​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

  • 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)
  • Energy efficient 3D printed column type feed spacer for membrane filtration 
    S.M. Ali, A. Qamar, S. Kerdi, S. Phuntsho, J.S. Vrouwenvelder, N. Ghaffour, Ho Kyong Shona
    Water Research, volume 164, pp. 114961, (2019)
  • An in-situ technique for the direct structural characterization of biofouling in membrane filtration 
    S. Kerdi, A. Qamar, A. Alpatova, N. Ghaffour
    DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2019.04.051, (2019)
  • Fouling Resilient Perforated Feed Spacers for Membrane Filtration 
    S. Kerdi, A. Qamar, J.S. Vrouwenvelder, N. Ghaffour
    Water Research, Vol.140, pp. 211-219, (2018)


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

Professional Profile

  • 2017-present: 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