Sofiane Soukane, Ph.D.

Research Scientists

Research Scientist

Research Interests

​My research interest at KAUST lies in process hybridization and optimization of water and resources recovery processes as well as the development of innovative technologies in desalination through prototyping and advanced numerical modeling. 

Selected Publications

  • Membrane distillation hybrids for water production and energy efficiency enhancement: A critical review 
    N. Ghaffour, S. Soukane, J.-G. Lee, Y. Kim, A. Alpatova
    Applied Energy, volume 254, pp. 113698, (2019)
  • Direct contact membrane distillation module scale-up calculations: Choosing between convective and conjugate approa... 
    S. Soukane, J.-G. Lee, N. Ghaffour
    Separation and Purification Technology, volume 209, pp. 279-292, (2019)
  • Total water production capacity inversion phenomenon in multi-stage direct contact membrane distillation: A theoret... 
    J.-G. Lee, A.S. Alsaadi, A.M. Karam, L. Francis, S. Soukane, N. Ghaffour
    Journal of Membrane Science, volume 544, pp.126-134, (2017)
  • Effect of feed flow pattern on the distribution of permeate fluxes in desalination by direct contact membrane disti... 
    S. Soukane, M.W. Naceur, L. Francis, A. Alsaadi, N. Ghaffour
    Desalination, volume 418, pp. 43-59, (2017)


  • Ph.D., Process Engineering, Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse, France
  • M.Sc., Process Engineering, Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse, France
  • B.Sc., Chemical Engineering, Ecole Nationale Polytechnique d'Alger, Algeria

Professional Profile

  • 2019-present: Research scientist, WDRC, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia.
  • 2015-2019: Associate professor, National Institute of Marine Science and Coastal Management. Algiers, Algeria
  • 2010-2015: Associate professor, Chemical engineering department, University of Blida, Algeria
  • 2008-2010: Process integration manager, Advanced Technologies Research Center, Algeria
  • 2002-2008: Senior researcher, Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • 2000-2002: Research engineer, Applied Materials Inc., CA, USA
  • 1998-2000: Post-doctoral research associate, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY, USA.

KAUST Affiliations

​Water Desalination and Reuse Center (WDRC)

Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering Division (BESE)

Research Interests Keywords

​Process design and scale-up Multi-scale modeling and simulation