Szilard Bucs

Research Scientists

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Research Scientist

Research Interest

​​Reverse osmosis processes, biofouling characterization and control in membrane systems and scale up of novel technologies for desalination.

Selected Publications

  • Biofouling in forward osmosis systems: an experimental and numerical study 
    S.S. Bucs, R. Valladares Linares, J.S. Vrouwenvelder, C. Picioreanu
    Water Research, Volume 106, pp. 86-97, (2016)
  • Effect of water temperature on biofouling development in reverse osmosis membrane systems 
    N.M. Farhat, J.S. Vrouwenvelder, M.C.M. Van Loosdrecht, S.S. Bucs, M. Staal
    Water Research, Volume 103, pp. 149-159, (2016)
  • Spatial heterogeneity of biofouling under different cross-flow velocities in reverse osmosis membrane systems 
    N.M. Farhat, M. Staal, S.S. Bucs, M.C.M. Van Loosdrecht, J.S. Vrouwenvelder
    Journal of Membrane Science, Volume 520, pp. 964-971, (2016)
  • Development of a setup to enable stable and accurate flow conditions for membrane biofouling studies 
    S.S. Bucs, N.M. Farhat, A. Siddiqui, R. Valladares Linares, A. Radu, J.C. Kruithof, J.S. V...
    Desalination and Water Treatment, (2015)
  • Experimental and numerical characterization of the water flow in spacer-filled channels of spiral-wound membranes 
    S.S. Bucs, R. Valladares Linares, J.O. Marston, A.I. Radu, J.S. Vrouwenvelder, C. Piciorea...
    Water Research, Volume 87, 299-310, (2015)
  • Impact of organic nutrient load on biomass accumulation, feed channel pressure drop increase and permeate flux decl... 
    S.S. Bucs, R. Valladares Linares, M.C.M. van Loosdrecht, J.C. Kruithof, J.S. Vrouwenvelder
    Water Research, volume 67, p. 227242, (2014)
  • Early non-destructive biofouling detection and spatial distribution: application of oxygen sensing optodes 
    N.M. Farhat, M. Staal, A. Siddiqui, S.M. Borisov, S.S. Bucs, J.S. Vrouwenvelder
    Water Research, volume 83, 10-20, (2015)
  • Impact of spacer thickness on biofouling in forward osmosis 
    R. Valladares Linares, S.S. Bucs, Z. Li, M. AbuGhdeeb, G.L. Amy, J.S. Vrouwenvelder
    Water Research, volume 57, pp. 223-233, (2014)
  • Forward osmosis niches in seawater desalination and wastewater reuse 
    R. Valladares Linares, Z. Li, S. Sarp, S.S. Bucs, G.L. Amy, J.S. Vrouwenvelder
    Water Research, volume 66, p. 122139, (2014)
  • Effect of different commercial feed spacers on biofouling of reverse osmosis membrane systems: A numerical study 
    S.S. Bucs, A.I. Radu, V. Lavric, J.S. Vrouwenvelder, C. Picioreanu
    Desalination volume 343, p. 2637, (2014)


  • Ph.D. Applied Biotechnology, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands, 2012
  • M.Sc. Chemical Engineering, University Politehnical of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania, 2007

Professional Profile

  • 2019 -Present, Research Scientist, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • 2012-2019: Research Engineer, KAUST, Saudi Arabia

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • European Membrane Society (EMS)
  • International Desalination Association (IDA)


​Seed Fund Award – KAUST Entrepreneur Center, Saudi Arabia, 2014

KAUST Affiliations

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

Research Interests Keywords

Desalination Wastewater Treatment1 Forward Osmosis reverse osmosis Biofouling