This research portfolio focuses on enhancing the sustainability of water resources in Qatar and beyond by providing scientific and technological solutions for energy- efficient water desalination, wastewater treatment for safe discharge and reuse, and groundwater mapping for best options of aquifer recharge.
The water portfolio team supported Qatar's National Development Strategy (2017-2022) through technical consultancy, drafting water chapters in collaboration with relevant governmental authorities including Kahramaa, Ashghal, Ministry of Municipality and Environment and Qatar Petroleum.
Water Quality and Monitoring Pillar focuses on the quality of different sources of water at ultra trace concentrations of potential contaminants and their metabolites and species in Qatar. The pillar introduces basic and advanced understanding of groundwater systems through hydrological studies supported by modelling; and application of sophisticated methods of radar mapping and satellite imagining.
Material Pillar deals with design and fabrication of novel-efficient cost effective materials with improved properties for water treatment and desalination in Qatar. The research focuses on development of novel adsorbents and polymer/inorganic membranes based on modified activated carbon, montmorillonite, graphene and MXene nanomaterials with advanced performance, sorption capacity, and low fouling capabilities.
Process Development and Optimization Pillar focuses on improving existing water desalination and treatment technologies as well as developing novel technologies, in order to address the issues highlighted by the monitoring pillar, through using commercial and in-house (by materials pillar) materials.