Qatar University (QU) published the first book in the Gulf region on Reverse Osmosis (RO) desalination.
'Reverse Osmosis Systems: Design, Optimisation and Troubleshooting Guide', is published by Elsevier, the largest science publisher.
Available online, the book is authored by Prof. Syed Javaid Zaidi, and co-authored with Haleema Saleem from the Center for Advanced Materials (CAM), QU.
Water security has been identified as one of the Grand Challenges of Qatar National Vision 2030.
“The book is an essential reference for professionals, researchers, and students in environmental engineering practices and related fields. It is also a helpful tool for managers and official decision-makers that face water scarcity issues worldwide.” said Prof. Mariam al-Maadeed, vice president for Research and Graduate Studies at QU.
"The book is timely as Qatar's desalination industry shifts from thermal-based to membrane based RO technology and will help develop technological solutions and enhance production”, noted Dr Mohamed Irshidat, acting director of CAM, which has been engaged in cutting-edge research in nanomaterials for energy and environment.
CAM supports local oil and gas, desalination and water treatment, processing industries as well as the Qatari society. The materials research contributes to economic progress by developing advanced materials for new technologies and enhancing the performance of established technologies.
CAM has strong collaboration with the Qatar Electricity and Water Company (QEWC) for optimising the efficiency of water desalination technologies. CAM in collaboration with QEWC established a Water Technology Unit (WTU) in QU to addresses current and emerging issues relating to water quality and scarcity. The goal also is to build its capacity and develop local expertise to support the water desalination and treatment industry in Qatar.