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 Materials for Energy and Water (MEW) Lab

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Director:
Dr. Turki Nabieh Baroud
Location: Building 75, Room 407 and Building 63, Room 332
Tel:860-2630

Contact Person: Mr. Faheemuddin Patel

Email: faheemmp@kfupm.edu.sa

Phone: 860-7819

Introduction:

The Materials for Energy and Water lab (MEW) was established in 2020 in Mechanical Engineering Department at KFUPM.  The MEW lab fosters interdisciplinary research at the forefront of materials science by bringing together faculty, researchers, students, and industry in materials science, materials chemistry, energy generation and storage, water desalination and treatment in a highly-collaborative, progressive research environment. The Research at MEW spans from synthesis and characterization of advanced materials to fundamental understanding of the phenomena and roles of materials used for energy and water applications. The MEW lab houses cutting-edge facility to empower researchers to conduct impactful and high-quality research. The lab focuses on rationally designing and developing advanced functional materials for:

  • Converting renewable resources to energy
  • Mitigating the energy's impact on the environment
  • Water desalination and treatment. 

Representative of Ongoing Research Projects:

  • Development of Highly Efficient Membranes for Desalination of Produced Water.
  • Synthesis and Functionalization of Porous Materials for Electrochemical Conversion of CO2 to Useful Chemicals. 

Courses Supported:

  1. ME 411 / ME 412 / ME 414 / ME 416: Senior Design Projects
  2. ME 574 Advanced Materials Science
  3. MSE 503 Engineering Nanomaterials
  4. MSE 531 Materials Characterization
  5. ME 606: Independent Research
  6. ME 610: MS Thesis
  7. ME 701 / ME 702 : Directed Research
  8. ME 710 / ME 712 : PhD Dissertation

Equipment and Applications

S. No.EquipmentApplications
MAJOR EQUIPMENT
1Atomic Force Microscope (AFM)For high resolution nano-scale imaging of materials
2Raman MicroscopeFor chemical composition and structure of materials
3FTIR spectrometerFor identification of qualitative and quantitative information materials
4PorometerTo measure pore size and pore distribution in porous materials with open pores
5Electrospinning systemTo perform electrospinning of materials and fibers
6Microwave reaction systemTo perform microwave synthesis of materials
7High Pressure Reaction Systems (Autoclaves)To perform chemical reactions at high pressures
8Contact angle measuring instrument (Goniometer)For measuring water contact angles of the surfaces
9Dip CoaterTo coat samples with thin coatings with single or multiple layers
10Optical microscopeFor optical imaging in reflection and transmission modes
11Automatic Grinder and PolisherFor grinding polishing of hard materials
12Automatic Uniaxial PressFor high pressure Uniaxial compaction of powder materials
13High Temperature Tube FurnaceFor high temperature sintering under vacuum or inert atmosphere
MINOR EQUIPMENT AND SETUPS
14Membrane distillation setupTo perform membrane distillation experiments
15Water purification systemTo prepare pure/distilled water for experimental use
16Vacuum Ovens 
17Rotational ViscometerTo measure shear viscosity of solutions
18CentrifugeTo mix and homogenize solutions and dispersants
19PH, Conductivity and Ion Analyzer To measure PH, conductivity and ionic state of solutions and dispersants
20Probe Ultra-Sonicator For ultra-sonication of solutions containing nanoparticles and dispersants to obtain a homogeneous solution
21DensimeterTo measure density using Archimedes Principle
22Magnetic stirrers with hot platesFor stirring solutions and dispersants with controlled speed and temperature
23Micro BalancesFor precise weight measurement up to micrograms



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