NYUAD Water Research Center awarded the Research and Innovation Award for 2022 - 2023

His Excellency Suhail Mohamed Al Mazrouei, the UAE's Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, awarded the Research and Innovation Award for 2022-2023 to the NYUAD Water Research Center in the Water Security and Sustainability category.

Senior Vice Provost for Research Sehamuddin Galadari and Director of the NYUAD Water Research Center Nidal Hilal received the award today in a special ceremony in Dubai.  Feb 27, 2023

Professor Nidal Hilal, Director of NYUAD Water Research Center, has been featured in an EXPO 2020 special series on "Land of dreamers who do" at the UAE Pavillion. Watch him discuss water and our work in this short video.


The Osmosis Engineering book (ISBN: 978-0-12-821016-1) by Professor Nidal Hilal et al provides a comprehensive overview of the state of the art regarding osmosis based research and industrial/engineering applications. It covers the underpinning theories, technology development and commercial applications, with chapters written by the leading researchers in the relevant fields.

Engineered osmosis (EO) refers to a family of membrane based separation processes, with wide industrial applications, but primarily associated with the production of drinking water from seawater and brackish water, and with the treatment of contaminated and waste water.


Osmosis is the diffusion driven flow of fluid across a semi-permeable membrane, leading to separation of solutes from solvent. EO collectively are processes based on driving solutions through a selective membrane either with or against the osmotic gradient. EO processes is a rapidly moving research which includes both isothermal (Forward Osmosis, FO; Pressure Retarded Osmosis, PRO; Reverse Osmosis, RO; Osmotic Distillation, OD) and non-isothermal (Osmotic Membrane Distillation, OMD; Thermo-osmosis, TO) membrane separation processes used for water and energy production.

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New York University Abu Dhabi faculty members receive UAE’s 10-year golden residency visa
Professor Nidal Hilal, the Director of NYUAD Water Research Center, receives 10-year golden residency visa in recognition of their outstanding research contributions to the UAE and the region.
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Nidal Hilal is a Menelaus Medal Winner 2020
Director of NYUAD Water Research Center and Professor of Engineering Nidal Hilal, has won the Learned Society of Wales’ Menelaus Medal 2020, awarded to celebrate excellence in engineering and technology.
The Learned Society of Wales | 2020

Tapping into Salty Water to Grow Healthy Food
In a world where fresh water is scarce, can brackish water be converted into fertiliser solutions to grow healthy crops, improving water/food sustainability?
Advances in Engineering | 2019