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Research Lab for Water Treatment and Resource Recovery

NirWaterLab is part of the Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research, located in the heart of the desert and equipped with cutting edge labs and analytical equipment. We are working on the development of novel physico-chemical processes for water/wastewater treatment, desalination and resource recovery, as well as on advanced process modeling, which couples geochemistry and mass-transport


Building on our theoretical knowledge and practical expertise in water-chemistry, membrane technology, and water process engineering, we are aimed at developing novel physico-chemical water treatment processes that are both sustainable and cost-efficient. We are working towards these three main goals:

  1. To eliminate water pollution, thus minimizing the risk to human health and the environment caused by impaired water quality

  2. To increase the sustainability of desalination and water treatment technology

  3. to recover valuable resources from the water we process

Through achieving these goals, we hope to make an impact on public health and the environment by promoting a more sustainable and circular economy and securing fresh water and food for future generations.

Latest Publications


Reactive transport in membrane separation modeling: a perspective

Oded Nir, Yaeli Oren, Musie, W. Atshba, Anusha Chandra, Yonatan Geller, Mohit Chaudhary, Lior Monat, Pratham Singh and Ron Zevenhoven

Chemical Engineering Research and Design, (2022)

Circular process for phosphoric acid
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Circular Process for Phosphoric Acid Plant Wastewater Facilitated by Selective Electrodialysis

Lior Monat, Wei Zhang, Alice Jarosí̌ková, Hao Haung, Roy Bernstein*, and Oded Nir*


ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2022, 10, 11567−11576

Elucidating morphological effects in membrane mineral fouling using real-time particle imaging and impedance spectroscopy

Chidiebere S. NnebuoDenise Hambsch and Oded Nir*

Environ. Sci.: Water Res. Technol., 2022, Advance Article

Decreasing Seawater Desalination Footprint by Integrating Bipolar-Membrane Electrodialysis in a Single-Pass Reverse Osmosis Scheme

Sanhita Chaudhury, Noam Harlev, Ophir Haim, Ori Lahav, and Oded Nir*

ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2021, 9, 16232−16240

New compact expressions for concentration-polarization of trace-ions in pressure-driven membrane processes

Yaeli S. Oren, Viatcheslav Freger and Oded Nir*

Journal of Membrane Science Letters 1 (2021) 100003

An advantage for desalination of coastal saline groundwater over seawater in view of boron removal requirements

Shaked SteinOrit SivanYoseph YechieliRoni Kasher* and  Oded Nir*

Environ. Sci.: Water Res. Technol., 2021,7, 2241-2254

Tracking SARS-CoV-2 RNA through the Wastewater Treatment Process

Hala Abu Ali, Karin Yaniv, Edo Bar-Zeev, Sanhita Chaudhury, Marilou Shagan, Satish Lakkakula, Zeev Ronen, Ariel Kushmaro, and Oded Nir*

ACS ES&T Water 2021 1 (5), 1161-1167

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Funding Sources

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