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.

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Latest Publications

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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

Low-resistance monovalent-selective cation exchange membranes prepared using molecular layer deposition for energy-efficient ion separation

Eyal Merary Wormser, Oded Nir and Eran Edri

RSC Advances, 2021, 11, 2427-2436,

Tuning the Ion-Selectivity of Thin-Film Composite Nanofiltration Membranes by Molecular Layer Deposition of Alucone

S. Chaudhury, E. Wormser, Y. Harari, E. Edri, O. Nir

ACS applied materials & interfaces, 2020, 12 (47), 53356-53364.

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Electro-enhanced membrane sorption: a new approach for selective ion separation and its application to phosphate and arsenic removal

S. Chaudhury, O. Nir

Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 2020, 59, 22, 10595–10605.

Enhancing the sustainability of phosphogypsum recycling by integrating electrodialysis with bipolar membranes

CS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, 2020, 8, 6, 2490-2497

S. Chaudhury, O. Nir

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