Muscat: Among more than 100 competitors from various Arab countries, doctoral student Amira Al Gharibiya of Sultan Qaboos University won second place in the third Kuwaiti and Arab Youth Forum competitions.
Her scientific project was entitled "Improving the performance of the membrane distillation process for water desalination using carbon nanotubes derived from waste of the Omani Palm.”
Amira is a doctoral student specializing in chemical engineering and transformational processes at the College of Engineering at Sultan Qaboos University. She is also a member of the Omani Water Society and has participated in the forum “The Role of Youth in Sustainable Development and Water Sustainability” organized by the Arab Planning Institute in the State of Kuwait.
The project involves processes like reverse osmosis [RO], desalination and membrane distillation.
Membrane distillation is a separation technique that can be used in desalination applications. It has the potential to displace the mainstream pressure-based membrane-based desalination technologies currently in use.