Kim Choon Ng

Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering

Research Interests

Professor Ng's research interests are in thermally driven seawater desalination processes, two-phase energy systems, nuclear power thermal hydraulics, adsorption thermodynamics and solar energy systems. He pioneered adsorption cooling and desalination cycles and boosted the water production yield of desalination processes with the AD and MED/MSF hybrid cycles. He also worked on the solar-powered hydrothermal treatment of seawater and wastewater using the 2-axis mini-dish system.

Selected Publications

  • Approaches to energy efficiency in air conditioning: A comparative study on purge configurations for indirect evaporative cooling. Oh, S. J., Shahzad, M. W., Burhan, M., Chun, W., Kian Jon, C., KumJa, M., & Ng, K. C. Energy, 168, 505-515, (2019).
  • Desalination processes' efficiency and future roadmap. Shahzad, M. W., Burhan, M., Ybyraiymkul, D., & Ng, K. C. Entropy, 21(1), (2019). 
  • Hydrogen at the rooftop: Compact CPV-hydrogen system to convert sunlight to hydrogen. Burhan, M., Shahzad, M. W., & Ng, K. C. Applied Thermal Engineering, 132, 154-164, (2018).
  • A pathway for sustainable conversion of sunlight to hydrogen using proposed compact CPV system. Burhan, M., Shahzad, M. W., Oh, S. J., & Ng, K. C. Energy Conversion and Management, 165, 102-112, (2018).
  • Sustainable desalination using ocean thermocline energy. Ng, K. C., & Shahzad, M. W. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 82, 240-246, (2018).
  • A multi evaporator desalination system operated with thermocline energy for future sustainability. Shahzad, M. W., Burhan, M., Ghaffour, N., & Ng, K. C. Desalination, 435, 268-277, (2018).
  • A 3D photothermal structure toward improved energy efficiency in solar steam generation. Shi, Y., Li, R., Jin, Y., Zhuo, S., Shi, L., Chang, J., ...Wang, P. Joule, 2(6), 1171-1186, (2018).


  • ​Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom, 1980
  • B.S.​ (Hons 1), Mechanical Engineering, University of Strathcylde, Glasgow, United Kingdom​, 1975
  • Dip., Singapore Polytechnic, 1973

Professional Profile

  • 2015- Present: Professor, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • 1981- 2015: Professor, National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore​

KAUST Affiliations

  • Water Desalination & Reuse Centre (WDRC)
  • Biological & Environmental Sciences & Engineering (BESE)​
  • Environmental Science and Engineering Program