Dr Sahar Daer

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Australian Centre for Water and Environmental Biotechnology
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology


Sahar Daer is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Australian Centre for Water and Environmental Biotechnology. Sahar Daer obtained her PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Iowa State University. She also holds a Masters by Research in Water and Environmental Engineering from Masdar Institute (now Khalifa University, UAE) and a Masters in Environment and Sustainability from The University of Western Ontario (Canada).

During her PhD, Sahar investigated the potential development of microbial resistance against frequent exposure to disinfectants within potable water reuse. Sahar also was involved in the optimization and development of novel polymeric membranes for application in forward osmosis for seawater desalination in the United Arab Emirates.

Sahar’s current research interests include polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) removal from contaminated water sources, advanced oxidation processes for water treatment, as well as efficient potable water reuse strategies. Her other research interests include environmental microbiology and water disinfection.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Iowa State University
  • Masters (Research)
  • Masters (Coursework), University of Western Ontario
  • Bachelor, University of Calgary


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