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Keeping it random

“A nano-scale memristor is shown to have superior stability for random number generation as an integral part of secure data transmission. Using atomically thin two-dimensional films, researchers have developed a nano-scale random number generator with enhanced long-term stability and reduced …

Solar gains stack up

“Clever contacts enhance perovskite/silicon tandem solar-cell performance. Flipping the structure of perovskite/silicon tandem solar cells can lead to dramatic gains in solar-cell performance, KAUST scientists have discovered. To enable the flipped cells’ high power-conversion efficiency, the team developed …

Minding the gaps to boost perovskite performance

“A simple holistic solution plugs the performance-sapping defects that hamper new alternative solar materials. A multifunctional molecule that plugs various atomic-scale defects in perovskite solar materials can significantly boost the longevity and electrical output of this promising solar technology, KAUST …

Getting smart about off-grid desalination

“Theoretical modeling helps boost the efficiency of a device that generates both clean drinking water and electricity. Small changes in membrane design can have a large impact on the performance of a new technology developed at KAUST that uses waste …

Sweet spot for membrane thickness offers sustainable separations

“Perfecting the dimensions of chemical separation membranes is a step toward a sustainable chemical industry. Super-thin carbon molecular sieve (CMS) membranes may not be best for separating industrially important chemical mixtures. However, ensuring the CMS film thickness is just right …

Training an AI eye on the Moon

“Machine learning accelerates the search for promising Moon sites for energy and mineral resources. A Moon-scanning method that can automatically classify important lunar features from telescope images could significantly improve the efficiency of selecting sites for exploration. There is more …

Building a better biosensor polymer

“Conquering a chemical challenge to control the structure of a polymer opens a path to better biosensors. A new organic (carbon-based) semiconducting material has been developed that outperforms existing options for building the next generation of biosensors. An international research …

Stopping the sulfur shuttle for better batteries

“A layer of hierarchically three-dimensional porous graphene greatly suppresses a problem holding back the development of lithium-sulfur batteries. As our society and transportation systems become increasingly electrified, scientists worldwide are seeking more efficient and higher capacity storage systems. Researchers at …

Electrochemical cell harvests lithium from seawater

“The system offers an economical way to source essential battery material. Lithium is a vital element in the batteries that power electric vehicles, but soaring lithium demand is expected to exhaust land-based reserves by 2080. KAUST researchers have now developed …

Making the shift from blue to red for better LEDs

“Pure red-light micrometer-scale emitting devices made from a nitride semiconductor reaches excellent efficiency. A new micro-light-emitting diode (micro-LED) developed at KAUST can efficiently emit pure red light and may help in the quest to develop full-color displays based on …