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King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is a private research university located in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia. Founded in 2009, the University provides research and graduate training programs in English as the official language of instruction. KAUST is the first mixed-gender university campus in Saudi Arabia. In 2013, the University was among the 500 fastest growing research and citation records in the world. In the 2016 Nature Index Rising Stars, the University ranked #19 in the world of the fastest rising universities for high quality research output. In 2019 KAUST is ranked #8 fastest rising young universities (aged 50 and under) for their research output since 2015, as measured by fractional count (FC).

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Early warning sensor sniffs out cities’ harmful gas

“An integrated detector device could form the basis of a distributed air-quality sensor network. The design for an electronic sensor that sounds the alarm if toxic industrial and vehicle-exhaust gases exceed safe levels could lead to cleaner air in many …

Pure red LEDs fulfill a primary goal

“First high-intensity, low-voltage red LEDs made from nitride semiconductors. Making pure red LEDs from nitride crystals is a goal that has so far frustrated engineers. However, these LEDs are vital for building the next generation of energy-efficient micro-LED displays …

A current map for improving circuit design

“The flow of an electrical current can be imaged directly using magnetic bubbles. A practical method for mapping the flow of a current in devices with complex geometries that could be used to optimize circuit design has been developed at …

Pushing perovskite solar stability

“Solar perovskite materials could be spiked with organic cation dopants to suppress decomposition and degradation. Expanding the list of organic ingredients that comprise perovskite solar materials could boost their long-term stability and performance, KAUST researchers have predicted. Perovskites have recently …

Baby steps for transparent electronics

“Stretchy, see-through, silver nanowire sheet combines optical transparency with excellent electrical conductivity. A submicrometer-thin mesh of silver nanowires—that is transparent to light, highly electrically conductive, flexible and stretchable, and simple to make—has been developed by researchers at KAUST …

Perfect conditions for precision nanostructures

“Protein-folded DNA nanostructures offer a new building material for biotechnology. By using proteins that naturally bind and arrange DNA inside cells, a KAUST-led team has devised a plug-and-play strategy for building stable, custom-designed nanostructures. The versatile yet straightforward method …

Taking 2D materials to the MAX

“A class of atomically thin 2D compounds, known as MXenes, have a unique combination of properties that are useful for electronic and sensing applications. Discovered by researchers at Drexel University as electrodes for energy applications, MXenes have become a research …

Speeding up the machine learning process

“A new approach for training algorithms makes the machine learning process faster and more accurate. At a time when big data reigns supreme, training machine learning algorithms to perform certain tasks is often costly and time-consuming. At KAUST’s Visual …

Quantum destabilization of a water sandwich

“When a thin layer of water is squeezed between two hydrophobic surfaces, the laws of classical physics break down. From raindrops rolling off the waxy surface of a waterlily leaf, to the efficiency of desalination membranes, interactions between water molecules …

Reconfigurable Electronics Show Promise for Wearable, Implantable Devices

“Medical implants of the future may feature reconfigurable electronic platforms that can morph in shape and size dynamically as bodies change or transform to relocate from one area to monitor another within our bodies. In Applied Physics Letters, from AIP …