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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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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 …

2D materials offer unique stretching properties

“Calculations predict that atom-thin sheets of carbon chalcogenides will grow wider when stretched in any direction. Like most materials, an elastic band gets thinner when it is stretched. But some materials behave in the opposite way — they grow thicker when …

Closing in on state-of-the-art semiconductor solar cells

“Mixed-cation single crystals narrow the gap between perovskite and top-performing semiconductor solar cells. A synthetic approach that improves absorber layers in perovskite solar cells could help them achieve their full potential and draw closer to the performance of leading gallium …

Brain-on-a-chip would need little training

“A neural network that mimics the biology of the brain can be loaded onto a microchip for faster and more efficient artificial intelligence. A biomimicking “spiking” neural network on a microchip has enabled KAUST researchers to lay the foundation for …

Machine learning at speed

“Optimizing network communication accelerates training in large-scale machine-learning models. Inserting lightweight optimization code in high-speed network devices has enabled a KAUST-led collaboration to increase the speed of machine learning on parallelized computing systems five-fold. This “in-network aggregation” technology, developed …