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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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Nanomaterial acts as a molecular thermometer

“A layered material developed by KAUST researchers can act as a precise temperature sensor by exploiting the same principle used in biological ion channels. Human cells possess various proteins that act as channels for charged ions. In the skin, certain …

Energy-harvesting plastics pass the acid test

“Air-stable coatings can improve the longevity of wearable devices that tap into body heat. A polymer previously used to protect solar cells may find new applications in consumer electronics, reveals a KAUST team studying thin films capable of converting thermal …

Quieter wind beneath the wings

“The ability to efficiently simulate the noise generated by wings and propellers promises to accelerate the development of quieter aircraft and turbines. A new simulation approach has enabled a first practical, and highly accurate, computation of the noise characteristics of …

Next-gen smartphones to keep their cool

“The powerful electronics packed inside the latest smartphones can be a significant challenge to keep cool. KAUST researchers have developed a fast and efficient way to make a carbon material that could be ideally suited to dissipating heat in electronic …

Thin-skinned solar panels printed with inkjet

“Solar cells can now be made so thin, light and flexible that they can rest on a soap bubble. The new cells, which efficiently capture energy from light, could offer an alternative way to power novel electronic devices, such as …

Red-light LEDs for next-generation displays

“Novel red LEDs are more temperature stable than those made using the conventional semiconductor of choice. In efforts to optimize the performance of light-emitting diodes (LEDs), KAUST researchers are looking at every aspect of the design, fabrication and operation of …

A new spin on low-power data storage

“Device controlled solely by voltage paves the way for spintronics with ultralow power consumption. An improved ability to control the magnetization of electrodes made at KAUST from ferromagnets could help develop more energy-efficient devices for spintronic applications, including data storage …

A salt solution toward better bioelectronics

“A water-stable dopant enhances and stabilizes the performance of electron-transporting organic electrochemical transistors. Doping is commonly used to improve performance in semiconducting devices but has not previously been successful for electron transporting or n-type, organic electronic materials. Now, an approach …

Angling for underwater WiFi

“Scuba divers could send sea life shots in real time using an aquatic internet service. Aquatic internet that sends data through light beams could enable divers to instantly transmit footage from under the sea to the surface. The internet is …

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 …