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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).

Ditching sensors for streamlined control of microdevices

“A single-actuator system allows sensor-free highly precise position control for microelectromechanical devices. The ability to precisely control the position and movement of miniature devices is being taken into new territory as KAUST scientists develop tinier and simpler devices without a …

Fiber glow brings more go for underwater communications

“Optical fibers doped with perovskite nanocrystals bring new opportunities for photodetectors for high-speed, free-space and underwater data links. In free-space and underwater optical wireless communication systems, there is often a trade-off between the size of a photodetector and its bandwidth …

Carbon nanochemistry written in the stars

“A universal mechanism could explain the formation of carbon nanoparticles in interstellar and terrestrial environments. Carbon nanostructures that formed in circumstellar envelopes around carbon-rich stars may have a shared chemical origin with soot particles produced by fuel combustion. The same …

Illuminating perovskite photophysics

“Light causes small rapid distortions in solar cell material, affecting how charge carriers behave. A detailed view of how electrical charges behave inside perovskites could guide efforts to improve the performance of next-generation solar cells based on these materials, KAUST …

Blending a renewable fuel

“Clean and sustainable fuels could be derived by combining ammonia with complementary combustion-modifying additives. A low-carbon sustainable fuel mixture, derived primarily from renewably generated ammonia, could power next-generation internal combustion engines (ICEs). Blending ammonia with a small amount of dimethyl …

Graphene crystals grow better under copper cover

“An interface-templated method enhances the crystallinity of large single-layer graphene sheets on insulating supports. An approach that produces single-crystal graphene sheets on large-scale electrically insulating supports could help with the development of next-generation nanomaterial-based devices, such as very light and …

Beam me up to 5G, Schottky

“A novel device architecture makes organic electronics applicable to 5G telecommunications. A crucial component for radio-frequency circuits using an organic material with potential for 5G applications has been developed by an international team of scientists led by KAUST. Organic semiconductors …

A tailored coat to beat the heat

“Multilayered perovskite-based films, designed by KAUST researchers, shield high-performance perovskite solar cells from extreme heat and moisture while also boosting their long-term stability, which is a key milestone for device commercialization. Perovskite solar cells have emerged as the fastest growing …

Coproducing water and electricity powers crop growth

“A solar-driven system to generate electricity and produce water for crops in arid areas may help a decentralized approach to food, water and energy security. The major challenge for food production in arid and semiarid areas remains the lack of …

Perovskites used to make efficient artificial retina

“Inspired by the human eye, a neuromorphic vision system recognizes handwritten numbers. An artificial electronic retina that can “see” in a similar way to the human vision system and can recognize handwritten digits has been built by KAUST researchers as …