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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).

Elevated design keeps solar stills salt-free

“Salt-rejecting microchannels help make seawater drinkable using the power of the sun. A solar distillation device can purify brine from reverse osmosis plants with over 10 percent salinity, as well as water taken directly from the Red Sea. The technology …

Simple means to a clear view

“The image of an object that is obscured when the light passes through a scattering material can be recovered in real time. A novel method that produces a clear image by using a simple cost-effective random scattering medium in real …

Metal-free batteries raise hope for more sustainable and economical grids

“Ammonium-ion electrolytes could help create ecofriendly and sustainable alternatives to lithium-ion batteries, particularly for grid storage. Rechargeable batteries that use ammonium cations as charge carriers could provide ecofriendly and sustainable substitutes to metal-ion-based batteries, researchers at KAUST show. Metal-ion batteries …

Organic X-ray excitement for innovative imaging

“Stable low-cost organic-based materials could transform X-ray imaging by improving fabrication methods and providing reliable high-resolution imaging results. Now, KAUST researchers have developed a novel approach for designing and building such high-performance scintillator materials for detecting X-rays at low doses …

A greener internet of things with no wires attached

“Wirelessly powered large-area electronics could enable a cheaper and greener internet of things. Emerging forms of thin-film device technologies that rely on alternative semiconductor materials, such as printable organics, nanocarbon allotropes and metal oxides, could contribute to a more economically …

Self-assembled power

“Rechargeable batteries to benefit from the development of lithium-loving foams. Lithium batteries could soon enjoy puffed-up performance thanks to a highly ordered inorganic foam discovered at KAUST. The self-assembling foam features a complex hierarchical structure that allows it to repeatedly …

A new spin on bouncing sound waves

“Insight into the spinning-induced scattering of sound could help create next-generation acoustic devices using new phonon modes. Interactions between a spinning object and soundwaves could help develop high-precision tools, such as tweezers that control the motion and position of submillimeter …

Enhancing organic solar cells’ green glow

“Environmentally friendly renewable biosolvents could help clean up the manufacture of solar panels. Organic solar cells could be made even greener by switching the solvents used in their manufacture. Today’s toxic chlorinated solvents can be replaced by plant-derived alternatives …

Soft touch sensitivity

“Compliant and conductive carbon nanomaterial could be the perfect fit for on-skin electronics. A soft and flexible electronic “e-skin,” so sensitive it can detect the minute temperature difference between an inhaled and an exhaled breath, could form the basis of …

Reflecting on a shift in “rainbow” sensors

“Nanostructured surfaces enable lab-on-a-chip lung cancer diagnosis. A miniaturized plasmonic spectrometer that creates a rainbow pattern that shifts in the presence of a chemical or biological sample has been developed. Crucially, these spectral shifts can be observed in a standard …