KAUST Discovery


Since it was inaugurated in 2009, KAUST has been envisioned as an international home for science in the Middle East. Inspired by that vision, it has attracted many of the best scientists in different disciplines to become one of the most important research hubs in the Middle East. The KAUST Discovery perspectives offer a closer look at this unique university, and the different individuals and facilities that make it possible. It also covers the breakthrough technologies and innovations taking place within the university that aim to address some of the most challenging problems facing societies everywhere.

Deep thinking brings underwater robot to life

April 25, 2017

An international, multidisciplinary collaboration that led to the world’s first underwater robotic avatar.

Seeking adaptation for corals in times of stress

March 19, 2017

The Red Sea provides opportunities to coral bleaching and inform future practices to help safeguard the world’s coral reef ecosystems.

Up in the air over Arabia

February 19, 2017

Studying dusty air, especially in the Middle East, which is part of the Earth’s notorious dust belt, has both local and global significance.

The tipping point for marine agriculture

January 23, 2017

“Historians will look back on this era as the tipping point for marine agriculture,” said Carlos Duarte. 

Catalysis with a light touch

January 22, 2017

Pairing two catalysts in a single, illuminated reaction flask proves to be a light-bulb moment for organic synthesis.

Driven to diffraction

November 10, 2016

Optical elements that diffract light could lead to smaller and more powerful cameras.

A blossoming field of precision agriculture

November 6, 2016

Novel technologies that can help determine crop health, water use and yields could herald a revolution in sustainable precision agriculture.

Snapshots help nanomaterials harvest light

October 30, 2016

Fleeting bursts of light and electrons reveal traps that hamper solar cells and sensors.

Helping computers to see who we really are

October 9, 2016

Algorithms that train computers to automatically detect human activity in videos can improve online searches and real-world surveillance systems.

Crafting technology from nature's darkest secrets

August 21, 2016

Exploiting the properties of disordered chaotic systems leads to low-cost energy harvesting and innovative micro-surgery applications.