KAUST Discovery

Research Highlights

KAUST Discovery highlights the most exciting research taking place at the different research centers in KAUST. The research highlights are informative articles that cover breakthrough research and are accessible to the wider science community and a general audience interested in science. With regular weekly updates, this is the place to keep up with the best research happening at KAUST.

October 22, 2017

Streamlining space structures

A new computational framework marries ideas from computer graphics with civil engineering to reduce times and costs of constructing frame-based structures.  

Knowledge of larval fish just a drop in the ocean

A combination of morphological and molecular approaches gives researchers a first glimpse of Red Sea larval fish communities.

October 15, 2017

Think laterally to sidestep production problems 

The side-by-side deposition of atomically flat semiconductor sheets enhances solar cell conversion efficiency.

A kite that might fly 

Wind turbines suspended high in the sky have potential as an alternative power source for Saudi Arabia.

Ocean atmosphere rife with microbes

Microbes are dispersed widely over the oceans with islands acting as stepping-stones to help transport of land-based organisms. 

October 8, 2017

Dataset size counts for better predictions 

A statistical technique for modeling large datasets improves interpretation of climate and environmental data.

Missing atoms in a forgotten crystal bring luminescence

A perovskite crystal’s powerful light-emitting capabilities could be due to missing atoms in its structure.

Giant bacteria make algae easy to stomach

Symbiotic giant bacteria enable Red Sea surgeonfish to specialize their diets.

October 1, 2017

A radical solution comes from mixing tools

The molten surface of a sodium-based material could assist the direct conversion of methane to useful building blocks.

Red Sea gene pool follows water flow

Satellite imagery shows how currents shape the Red Sea ecosystem.