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.

June 25, 2017

Splitting water for the cost of a nickel

A simple treatment of nickel to make it an efficient catalysis for water splitting.

Mushroom-like corals get their genomes mapped

The genome sequences of two 'false' corals offer a window into the evolution of calcification which may help their reef-building cousins.

June 18, 2017

Using sunlight to the max

A floating membrane that uses sunlight to evaporate water shows potential for water purification.

June 11, 2017

Short regulatory gene spotted

Two proteins produced by a single gene interact to keep the genome in check.

A changing climate affects plankton populations

Data from a global oceanographic expedition predict how rising temperatures influence increase in plankton populations.

June 7, 2017

The hidden order in DNA diffusion

The movement of DNA molecules seemingly explained by random motion conceals a more orderly march.

June 6, 2017

Keeping the hydrogen coming

A coating of molybdenum improves the efficiency of catalysts for producing hydrogen.

June 4, 2017

Fixing the role of nitrogen in coral bleaching

A unique investigation highlights how excess nitrogen can trigger coral bleaching in the absence of heat stress.

May 28, 2017

Engines fire without smoke

Car manufacturers could clean up vehicle exhausts using a new model of gasoline combustion developed using experimental data.

May 21, 2017

Catalytic teamwork transforms propane

Tungsten and titanium compounds join forces to turn a common alkane into other hydrocarbons.