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.

August 13, 2017

Vapor harvesting gets the edge

Surface wettability has little effect on atmospheric water gathering, but edge structure is crucial.

Fewer defects from a 2D approach

Flatter materials have fewer imperfections, which makes for better solar cells and light sensors.

August 6, 2017

Herbal medicine shows potential to treat cancer 

Herbal remedy plants native to Saudi Arabia are shown to have potential as treatments for cancer. 

MOF keeps humidity in the Goldilocks zone

Dual-functioning MOF material autonomously ensures indoor humidity is just right.

July 30, 2017

More rain for the Red Sea if El Niño breezes in

Modeling leads to a better understanding of the role El Niño plays in increasing rainfall along the Red Sea coast. 

July 29, 2017

Nature provides a key to repelling liquids

A nature-based technique paves the way for cheaper and environmentally friendly liquid-repellent materials.

July 22, 2017

Shaping up against pathogens

Plants can reprogram their genetic material to mount a defensive response against pathogens, which may have applications for agriculture.

Smart sensors could save lives

3D-printed, disposable sensors capable of detecting noxious gases and changes in temperature and humidity, could revolutionize environmental monitoring.

July 15, 2017

A firefly's flash inspires new nanolaser light

Synchronized emissions from innovative on-chip lasers create possibilities for inexpensive artificial neural networks. 

July 8, 2017

Going to extremes to predict natural disasters

A systematic approach to selecting and configuring statistical models improves predictions of extreme events.