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.

April 25, 2017

Augmented reality at your fingertips

A flexible, carbon-based device that responds to humidity in two ways can sense 3D objects without touching them.

April 19, 2017

Plastic pollution reaches the final frontier

Atlantic surface circulation transports high loads of plastic debris to remote Arctic waters.

April 16, 2017

Smart healthcare uses stats to spot a stumble

Statistical monitoring technology can detect serious falls and immediately warn healthcare providers.

Setting regenerable polymer traps

Stable and recyclable materials synthesized using intrinsically porous polymers selectively retain CO2 from exhaust emissions and natural gas.

Tweaking the transcriptome to tackle stress

Stressed dinoflagellates rewrite their genes during transcription.

April 9, 2017

Feeling the heat in cells

New nano-sized sensors provide unprecedented data on how heat diffuses in and out of living cells.

Glowing report on plant hormone function

A biological sensor can identify and quantify the activity of a little-known class of plant hormones, strigolactones.

New energies in gas sensing

An ultrathin semiconducting sheet showing gas-responsive electronic properties may lead to highly sensitive gas sensors. 

April 2, 2017

Making use of flat surfaces for catalysis

Using a plasma to alter the atomic composition of two-dimensional materials could make them better catalysts.

The carpenter enzyme gives DNA the snip

Enzyme follows a two-step verification system before cutting and repairing DNA damage.