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Professor Magnus Rueping is One of the Most Highly Cited Researchers in the World

Nov 21, 2017

Congratulations to Prof. Magnus Rueping, Associate Director of Kaust Catalysis Center on being named a 2017 Highly Cited Researcher!

Flicking the switch on a molecular gate

Oct 22, 2017

​The use of external stimuli to manipulate the properties of well-defined materials may find applications in on-demand drug delivery, separation of molecules, sensing, smart coatings, or artificial tissues (1). Most of these applications rely on changes in the shape, stiffness, pore size, or other properties of soft materials in response to external pressure, temperature changes, or electric or magnetic fields. However, the lack of long-range order in polymers makes it difficult to control their porosity and, hence, permeability. On page 347 of this issue, Knebel et al. (2) instead manipulate metal-organic framework (MOF) membranes. They show that the membrane pore size can change upon exposure to an external electric field, enabling precise separation of different gas molecules.

Jorge Gascon Appointed Director of KAUST Catalysis Center

Oct 01, 2017

Professor Jorge Gascon​ has recently been appointed as Director of the KAUST Catalysis Center.​​

​​Professor Gascon is a globally recognized expert in ch​emical engineering and materials science with expertise overlapping the activities of both our Catalysis Center and Advanced Membranes and Porous Materials Center. His research is focused on the development and application of structured nanoporous materials in heterogeneous catalysis, adsorption and separation.

Nikos Hadjichristidis — recognized as a distinguished professor

May 25, 2017

On the evening of May 8, ten KAUST faculty members were promoted at a dinner ceremony (among them Prof. Nikos Hadjichristidis). KAUST President Jean-Lou Chameau and members of University leadership honored the accomplishments of the faculty by announcing faculty promotions and by awarding the first KAUST Teaching Award.

Catalytic teamwork transforms propane

May 21, 2017

A highly efficient catalyst that converts propane gas into heavier hydrocarbons has been developed by KAUST researchers. It significantly speeds up a chemical reaction known as alkane metathesis, which could be used to produce liquid fuels.

Prof. Basset inducted as a fellow of the U.S. National Academy of Inventors (NAI)

Apr 07, 2017

Jean-Marie Basset, KAUST distinguished professor of chemical science and director of the University's Catalysis Center, was officially inducted as a fellow of the U.S. National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Basset was honored alongside a highly distinguished class of 2016 fellows during the Sixth Annual Conference of the National Academy of Inventors at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, Massachusetts. Basset (right) is pictured here with NAI President Paul Sanberg. #nai2017#kaust #sciences​

New article from KCC in Nature Chemistry: Gold standards for nanoparticles

Mar 27, 2017

Understanding how small organic ions stabilize gold nanoparticles may allow for better control.

https://discovery.kaust.edu.sa/en/article/343/gold-standards-for-nanoparticles

Prof. Hadjichristidis receives national appointment

Feb 07, 2017

KAUST Distinguished Professor of Chemical Science Nikolaos Hadjichristidis has been appointed chair of the National Council for Science and Innovation of Greece. The National Council for Research and Technology (NCRT) is the supreme advisory body of the state for the formulation and implementation of the national policy for research, technology and innovation. The council is appointed by and reports directly to the minister of education.​