Research Focus – Energy, Environment and Materials

KCC continues on its path to becoming a world-leading catalysis research center with areas of excellence focusing on scientific solutions to technological needs of regional importance and global impact. In alignment with the University's thrusts of energy and environment, KCC's mission will continue to emphasize the promotion of the Kingdom's science, education and industry by targeting the scientific challenges of the 21st century with the 21st century's chemistry approach: "catalysis by design."

The strength of the KCC originates from the diversity of specializations provided by the participating laboratories and their integration into multidisciplinary projects: homogeneous, heterogeneous, photo-, nano-, and bio-catalytic concepts, inorganic, organic, organometallic, supramolecular and polymer chemistry.

  • Advanced Catalytic Materials Advanced Catalytic Materials This research group, headed by Prof. Jorge Gascon, focuses on the design, development and demonstration of new heterogeneous catalysts and reactor engineering concepts.
  • From Surface Organo Metallic Chemistry to Design of Single Site Heterogeneous Catalysts From Surface Organo Metallic Chemistry to Design of Single Site Heterogeneous Catalysts The group of Prof. Jean-Marie Basset focus on the research from Surface Organo Metallic Chemistry to Design of Single Site Heterogeneous Catalysts, concept of Surface Organometallic Fragments to discover new reaction.
  • Polymer Synthesis Polymer Synthesis Polymer Synthesis Laboratory leading by Prof. Prof. Nikos Hadjichristidis mainly focused on the synthesis of model polymers with different macromolecular architectures.
  • Functional Nanomaterials Functional Nanomaterials FuNL headed by Prof. Osman Bakr and focused on the synthesis, characterization, and assembly of organic-inorganic hybrid materialsof novel optical, electronic and magnetic properties .​​
  • Nano Energy Nano Energy Prof. Jr-Hau (J.H.) He puts all his efforts into the design of new nanostructured architectures for Nanophotonics and the next generation of nanodevices, including Photovoltaics (PV), and Resistive memory.
  • Computational Chemistry Computational Chemistry research group leading by Prof. Luigi Cavallo and focusing on understanding chemical problems, especially of industrial relevance, is our main activity.
  • Renewable Energy Renewable Energy ​The research interests of Prof. Huang's group center on catalysis, including renewable energy (water splitting), carbon dioxide utilization, carbonylation and decarbonylation, fluorination, kinetic and DFT studies of transition metal and organocatalysis.
  • Nanostructured Functional Materials Nanostructured Functional Materials The Nanostructured Functional Materials (NFM) laboratory that is led by Dr. Yu Han and affiliated to KAUST’s Advanced Membranes and Porous Materials (AMPM) research center and Physical Sciences & Engineering (PSE) Division.
  • VCT 2D Research VCT 2D Research Prof. Vincent Tung research group focused on exploring unconventional approaches that integrate synthesis, self-assembly, fluid dynamics, and scalable processing of nano-materials with complementary strengths, well-defined conformation, morphology.
  • Water splitting Water splitting Efficient solar energy conversion is one of the most important and highly demanded technologies for the 21st century.