22 October, 2017

Flicking the switch on a molecular gate

​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.

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01 October, 2017

Jorge Gascon Appointed Director of KAUST Catalysis Center

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.

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25 May, 2017

Nikos Hadjichristidis — recognized as a distinguished professor

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.

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21 May, 2017

Catalytic teamwork transforms propane

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.

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07 April, 2017

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

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​

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27 March, 2017

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

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


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07 February, 2017

Prof. Hadjichristidis receives national appointment

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.​

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19 December, 2016

Nanotechnology: Closer ties for silver clusters

Surrounding silver nanoclusters with hydrogen-rich shells offers new opportunities in catalysis and opto-electronics.

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14 December, 2016

Director of KAUST Catalysis Center Jean-Marie Basset named 2016 NAI Fellow

Jean-Marie Basset, a distinguished professor of chemical science and director of the Catalysis Center at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) has been named a Fellow of the US National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

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30 October, 2016

Congratulations Prof. Hadjichristidis!

Nikos Hadjichristidis has been appointed Distinguished Professor of Chemical Science by KAUST President Jean-Lou Chameau.

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26 April, 2016

Front Cover: Selective Hydrogen Generation from Formic Acid with Well-Defined Complexes of Ruthenium and Phosphorus–Nitrogen PN3-Pincer Ligand

​Formic acid (HCOOH) has been considered as a potential liquid source and storage material for hydrogen. Its high volumetric hydrogen capacity of 53 g H2 L−, equivalent to an energy density of 1.77 kW h L−1, makes it attractive for automotive and mobile applications.

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14 April, 2016

Congratulations to Professor Nikos Hadjichristidis who has been awarded the Macro Group UK Medal for Outstanding Achievement for 2016

The Medal is awarded to scientists, from any country, who are recognised internationally for their continued, outstanding achievements in the field of polymer science.

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11 March, 2016

Honorary Professorship Conferred on Professor Jean Marie Basset from KAUST Catalysis Research Center

​Prof. Jean Marie Basset, Director of KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology) Catalysis Research Center, Member of the French Academy of Sciences, Member of the French Academy of Engineering, Member of The Academy of Europe and former director of the Institute of Catalysis (Lyon) was conferred Honorary Professorship by NanjingTech on March 11th.

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25 November, 2015

Prof. Hadjichristidis awarded The Macro Group UK Medal for 2016

Congratulations to Professor Nikos Hadjichristidis who has been awarded the Macro Group UK Medal for Outstanding Achievement for 2016.

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18 March, 2015

KCC to attend ACS conference in Denver

Several KAUST representatives from the KAUST Catalysis Center (KCC), the Core Laboratories and the Solar & Photovoltaic Engineering Research Center (SPERC) will be attending the upcoming 249th ACS (American Chemical Society) National Meeting & Exposition, to be held in Denver, Colorado, from March 22-26, 2015.

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17 March, 2015

Softly softly approach for tiny catalyst

Researchers at KCC reveal a low-impact synthetic strategy for producing supported small nickel nanoparticles – a powerful catalytic form of the metal.​​

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23 February, 2015

KAUST Catalysis Center Research Conference fosters collaboration in important field

KAUST Catalysis Center Research Conference fosters collaboration in important field​​.

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16 February, 2015

ACS Award In Polymer Chemistry for Prof. Nikos Hidjichristidis

Nikos Hadjichristidis has pioneered the synthesis of strikingly unusual polymers. Think of polymers that look like cheerleaders’ pom-poms, or star-shaped polymers with dissimilar arms, and you start to get the picture.​

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06 September, 2018

The holistic approach to catalyzing change

"Catalysis will be instrumental in solving the most pressing environmental and energy-related issues that we face nowadays. At the KAUST Catalysis Center we want to be sitting in the driving seat of this new industrial revolution." Rethinking industry-scale catalytic processes could slash global energy consumption and even turn carbon dioxide into a valuable commodity.

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29 November, 2020

Electronic skin has a strong future stretching ahead

Soft, stretchy, slimline and strong electronics could accelerate the arrival of artificial skin.

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