The Advanced Membranes and Porous Materials Center (AMPMC) is a research center at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Center consists of faculty, scientists and graduate students dedicated to research in the areas of advanced membranes, novel polymeric, inorganic and hybrid compounds and porous materials.

The research carried out at the Center is organized under interrelated themes, including novel functional materials, novel porous materials, advanced membranes and industrial applications.

The Center's overarching research objective is to develop novel materials and membranes for energy intensive industrial separations that are significantly cheaper, better and more sustainable than current commercial practice. The diverse research capabilities of faculty and scientists within the Center maximize research synergy.


Advanced Membranes and Porous Materials Center seeks to be a world research leader in relevant, novel and cutting-edge technologies that will lead to paradigm shifts in separation, treatment and purification of liquids and gases; applicable to industrial processes particularly the petrochemical and natural gas industry.


To lead in the development of environmentally sound and economically viable advanced polymeric, inorganic and hybrid materials, membrane structures and devices.

Fields within which our research can provide meaningful solutions include:

  • Natural gas processing and oil refinery
  • Hydrogen recovery from petrochemical operations
  • Olefin-paraffin separation
  • Reduction of carbon dioxide and other emissions with adverse environmental impacts
  • Methane and hydrogen gas storage
  • Biomedical delivery, sensing and imaging smart hybrid materials
  • Creation of stimuli-responsive materials for coatings and self-healing membranes
  • Wastewater treatment for agricultural and other non-potable water demands.

The Center is committed to seek partners for application of its research locally in the Kingdom and internationally.​​​