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Water desalination picks up the pace

Jul 15, 2018

​A membrane made of porous carbon-fiber structures grown on a porous ceramic substrate is more efficient at filtering seawater than existing similar membranes. Engineered porous membranes could help recover freshwater from heavily polluted groundwater and seawater, which is of critical need in developing countries and arid environments like the Arabian Peninsula

Dr. Youssef Belmabkhout of AMPM Center honored with 2018 African Youth Award

Jul 08, 2018

AMPM Center Snr. Research Scientist, Dr. Youssef Belmabkhout has recently been honored with 2018 African Youth Award. This prestigious award recognizes his successful research in water, energy and environmental sciences.

AMPM Center at NAMS 2018

Jul 04, 2018

AMPM Center members were active at 27th North American Membrane Society (NAMS) annual meeting in Lexington, Kentucky USA hosted by University of Kentucky and King Abdullah University of Science & Technology. NAMS is the premier Membrane Conference in the world bringing together researchers from industry, academia and government. AMPM Center Founding Director Prof. Ingo Pinnau was one of the three meeting chairs.

VIDEO: AMPM alumni featured on Saudi TV

Jun 10, 2018

​AMPM alumni, Dr. Nasser Alaslai and Dr. Dalal Alezi, were recently featured on SBC, a new Saudi TV channel. The documentary is focused on Saudi talented young people.

Valeriya Chernikova, Ph.D. Graduate – Chemical Science

Jun 07, 2018

​Valeriya Chernikova's talent was obvious at a young age. At only 15 years old, she was invited to leave her hometown Maykop in south Russia to study at Kolmogorov School one of the leading High Schools in Russia, associated with Lomonosov Moscow State University. Subsequently, she earned her B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Physical Chemistry at this prestigious Institution.

Barbora Minichová, Visiting Student – Multidisciplinary Learning

May 30, 2018

Barbora Minichová enjoys her last days at KAUST before going back to her home country Slovakia. She is currently a Visiting Student at AMPM Center and worked seven months in Prof. Niveen Khashab' research group.

Yujiang Zhong, Ph.D. Graduate – Exploring the frontiers of science

May 20, 2018

Yujiang Zhong successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation entitled “Study of Thermally Responsive Ionic Liquids for Novel Water Desalination and Energy Conversion Applications" under the supervision of Prof. Zhiping Lai, AMPM Center.

Tiara Puspasari, Ph.D. Graduate – Work, Inspiration and Creativity

May 07, 2018

Innovating in science is a challenge! Tiara Puspasari, Ph.D. graduate at AMPM Center, knows it well. For five years she has been researching one of the most well-known polymers in the world - cellulose. She developed a new generation of cellulose membranes with many interesting properties and scalable for industry.

Lining MOF pockets to detect noxious gases

Apr 29, 2018

A porous material with tailor-made pockets stitched into its structure is a promising material for sensing noxious gases. A thin film of the material, coated onto an electrode, formed an electronic sensor that could detect traces of sulfur dioxide gas1. The sensor is a significant step toward real-world devices that can sniff out dangerous gases in real air.

Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture tours AMPM Center

Apr 24, 2018

​On Monday April 23rd, AMPM Center hosted a delegation from Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture (MEWA). Our guests were consultants specialized in climate change visiting KAUST to learn more about Research Centers and how they are contributing to environmental sustainability.

Dr. Shuvo Datta - Meet Our Newest Staff

Apr 18, 2018

We are delighted to introduce Dr. Shuvo Datta, Research Scientist, who leads our Mixed Matrix Membrane group. Shuvo brings to our Center years of experience and commitment to develop scalable and economical MOF-membrane based separation technologies.

Post-doctoral Positions Available

Apr 02, 2018

​Post-docs are sought with experience in the general area of MOFs. The ideal candidate should have strong back ground in chemical synthesis of metal organic frameworks (MOFs). Additional experience with MOF thin film deposition and/or electrochemical testing is a plus.

AMPM Center features in NATDP Research Fair 2018

Mar 27, 2018

AMPM Center featured in the third Symposium of the National Academic Talent Development Program (NATDP) held in KAUST Auditorium on Thursday, March 22, 2018. The event was attended by a total of 125 Professors and Scholars from 22 Universities throughout the Kingdom.

Zhijie Chen, Ph.D. Graduate – An amazing Journey

Mar 08, 2018

Zhijie Chen successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation on March 1, 2018. His thesis entitled " Reticular Chemistry for the Highly Connected Porous Crystalline Frameworks and Their Potential Applications" was well received by committee members Profs. Xixiang Zhang (KAUST), Yu Han (KAUST) and Leonard J. Barbour (University of Stellenbosch).

A light touch for revealing atomic frameworks

Mar 05, 2018

Materials that normally become damaged inside electron microscopes can now be imaged with atom-scale resolution.
To understand how atomic structure impacts biological function and chemical behavior, researchers often turn to high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). Many compounds, however, are too sensitive for these microscopes as powerful electron beams can knock out atoms or cause adverse heating. A team from KAUST has now developed a set of tools that can minimize beam damage in HRTEM using low doses of electrons.