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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.

Profesor Khaled Salama joins AMPM Center

Mar 04, 2018

AMPM Center Director, Prof. Mohamed Eddaoudi is delighted to announce that Khaled Salama, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, joins AMPM Center. Khaled research expertise will heighten the Center's mission to contribute to a science-based entrepreneurial economy finding toward creative and sustainable solutions for ever-increasing energy security and environmental sustainability.

Mixed Matrix Membranes for prospective energy-efficient separation

Feb 20, 2018

​Membrane-based gas separations can improve energy efficiency and reduce the environmental impact. The latest work led by the AMPM Center Director, Prof. Mohamed Eddaoudi, and his collaborators unveils the successful fabrication and integration of two class of materials, namely MOFs and polymers, into a hybrid membrane system named “Mixed Matrix Membrane” (MMM) with distinctive properties. The presented MMM offers an exceptional performance for two of the most important gas separation processes: the removal of CO2 and H2S from natural gas and the separation of the butane isomers.

A delivery platform for gene-editing technology

Feb 18, 2018

A new delivery system for introducing gene-editing technology into cells could help safely and efficiently correct disease-causing mutations in patients.

The system, developed by KAUST scientists, is the first to use sponge-like ensembles of metal ions and organic molecules to coat the molecular components of the precision DNA-editing technology known as CRISPR/Cas9, allowing efficient release of the genome-editing machinery inside the cell.

Prof. Yu Han’s research featured in Science

Feb 13, 2018

AMPM Center Professor Yu Han and co-workers at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) have developed a method that, for the first time, allows researchers to obtain atomic-resolution imaging of electron beam-sensitive materials which are previously considered unsuitable for transmission electron microscopy (TEM).

International Day of Women and Girls in Science - Khashab harnesses nature’s genius for tiny deliveries

Feb 11, 2018

Niveen Khashab is a chemist with a passion for nanomaterials for building ‘miniature machines’ for biomedical, industrial and environmental applications. She designs biodegradable nanodelivery vehicles to carry drugs to specific organs, particle assemblies to deliver genetic material to silence cancer-causing genes, and nanoparticles to inject into wells to bring oil.

Ali Alansari wins Lab Safety Award

Feb 08, 2018

​Ali Alansari, a Senior Technical Specialist at AMPM Center, has been recognized for his work at the Functional Materials Design, Discovery & Development (FMD3) Laboratory. Congratulations Ali on winning Individual Lab Safety Award organized by the Health, Safety and Environment Department (HSE) at KAUST.

Super-adsorbent MOF to control humidity

Feb 04, 2018

Humidity control is a vital aspect of air conditioning, but high energy requirements make conventional methods expensive and environmentally damaging. Researchers at KAUST have developed a metal-organic framework (MOF) that, within its range of applications, could control humidity in an eco-friendly and cost-effective way.

SAMREF visits AMPM Center – Research to Industry!

Feb 01, 2018

Senior executives of SAMREF visited KAUST and AMPM Center to learn more about our research capabilities and potential for collaboration. Mohammad Al-Naghash, President & CEO, headed a large group of 17 executives from all branches of the company. AMPM Center Director, Prof. Mohamed Eddaoudi, welcomed our visitors and led the tour of Center facilities. SAMREF is an equally owned joint venture between Saudi Aramco and ExxonMobil. They own and operate Yanbu Refining Company.

Prof. Niveen Khashab leads “Women in STEM” at WEP 2018

Jan 30, 2018

​AMPM Center Prof. Niveen Khashab led 'Women in STEM' debating the role of women in science. This event was held during Winter Enrichment Program (WEP) 2018 was attended by forty people who took an active part in an inspiriting debate. Five women with different backgrounds and shared their stories of attaining excellence in their careers and discussed how mentors helped them along the way.