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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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Professor Khashab featured on France 24

Jun 12, 2017

​Professor Niveen Khashab, Associate Professor of Chemical Science, and her research group were recently featured on France 24. The France 24 video focused the group's use of nano-particles for cancer research.

MOFs provide a better way to remove water from gas

May 31, 2017

AMPM Center research: MOFs provide a better way to remove water from gas A breakthrough in generating water-stable metal-organic frameworks allows efficient removal of water from gases.