31 December, 2020
We are about to say goodbye to the unforgettable 2020, and are ready to welcome 2021 with high hopes and great spirits.
Earlier this year, in March, we hosted the AMPM center conference, and it was a successful conference by all measures and on many fronts. Two eminent speakers gave their keynote lectures via Zoom from California and Kyoto. No one then would have guessed that a new trend was just born, and Zoom would be our daily platform for our meetings and teaching for the rest of 2020.
We closed the labs and reopened partially, but research productivity didn’t stop and continuing our custom, we performed very well with top research publications. I want to take this opportunity to first congratulate all the members of AMPM for a very productive year, even under these very restrictive conditions. Well done, and kudos to all. Second, I want to wish you and all the members of your respective families a healthy and prosperous year 2021.
Happy new year and best wishes!
Prof. Mohamed Eddaoudi
Thanks to all the AMPM members and our partners for your effort and support during this challenging year. Here’s a quick look at the most significant achievements of the year.
KAUST Research Conference
KAUST Research Conference, organized by the AMPM Center, aimed at providing an exceptional forum for top scientists to discuss high-impact research topics related to advanced materials science with specific emphasis on potential solutions for energy-intensive separations in the context of energy security and environmental sustainability. The conference topics focused on recent developments pertaining to the use of membranes and porous materials in KAUST’s core research thrusts of Energy and Environment.
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During 2020, AMPM Center scientists have published more than 170 articles in high-impact journals. Some of them have been featured in KAUST Discovery magazine, thus achieving greater digital media impact.
Here you can read some of the most popular of the year:
A wearable electronic device that alerts at-risk patients and their doctors that an acute heart attack is imminent could be developed using sensor technology created at Sensor Lab.
Molecular pores for thought
Ultrathin porous films that can pluck out specific nanoscopic molecules could refine oil purification and drug development.
Thinking outside the cage
Molecular cages, in which guest molecules cling to the cages’ outer surfaces rather than enter an internal cavity, could cut the environmental impact of separating mixtures of industrial chemicals, research from SHMs and FMD3 labs.
New spin brings rapid rescue from oil spills.
Researchers from Prof. Gyorgy’s lab have identified a polymer that can be formed into robust, reusable mats to rapidly adsorb spilled oil, fuel, or organic solvents from the surface of fresh or saltwater.
AMPM team has continued to grow in 2020. During this year, we have had the pleasure of welcoming to:
1 Research Scientist
11 Ph.D. students
5 Master students
OMAR F. MOHAMMED
Associate Professor, Chemical Science
CAFER T. YAVUZ
Professor, Chemical Science