Katya Michelle Aguilar Perez Aguilar Perez

Ph.D. Students

PhD student


Building 4, Level 3, 3287-WS15, Thuwal 23955-6900, Saudi Arabia

Research Interests

Katya is interested in the development and characterization of nanomaterials for biological and environmental purposes. 

Her current work focuses on synthesis and characterization of hybrid materials for smart nutrient and growth promoting hormones delivery in plants. 

Selected Publications

  • Insight of nanotechnological processing for nano-fortified functional foods and nutraceutical—opportunities, challenges, and future scope in food for better health, Aguilar-Pérez, Katya M., et al., Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition (2021)
  • Nanoadsorbents in focus for the remediation of environmentally-related contaminants with rising toxicity concerns, Aguilar-Pérez, K. M., et al, Science of The Total Environment 779 (2021)
  • Biotriborheology of shea butter solid lipid nanoparticles in a topical cream, Avilés-Castrillo, J. I., D. Quintanar-Guerrero, K. M. Aguilar-Pérez, and D. I. Medina, Tribology International 156 (2021)
  • Synthesis and Nano-Sized Characterization of Bioactive Oregano Essential Oil Molecule-Loaded Small Unilamellar Nanoliposomes with Antifungal Potentialities, Aguilar-Pérez, Katya M., et al, Molecules 26.10 (2021)
  • Nano-biomaterials in-focus as sensing/detection cues for environmental pollutants, Aguilar-Pérez, K. M., et al., Case Studies in Chemical and Environmental Engineering 2 (2020)
  • Nano-sorbent materials for pharmaceutical-based wastewater effluents-An overview, Aguilar-Pérez, K. M., J. I. Avilés-Castrillo, and Gustavo Ruiz-Pulido, Case Studies in Chemical and Environmental Engineering 2, (2020)
  • Insight into nanoliposomes as smart nanocarriers for greening the twenty-first century biomedical settings, Aguilar-Pérez, K. M., et al., Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology 8, (2020)
  • FONs of highly preorganized N, N’-bis (3-aminobenzyl)-5, 8-diiminequinoline with aggregation induced emission enhancement and metal-chelation for selective Cd2+ detection,Aguilar, C. A. H., Narayanan, J., Shanmuganathan, R., Ricardo, C. T., Castrillo, J. I. A., Miranda, M. Y. P., Aguilar-Pérez, K. M., Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry 367, (2018)


  • M.Sc.,Nanotechnology, Tecnológico de Monterrey, México, 2019-2020
  • B.Sc.,Nanotechnology, México, 2015- 2019

Professional Profile

  • PhD student in Chemical Science, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, KSA, 2021-current


  • Award of outstanding young people in science and technology, 2017- Mexican Council of Science and Technology.
  • 1st place in the Innovation category of the Latin American Innovation Rally, 2016 - Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana (UAM).

KAUST Affiliations

PSE - Physical and Engineering Division

Research Interests Keywords

Nanotechnology Targeted delivery Nanoecapsulation Self-assembly materials Metal-Organic Framework BioMOFs