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Probing water's skin

11-Mar-2019

From the wind-whipped surface of the open ocean, to trillions of tiny water drops in clouds, the air-water interface--water's skin-- is the site for crucial natural processes, including ocean-atmosphere exchange and cloud acidification. The air-water interface has even been postulated as the ...

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Crystals that clean natural gas

31-Oct-2018

Removing the troublesome impurities of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) and carbon dioxide (CO2) from natural gas could become simpler and more effective using a metal-organic framework (MOF) developed at KAUST. Upgrading natural gas in this way could help Saudi Arabia to make greater and cleaner use of ...

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Bio-inspired materials decrease drag for liquids

11-Sep-2018

An eco-friendly coating-free strategy has now been developed to make solid surfaces liquid repellent, which is crucial for the transportation of large quantities of liquids through pipes. Researchers from KAUST's Water Desalination and Reuse Center have engineered nature-inspired surfaces that ...

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Hybrid nanomaterials bristle with potential

16-Aug-2018

By combining multiple nanomaterials into a single structure, scientists can create hybrid materials that incorporate the best properties of each component and outperform any single substance. A controlled method for making triple-layered hollow nanostructures has now been developed at KAUST. The ...

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Boring down on boron

14-Jun-2018

High-temperature desalination technologies can efficiently reduce the concentrations of a chemical element in seawater to make it an effective substitute for fresh water. Research that has investigated how the element boron evaporates could help produce higher-quality drinking and irrigation ...

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Mimicking a sweet solution to mop up pollution

14-May-2018

A fast and safe method to prepare a 3D porous material that mimics the shape of a honeycomb could have broad applications from catalysis to drug delivery or for filtering air to remove pollutants or viruses. Both the lattice of a honeycomb and the symmetry of a diatom are complex living ...

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Lining MOF pockets to detect noxious gases

07-May-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 ...

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Crystal clear

22-Jan-2018

Staff members at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) devised a methodology for the procurement of atomically resolved images of beam-sensitive materials using transmission electron microscopy. Daliang Zhang, Rachid Sougrat and Kun Li from the KAUST Core Laboratories, in ...

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Making waves for ultrahigh definition displays

18-Jan-2018

Flexible ultrahigh resolution displays have benefits for next-generation mobile electronics, such as point-of-care medical diagnostic devices. KAUST has developed a unique transistor architecture that boosts the performance of the display circuitry. Flat-panel displays implemented in smart ...

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Clear leads to fully transparent devices

05-Dec-2017

See-through electronic devices, such as transparent displays, smart windows and concealed circuits require completely translucent components if users are to digitally interact with their perceived surroundings and manipulate this information in real time. Now, KAUST researchers have devised a ...

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