Our mission is to create knowledge pertaining to matter at all scales - nano, meso and macro - and in all forms, from bulk, to divided colloids and fluids: as well as to create knowledge about the interaction of matter with external stimuli in order to design new materials and technologies that can address our quest to mitigate or even solve some of the major challenges that we face in the world today.

Our graduate students and internationally renowned Faculty focus on challenges related to energy and the environment.  We also focus on exploration and manipulation at the nanoscale.

The division has seven academic programs: Applied Physics, Chemical Engineering, Chemical Science, Earth Science and Engineering, Energy Resources and Petroleum Engineering, Material Science and Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.

PSE boasts superb facilities and resources and I invite you to explore our website.

Dr. Ravi Samtaney

Latest News

26 April, 2022

Illuminating perovskite photophysics

Light causes small rapid distortions in solar cell material, affecting how charge carriers behave.

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20 April, 2022

PSE New Faculty: Qiaoqiang Gan

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19 April, 2022

Professor Husam Alshareef elected as a Fellow of the Institute of Physics

The IOP is an international society that fosters the advancement of knowledge, community, career development, and professional recognition for its members.

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ErPE PhD Candidate Xupeng He, Supervised by Prof. Hussein A. Hoteit

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​​Graduate Programs

​​​The Physical Science and E​ngineering Division currently offers seven degree granting programs.  Guided by their advisors, students may choose courses and devise research projects that best suit their individual goals.  Students can take full advantage of the interdisciplinary research​ opportunities that arise from across KAUST's fifteen academic programs, the three Divisions and our industrial partners.
In all programs students are offered modules consisting of lectures, seminars and laboratory classes.  Students are expected to conduct independent research.​ 
For more information, explore our Academic Program pages through the Links below:​