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Welcome to the Physical Science and Engineering Division of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology


The mission of the Physical Science and Engineering Division is to advance science and technology through education, interdisciplinary research, and innovation. Our goal is to contribute to the preservation of the planet and accelerate the impact on the Saudi economy.


Our educational programs and research initiatives are aligned with Saudi national RDI priorities and Vision 2030. We aim to provide the Kingdom with the next generations of scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs capable of understanding and devising innovative solutions to global challenges. These challenges are encapsulated in the four RDI Pillars: Sustainable Environment & Essential Needs, Health and Wellness, Energy and Industrial Leadership, and Economies of the Future.


PSE research areas contributing to the Kingdom RDI Pillars and Vision 2030


PSE Research Aligning with Vision 20230's RDI pillars


Within this strategic framework, PSE fundamental and applied research addresses environmental protection, climate change, energy, and smart cities. We strive to achieve this by developing green fuels and renewable energies, creating novel materials and health applications, and providing solutions for better utilization and protection of our natural resources.


Chak Chan
Dean, Physical Science and Engineering Division

Chinese Chemical Society (CCS) Fellow 2024 - Professor Nikos Hadjichristidis

25 June, 2024

Following the endorsement of Professor Ben Zhong Tang, a prominent member of the CCS Standing Board, and subsequent election by all 46 members of the board, KAUST Professor Nikos Hadjichristidis has been elected Honorary Fellow of the Chinese Chemical Society (CCS). This distinguished fellowship represents the highest honor granted by the CCS, awarded exclusively to international chemists who have significantly advanced the field of chemistry and contributed to the progress of Chinese chemistry and the CCS.
Nikos Hadjichristidis, an Ibn Alhaytham Distinguished Professor at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and of the American Chemical Society, Division of Polymer Chemistry. His notable career has been recognized with several prestigious awards, including the Hermann F. Mark Medal, the UK Macro Group Medal, the ACS National Award for Polymer Chemistry, the ACS Chemistry of Thermoplastic Elastomers Award, and the International Award of the Japanese Society of Polymer Science.
At KAUST, Professor Hadjichristidis holds a distinguished position in the Physical Science and Engineering Division and directs the Polymer Synthesis Laboratory. His research specializes in the architectural design of complex macromolecules, as well as the development of innovative polymers for diverse applications including Circular Polymer Economy, demonstrating his leading role on the field of chemistry, internationally.

Upcoming Events


Jul 2024

Chem Ph.D. Candidate Aliyah Fakim,  supervised by Prof. Niveen Khashab


Jul 2024

MSE Ph.D. Candidate Han Xu, supervised by Prof. Derya Baran

PSE Post-graduate Programs

Welcome to the PSE post-graduate studies area!

At PSE, students embark on a journey of discovery as they pursue careers in science, industry, and academia. Surrounded by cutting-edge facilities and supported by our international team of faculty and staff, KAUST is today's best destination for students to explore the leading edge of science and earn a post-graduate diploma recognized worldwide.

Our division currently offers seven programs at the post-graduate level, including both Master's and Ph.D. options. Under expert advisors' guidance, students can design personalized course paths and research projects tailored to their career goals. Each program combines lectures, seminars, and laboratory classes, empowering students to transform their ideas into research projects independently.

Beyond academic pursuits, PSE students at KAUST enjoy a LEED-certified campus situated on the shores of the Red Sea, enveloped in pristine surroundings. The campus hosts a rich program of scientific and business events organized by KAUST and its top-tier industrial partners like ARAMCO, Sabic, Dow, Boeing, Bruker, Hewlett Packard, and more. This lively atmosphere provides students with ample networking avenues and the opportunity to engage in extracurricular activities, while maintaining a well-balanced personal life. 

KAUST is an exceptional place to study, work and thrive.

If you aspire to a career in science and technology, our programs provide an excellent starting point. Both Master's and Ph.D. programs are fully funded by the university, covering tuition fees and providing a monthly stipend for  the duration of the degree. Please explore the links below to learn more about our programs and begin your journey toward a fulfilling career in your chosen field of expertise.