​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​chemical science program research

​Faculty conduct research on a broad range of chemistry topics addressing fundamental questions relating to energy production, water purification and environmental​​ protection.

​​Advanced imaging
​Biotechnology
​Biocatalytic and homogeneous catalytic methods
​Catalysis for energy conversion and for soft materials
​Clean combustion
​CO capture
​Inorganic membranes​​
​​Energy conversion and storage
​Material design and synthesis
​Materials for energy
​Modeling and computational studies
​Natural gas separation
​Petroleum engineering
​Polymeric membranes
​Porous materials
​Process design and modeling
​Seawater desalination
​Spectroscopy of reactions in real time
​Surface organometallic chemistry
​Synthesis and design of polymeric materials
​Synthesis of metal-organic materials

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​affilia​ted research centers:

KAUST research centers provide outstanding shared facilities to affiliated faculty and their partners.  

Interdisciplinary collaborations between research centers motivate scientific breakthroughs and innovations, inspiring Center researchers to work together to develop disruptive technologies ready for technology transfer to industry.​

Faculty in the Chemical Science Program may affiliate with the Research Centers at KAUST,  particularly the Physical Science and Engineering Division's Advanced Membranes and Porous Materials Center, KAUST Catalysis Center and KAUST Solar Center​​​:​​ for more information click on the Links below​

Advanced Membranes and Porous Materials Center
The Advanced Membranes and Porous Materials Center (AMPMC) at KAUST develops novel materials and cutting-edge process technologies that provide solutions to challenges related to industrial separations with a particular focus on energy and water as well as environmental sustainability. Researchers in AMPMC develop membranes and porous materials for separations in the fields of natural gas and petrochemicals, carbon capture, and the production of potable as well as industrial water.

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KAUST Catalysis Center
The KAUST Catalysis Center (KCC) gathers together inorganic, organic, organometallic, polymer and theoretical chemists, reaction engineers, and spectroscopists who take a "catalysis by design" approach to develop homogeneous, heterogeneous, photo- and bio-catalysts for the industrial, agricultural and consumer sectors. Researchers in KCC focus on the design, development and use of catalysts for energy, environment, health and materials applications.

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KAUST Solar Center
Researchers at the KAUST Solar Center (KSC) focus on the generation, storage and conversion of solar energy. The Center draws together experts in materials science, chemistry and physics to explore innovative solutions for the harvesting and conversion of solar energy. Scientists study the fundamental processes involved in the conversion of photons into electricity and exploit their findings to design and develop the state-of-the-art materials used at the core of energy harvesting photovoltaic panels. In addition, the Center is involved in research and development studies aimed at minimizing the cost of photovoltaic panels while optimizing their performance.

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