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Results for 30 December 2019

Innovation Feature | 30 December 2019

Compact particle accelerators broaden access to cutting-edge care

An innovative cyclotron design could make it easier for smaller hospitals to offer sophisticated radiation-based imaging and therapy to patients.

Results for 23 December 2019

Technology Perspective | 23 December 2019

Towards greener water security

Membranes engineered with carbon nanotube fibres could become cost effective water filtration systems. 

Results for 16 December 2019

Impact Case Study | 16 December 2019

Bespoke nano-catalysts

Nanoparticles of specific shapes and sizes can be made using metal-organic frameworks to provide excellent catalysts for the chemical and drugs industry

Results for 28 November 2019

Innovation Feature | 28 November 2019

The future of biometrics in the palm of your hand

A KACST team is working on a system that identifies people based on the veins in the palms, offering a hack-proof biometrics platform to Saudi organizations

Results for 21 November 2019

Impact Case Study | 21 November 2019

A deep insight into perovskite solar cells

Researchers examine which components influence the performance and stability of these promising materials.

Results for 10 November 2019

Impact Case Study | 10 November 2019

Big drops, small drops

Scientists develop a microwave-based technique to determine the size distribution of water droplets in an emulsion

Results for 31 October 2019

Impact Case Study | 31 October 2019

Metal-organic frameworks: Warming up to better crystallography images

The assumption that low temperatures produce better images during x-ray crystallography does not hold true for synthetic metal-organic frameworks, researchers say

Results for 24 October 2019

Impact Case Study | 24 October 2019

Microwaves get the measure of catalysts

 A new method of measuring the degree of coking in acid zeolite catalysts can help increase its efficiency in fuel production

Results for 4 August 2019

Impact Case Study | 4 August 2019

Quantum dots: Clever alloys for wider light emission

The optical properties of quantum dots can be extended to new wavelengths through the addition of deposited surface alloys

Results for 4 July 2019

Technology Perspective | 4 July 2019

Pinpointing pollutants using the Internet of Things

Researchers are building large networks of wireless sensors to monitor our environment and health 

Results for 9 June 2019

Technology Perspective | 9 June 2019

Designing smart membranes for sustainable solutions

Supramolecular materials have the potential to make seawater potable and to fuel the vehicles of the future

Results for 12 May 2019

Technology Perspective | 12 May 2019

Modelling to take micro air vehicles to new levels

KACST researchers are developing computational technology to accurately simulate the flight dynamics of micro air vehicles with broad scientific and engineering applications 

Results for 8 May 2019

Impact Case Study | 8 May 2019

Materials imaging: Dyeing to see a difference

Scientists have developed a fluorescence imaging-based method for characterizing the chemical diversity within a metal–organic framework

Results for 5 May 2019

Technology Perspective | 5 May 2019

Striking a cost-efficient balance

A KACST project is developing new materials to capture the sun’s energy more efficiently and sustainably.

Results for 17 April 2019

Impact Case Study | 17 April 2019

Genetic study uncovers Ehlers-Danlos syndrome mutation

Scientists find links between a rare connective tissue disorder and mutations in a wound-healing gene called AEBP1.

Results for 7 April 2019

Technology Perspective | 7 April 2019

Navigating a new direction for space satellites

Ultra-precise navigation allows groups of small satellites to work together to outperform single larger units

Results for 2 April 2019

Impact Case Study | 2 April 2019

A desert harvest

An energy efficient method for collecting vapour in arid environments could bring relief to regions in drought.

Results for 17 March 2019

Impact Case Study | 17 March 2019

No sweat: Biosensors for easier testing

Biosensors could soon be attached to wearable items, such as contact lenses and smart watches, to measure sugar levels in sweat, tears and saliva. 

Results for 10 March 2019

Technology Perspective | 10 March 2019

Homing in on cancer’s code

A KACST team is working towards making genomic medicine a core component of cancer care in Saudi Arabia

Results for 3 March 2019

Impact Case Study | 3 March 2019

Shedding light on perovskite solar cell materials

Studies identify photovoltaic technologies with high efficiency, low cost and long stability.

Results for 26 February 2019

Impact Case Study | 26 February 2019

Unlocking the origin of a severe neurological disorder

Gene sequencing brings the origin of a fatal neurological genetic disease to light.

Results for 17 February 2019

Impact Case Study | 17 February 2019

Extracting water from thin air

New synthetic crystals could offer those living in deserts a cost effective and efficient way to extract water from the air.

Results for 13 February 2019

Innovation Feature | 13 February 2019

Farming a desert

Water-saving hydroponics systems will soon bring sustainable animal feed to herders in the Saudi Arabian desert.

Results for 17 January 2019

Innovation Feature | 17 January 2019

A Fine-Grained Look at Desert Dust

Novel dust-repellent coatings on solar panel glass could enhance the efficiency of desert-based solar energy harvesting. 

Results for 16 January 2019

Technology Perspective | 16 January 2019

Perfecting Soilless Farming

Aquaponics technology, which rears fish and plants in a mutually advantageous environment, is poised to revolutionize agriculture in water-scarce Saudi Arabia.

Results for 5 January 2019

Innovation Feature | 5 January 2019

Monitoring Greenhouse Gases

KACST researchers are developing an innovative system to monitor nationwide greenhouse gas levels and inform reduction strategies.

Results for 1 January 2019

Technology Perspective | 1 January 2019

Adding a Touch of Green to Gasoline

KACST researchers are developing the chemistry for more environmentally friendly vehicle fuel.

Results for 23 September 2018

Impact Case Study | 23 September 2018

Camels susceptible to MERS-CoV re-infection

A nine-month assessment of MERS infection in camels could inform vaccination strategies.

Results for 22 September 2018

Impact Case Study | 22 September 2018

Plastics combine forces to create super-polymer

Glass fibre reinforcement helps bring together two household plastics to form a tough new composite material.

Results for 21 September 2018

Impact Case Study | 21 September 2018

Selecting ions for better solar cells

Switching the ions in perovskites can significantly influence their performance in solar cells.

Results for 20 September 2018

Impact Case Study | 20 September 2018

Uncovering the elusive causes of fetal death

Molecular autopsy reveals gene variants not previously associated with pregnancy loss and diseases. 

Results for 19 September 2018

Impact Case Study | 19 September 2018

DNA holds new hope for MERS vaccine

Genetic material expressing the virus’ spikes induces the production of broadly neutralizing antibodies in mice.

Results for 16 September 2018

Impact Case Study | 16 September 2018

A force to reckon with

Synthetic molecular springs recover from stretching and warping with a speed and force that rivals naturally evolved proteins.

Results for 15 September 2018

Impact Case Study | 15 September 2018

Mechanisms explain heart protection of diabetes drug

A type II diabetes drug alters molecular pathways, explaining why it also protects against cardiovascular disease.

Results for 12 September 2018

Impact Case Study | 12 September 2018

Uncovering autism genetics in Arabs

Saudi Human Genome Project discovers mutations linked to autism in Saudi families.

Results for 10 September 2018

Impact Case Study | 10 September 2018

Setting standards for next-generation solar power

As revolutionary perovskite solar cells near commercial readiness, researchers are increasing efforts to assess their stability.

Results for 19 August 2018

Technology Perspective | 19 August 2018

Smart Energy

Saudi scientists are developing new technologies to deliver clean, reliable energy in their challenging natural environment.

Results for 15 July 2018

Innovation Feature | 15 July 2018

Taking Fossil Fuel to the Next Level

An innovative research centre set up by KACST and Oxford University is developing ways to produce high-quality light hydrocarbons and hydrogen gas from crude oil.  

Results for 19 June 2018

Impact Case Study | 19 June 2018

Loss of cellular ‘caretakers’ causes fatal infant brain disorder

A rare genetic mutation undermines brain development and function by blocking brain cell communication.

Results for 18 June 2018

Impact Case Study | 18 June 2018

The fourth culprit for Larsen Syndrome

Saudi scientists identify a new gene implicated in the complex musculo-skeletal and eye condition known as Larsen syndrome.

Results for 16 June 2018

Impact Case Study | 16 June 2018

Unlocking a game-changing future for crude oil

Splitting hydrocarbons into hydrogen and carbon offers a way to exploit the energy available from crude oil without releasing carbon dioxide.

Results for 15 June 2018

Impact Case Study | 15 June 2018

The future is clear for gas storage solutions

Producing metal-organic frameworks as glasses offers new possibilities for exploiting their impressive gas storage, separation and catalytic properties.

Results for 13 June 2018

Impact Case Study | 13 June 2018

Hot on the trail of bone cancer recurrence

Loading a component of chilli peppers on to a scaffold for bone repair could help prevent the recurrence of bone cancer.

Results for 10 June 2018

Impact Case Study | 10 June 2018

The liver’s role in malaria survival

Researchers are trying to understand how vaccine-driven chemical modifications of liver DNA help mice recover from malaria.

Results for 15 February 2018

Impact Case Study | 15 February 2018

Building a molecular lasso

A synthetic molecule with a loop and tail forms a reversibly switching molecular lasso with potential uses in nanoscale applications.

Results for 12 December 2017

Technology Perspective | 12 December 2017

Sunny skies ahead

KACST scientists are fronting an effort to bring stable, cheap, efficient solar energy to the masses.

Results for 10 December 2017

Innovation Feature | 10 December 2017

A report a day keeps diseases away

A new infectious disease monitoring platform promises to keep Saudis safe

Technology Perspective | 10 December 2017

Ironing out the bumps in the road

Research at KACST has helped develop a digital platform to guide transport planners and commuters on how to keep a city moving.

Results for 29 November 2017

Innovation Feature | 29 November 2017

A tablet to launch an industry

A new locally produced tablet may pave the way for a computational boom in Saudi Arabia

Impact Case Study | 29 November 2017

Layered LEDs show promise

Improved LEDs could lead to more efficient solar cells.

Results for 28 November 2017

Impact Case Study | 28 November 2017

An eco-friendly pesticides sponge 

A new porous material can hold and slowly release chemicals; a property that can reduce the detrimental effects of pesticides.