A laser-based sensor developed at Kaust could improve monitoring of benzene emissions and limit exposure to this pollutant. In collaboration with Saudi Aramco, the researchers have developed a device that accurately senses extremely low concentrations of benzene in real time.
The balance of the sexes in marine turtle hatchlings may be disrupted by high sand temperatures at nesting sites around the Red Sea. Marine turtles are particularly vulnerable to temperature shifts because they demonstrate temperature-dependent sex determination, meaning that the sex of hatchlings is determined by the temperature of the nest during incubation.
A removable coating that can be used to clean desalination membranes has been developed by Kaust researchers. The nontoxic coating could provide a safer and more efficient alternative to harmful chemicals used to clean reverse osmosis systems for seawater desalination.
A molecule that can mimic the function of zaxinone, a natural growth-promoting plant metabolite, has been designed and fabricated by an international team led by Kaust and the University of Tokyo. Their successful mimic may have wide-reaching applications in plant biology and agriculture.
Some of the fastest video cameras ever developed have been used by Kaust researchers to clarify how molecular-scale changes to water surfaces may impact the performance of industrial-scale purifications.
An ultrathin, lightweight, porous polymeric membrane designed at Kaust can turn the N95 respirator into a reusable facemask while potentially improving its ability to keep out Sars-Cov-2, the virus that causes Covid-19.
A collaborative study between the groups of materials scientist Husam Alshareef at Kaust and medical imaging expert Abdulkader A. Alkenawi at King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences reveals a way to remotely charge a battery using a soft, biocompatible material that absorbs sound waves passed through the body.