Featured Content: Front cover for JMCA

Check out our new article on bridging the interfacial gap in mixed-matrix membranes by nature-inspired design: precise molecular sieving with polymer-grafted metal–organic frameworks. The article was selected for the front cover of JMCA published by RSC. Congratulations to Levente and Rifan from the group, for putting this work together in a successful interdisciplinary collaboration with Profs Sada, Kokado (Hokkaido University, Japan), and Budd (Univeristy of Manchester, UK).

 

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Image credit: Xavier Pita @KAUST

Featured Content: 2 talks at the ICSTD2021

We are participating in the International Conference on Sustainable Technology and Development (ICSTD), held during 31 October-2 November 2021. Gergo will talk about the role of sustainability in chemical education. The presentation is co-authored by Diana G. Oldal and Martin Gede. The topic of the presentation was triggered during our discussions while writing our textbook on Sustainable Process Engineering.

“It was a great pleasure to attend the conference. We worked a lot to summarize our findings and experiences from the textbook writing and the sustainability workshops. I believe that reaching out to a broader audience helps introduce sustainability concepts to others and helps us further understand how we can improve our teaching methods.” – said Gergo after the conference.

Rifan’s talk is about the exploitation of machine learning in sustainable development of advanced materials. The topic of the presentation was the research project that we reported in the journal of Green Chemistry. “It was a pleasure to participate in the conference and share the experience on exploiting artificial intelligence in sustainable materials development. I believe that shifting the paradigm from wet lab to wired lab is the way forward to achieve sustaianble chemical production. The implementation of artificial intelligence and machine learning in the field of sustainability is more relevant than ever before, and will continuously grow along with the advancement of supercomputing era and information technology.” – said Rifan.

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Featured Content: Student visit at SGI

We received an invitation to attend the Saudi Green Initiative (SGI) – Youth Green Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. SGI is a national initiative to accelerate climate action and enhance the quality of life by utilizing the expertise of ministries and private sector entities and foreign governments. It’s a part of the Vision 2030 targeting climate change, the greatest challenge of our generation. The event took place on the 23rd of October, 2021.

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As part of this great opportunity, I was able to represent the voice of KAUST at the Summit along with my fellow students from KAUST. I think all youth, especially myself, appreciated the fact that many ambitious goals were announced with the Saudi Green Initiative (SGI). I can definitely envision a future where I can contribute to the mitigation of both local and global environmental issues. Hopefully, this initiative will inspire both global and Saudi Arabian youth to work toward a greener and more sustainable future. – says Fadhilah Aluraiei, a senior PhD student in our group

I learned much about the enormous efforts by the kingdom leaders to include us in decision-making in a variety of sectors, including energy, water, the environment, and education. The talk presented by Saudi energy minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman Al-Saud inspired me greatly. The youth were advised to continue learning, asking questions, presenting our vision, and raising their voices. – says Nawader Alquadhi, a junior PhD student in our group

Undoubtedly, Saudi Arabia is in the front row to lead the global green movement in the coming decades.

Featured Content: Congratulations to Hala for her recent SRSI Award!

It was a pleasure to have Hala Algallaf, a Saudi high school student, who spent her six-weeks research internship in our lab. Her internship was supported by the Saudi Research Science Institute (SRSI) program. During her stay, Hala was introduced to the electrochemical synthesis of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) working under the guidance of Dr Rifan Hardian. Hala investigated the effects of various reaction parameters, such as applied voltage and reaction time on the quality of the synthesized MOFs. During this relatively short time, Hala did an amazing job, and gained hands-on practical experience both in the lab and through science communication. She successfully presented her results in front of the KAUST faculty panel, and we are proud of her achievement to get the Top Presenter Award. Well done, Hala!

 

Featured Content: Special issue cover for AMT

Check out our new article on electrospun nanofibrous membranes from ion exchange polymers to snare textile dyes from wastewater. The article is part of a special issue edited by Profs Amir Razmjou, Vicki Chen and Matthias Wessling. I am glad that our cover art by Fuat Topuz was selected by the Advanced Materials Technologies journal! Congratulations to Levente, Fuat, Mahmoud, Abdulaziz for putting this work together in a successful UoM-KAUST collaboration.