KAUST Named Among World’s Best Universities for Nanoscience


Saudi Gazette report

THUWAL — King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is named one of the best universities in the world in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology. The rankings were compiled by US News & World Report as part of its comprehensive analysis of US and global universities.

Ranking 18e In the publication’s list of Best Universities for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology for 2022, KAUST was recognized for its fundamental and applied research at the micro and nano levels in a variety of disciplines – from chemistry to medical science.

“I was on a strategic retreat from the Core Lab when I heard the news,” according to Kenneth Kennedy, director of the Nanofabrication Core Lab at KAUST. “My first reaction was not a surprise, because I know we have incredible people, research capabilities, facilities and equipment. I was extremely happy to see KAUST gain recognition on the international stage. Above all, I was happy for our staff who worked so hard for many years to achieve this.

When exploring the US News & World Report’s Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Rankings, KAUST performed well on a range of metrics covering outreach efforts, publication success, and international collaboration to give a score of 81 .7 out of 100.

In particular, KAUST has achieved good results in the field of citations of its publications. Here it ranked 9e for “the normalized impact of nanoscience and nanotechnology citations”, and 16e for the percentage of most-cited papers in the top 1%.

Referring to the keys to such respected and cited research, Kennedy said, “We have something unique here at KAUST with our Core Labs. The facilities are world-class, with state-of-the-art tools that are regularly serviced and replaced as needed. Above all, our staff are very experienced in their fields and work in collaboration with professors to support them and support advanced research in a wide range of disciplines,” he said while noting that the proximity and coherence between all labs help researchers make a seamless transition. between them.

​​​​Core Labs, of which Kennedy Nanofabrication is a part, is a system of multidisciplinary and interconnected laboratories that combine to form an integral part of the KAUST research ecosystem. It provides research support, training, collaboration, and services to KAUST faculty, students, and researchers, as well as external partners.

Another area in which KAUST’s Faculty of Nanoscience has achieved good results is in collaborating with international partners and institutions. Currently, the Nanofabrication Core Lab team, led by Kennedy, is working with a global pioneer in the study of nanoscale patterning and etching of materials to produce flat, head-sized optics. pin. The research implications could be significant, as these tools are typically used in next-generation wearable technology displays such as smart glasses and smartwatches.

Due to KAUST’s diverse skill set and state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, it can organize the entire research process, providing a huge competitive advantage to the nanoscience lab, collaborators, and Saudi Arabia more broadly.

“This scientific field covers an infinity of applications and devices with potential impacts on daily life and economies. Semiconductors are a huge global business, which currently enjoys very high media exposure,” Kennedy said. “We need to ensure that we are positioned to meet the need for reduction, but we also need to be agile enough to evolve with rapid changes in research and materials. Increasingly there is a need to integrate previously incompatible materials and devices to provide additional compactness and functionality, and it will be difficult, but we are not here to fix easy problems.

In its annual university rankings, US News examines the best universities in the world, including the best in the United States and more than 90 other countries. The overall ranking of world universities is measured on 13 indicators that measure university research performance as well as global and regional reputations. The rankings are also broken down into specific disciplines such as nanoscience and nanotechnology.

The year 2022 marked the eighth edition of the World’s Best Universities list – a showcase of 1,750 leading global institutions, with KAUST finishing in the top 100 with an overall score of 70.9 out of 100.


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