MRS-KAUST Student Chapter was present at the 2017 Orientation Expo
The Material Research Society (MRS) Student Chapter proudly present: Science as Art Competition

In this ​social gathering:
1-  A brief summary with photos of chapter events during 2014 had been presented by Nuha Alhebshi.
2- Appreciation certificates and in-kind gifts were awarded to active members who helped in organizing events during 2014.
3- Voting results of the new elected MRS Chapter officers team were announced: It was a nice chance to meet with the new officers and suggest ideas for future events.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Student Center, Level four, Fellowship Hall. Families and children were also welcome!

Event photos:​​

Effat's Google Student Club invited all Effat undergraduate students to attend:

EFFAT-KAUST Lectures Series of Promising Fields

A collaboration program between the club and the Material Research Society (MRS) Student Chapter at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), the speakers are members from KAUST-MRS Student Chapter.



24 November 2014, at Effat University Hall

Attendance Registration for Effat Students 12:25 - 12:35 p.m.

Effat Opening Remark 12:35 - 12:40 p.m.

First Lecture 12:40 - 13:10 p.m.
Touching atoms – modern materials design by atom probe tomography
Muna Saeed Khushaim

Second Lecture 13:15 - 13:45 p.m.
Addressing the future energy demands
Rahim Munir

Third Lecture 13:50 - 14:20 p.m.
Brain Computer Interface for various Application
Abdul Haroon Rashid Syed Sulthan Alaudeen

Q & A 14:20 - 14: 30 p.m.


26 November 2014, at Effat University Hall

Attendance Registration for Effat Students 12:25 - 12:35 p.m.

Effat Opening Remark 12:35 - 12:40 p.m.

First Lecture 12:40 - 13:10 p.m.
Modeling of wave phenomena on space-time varying materials
Damian San Roman Alerigi

Second Lecture 13:15 - 13:45 p.m.
A Journey inside the Lithium ion battery – The Materials Science Perspective
Bilal Ahmed

Third Lecture 13:50 - 14:20 p.m.
Touch screen and display technology
Nitinkumar Batra

Q & A 14:20 - 14: 30 p.m.



​KAUST Solar Future 2014 Meeting had been held in in November 7th-11th, 2014. It was supported by the Solar and Photovoltaic Engineering Research Center (SPERC), ​and​ the Office of Competitive Research and Funds (OCRF) at KAUST, and co-organized by ​Materials Research Society (​MRS)​ Student Chapter at KAUST.​

The ​Poster ​Session associated with the event had been held in November 9 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM, and in November 10 from 5:30 PM to 6:45 PM at KAUST Library (Sea View). 

​This is a link for more information about KAUST Solar Future 2014 Meeting:

Event photos:​​​​​
All of SRSI* high-​school students were kindly invited and highly encouraged to attend the MRS Discussion Panel, that was specially​ organized for them!

Distinguished Speaker: Mohammed Khalid Shafi, Chemical Engineering Intern at Schlumberger and​ ​senior bachelor student at University of Virginia, USA. He is a former Research Assistant at KAUST, Cornell University and UC Davis. For more​ ​information about his experience, education and awards:

Time and Place: Friday, the 4th of July, 2014. From 08:15 pm to 09:45 pm at the Auditorium between Building 4 and Building 5

Some Topics of MRS Discussion Panel:​
-What is the difference between Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, and between Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering? 
-How can students make balance between their participations in national/international competitions and their daily study/homework at school? 
-What are the skills that are important to be learned during this summer program and during high school years? 
-How can students determine their bachelor program/department? 
-Advices for students who are planning to study abroad. Answering ​students​​'​ questions. 

Our aim: Increase the awareness about some important issues for high school and undergraduate​ students.

Organized by: Materials Research Society (MRS) Student Chapter at KAUST and Saudi Initiatives Department at KAUST.


*The Saudi Research Science Institute (SRSI) ​is a student academic mentorship program that has been going on at KAUST since 2011. The program is a 6 week summer internship, where a selected group of academically motivated high-school students from throughout Saudi Arabia, have the opportunity to conduct university-level research under the mentorship of KAUST Professors.

​​​​In April 22, 2014, 11 members of MRS Student Chapter joined​ ​an official​ ​visit​ ​to SABIC Corporate Research and Innovation​ ​(CRI)​ ​Center at KAUST Innovation Cluster​.SABIC, Saudi Basic Industries Corporation, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of chemicals, fertilizers, plastics and metals.

Mr. Raeid Sadeq and Mr. Salah A Al-Saffar, from SABIC Research Support, and their colleagues had ​professionally ​hosted our​ ​one-hour​ ​visit with informative and interesting explanations about the main projects/departments and facilities at SABIC-CRI center.​ It has ​three main departments​:​ ​Biochemistry, Chemistry and New Materials. Each department includes many projects​ ​such as​ ​Algae​ ​fuel,​ ​mass-production of​ ​catalysts and coatings for solar cells.​

​ In addition, ​​Mr. Salah encourage MSE graduates to apply as research scientists in CRI center and join in one of the existing projects or they can submit new proposals​ ​to work ​on their ideas/interests.

Thanks to Maha Alamoudi, Secretary of MRS Student Chapter for organizing this visit by contacting with SABIC-CRI center representatives​.​


SABIC website:
In Student Representatives Luncheon of 2013 MRS Fall Meeting, achievements of MRS-KAUST Student Chapter were briefly presented by Tahani Felemban, a Saudi PhD student in Materials Science and Engineering and a member in KAUST-MRS Student Chapter. It was a nice chance to exchange event ideas between students of MRS University Chapters from around the world. It is worth to mention that Tahani participated in 2013 MRS Fall Meeting by presenting her academic poster. 

A new initiative from MRS Chapter at KAUST: "What is MSE Program?", a presentation and discussion session about Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Program at KAUST. It was held during WEP 2014:


- Date/time/place: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 from 4:00PM to 5:00 PM, at Building 5 West (Seaside), level 5, room 5209. 


- Speaker: Maha Alamoudi, Secretary of MRS Chapter and Graduate Student at KAUST.


- Significance: Since there is no MSE undergraduate program at any Saudi university, MRS Chapter has a responsibility to introduce MSE to Saudi undergraduate students.


- Audience: Saudi Initiatives Department helped MRS Chapter to invite Saudi undergraduate students, who have Sciences or Engineering of Physics, Chemistry or related backgrounds.  

-Refreshments had been sponsored by Graduate Students.

All MRS Chapter members and their spouses were invited to attend (MRS Chapter Members Gathering). It was an informal meeting to celebrate our chapter's achievements. During this gathering:

-Certificates of recognitions, signed by Dr. Aram Amassain, were awarded to the volunteers of ICFE-PV event.

-Small gifts (brooch of MRS Chapter logo) were given to ALL attendance.

-Catering was provided by Graduate Services .

-Photos of chapter events were presented on the fellowship hall screens with music background.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
Building 18 (Student Center), 4th floor, Fellowship hall. 

2-way live streaming broadcast of the Virtual Session "Career Paths in Materials Science" from Boston to KAUST and vice versa! 
It is one of the most interesting session of 2013 MRS Fall Meeting. MRS-KAUST Student Chapter has invited Dr. Ihab Odeh, Director of New Materials Solution, SABIC-CRI, to be a speaker from KAUST to Boston via live streaming and vice versa. 

Monday, December 2, 2013
7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.


The International Colloquium on Flexible Electronics and Photovoltaics (ICFE-PV) at KAUST, November 3-5, 2013 is a forum to gather and exchange ideas with peers from Saudi Arabia and from around the world. The three-day program includes 35 invited talks from global experts with expertise ranging from plastic electronics to thin film photovoltaics to bioelectronics. 
The event will also bring together nearly 50 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from around the world for a poster presentation session organised by MRS Student Chapter at KAUST.

Poster awards have been generously donated by Nature Materials and the Nature Publishing Group, by the Royal Society of Chemistry, and by the Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC).

ICFE-PV Website:​

Agenda, Speakers Bio & Poster Abstracts:
ICFE-PV meeting Agenda Program.pdf
Speakers Abstracts.pdf
Poster Abstracts.pdf


MRS Student Chapter had organized a poster session during the 1st International Workshop on Energy Storage held at KAUST, September 23- 24, 2013. 18 posters related to Energy Storage were professionally presented by some of KAUST students and postdoc researchers in front of many distinguished visitors/speakers from around the world. In addition, some of MRS Chapters members were pleased to welcome the visitors from KAUST INN hotel and guide them inside KAUST.
The Center for Creativity and Talent at King Abdulaziz University (KAU) had invited Nuha Alhebshi, Vice President of MRS-KAUST Student Chapter, to give a brief talk to undergraduate students who had attended a course of (Introduction to Nanoscience-by Amal Alamri) at KAU. Initialy, they ask Nuha to tell the students about her Arabic book (What is Nanotechnology?) published in 2009. Then, She present a brief presentation about MRS-KAUST Student Chapter and Materials Sicence and Engineering (MSE) program at KAUST. Finally, many suggestions for future collaborations between KAUST and KAU have discussed.

This event was hold on Wed. 1st of May, 2013 with a title of (The 1st collaboration between MRS Student Chapter at KAUST and Center for Creativity and Talent at KAU). 

​Zero- to Three-Dimensional Carbon Nanomaterials for Energy Storage

Yury Gogotsi

Date: Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Time:  2:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Place: Auditorium, between buildings 2 & 3.

​To read abstract and biography, click on the title.​
Mohammad Adnan Khan and Ahmed Mansour had successfully represented KAUST online in the panel discussion hold at  2012 MRS Sustainability Forum: Practical A​spects of Interdisciplinary Sustainable Development Research, Boston, Massachusetts! For more details and pictures, click on the title.​
Prof. Jillian Buriak (Associate Editor of ACS Nano) will be visiting KAUST on November 20, 2012.  One of the talks she will give may be very useful for students to attend.  She will clarify a number of points related to the paper submission and publishing process, particularly based on her experience as Editor at ACS Nano... For more details, please click on the title.​​
Halah Alhussain , who had been trained​ by Nuha Alhebshi, has won the first place for her paper and the second place for her presentation at Saudi Research Science Institute (SRSI) program in summer 2012.... Read more by clicking on the title.
Fatimah Al-Ajaji, who had been trained by Adnan Khan, has won the third place grand award (in Materials Category) at Intel’s International Science & Engineering Fair ( ISEF) in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.... Read more by clicking on the title.​​​​​​​