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Center of Excellence for Advanced Materials & Manufacturing (CAMM)

Introduction

The objective of the KACST-Cambridge University Joint Centre of Excellence (CAMM) is to provide a center for a collaborative research in advanced materials and manufacturing to achieve the long-term strategic plan of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that seeks to develop technology and an infrastructure with aa decreased dependence on the non-renewable energy resources. In this regard, KACST exchanges information on current technical initiatives to establish a framework for future collaboration and transfer the technology from Cambridge University to Saudi Arabia. In its early stage, this collaboration has resulted in the registration of four patents in LED technology.  Meanwhile, the center will focus during the next two years on the four technical areas of bulk superconductors, additive manufacturing, water desalination and solar hydrogen fuel generation.

Projects

Superconductor materials are those which show zero-resistance at very low temperature, with a considerable potential for generating stable trapped magnetic fields that are significantly greater than those generated by permanent magnets. The project will include the development of these materials’ processings and properties in addition to the development of commercial devices such magnet separator, SQUID, flywheels that incorporate bulk superconductors.

The 3D printing is a form of the digital additive manufacturing technology where a three-dimensional object is created by laying down successive layers of its material. The aim of this research is to develop and apply new methods of manufacturing utilizing the inkjet printing technology to a specific practical application.

This project aims at developing a novel, low cost, and high efficiency photoelectrodes and photocatalysts to be utilized in a practical water splitting relying on solar energy. However, photocatalyst materials involving multiple elements, such as dopants or crystal components, have thousands of combinations; therefore, the rational high throughput synthesis and screening will provide a fast and modern method to examine the huge number and the potentials of these photocatalysts. The multi-elements co-sputtering, which provides conformal thin film deposition, will be used.

The aim of this project is to produce and optimize the properties of CNT-based membranes using Carbon Nanotubes (CNTs) that are produced by the direct spinning process. In order to accomplish this, the following steps must be carried out:

  • Optimizing the composition of direct-spun CNT fibers for the desalination applications: comprising small diameter single-wall CNTs with low defect concentrations.
  • Weaving of CNT fibers into a 2D mat with CNTs aligned perpendicular to the thickness direction, and chemical and/or mechanical processing to open the ends of the CNTs.
  • The infiltration or liquid phase to sinter CNTs to make the 2D membrane impermeable to ionic species.
  • Testing and evaluating the produced membranes to provide a feedback for further optimizing of the production and processing steps