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The Office of the Vice President for Research oversees activities pertaining to two of the central pillars of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology by fostering excellence in research while contributing to the economic development of Saudi Arabia.
The office develops strategies, initiates and oversees research programs, manages space and resources, and establishes policies to support both fundamental and goal-oriented interdisciplinary research bridging science and engineering. Interdisciplinary and collaborative research for societal benefit is the Office's primary strategic focus.
Professor Donal D.C. Bradley joined KAUST in April 2019 and is tasked with fostering excellence in the University’s research and supporting wide application of the resulting knowledge. Interdisciplinary and collaborative research bridging science and engineering to societal benefit is a strategic focus.
Before moving to KAUST, Donal Bradley was Head of the Division of Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences (Dean of Science and Engineering) at the University of Oxford. In that role, he oversaw the activities of ten departments comprising 700 faculty, 2000 research and support staff and 5,500 students. He was also a Professor of Engineering Science and Physics, with an innovative and wide-ranging research program in molecular electronic materials and devices both in Oxford and at the Oxford Suzhou Centre for Advanced Research (OSCAR) in China. Professor Bradley's research, conducted in Oxford, at Imperial College London and at the Universities of Sheffield and Cambridge, has attracted substantial international recognition, including award of the EU Descartes Prize (2003), SID Jan Rajchman Prize (2005), ESF European Latsis Prize (2005), IOP Faraday Medal (2009), IET Faraday Medal (2010), RS Bakerian Medal (2010), Jiangsu Governor's Prize (2016) and, most recently, the E-MRS Jan Czochralski Award (2019). His publications have been cited more than 82,000 times with h-index = 126 (Google Scholar) and he is a Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researcher; he is also a named inventor on more than 25 patent families. He also holds honorary doctorates from the University of Sheffield (2014) and Hong Kong Baptist University (2017) and is an Honorary Fellow of Churchill College Cambridge.
Professor Bradley became a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2004 and a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 2010 for services to science. He is a co-inventor of conjugated polymer electroluminescence (1989) and a co-founder of Cambridge Display Technology Ltd (1990), now a wholly owned subsidiary of the Sumitomo Chemical Company. In 2001, he co-founded Molecular Vision Ltd to develop novel polymer detection systems for microanalysis applications, subsequently acquired by the Abingdon Health Group. Professor Bradley also served on the Board of Solar Press (UK) Ltd (2009-16) and supported CSEM Brasil in establishing Sunew, companies set up to develop roll-to-roll printed solar cells. He currently serves on the Board of Oxford Advanced Research Centers Ltd.