​​​​​​​​​Core Labs and Major Facilities

The Core Labs and Major Facilities offer state-of-the art research equipment operated by more than one hundred expert staff scientists to support KAUST’s research community through training and services. The organization comprises eight​ core labs and a few central workshops.

Analytical Chemistry

Advanced techniques for custom and routine chemical analysis ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Analytical Core Lab provides expert analytical services to the KAUST research community on a wide range of advanced analytical instrument​s. The 1000-square-meter facility includes a chromatography/mass spectroscopy lab, a trace metals analysis lab, a wet chemistry lab, a surface analysis lab and a molecular spectroscopy lab.​

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Next-generation sequencing, bioinformatics and proteomics The Bioscience Core Lab specializes in genomics, proteomics, FACS and high-throughput screening using state-of-the-art equipment and analysis. The lab enables researchers and industry partners to c​onduct next-generation genetic analysis and synthesis of cellular materials as well as protein identification and characterization.​​​

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Coastal and Marine Resources

Expertise in marine operations, oceanographic instrumentation and wet lab experimentation The Coastal & Marine Resources Core Lab specializes in marine operations, oceanographic instrumentation and wet lab experimentation. It features equipment and manpower support f​​or scientific cruises, field sampling, instrument operations, scientific diving, and other research n​eeds in marine and coastal environments. This Core Lab operates and maintains small boats and a research vessel for oceanographic research and modern wet lab facilities for aquarium experiments and aquatic simulations.​

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Research-driven plant growth facility operating at the forefront of agricultural innovation ​​The Greenhouse Core Lab supports all plant-based research conducted at KAUST. The greenhouse is a 1600-square-meter facility that includes a head house and individually climate controlled growth rooms. The facility enables researchers to control and study pl​ant growth using specialized growth rooms and innovative agricultural equipment.

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Imaging and Characterization

Specializing in spectroscopy and microscopy for material, biological samples and device research ​​​​​​​​The Imaging & Characterization Core Lab specializes in spectroscopy and microscopy for material and device research to learn about the structure and composition of samples. It includes facilities for electron microscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance, physical characterization, surface science, and optical microscopy. The facility enables researchers to view samples at a scale ranging from millimeter to sub angstrom, providing a wide spectrum of imaging and characterization capabilities.

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Advanced fabrication on a micro and nano scale ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Nanofabrication Core Lab supports research in the fields of mi​croelectronics, electronic materials, nanotechnology, MEMS, biomedical and optical devices requiring a low-density particle environment. The Nanofabrication Core Lab is equipped with a 2,000 square meter cleanroom consisting of both class 100 and class 1000 areas. It is fully equipped with a wide range of tools at the forefront of nanotechnology, providing a high level of versatility and support for nanofabrication. The Nanofabrication Core Lab also includes a thin film lab, which provides tools to support and enhance the thin film deposition process.​

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World-class supercomputing expertise for computationally-based science and engineering projects The Supercomputing Core Lab supports KAUST faculty, students and collaborators in their advanced use of high performance computing hardware and software. This facility boasts Middle East’s top performing supercomputer, Shaheen, a Cray XC40 supercomputer. The lab focuses on the application of high performance computing solutions using cutting-edge systems and methodologies, offering world-class HPC and data resources in a fashion that stimulates research and development.

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Visualization for high throughput computing, enabling data exploration and understanding ​Visualization enables intuition and curiosity, sparking discovery. Pursuing this vision as a supporting pillar of scientific progress at KAUST, the Visualization Core Lab advances the KAUST mission by catalyzing innovation and collaborative research. Through our staff’s expertise and the lab’s world-class facilities, our main focus is on visualization for high throughput computing. This is aimed at supporting key research-enabling investments, such as KAUST's Shaheen supercomputer, by applying the latest methodologies to explore, analyze, and present the vast quantities of generated data.

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Design and manufacturing support to fabricate customized experimental tools and equipment ​​​The Central Workshops provide advanced design, equipment and manufacturing to assist in the fabrication of customized experimental tools and equipment for KAUST users and industrial partners. The facility features workshops and staff specializing in engineering and design utilizing CAD software, advanced machine shop technology, scientific glass blowing, welding, woodworking, electronics and metrology.

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