The ChemS program provides education based on a balanced combination of course work and world-leading advanced research training in the laboratory. A comprehensive selection of lectures on advanced chemistry essentials (core courses) and current topics in chemistry (electives) are offered. Currently, the following ChemS lectures are available:

Core courses:

  • Advanced Organic Chemistry I
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry II
  • Advanced Inorganic Chemistry I
  • Advanced Inorganic Chemistry II
  • Advanced Physical Chemistry I
  • Advanced Physical Chemistry II
  • Material Chemistry I
  • Spectroscopy Analysis
  • Nano-catalysis
  • Polymers and Polymerization Processes
  • Supramolecular Chemistry
  • Photo and Electro Catalysis
  • Organometallic Chemistry
  • Material Chemistry II
  • Bioinorganic Chemistry
  • Crystallography and Diffraction
  • Biocatalysis

 Based on the approval of the student’s advisor additional electives may be added from any KAUST program.

KAUST ChemS research is centered on current challenges in catalysis and materials research. Within these two interdisciplinary research thrusts, the following distinct research orientations are currently offered:


  • Heterogeneous catalysis and surface organometallic chemistry
  • Homogeneous catalysis and organometallic chemistry
  • Biocatalysis and biochemistry
  • Photocatalysis and electrocatalysis
  • Organocatalysis
  • Supramolecular catalysis
  • Nano catalysis
  • Green chemistry
  • Theoretical chemistry


  • Micro-, and meso-porous materials
  • Metal-organic Materials
  • Polymeric materials
  • Supramolecular materials
  • Inorganic solids
  • Organic- and inorganic- materials for drug delivery
Targeting excellent graduate students world-wide, the KAUST ChemS program offers three tracks:

- MS track:     The KAUST MS degree provides students with a sound foundation of skills and knowledge required for a successful career in chemical research. It prepares for entering industrial research as well as for a PhD track at any world-leading research institute. Students will select a ChemS faculty thesis advisor within the first 6 month of the program.

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- PhD track:     PhD students will be involved in competitive and challenging research project from thefirst day on. It is the distinct mission of the KAUST ChemS PhD program that graduates will be able to undertake independent original research on the highest level. Prospective PhD students select a ChemS faculty thesis advisor before admission. This track targets excellent students holding a MS degree in Chemistry

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- Non-Masters PhD Track: Students entering the PhD program with a BS degree. Students will start on the KAUST MS track. After passing a qualifying exam at the end of the first year, students will enter the PhD track. This track targets excellent students e.g. holding a BS degree in Chemistry.

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The three ChemS tracks interact as shown below.

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