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Deanship of Scientific Research
Transportation & Automotive

The automotive sector is a growing sector in KSA, and a major consumer of material technologies. Nanotechnology promises to improve the performance of existing technologies significantly.
Researchers develop lighter and stronger materials; and also improve engine efficiency and fuel consumption for gasoline-powered cars (catalysts; fuel additives; lubricants). They work on reducing environmental impact from hydrogen and fuel cell-powered cars. Furthermore, they focus on smart materials for self-repair, and self-cleaning.
Major research topics:

  • Vehicle body (lighter and stronger)
  • Self-cleaning
  • Paintings
  • Tires
  • Improved Lubricants


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