Interfacial Lab (iLab) is a curiosity-driven interdisciplinary research group composed of chemists, physicists, engineers and theorists. We investigate physical and chemical phenomena at interfaces of water with hydrophobic media, such as perfluorinated coatings, oils, and air, to advance basic science and address pressing technological challenges. Our research projects span from creating biomimetic coating-free surfaces for drag reduction (patent-pending), to measuring surfaces forces at angstrom-scale resolution, to probing chemical reactions in electrosprays and emulsions, to producing tons of superhydrophobic sand mulch (patent-pending) for conserving water and enhancing crop yield in desert agriculture. Thus, we use tools and techniques from physics, chemistry and engineering, such as Contact Angle Cells, High-Speed Imaging, the Surface Forces Apparatus, Atomic Force Microscopy, Zeta-Potential Cells, and supercomputers.


Our doors are always open for brilliant, curiosity-driven graduate students and interns who thrive in a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural atmosphere. KAUST offers exceptional academic environment and infrastructure for scientific research through its outstanding faculty members, researchers, Core Laboratories and collaborations with excellent research institutions world wide.



01 July, 2022

71st Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

Dr. Adair Gallo Jr. has attended the 71st Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, dedicated to Chemistry, that took place from 26 June - 1 July 2022, Lindau, Germany.

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15 June, 2022

11th International Colloids Conference

Professor Himanshu and his team members were present to share their research on: “Zwitterions at Electrified interfaces” ,“How osmolytes influence hydrophobic and electrostatic forces between surfaces?”, “Contact electrification at Water-Hydrophobe Interfaces: Why does it happen, and how can we use it?"

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31 May, 2022

PYRO2022: 23rd edition of the International Conference on Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis

iLab's members were present in the 23rd edition of the International Conference on Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis held in Ghent, Belgium, from 15th to 20th May.

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