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Researchers discover a new approach to harvesting aerial humidity with organic crystals
Researchers at at NYU Abu Dhabi have reported a novel method of harvesting water from naturally occurring sources such as fog and dew.
Smart Water Magazine | March 24, 2023

UAE researchers find new way to harvest water from fog, dew
Findings from new study hold the potential to guide the creation of new technologies to utilise naturally occurring sources of water.
Khaleej Times | March 17, 2023

NYUAD researchers discover new approach to harvesting aerial humidity with organic crystals
Researchers of the Smart Materials Lab (SML) and the Centre for Smart Engineering Materials (CSEM) at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) have reported a novel method of harvesting water from naturally occurring sources such as fog and dew.
Emirates News Agency | March 17, 2023

Smart-Engineering Materials Can Serve as Energy Converters
Organic crystals, once thought to be fragile materials, have shown the mechanical robustness and other appropriate characteristics for use in advanced electronics applications.
Design News | June 30, 2022

Exceptionally high work density of a ferroelectric dynamic organic crystal around room temperature
New research by a team of researchers at the NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) Smart Materials Lab demonstrates that organic crystals, a new class of smart engineering materials, can serve as efficient and sustainable energy conversion materials for advanced technologies such as robotics and electronics.
Medium | May 31, 2022

Abu Dhabi: Researchers discover organic crystal, can be used in advanced technology
It is able to reversibly change shape in a similar manner to plastics and rubber
Khaleej Times | May 23, 2022

NYUAD researchers shed new light on mysteries behind light emission of fireflies
A team of researchers from the New York University Abu Dhabi’s Smart Materials Lab led by Professor of Chemistry Panče Naumov has conducted an exhaustive review of the scientific literature surrounding the natural production of light, called bioluminescence, and developed conclusions that will help others in the field to direct their research and uncover the mysteries behind this natural phenomenon.
Emirates News Agency | December 13, 2020

Abu Dhabi research team furthers understanding of bioluminescence
New study provides comprehensive overview of the natural phenomenon in beetles.
Gulf News | December 13, 2020

Abu Dhabi research team furthers understanding of bioluminescence
A team of researchers from the New York University Abu Dhabi’s is studying the natural production of light, called bioluminescence, with the aim of helping others in the field direct their research about this fascinating phenomenon.
24 Emirates | December 13, 2020

NYUAD Uncovers Mysteries Behind the Light Emission of Fireflies
A female glowworm of the Lampyris beetle, glowing green-yellow light. The insect was photographed by Meri Aleksov.
The Sustanabilist | December 13, 2020

3 New York University Abu Dhabi faculty members receive UAE’s 10-year golden residency visa
Dr. Panče Naumov is one of three faculty members at New York University Abu Dhabi who have been granted the UAE’s 10-year golden residency visa in recognition of their outstanding research contributions to the UAE and the region.
Gulf News | September 23, 2020

Smart Molecular Crystals: From Synthesis to Applications
Jad Mahmoud Halabi, discusses his experiences while pursuing a PhD at NYU Abu Dhabi and offers advice to potential candidates about PhD life.
DiscoverPhDs | August 10, 2020

Learning from Nature: Advanced Biomimetic Materials
Over the course of millennia, plants and animals have developed and perfected mechanisms for motion, survival, and dispersal with astounding grace, speed, and versatility. As part of the 2018–2019 Fellows' Presentation Series at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Panče Naumov RI '19 investigates how do they do it and asks, What can we learn from them?
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study | April 11, 2019

UAE Researcher Joins Quest for Heat-Resistant Vaccines
Marieh al-Handawi, a chemist at New York University–Abu Dhabi, is developing vaccines to withstand temperature changes during shipping.
Al-Fanar Media | April 08, 2019

Researchers achieve solid state thermochemiluminescence with crystals
The findings, published in the journal Nature Communications, demonstrate that this fundamental process of transduction of energy—heat, applied to a material, generates light—can be achieved in pure solid materials of millimeter or centimeter size. | March 01, 2019

Inkless pen to protect secret documents
Researchers have prepared a light-emitting organic material that can be used to print patterns, write documents and even encode secret codes on a filter paper using just sunlight.
Nature India | August 31, 2018

Could a UAE plant hold the key to developing a low-cost blindness treatment?
NYUAD graduate Yumi Gambrill spent a year working to identify a chemical with anti-cataract properties found in a plant called Cleome rupicola.
The National | July 07, 2018  

Going through a phase
Chemists are finding fascinating phase-change phenomena that make crystals jump and pop.
‘It started as a curiosity,’ recalls Pance Naumov, now an associate professor at NYU Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. ’One of my postdocs came to me and said: “I can’t get hold of my crystals, they are escaping!”’
Chemistry World | November 10, 2017

ACIE: press release on work from the Naumov Group entitled “Raucous Crystals.”
Some organic crystals jump around when heated up. This happens because of an extremely fast change in their crystal structure. In the journal Angewandte Chemie, scientists have now demonstrated that the crystals send out acoustic signals during this process, which may be useful in analyzing the characteristics of this phenomenon. The researchers demonstrated that this process is analogous to martensitic transitions observed in steel and some alloys.
Wiley  |  June 16, 2017

Desy: Jumping crystals produce sound waves
Organic crystals behave like steel.
Desy  |  June 14, 2017

Panče Naumov and colleagues were recognized for their work on firefly bioluminescence by the Human Frontier Science Program
The different color of bioluminescent light emitted by different organisms has inspired several decades of inconclusive research efforts and debates on its mechanism and the underlying photochemistry. Now, mathematical analysis of the spectra of firefly oxyluciferin, the emitting molecule in fireflies embedded in the bioluminescent enzyme luciferase, has for the first time provided direct insight into the mechanistic complexity of this natural system for generation of cold light.
HFSP  |  February 14, 2017