On Tuesday, May 25, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between King Saud University's Protein Research Chair (PRC) and the Surfactant Research Chair (SRC), with chair supervisors Professor Abdulrahman M. Al-Senaidy and Professor Hamad Al-Lohedan expressing excitement for such an auspicious partnership.
The MoU identifies areas cooperation venues between the two chairs such as:
- scientific joint initiatives;
- educational activities and workshops;
- lectures by experts;
- scientific consultation;
- the sharing of technical services;
- publishing joint research; and
- the mutual use of labs and workshops.
PRC Supervisor Al-Senaidy said the MoU enriches earlier agreements and cooperations established with various research chairs and centers to improve research activity. For his part, SRC supervisor professor Al-Lohedan expressed satisfaction hoping that the MoU will strengthen cooperation between the two chairs and other distinguished research groups.
A surfactant is a substance that, when dissolved in water, gives a product the ability to remove dirt from surfaces such as the human skin, textiles, and other solids. They are often used in in consumer products in the area of hair care, bath products, creams, lotions, detergents and fabric softeners.
The Surfactant Research Chair (SRC) was established at KSU to form a core scientific group for synthesizing and developing new and more effective surfactants using cost effective methods. The Chair, which is attracting distinguished scientists and graduate students for collaborative work in this field, aims to become an important surfactant reference serving the region and beyond.
Proteins, biochemical compounds facilitating a biological function, are essential parts of organisms and function in virtually every cell process.
The Protein Research Chair (PRC) has well-established aspirations in the health research field. Protein research is solving many secrets of diseases by linking proteins to their action within the human body and providing ideas on how to control and maintain health.
While both chairs are under the aegis of King Saud University's College of Sciences, the Protein Research Chair (PRC) is within the Biochemistry Department and the Surfactant Research Chair (SRC) within the Chemistry Department.