Hicham Idriss is Fellow at SABIC Corporate Research & Development (CRD) at KAUST, Saudi Arabia and an Honorary Professor here at the Department of Chemistry. He received his undergraduate and postgraduate education from the University of Strasbourg (France). Prior to joining SABIC he was Aberdeen Energy Futures Chair and Professor of Chemistry at the University of Aberdeen (UK). His main research work is on the surface reactions of metal oxides both at the experimental and computational levels. In the last decade, he has been focusing his research on hydrogen production from renewables both by thermal and photocatalytic methods. He has about 220 papers and over 60 patents/patents applications. He is member of the editorial board of Catalysis, Structure and Reactivity; Applied Catalysis B: Environmental; Catalysis Surveys from Asia; and the regional editor of Current Organocatalysis.