Laila Elizabeth Khalil Cruz

PhD Students


Research Interest

Laila is interested on the design and synthesis of stimuli responsive materials through supramolecular chemistry. Currently, she is working on improving the stability and optical properties of nanoclusters and porous materials using pillararenes.

Selected Publications

Pillar[5]arene‐stabilized Silver Nanoclusters: extraordinary stability and luminescence enhancement induced by host–guest interactions
Muhammed, M. A. H.; Cruz, L. K.; Emwas, A. H.; El-Zohry, A. M.; Moosa, B.; Mohammed, O. F.; Khashab, N. M. Angew.
Chem. Int. Ed. 131(44), 15812-15817

From nano to macro: hierarchical Platinum Superstructures synthesized using bicontinuous microemulsion for hydrogen evolution reaction
Adesuji, E.T.; Khalil-Cruz, L.E.; Videa, M.; Sánchez-Domínguez, M.
Electrochimica Acta, 136608


  • ​M.Sc./Ph.D. in Chemistry, KAUST, KSA, 2016 - present
  • B.Sc. in Chemistry, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Monterrey, NL, México, 2015

Professional Profile

  • 2016: Research Assistant, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Monterrey, N.L., México


  • KAUST Fellowship, 2016​
  • Award for Performance Excellence by CENEVAL, 2015
  • Diploma in Student Development, 2015
  • Certificate in Modality of Research and Innovation, 2015

KAUST Affiliations

  • Advanced Membranes and Porous Materials Center (AMPMC)
  • Division of Physical Science and Engineering (PSE)

Research Interests Keywords

Supramolecular Chemistry Self-assembled materials Stimuli responsive materials