Faculty from the Masdar Institute and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Asia’s most innovative university, will highlight some of the innovative research being conducted at both universities in the fields of mechanical and materials science and microsystems engineering at a joint workshop being held this week at Masdar Institute.
Dynamic research projects focused on expanding the applications of nanomaterials and 3D printing and improving the efficiency of renewable energy generation and storage are among the projects to be presented at the joint MI-KAIST ‘Advanced Energy and Sustainable Technologies’ workshop. The event aims to give faculty from both institutes the opportunity to explore collaboration.
Dr. Sung-mo Kang, President of KAIST, said: “I am happy to see KAIST faculty members’ hard effort to expand our international cooperation to the UAE. I believe that this workshop presents a great opportunity for two institutions to forge a close relationship that will lead to fruitful collaborations in the future.”
KAIST was ranked the most innovative institute in Asia by Reuters Top 75 and was ranked the world’s tenth overall most innovative by Thomson Reuters in 2015.
Dr. Behjat Al Yousuf, Interim Provost, Masdar Institute said: “This joint workshop with KAIST reflects the ongoing knowledge exchange and collaboration Masdar Institute is engaged with involving some of the world’s most innovative institutes. We are honored to host KAIST’s materials science and engineering faculty for this workshop and look forward to sparking new ideas and collaborations through this exchange of ideas.” The sustainable technologies being developed by the MI and KAIST teams capitalize on recent breakthroughs in nanotechnology and advanced materials and have applications of direct relevance to key industries targeted in the UAE, including energy and water.
KAIST faculty members will highlight their pioneering research activities towards developing organic photovoltaics, self-powered flexible electronics, fuel cells and sustainable hydrogen production technologies. Masdar Institute faculty members will share their novel research in the development of advanced desalination and energy storage, micro-sensors for hostile environments, wearable circuits and systems for pre-emptive healthcare, hydrogen production using chemical looping and full solar spectrum water splitting, and flexible, light-weight solar cells.
Dr. Daniel Choi, Associate Professor of Mechanical & Materials Engineering, and member of the Masdar Institute Organizing Committee, will offer an overview the activities of his research group in 3D printing. The other Masdar Institute Organizing Committee members include Dr. Ibrahim (Abe) Elfadel, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Dr. Rashid Abu Al-Rub, Associate Professor and Mechanical and Materials Engineering Department Head, Dr. Hatem Zeineldin, Professor and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department Head, Dr. Jerald Yoo, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Dr. Ibraheem Almansouri, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
These projects are just a few of the many advanced energy and sustainable technology-related research undertakings at Masdar Institute, which are aimed at supporting the UAE’s efforts towards transformation into an innovative knowledge economy.