• About Chair
  • Chair’s Message
  • Vision & Mission
  • Objectives

The Chair of Nanotechnology for Water Desalination at Sultan Qaboos University was created by the Research Council. The program began in October 2011. The Chairs created by the Research Council are national undertakings aimed at promoting the development of the Sultanate. The Chair was granted to SQU in order to meet the increasingly changing needs of development in the Sultanate and leverage the existing and future capacity in Nanotechnology, with a special focus on Water Desalination. Over the last three years that the chair has been established, significant research and development efforts and inter-departmental and cross disciplinary R&D has taken place. This engagement needs to be strengthened in the future for which the current proposal is being prepared.


Activities of the chair include, but not exclusively, research and development focused on the application of nanoparticles, nanomaterials, devices and sensors directed towards water desalination. The Chair is building up innovative research suited to the region, education and training of highly qualified personnel and in increasing public and industrial awareness of nanotechnology, amongst other activities like arranging conferences, workshops, seminars, etc.

The Chair in Nanotechnology for Water Desalination at Sultan Qaboos University was established by the Research Council of Oman which is a national undertaking at Sultan Qaboos University. TRC Chair was granted to SQU in order to meet the increasingly changing needs of development in the Sultanate and leverage the existing and future capacity in Nanotechnology, with a special focus on Water Desalination. A state-of the-art research laboratory was officially opened on the 18th February 2014 by his HE Dr. Hilal Al-Hinai, Secretary General of TRC and HE Dr. Ali Bimani, Vice Chancellor of SQU in the presence of several dignitaries.

Over the last four years, significant research and development efforts and inter-departmental and cross disciplinary R&D has taken place in SQU through this program. The credit for which goes to the students, staff and faculty colleagues participated and advised in the activities of the Chair. The Chair has succeeded in building up innovative research suited to the region and in increasing public and industrial awareness of nanotechnology in the Sultanate. The chair has been involved in the strategic planning, project development and planning, project management and also supervision of research staff and postgraduate students. In the longer run, this program aspires to become an internationally recognized Center of Excellence in Nanotechnology. The chair program would not have achieved as much without the support of the stakeholders, i.e. Sultan Qaboos University and the Research Council of Oman. It is poised to reach new avenues in the years to come that will benefit the development of active research environment in the Sultanate.

 

Professor Joydeep Dutta,
First Chair in Nanotechnology2011-2015

 

·         Vision


The Chair aspires to become an internationally recognized Center of Excellence in nanotechnology for water desalination and other applications with the mission of promoting application of nanotechnology for water desalination and other applications through research, capacity building and dissemination of knowledge.


·         Mission


Expectations from the Chair are academic, industrial, economic and social. In terms of academic aspiration, the Chair promotes interdepartmental collaboration in SQU and develops a coherent research with a focused effort in order to increase knowledge in nanotechnology and create application in water desalination and other applications. In terms of industrial, economic and social expectations, the cornerstone of the Chair shall be the availability of unique methods and processes suitable for water desalination to solve immediate problems in water desalination. The Chair is also expected to benefit Oman through collaborations with internationally recognized leaders.

The Chair is deemed to establish a research program in Nanotechnology for Water Desalination and other applications at SQU with a multidisciplinary team comprising of existing faculty and staff of the University. The Chair will provide research leadership and build human capacity in the area of nanotechnology for water desalination and other applications. This will include strategic planning, project development and planning, project management and also supervision of research staff and postgraduate students. The team of the Chair will promote collaborative opportunities among the Colleges at the SQU, and create and strengthen existing collaboration with other national and international institutions and research organizations, placing Oman as a regional leader in the area of Desalination nanotechnology.