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