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.