Completed Research Chairs
Nanotechnology for water desalination

1517551055442

Chair: Dr. Mohammed Al Abri

Email: : alabri@squ.edu.om

 

 

Overview:

If the proliferation of today’s technologies is any indication of the speed and power of change in the economy, in the near future nanotechnology will lead to an even more dramatic paradigm shift. The evolution of a “nano-economy” as contrasted by a “petro-economy” of today is an intriguing idea. Fundamental nanotechnology innovations, yet to come will set the timeline for economic transformation of nations.

SQU's nanotechnology program's mission will be to assist the nation to be part of this revolution. Nanotechnology-based research, education and training program at SQU will be focused towards developing nanomaterials for applications ranging from water desalination and purification, to energy and environment. This “Research Group” will attempt to address some of these aspects of creating knowledge in niche areas relevant to Oman and the region and a knowledgeable workforce for future development of “Nanotechnology” in local industries and finally the society to benefit from. In this proposal, emphasis is given to application of nanotechnology to water desalination. However, it is envisioned that initial activities will lead to the creation of a National Center of Excellence in Nanotechnology in Oman, towards which other universities and research institutes in Oman will contribute. The chair programme will aim to conduct research to develop and test membranes made of different nanomaterials for water desalination to decrease the cost and increase efficiency in order to develop capacity in the field of nanotechnologies for desalination. The chair will also strive to develop nanotechnology education in Oman. It is expected that during the course of the project, additional funding through focused research proposals will be obtained through other sources in collaboration with faculty members of the four schools at SQU. The project will certainly lead to a better understanding between the groups in the University, Oman and the gulf countries working in the areas related to purification of water. The project aims at reducing any knowledge gap and introducing new technologies to face the ever changing topics in the growing field of nanosciences. There is a strong need to develop coercive curriculum for undergraduates and graduate level courses to equip future scientists, engineers and business people alike, to address issues related to the commercialization of nanotechnology. This proposal will develop regional and multilateral networking between higher education institutions in Middle-east, US, Europe, Asia and build a platform for nanotechnology knowledge assimilation and growth in the region.

“Interdisciplinary research and education is the most important aspect in nanotechnology. Universities should introduce courses based on nanoscale science and integrate nanotechnology with physics, chemistry, biology, electronics, medicine, engineering and other fields..…...”

- Jan Voves In ‘Skill needs in emerging technologies: nanotechnology’

 

Objectives:

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.

 

Outcomes:

 

KPI

Oct 2012-2013

Oct 2013-2014

Oct 2014-2015

Oct 2015-2016

Oct 2016-2017

Number of MSc students

2

2

3

3

3

Achieved

5

4

3

1

3

Number of PhD students

0

2

2

2

2

Achieved

4

6

6

4

4

Number of Publications in peer-reviewed journals

3

5

7

10

10

Achieved

22

24

16

12

12

Number of Patents

0

1

1

2

2

Achieved

-

0

1

1

1

Number of collaborations with external agencies

1

2

3

4

4

Achieved

1

2

3

4

6

 

 

Shell Chair in Petroleum Geosciences

1517551055442

Chair: Dr. Svetlana Rudyk

Email: snr@squ.edu.om

556309818389297432556f6ee23932ca

 

Overview:

The Shell Chair at the Oil and Gas Research Centre was initially for Carbonate Geoscience; however, from the year 2014, the chair was renamed as “Shell Chair in Petroleum Geoscience”. Shell chair was introduced by Shell Development Oman in 2006 as part of a joint endeavor to develop research capabilities in the field of petroleum geosciences in the Sultanate and to prepare Omani youth to contribute to the future of energy in Oman.

 

biggest_oil_and_gas_companies

 

The Public Establishment for Industrial Estates (PEIE) –Research Chair for the Development of Industrial Estates and Free Zones-Madayn

1517551055442

Chair: Prof. Abdullah Hamed Al-Badi

Email: albadi@squ.edu.om

images

 

Overview:

Madayn Research Chair for the Development of Industrial Estates and Free zones is a joint project between Sultan Qaboos University and Madayn. Due to the rapid evolution of the business environment that has occurred in the sultanate and the great strides local education institutions have made in exploring issues impacting upon people’s lives, active collaboration between industry and the academia is increasingly vital for the country’s continued social and economic development. As a result, the Research Chair in Industrial Estates and Free zones seeks to foster greater understanding of contemporary economic issues in Oman in relation to its areas of specialization.

The Chair plays a vital role in addressing key issues facing industrial estates and free zones in the sultanate. It achieves this by providing the new insights, guidance and support to policymakers, business leaders, decision makers, and other concerned stakeholders, in Oman that contribute to social and economic development, diversification, and the development of Oman’s knowledge economy.

 

1693069766-1693069766-uwt12htlmdcz

 

Objectives

Objective 1: to conduct quality research and studies that provide business solutions

Objective 2: To develop and support applied research

Objective 3: To help guide policy makers, business leaders, decision makers and stakeholders in making informed decisions

Objective 4: To supervise graduate students and prepare Omani researchers and experts to prepare organized and creative work

Objective 5: to contribute to the development of human capital of the industrial estate

Objective 6: To support and enhance the university’s position, locally, regionally, and internationally

Objective 7: to help fulfil the national development plans

Objective 8: to support SQU faculty and students in acquiring knowledge and skills

 

Outcomes:

  • Scientific publications: 83 Journal papers; 8 conference papers and 8 reports
  • Six Research projects
  • Three training course