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CAM conducts E-Seminar to discuss about Material Sciences and COVID-19 | Qatar University

CAM conducts E-Seminar to discuss about Material Sciences and COVID-19

2020-05-12 00:00:00.0
Dr. Nasser bin Abdullah Al-Juffali Al-Nuaimi, Director of (CAM) – (QU)

Qatar University’s Center for Advanced Materials (CAM-QU) organized an e-seminar to discuss the materials sciences, engineering and the novel COVID-19 crisis via WebEx on Sunday.
Dr. Nasser bin Abdullah Al-Juffali Al-Nuaimi, Director of (CAM-QU), started the opening session with remarks on materials sciences and their importance in various areas. He also shed light on the role of the Center in building a sustainable community through confronting the challenges brought by this pandemic. Whether in terms of advice, education, training and guidance for the Qatari community or the planning and implementation at the academic and research levels locally and internationally.
Dr. Al-Nuaimi detailed the most important challenges facing modern societies in general in confronting similar circumstances such as this pandemic. He appreciated the collaboration with various institutions and companies within Qatar and beyond including international universities and companies.
He also commented on the current collaboration with the Qatar Electricity and Water Company, represented by its General Manager and Managing Director Eng. Fahd Al-Muhannadi. The Center has established a water technology unit to mutually benefit from the Center’s research potentials and the Company’s capabilities and support in areas of water desalination.
Cooperation would be through the currently applied technologies, or by introducing new water desalination methods which are cost-effective and more efficient. It would also ensure the efficiency of the methods currently used to produce, store drinking water and their compliance with local and international quality specifications by conducting periodic measurements at the Center.
Dr. Kamel Eid, Researcher at the Center, shed light on collaboration with Dr. Aboubakr Abdullah, another researcher at Center, to desalinate drinking water using capacitive technology to remove different salt ions. The method uses new carbon nanomaterials inlaid with ultra-fine materials to desalinate seawater by using electricity produced at the Center.

The patent right has been registered in the United States. Dr. Abdullah also gave a short brief clarifying the effectiveness of scientific research in general and the importance of materials science in the prevention and protection from the novel COVID-19. He also pointed to the latest research proposals and efforts addressing Coronavirus detection and treatment, as well as the expected timeframe for developing a vaccine or treatment for COVID-19.
Prof. Syed Zaidi, QAFAC Chair Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Center discussed about the role and importance of technology in dealing with COVID-19 for water treatment. He explained that the Reverse Osmosis (RO) technology is capable of removing the coronavirus as the pore size of the membranes used in RO process is 1000 times smaller than the coronavirus.
So, water purified with RO technology is safe to drink. Moreover, CAM has expertise and capability in the development of innovative membranes using advanced nanomaterials for RO technology. QU is ready to deal with this crisis by providing the adequate technology to the industries.
Dr. Zaidi also mentioned about the new initiative of the center for the establishment of Water Technology Unit, which will help build capacity and local expertise to support water desalination and treatment industry in Qatar.
The conference concluded by asking whether the outbreak of the new Corona virus was all evil? Dr. Al-Nuaimi answered this question, noting that crises have always taught us how to reset our research priorities. COVID-19 has prompted determination to plan more precisely to meet future epidemiological or chemical challenges. Just as the blockade pushed the State of Qatar to a better position, the new Coronavirus challenge will create distinctive research excellence in crises and we will be in a well- prepared situation through relentless planning and hard work at Qatar University.