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The Center for Advanced Materials (CAM) at QU caters the needs of the country | Qatar University

The Center for Advanced Materials (CAM) at QU caters the needs of the country

2021-02-23
Dr. Nasser

Qatar University’s Center for Advanced Materials (CAM) is involved in the cutting-edge research in the nanomaterials developments for energy and environment applications, specifically for water treatment, corrosion, renewable energy-solar, batteries etc. It caters to the needs of the country as well the community and works in collaboration with industry.
The center has well equipped labs and state-of art facilities. It has highly qualified and world-renowned faculty and researchers, who are dedicated in research and developing innovative advanced materials and devices in collaboration with the local industry. The center addresses the needs of the Qatari industry and help them develop the solutions of their problems. The CAM has the highest research output among the QU research centers under VP research and other centers.
Talking to the Director of CAM, Dr. Nasser Abdullah Alnuaimi, he said, “Center mainly focus on topics that are related to highly in demand of society and local industry. Moreover, large activities are oriented to build human potential, QU students support and tutoring, improvement of master program and basic and fundamental research. Main focus is on water technology, prevention of corrosion, energy storage harvesting and recovery application, advanced and sustainable materials, nanotechnology and (bio) sensor research field. Center consists of interdisciplinary research team that provide platform for complementary knowledge to reach the targets.”
CAM is successfully fulfilling its mission and vision to be a center of excellence in the Country in the region and has very high research output at the university and in the country. It also imparts training and helps in capacity building to prepare future workforce, and works for the fulfillment of Qatar National Vision 2030.
Discussing about the impacts of advanced materials in Qatar, he said: “CAM is helping the industry by providing solution for their problems, especially the materials testing, fault detection and proposing innovative approaches for materials development. The center’s research is aligned with the National Research Priorities of Qatar and QU’s research strategies in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030.”
CAM developed novel materials and membranes for water desalination and oil water separation, which will have impact on the water treatment industry, especially desalination and produced water treatment.
In 2020, CAM researchers published more than 150 peer-reviewed articles in ISI-indexed high-impact journals. CAM has the highest number of publications per faculty member and the highest number of patents per faculty member among all other faculties and departments in Qatar University.
“CAM started a new Water Technology Unit in collaboration with the Qatar Electricity and Water Company (QEWC). This unit is designed to participate in all materials-related water research activities and carry out all the required analysis to ensure that the desalinated water meets the World Health Organization (WHO) standards for potable water,” Dr. Nasser said while sharing his new researches.
CAM is working on a number of research projects funded by the QNRF and industry as well as on the International collaborative research projects. The center is also working on the Reverse Osmosis (RO) research for the testing and development of RO membranes for seawater desalination as Water Desalination is strategic to the country and one of the Grand Challenges of Qatar.
Dr. Nasser said “New concrete material has been developed in CAM, which has higher mechanical properties using some solid industrial waste generated in Qatar. Also, cleaning water from organic solvents, e.g., Xylene using a new advanced material, is achieved at CAM with high efficiency quickly. Harvesting solar energy using new perovskite material has been achieved recently. Furthermore, new battery materials have been developed to store the electrical energy harvested by the solar cells that are built with such new material. Solar Energy is also used for the photochemical degradation of one of the dangerous contaminants, phenol, using new materials produced and developed at CAM. Controlling the surface charge of materials using the cold plasma is another research direction. The health section also has a good portion of CAM researchers' time. For example, glucose biosensors, besides antiviral and antibacterial material are also developed in CAM.”
Center is currently developing Nano-additives to improve fire resistance and thermal performance of cementitious materials. Together with industrial partners CAM members are also working on novel polymeric adsorbent media for produced water treatment and prevention of corrosion and biofouling.
CAM is organizing regular webinar to present achievements of particular CAM member together with invited distinguished researcher form around the world. These webinars are accessible via electronic platform. Center recently organized successful workshop on renewable and sustainable carbon capture and conversion.
“Currently Center is involved in organizing of E-Conference together with Qatar University linked scientific journal Emergent materials. E conference “Materials of the Future: Smart Applications in Science and Engineering” which will be held on March 15-17 and it is focused on different research topics. Materials Symposium will be held in 2021, which is annually organized between CAM-QU and Texas A&M University at Qatar (TAMQU). The symposium is funded by QAPCO and is organized every other year by the CAM and TAMQU,” Dr. Nasser stated while discussing about upcoming events.
CAM has been providing training to the QU students by involving them in the research projects and also Masters Students from the College of Engineering and College of Arts and Science are doing their thesis projects in the center.
Moreover, CAM also provides summer internship to the QU students each year. “This year during the pandemic time more than 35-40 students completed their summer internship in CAM and worked with the faculty on various projects,” he added.
He concluded by saying, “I came to Center from similar background and I fully accommodate to Center since all CAM members are enthusiastic, hardworking and collaborative. I am glad to be part of this CAM family and I also feel responsible to grow and built this center in the way which will benefit Qatar University and Qatar society.”