Abu Dhabi – MENA Herald: The Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, an independent, research-driven graduate-level university focused on advanced energy and sustainable technologies, and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) today jointly announced that advancements in mechanical and materials science, and microsystems engineering technologies will be presented at a joint workshop in Abu Dhabi.

Themed ‘Advanced Energy and Sustainable Technologies’, the Masdar Institute-KAIST joint workshop will be held from 28-29 September at the Masdar Institute Innovation Center.

Five KAIST materials science and engineering department and electrical engineering faculty will be presenting their work in addition to discussing potential collaboration between both the institutions. From Masdar Institute, 10 faculty members from the Materials Science Engineering and Microsystems Engineering programs who are currently working on energy-related materials/devices will present their work at the workshop.

President of KAIST, Dr. Sung-mo Kang said: “I am happy to see KAIST faculty members’ hard effort to expand our international cooperation to UAE. I believe that this workshop would present a great opportunity for two institutions to forge a close relationship that will lead to fruitful collaborations in the future.”

KAIST was ranked the most innovative institute in Asia by Reuters Top 75 and was ranked the world’s tenth overall most innovative by Thomson Reuters in 2015.

Dr. Behjat Al Yousuf, Interim Provost, Masdar Institute said: “This workshop reflects Masdar Institute’s leading role in bringing international innovation leaders to the UAE to share their expertise and inspire further research collaboration. We are honored to host KAIST’s researchers for this workshop and look forward to seeing the results of this great meeting of minds here in the UAE.”

The workshop will see KAIST faculty members giving presentations on subjects including producing hydrogen through photo-electrochemical (PEC) water splitting, development of fuel cells and electrolysis cell for hydrogen energy, application of self-powered flexible inorganic electronics, developing carbon-based and organic photovoltaic (PV) devices, and a special session on the current status and prospect of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at KAIST.

Dr. Daniel Choi, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering, and member of the Masdar Institute Organizing Committee, will offer an overview of Masdar Institute and the activities of his research group in 3D printing. The other Masdar Institute Organizing Committee members include Dr. Ibrahim (Abe) Elfadel, Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Dr. Rashid Abu Al-Rub, Associate Professor and Head of Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Dr. Hatem Zeineldin, Professor and Head of Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Dr. Jerald Yoo, Associate Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Dr. Ibraheem Almansouri, Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Other Masdar Institute faculty members will focus on topics including applications in desalination and energy storage, micro-sensors for hostile environment applications, wearable circuits and systems for pre-emptive, proactive and pervasive healthcare, electrochemical activity of multi‐walled carbon nanotube sheets, full solar spectrum water splitting, hydrogen production using chemical looping reforming and polymer solar cells.

These projects are just a few of the many advanced energy and sustainable technologies-related research undertakings at Masdar Institute, which are aimed at supporting the UAE’s efforts towards transformation into an innovative knowledge economy.

The Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering at KAIST has 28 faculty members who have expertise in various Materials Science and Engineering areas. The institute is credited with helping to create new industries and growth engines for South Korea through cutting-edge interdisciplinary research in advanced energy and sustainable technologies and reinforced national competitiveness through collaborative research with variety of enterprise ranging from small to large industries.