ADU Research Teams Receive Four Prestigious ASPIRE Fellowships for Outstanding Projects


The winning projects span a range of engineering disciplines and were supported by researchers from national and international academic institutions including Khalifa University, NYU Abu Dhabi, Zayed University and co-researchers from France, Greece and the United States. Professor Philip Hamill, Vice-Rector for Research and Academic Development at Abu Dhabi University, said: “We are extremely proud to be recognized as an entity that strives for continuous progress in research. innovation, research and advanced technology. Recognition and support from the Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC) helps us investigate important issues and provide solutions that will support innovation in the UAE.

Professor Philip added: “It undoubtedly contributes to ADU’s position as a leading academic institution, both regionally and globally. Team performance also reflects ADU’s international partnerships with relationships with co-investigators from leading universities.

The research team led by Professor Ioannis Zuburtikudis, director of the Department of Chemical Engineering at ADU, is studying how graphene, the thinnest single-atom material known to man

thick, would help improve the water filtration process. The research project aims to have a substantial global impact by helping to ensure universal access to safe and affordable drinking water.

As part of the project led by Professor Mohammad Alkhedher, Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at ADU, the team is investigating the potential of using artificial intelligence (AI) to predict electrical failures in lithium batteries -ion, especially in the environment of the United Arab Emirates. The research aims to provide the community with access to affordable and renewable energy sources.

The third research team, led by Professor Adel Khelifi, associate professor of computer science and information technology at ADU, is studying whether the integration of CT imaging and respiratory biomarkers can help in the early diagnosis of lung cancer.

The fourth research project, led by Professor Samer Al Martini, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at ADU, investigates whether 3D-printed concrete mixes will promote sustainability and social distancing in the construction industry in the UAE. For more information on Abu Dhabi University, please visit:


About Abu Dhabi University:

Established in 2003, Abu Dhabi University (ADU) is the largest private university in the United Arab Emirates. With campuses in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Al Ain and Al Dhafra, the University has a total of 7,800 students from over 80 nationalities. Structured into colleges of arts and sciences, business, engineering, law, and health sciences, ADU offers undergraduate and graduate programs in a wide range of disciplines.

Abu Dhabi University is recognized as a world-class institution committed to excellence in teaching, research and student experience, as evidenced by its prestigious regional and international accreditations. The University was the first private higher education institution in GCC to earn international accreditation from the Californian Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). ADU’s College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the prestigious EFMD Quality Improvement System (EQUIS). At the program level, the College of Engineering has received international accreditation from the world-renowned Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), and the Bachelor of Architecture has received Part 1 validation from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). The College of Health Sciences has earned accreditation from the Public Health Education Accreditation Agency (APHEA).

According to the 2021 QS World University Rankings, Abu Dhabi University ranked among the top 750 universities in the world and among the top 150 universities in the world under 50. ADU also ranked among the top three in the world for international faculty and maintained its long-standing position as one of the world’s top 11 universities recognized for diverse student body.

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