ADU Research Teams Receive Four Prestigious Aspire Grants for Outstanding Projects


The College of Engineering (CoE) at Abu Dhabi University (ADU) has announced that four research teams have been awarded prestigious ASPIRE grants from the Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC). Grants of around four million dirhams support pioneering research projects that aim to develop technologies that can be applied in real life. The teams received these grants in recognition of their outstanding research that fosters innovation in strategic sectors that will contribute to the knowledge-based economy of the UAE.

The ATRC champions research and innovation to contribute to the development of strategically important sectors in the UAE, and the broader economic goal of further supporting the knowledge-based economy of the UAE.

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 ADU’s Department of Chemical Engineering, is investigating how graphene, the thinnest material known to man at one atom thick, would help improve the process water filtration. 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.

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