Texas A&M-Qatar Awarded 19 QNRF Research Grants

the engineering building on the Qatar campus

The engineering building on Qatar’s campus.

By Texas A&M University at Qatar Staff

A solar-powered desalination process, a polymer-enhanced foam to improve oil recovery in Qatari reservoirs and a wearable device to detect low blood sugar are just a few of the Texas A&M University at Qatar research projects selected to receive funding from the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF).

Texas A&M at Qatar was awarded 19 projects from QNRF in Cycle 10 of the National Priorities Research Program. QNRF selected only 85 of the 376 proposals submitted for funding. The branch campus’s research office was also named Best Research Office of the Year for the third year in a row — and the fifth time in the past six years. The research office is responsible for vetting research proposals that are submitted to QNRF for funding and managing the awarded research projects.

“We are very pleased with the outcome of Cycle 10,” said Dr. César O. Malavé, dean of Texas A&M at Qatar. “Our researchers are working to address relevant, real-world challenges of relevance to the State of Qatar. Through this work, Texas A&M at Qatar directly contributes to Qatar’s goal of becoming a knowledge-based society. This latest round of awards from the Qatar National Research Fund demonstrates the high quality of the research being conducted at Texas A&M at Qatar, and we are grateful to QNRF for supporting our mission to be a valued resource to the State of Qatar as we work to support Qatar in achieving its goals.”

Many of the awarded projects feature collaborators from industry in Qatar and from other institutions around the world.

Dr. Haitham Abu-Rub, chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Program, was awarded two projects this cycle, both with industry collaborators. The first project, co-funded by IBERDROLA QSTP, will focus on designing a smart dynamic control and management system for the existing power grid as an initial step in transforming it to a smart grid. Application of the work will be coordinated with the Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation (KAHRAMAA). The second project, in collaboration with Siemens, will focus on developing and implementing a novel online fault management system to detect faults in the insulation of switchgears and cables in electric utility networks.

Dr. Mohammed Al-Hashimi, research assistant professor of chemistry in the Science Program, received an award for a project in collaboration with researchers from Texas A&M University’s main campus in the United States, with additional funding from Total E&P Golfe Limited in Qatar, Total LQA R&D Center in France, Alpha Szenszor Inc. in the United States and Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES). The work takes direct aim at addressing a problem of key importance to the oil and gas industry and beyond: volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which represent a substantial threat to human health and safety. Monitoring the ambient concentration of these compounds is an urgent imperative with implications for clean indoor air quality, workplace safety, manufacturing design and pollution prevention, Al-Hashimi said.

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This story originally appeared on the Texas A&M University at Qatar website.


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