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Khalifa University of Science and Technology and Korea Basic Science Institute (KBSI) have jointly launched the Korea-UAE Joint R&D Technical Centre (KUTC) to promote scientific exchange between the two countries
The launch ceremony was attended by Dr Arif Sultan Al Hammadi, executive vice-president, Khalifa University of Science and Technology, and Dr Hyung-Shik Shin, president, KBSI, at the Main Campus in Abu Dhabi.
The launch further included the kick-off of KUTC’s first seed joint project titled “Development of solid electrolytes for harsh environment batteries.”
The project will be led by Dr Daniel Choi, associate professor, mechanical engineering, Khalifa University, and Dr Hae Jin Kim, principal researcher, KBSI. A one-day ‘Joint Workshop 2019: Advanced Materials’ was organised to mark the occasion during which several researchers from both institutions presented papers.
The KUTC, supported by the Korea Ministry of Science and ICT, will initially cover areas including advanced materials especially in energy, oil and gas and catalysts, as well as characterisation of semiconductor materials and devices, in addition to materials for biomedical and energy applications. Research activities at KUTC will be led by a steering committee that includes Dr Steve Griffiths, senior vice-president, research and development, Khalifa University, Dr Jeremie Pelletier, manager, KUTC, Dr Shin, president of KBSI and Dr Hae Jin Kim, director, KUTC.
Dr Hyung-Shik Shin said, “The KUTC is launched based on the two countries’ willingness to expand scientific exchanges that have focused on the nuclear energy sector into various fields of science and technology.”
The KUTC is set to generate and transfer knowledge in order to create innovation that improves the competitiveness of R&D and to supply efficient and reliable research environment for joint R&D to researchers from both countries. Both institutions will continue and strengthen successful partnerships, developing the KUTC into a representative R&D hub for innovative technologies.