The Office of Research and the Materials Technology Unit (MTU) at Qatar University (QU) have undertaken many challenges and initiatives in line with QU's role in achieving objectives set by the university's stakeholders. This includes taking the first steps to become a distinguished research university.

As materials science is an interdisciplinary field, MTU has a variety of research activities that extend across all faculties and departments, often crossing traditional subject boundaries. The materials research at MTU is linked to virtually every field of science and engineering. Our mission is to improve the development of Qatar through the discovery and development of new materials with novel properties for applications within Qatar that meet the needs of the environment, industry and society. Researchers and students at MTU are empowered to think outside the box to expand the frontiers of materials science and engineering and encouraged to help address and contribute to societal needs in strategic areas including safety, energy, economy and sustainability.

Qatar University researchers combine their expertise in materials science, chemistry, physics, biology and engineering along with advanced computation to understand and control properties of matter. MTU provides the opportunity for faculty members and students to interact with the industry and actively participate in various projects. MTU attracts leading international scholars and aims to provide universal knowledge of the four essential elements of materials science and engineering, namely: processing/synthesis, structure, properties and applications. Qatar University leads the materials research development in Qatar in sustainable materials, corrosion and nondestructive studies. MTU is starting a variety of recycling projects for polymers, papers and concrete. Materials research contributes to economic progress by developing advanced materials for new technologies, and lowering the cost and enhancing the performance of more established technologies.


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