Improving The Efficiency of Kuwait’s Energy Resources
Enhancing Building & Infrastructure Durability
Managing Energy Sources
Building Material Resources & Infrastructure Systems
Sustainable Management of Energy & Building

Challenge

In recent years, nanotechnology has demonstrated its potential for supporting scientific innovation and providing commercial solutions to a variety of industrial challenges. Nanotechnology is an enabling technology, capable of influencing many scientific and industrial disciplines. The Nanotechnology - Advanced Materials Program was developed to strengthen KISR’s matrixing strategy and enhance multidisciplinary collaboration by providing unique insights on the application of nanoscale materials. The program plays an important role at KISR by contributing to the design, modelling, synthesizing, and developing of nanostructured and advanced materials.

 

Goal

The Nanotechnology - Advanced Materials Program models, synthesizes, and conducts pioneering research in nanostructures and advanced materials to assist and further the work of other programs at KISR. The program also makes recommendations to develop and raise the nation’s capabilities to host a competitive nanotechnology infrastructure.

 

Program Thrusts

  • Renewable and Energy Storage Systems: Investigating innovative nanomaterial solutions for high hydrogen storage capacity metallic-based nanocomposite materials, nanostructured Fe-based alloys for the enhancing of hydrogen production, and silicon- based thin films/quantum dots nanocomposites reinforced by SiO2, SiN, and SiC nanoparticles for high-efficiency PV cell applications; synthesizing of all tandem Si-based thin films for the manufacturing of high- efficiency PV cells; and synthesizing of nanofluids for heat transfer enhancement in AC system, using metal and metal oxide nanoparticles.
  • Advanced Material Technology: Synthesizing and nanomanufacturing of layered-surface protective coating for drilling and transportation in oil industry, thermal spray powder coating for the  protection of steel-refinery units from corrosion in oil industry, integrated multifunctional nanocomposite layer coating employed as anti-scaled inhibitors and corrosion in the desalination units, Cu-based nanocomposites for antibacterial surface protective coating in food industry, and  metallic glassy and nanocomposite Ti- and Zr- based alloys antimicrobial and antivirus surface protective coating in the medical sector.
  • Oil and Water Industries: Synthesizing of Ni nanocatalyst ultrafine particles for the refining of heavy oil, nanofabrications of superhard and tough WC-based nanocomposites for drilling deep wells in oil industry, and synthesizing of cost-effective photocatalysts nanocomposite for wastewater treatment.