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Khalifa University and France’s Dassault Aviation Collaborating to Develop Graphene-based and 2D Material Technologies for Aerospace Applications

February 23, 2023

Specific Agreement Covers Technologies for 3D Printable Lightweight Materials  


Within the framework of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed earlier to establish academic cooperation in developing aeronautical education and related research in the UAE, Khalifa University of Science and Technology and Dassault Aviation of France today announced they are collaborating on a research project that focuses on developing two new material technologies for aerospace applications with potential for patenting and commercialization.


The research project agreement was signed by Dr. Arif Sultan Al Hammadi, Executive Vice-President, Khalifa University, and Bruno Stoufflet Chief Technology Officer, Dassault Aviation, in the presence of Professor Sir John O’Reilly, President, and other senior officials from both the partners. These projects are in collaboration with Khalifa University’s Advanced Digital and Additive Manufacturing (ADAM) Center.


Dr. Al Hammadi said: “Through this specific agreement, we are delighted to collaborate with Dassault Aviation in the development of new technologies for graphene and other 2D materials that will support the production of advanced aircraft components. Khalifa University has all the infrastructure required for cutting-edge research and we believe this partnership will yield solutions that will benefit not only both partners but also the aerospace industry in general.”


Bruno Stoufflet said: “This agreement illustrates Dassault Aviation‘s commitment to contribute to the United Arab Emirates capital development and our enthusiasm to pursue the long and fruitful cooperation we have with the world class Khalifa University of Science and Technology. State-of-the-art additive manufacturing technologies on innovative materials hold out exciting opportunities for the future. This new agreement will allow sharing and developing our expertise and skills on concrete applications and participating in the nurturing of Emirati aerospace talents.”


Three Khalifa University faculty from both Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering departments are leading the project with Professor Dr. Rashid Abu Al-Rub as the lead PI, and Professors Dr. Wesley Cantwell and Dr. Kin Liao as the co-PIs. Several graduate students, undergraduate students, and research staff will also be working on the project.


Khalifa University has extensive experience in fabricating graphene, Mxene, and other 2D materials and some experience in producing heterogeneous materials.


Clarence Michael
English Editor Specialist
23 February 2023