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Masdar Institute Becomes Region’s First Corporate Partner for Royal Society of Chemistry

Submissions to RSC Journals from Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar Grow at 70% CAGR on Average in Last Three Years

Abu Dhabi-UAE: 16 December, 2013 – Masdar Institute of Science and Technology an independent, research-driven graduate-level university focused on advanced energy and sustainable technologies, today announced it has become the first institution in the region to join the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) as a Corporate Partner.

The RSC Corporate Partnership is expected to bring Masdar Institute and its work to the attention of chemists worldwide and provide a profile alongside major organizations – both academic and industrial.

The announcement was made during the one-day symposium titled ‘Materials and Chemistry for New Energy Technologies’ that was held at the Masdar Institute campus in Abu Dhabi. Nearly 50 delegates including students, post-docs and professors from Masdar Institute as well as other academic institutions, industrial collaborators and companies in the UAE gathered for the event.

Dr Fred Moavenzadeh, President, Masdar Institute, said: “For a research-based graduate-level institution, membership in reputed global organization brings special value in terms of exposure to new technologies. With the guidance of the country’s leadership, we continue to expand our activities and consolidate our strengths. We hope our association with Royal Society of Chemistry will help us further develop chemical sciences regionally and internationally.”

Stuart Govan, International Development Manager for Middle East and Russia, RSC, said: “The number of papers submitted to and published in RSC journals from Middle East region as a whole has grown faster than any other part of the world. More specifically, submissions to RSC journals from Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar over the last three years have grown at an average compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 70%, while published articles grew at an average CAGR of 66.6%. Masdar Institute is our first corporate partner in this region and we look forward to mutually benefit from the relationship.”

Dr Simo Pehkonen, Professor, Chemical Engineering, Masdar Institute, said: “The Royal Society of Chemistry admits leading organizations and academic institutions involved in the chemical sciences. As a graduate-level research-oriented institution Masdar Institute will have the privilege of working together with the RSC for the advancement of chemical sciences. This association with RSC will bring additional learning and research opportunities in chemical sciences for students at Masdar Institute and the region as a whole.”

The Corporate Partner Program builds strong links between institutions, their members and the RSC. It offers organisations the opportunity to partner with the RSC and benefit from clear association with the largest chemical society in Europe. As the region’s first partner, Masdar Institute will have the advantage of spearheading various initiatives in the field of chemical sciences.

Masdar Institute currently offers MSc in ‘Chemical Engineering’ and ‘Water & Environmental Engineering’. Both programs are grouped under the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering (CEE). The department contributes to building capacity in developing cutting-edge biofuels and production technologies, carbon capture and storage systems, and engineered biological systems for waste management and energy production. These technologies remain crucial to the UAE for sustainable energy development and related environmental impact.

The Chemical Engineering discipline impacts numerous areas of technology and chemical engineers create and design processes for the production, transformation and delivery of materials. It plays key role in new developments in medicine, biotechnology, microelectronics, advanced materials, energy, consumer products, manufacturing, and environmental solutions.

Serving as a key pillar of innovation and human capital, Masdar Institute remains fundamental to Masdar’s core objectives of developing Abu Dhabi’s knowledge economy and finding solutions to humanity’s toughest challenges such as climate change.

Established as an on-going collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Masdar Institute integrates theory and practice to incubate a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, working to develop the critical thinkers and leaders of tomorrow.  With its world-class faculty and top-tier students, the Institute is committed to finding solutions to the challenges of clean energy and climate change through education and research.

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