Khalifa University is home to the UAE’s leading research centers as interdisciplinary research units focused on long-term strategic priorities addressing regional and global challenges in a systematic and targeted manner via engagement of world-class researchers and facilities. These research centers are at the heart of KU’s global leadership in use-inspired research.


Ahmed Al Durra <div style='font-size: 20px;'> Associate Provost for Research</div>
Ahmed Al Durra
Associate Provost for Research

Khalifa University of Science and Technology exemplifies a nexus of innovation and scholarly excellence, driving forward the boundaries of knowledge through comprehensive research and development initiatives. With a strategic alignment of academic exploration and operational expertise, we cultivate an environment where innovation and academic achievement coalesce. Our commitment is embodied in six key research domains, supported by twelve specialized research centers and diverse funding opportunities, marking our resolve to be a forefront multidisciplinary research entity globally.

Equipped with five dedicated departments for research support and state-of-the-art laboratories, Khalifa University is poised to make impactful discoveries that translate into real-world solutions.

Our Research and Development Division actively fosters strategic international and local partnerships, translating collaborative efforts into substantial economic contributions and affirming our critical role in socio-economic progress.

Addressing national priorities and building on established strenghs

focused on multidisciplinary sectors aligned with UAE and Abu Dhabi priorities
Managed Energy Transition
Sustainable Secure Society
Healthy Longevity
focused on cross-cutting critical enablers in which KU has competitive advantage

Advanced Materials and Manufacturing

Pervasive Digitalization

Emerging Topics & Fundamental Science

Khalifa University’s research relates to key focus sectors of relevance to the UAE’s strategic economic growth and the technology platforms that serve as foundations for these sectors.

The University’s research priorities are addressed in two categories — “verticals” and “horizontals” — which jointly cover specific industry and sector needs, technical platforms and expertise.

KU’s focus sectors are Managed Energy Transition (Power & Fuels), Sustainable Secure Society (Water and Environment & Planetary Sciences), and Healthy Longevity.

Research in these sectors is enhanced by our research platforms of Advanced Materials & Manufacturing and Pervasive Digitalization including Robotics, Artificial Intelligence & Data Science, and Information & Communication Technologies.


  • Build strong foundations based on integrated research and academics.
  • Engage leading industry, government and academic organizations for partnership.
  • Perform research that produces excellence in science and engineering while being inspired by practical application.
  • Translate discoveries and inventions into innovations that create commercial value.


  • To establish and continually evolve interdisciplinary, collaborative research and development capabilities in the UAE’s priority science and technology domains.
  • To achieve global research impact through excellence in research of regional importance.

Research Offices

Core Labs

Research Fabrication and Prototyping Workshop Our Research Fabrication and Prototyping Workshop contains a woodshop, a… read more
Solar and Device Characterization Lab The Solar and Device Characterization Lab supports cutting-edge research in… read more
Electron Microscopy Facility The Electron Microscopy facility hosts the most advanced set of… read more
Analytical Chemistry And Biochemistry Core Lab The Analytical Chemistry and Biochemistry Core (ACBC) Laboratory provides advanced… read more
Raman and AFM labs The Raman and AFM Laboratory provides a safe and well-resourced… read more
Micro & Nanofabrication Facility The Khalifa University Fabrication Facility is a 350m2 cleanroom fabrication… read more
Material Testing Lab The Materials Testing Laboratory provides a safe and well-resourced laboratory… read more