The United Arab Emirates is one of the top 10 producers of elemental sulfur in the world due to the production of sour gas fields in Abu Dhabi that is processed to remove H2S and CO2 before its usage in power generation. H2S is toxic and has to be converted to elemental sulfur. Hence, the production of elemental sulfur in the UAE has increased when Shah Field started operations. The future expansion of gas production in Abu Dhabi will led to the further increase in the production of elemental sulfur. It is desirable to develop an economy around sulfur in the UAE to utilize this natural resource. Sulfur has limited number of commercial applications and majority of it is being used to produce sulfuric acid. Hence, the need to develop more applications is a highly tangible approach.
This project is focused on the development of novel materials for applications in water remediation, batteries, lenses, hydrogen production, and energy generation. More specifically, we are developing polymeric and inorganic sulfides to target the above applications.