Experts from the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, the University of Manchester, and the Defense Services Marketing Council (DSMC) recently announced that they held a successful event for professionals in the aerospace and defense industry, where they discussed their cutting-edge research for new materials and accelerated innovations for their industries.
The event, which was part of the Partnering to Achieve Innovation in Defense & Aerospace (PAIDA) Working Group, emphasized the research that has emerged from the partnership between Masdar Institute and the University of Manchester. Their research focuses on graphene and 2-dimensional materials, and their researchers gave a presentation titled “Graphene: UAE’s Masdar Institute and University of Manchester Advanced Materials Center of Excellence for Energy and Aerospace and Defense Applications” on May 20.
“Masdar Institute is privileged to attract this esteemed array of experts to Abu Dhabi with the support of stakeholders including the University of Manchester and the DSMC,” Steve Griffiths, executive director from the Office of Institute Initiatives at Masdar Institute, said. “Graphene and similar materials have enormous potential to disrupt manufacturing in large sectors of the economy and we hope this working group meeting will lead to big things in the future.”
Abdel Qader Abusafieh, head of research and development at Mubadala Aersopace, said to speed up the commercialization of graphene-based products, experts should think about specific graphene applications and align R&D efforts toward those products, keeping the university-industry relationship strong from conception through to manufacturing.
“We are pleased to work with Masdar Institute from the academic side, and we are continuously looking for industries that we can partner with in order to produce commercially valuable applications of graphene and advanced 2-D materials,” James Baker, business director with the University of Manchester, said.