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Welcome to Qatar National Research Fund's Quarterly Newsletter
Director's Message

Director's Message

No one can deny that QNRF is passionate about research and its relation to innovation as it sits at the core of QNRF’s most sought impact. However innovation requires out-of-the-box thinking – and, naturally, this leads to out-of-the-box doing.

QNRF’s integrated approach to the organizational funding structure, from support at the research site itself, right through to QF R&D’s IP protection and patenting system, proof-of-concept and ultimately, commercialization via Qatar Science and Technology Park’s (QSTP) all draw on innovative thinking, allowing you to move towards the knowledge-based economy with confidence. This is why I’d like to take this opportunity to offer a broader perspective of the development paths as offered by QF R&D, which can guide your innovative ideas to the next step, offering you the support necessary to get your idea to market. After all, innovation is not worth much if we cannot capture the value that has been painstakingly created by our researchers.


Optimising food demand and supply for Qatar

Optimising food demand and supply for Qatar

It will come as no surprise to anyone who regularly shops in Qatar’s supermarkets to hear that over 90% of the food on the shelves is imported from abroad, making the country extremely vulnerable to price hikes, embargoes, and supply disruptions. Taking control of the food supply chain is known as ‘food security’, and it’s one of the most important challenges facing Qatar in the coming years.

That’s the view of Dr. Samsul Huda of the University of Western Sydney, Australia, who is head of a multidisciplinary international team examining how best to use Qatar’s resources to maximize domestic crop productivity within Qatar, but also looking at land purchasing and contract farming in resource-rich countries in temperate and tropical climates in Africa, Asia, and Australasia.


Molecular simulation keeps oil flowing at home and abroad

Molecular simulation keeps oil flowing at home and abroad

Hydrates are a big problem in the oil and gas processing industries. Hydrates are ice-like crystalline materials which use the unusual environment within a pipe (high pressure and low temperature) to form on the inside of the pipes used to carry hydrocarbons. They are usually composed of water molecules and ‘guest’ vapour, such as methane. These hydrate solids grow to such a size that they impede and ultimately block the flow of oil or LNG.

A group working at Texas A&M University at Qatar (TAMUQ) and led by Dr. Ioannis Economou, has gone back to basics to try and solve this problem, by using computational molecular dynamics. Theoretical concepts are applied to various molecules and mixtures of molecules, then supercomputers predict how these molecules and mixtures may perform at various temperatures and pressures within a pipe.


Ancient technology updated to keep buildings cool

Ancient technology updated to keep buildings cool

A team of researchers in Qatar and the UK are adapting cooling technology from ancient Babylon for use in modern buildings. The passive, energy-efficient system is based on the principle of indirect evaporative cooling and aims to make the urban environment of desert cities more sustainable.

The future of information transmission is bright at TAMUQ

The future of information transmission is bright at TAMUQ

A prolific worldwide team of researchers, headquartered at Texas A&M University at Qatar, using theoretical physics and mathematics to model various signal processing systems in an effort to design better, faster and more powerful computer systems, have recently published their 100th paper on the topic.

Erik Stenehjem

Erik Stenehjem

Erik Stenehjem is Executive Director of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer at Qatar Foundation. Before joining QF he was Executive Director of the Intellectual Property and Partnerships office at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California for six years. He was also the Technology and Innovation Advisor to the governor of Oregon, and has always been engaged in understanding and modelling the development of knowledge-based economies.

Dr Michael Reksulak - Director, Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities

Dr Michael Reksulak - Director, Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities

Dr. Michael Reksulak is the Director for Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities at the Qatar National Research Fund. He is also the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Melton Foundation, which is the only global Fellowship program that unites a network of more than 450 Fellows to act as global citizens addressing local and global challenges throughout their lives.