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Publications Update

The publications listed below represent some highlights of recently published articles in peer-reviewed, academic journals by researchers funded by QNRF grants:


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.


Other QNRF news

Other QNRF news

QNRF and the Doha International Family Institute (DIFI), have recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding and announced their collaboration for the launch of a new QNRF-DIFI joint-funded research grant focused on the Arab family.

Called “Osra”, which means family in Arabic, it will assist in the development of evidence-based policies and programs to promote the well-being of the Arab family by looking at marriage and family structure, parenting, family-work balance and family laws and practices across the region.

Dr Abdul Sattar Al-Taie, Executive Director at QNRF said “We are delighted to collaborate with DIFI on this new research program since the Osra grant addresses an area that has, in a large part, been left unexplored in the Arab region”.


QNRF announces winners of 17th UREP cycle

QNRF announces winners of 17th UREP cycle

QNRF has announced the winners the 17th cycle of its Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP). Out of 126 research proposals submitted by student teams from seven universities across Qatar, 37 were awarded grants.

The International Deep Carbon Observatory: Progress & Prospects

The International Deep Carbon Observatory: Progress & Prospects

QNRF was privileged to host a presentation given by Mr Jesse Ausubel on the Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO). In 2009 Mr. Ausubel, Director of the Program for the Human Environment at The Rockefeller University in New York City, helped initiate the Deep Carbon Observatory to search for the secrets of volcanoes and diamonds, the roots of oil & gas and the origins and limits of life

QNRF shares education project outcomes at public seminar

QNRF shares education project outcomes at public seminar

Themed ‘Education for the Future of Qatar’, the fourth public Research Outcome Seminar (ROS) focused on the discipline of Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities Research and saw a selection of QNRF-funded researchers share the results and benefits of their completed projects in the field of education.

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.

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.

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.


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.

QNRF makes three awards under NPRP-EP

QNRF makes three awards under NPRP-EP

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.

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.




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