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Completed Research Projects

Since the inception of the MIT & Masdar Institute Cooperative Program over sixty research projects have been successfully completed in a wide range of disciplines.


Chemical Engineering

Biorefinery: Integrated Sustainable Processes for Biomass Conversion to Biomaterials, Biofuels and Fertilizers   
Principal Investigators at MIT: Professors George Stephanopoulos, Kristala Prather, Yuriy Roman, Bradley Olsen   
Principal Investigators at Masdar Institute: Professors Jens Ejbye Schmidt, Mette Hedegaard Thomsen, and Lina F. Yousef


Computing and Information Sciences

Data Mining for Smart Grids
Principal Investigator at MIT: Professor John R. Williams
Principal Investigator at Masdar Institute: Professor Zeyar Aung

Influencing Collective Human Behavior Using Distributed Intelligent Systems
Principal Investigator at MIT: Professor Alex Pentland
Principal Investigator at Masdar Institute: Professor Iyad Rahwan

Information and Decision Architectures for Robustness, Resilience, and Risk Mitigation in Power Grids
Principal Investigators at MIT: Professor Munther A. Dahleh, Dr. Mardavij Roozbehani, Professor Asu Ozdaglar, and Professor Konstantin Turitsyn           
Principal Investigators at Masdar Institute: Professors Vinod Khadkikar, Khaled Elbassioni, Mohamed Shawky El Moursi and Jacob Crandall

Intelligent Devices for Smart Power Grids
Principal Investigator at MIT: Professor Munther A. Dahleh
Principal Investigator at Masdar Institute: Professor Jacob Crandall

Requirements Engineering for Software-Based Sustainable Systems
Principal Investigator at MIT: Professor Olivier de Weck
Principal Investigator at Masdar Institute: Professor Davor Svetinovic

Technology Forecasting Using Data Mining and Semantics
Principal Investigator at MIT: Professor Stuart Madnick
Principal Investigator at Masdar Institute: Professor Wei Lee Woon


Electrical Power Engineering

Application Power System Planning with Intregrated Renewal Energy Resources
Principal Investigator at MIT: Professor James L. Kirtley, Jr.
Principal Investigators at Masdar Institute: Professor Scott Kennedy, Professor Hatem Zeineldin

Grid-Connected Photovoltaic Power Systems: Modeling and Topology Studies
Principal Investigators at MIT: Professor James L. Kirtley, Jr. and Professor David Perreault
Principal Investigators at Masdar Institute: Professor Vinod Khadkikar, Professor Weidong Michael Xiao

Mitigating Inter-Area Oscillations in Power Systems
Principal Investigator at MIT: Professor James L. Kirtley, Jr.
Principal Investigator at Masdar Institute: Professor Jimmy Peng

Novel Control Strategies for Smart Grid Interface with High Penetration of Wind Power Generation
Principal Investigator at MIT: Professor James L. Kirtley, Jr.
Principal Investigator at Masdar Institute: Professor Mohamed Shawky El Moursi

Sustainable Networks: From Smart Grids to Green Robust Information Networks
Principal Investigator at MIT: Professor Eytan Modiano
Principal Investigator at Masdar Institute: Professor Sid Chi-Kin Chau


Engineering Systems and Management

Commercial Aviation in a Carbon Constrained Future: Effective Technological, Operational and Policy Responses from an Enterprise of Enterprises View
Principal Investigator at MIT: Professor R. John Hansman
Principal Investigator at Masdar Institute: Professor Sgouris Sgouridis

Cyber Sustainability and Safety for Critical Infrastructure: Integrated Analysis of Power Systems Focusing on Smart Grids
Principal Investigator at MIT: Professor Nazli Choucri
Principal Investigator at Masdar Institute: Professor Sameh El Khatib

The Development of Innovative Industries and the Role of Public Research Institutions: The Case of Renewable Energy
Principal Investigators at MIT: Professor Richard K. Lester, Professor Michael J. Piore
Principal Investigator at Masdar Institute: Professor Georgeta Vidican

The Economic Impact of Advanced Technology and Automation on the Oil and Gas Sector
Principal Investigator at MIT: Professor Erik Brynjolfsson
Principal Investigators at Masdar Institute: Professor Mohammed A. Omar

Modeling and Predicting the Cost of Climate Change on Health in the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa
Principal Investigator at MIT: Professor Michael Greenstone
Principal Investigator at Masdar Institute: Professor I-Tsung Tsai

Modeling Technology Policy for Energy and Water: Applications and Extensions of System Dynamics
Principal Investigator at MIT: Professor Nazli Choucri
Principal Investigator at Masdar Institute: Professor Toufic Mezher

Strategically Adaptive Sustainable Mobility System
Principal Investigator at MIT: Professor Christopher Zegras
Principal Investigator at Masdar Institute: Professor Abdulla Galadari

Sustainable Healthy Living: Developing Early Warning Markers and Health Monitoring Tools for Chronic Diseases Using Mobile Monitoring Technology
Principal Investigators at MIT: Professor Kent Larson, Professor Alex Pentland
Principal Investigator at Masdar Institute: Professor Inas Khayal

Sustainable Supply Chain Networks Design: Recycling and Waste Management Systems
Principal Investigator at MIT: Professor David Simchi-Levi
Principal Investigator at Masdar Institute Professor Ali Diabat


Materials Science and Engineering

Computational Methods to Analyze Microbial Community Resilience in Bioenergy Systems with Application to Algae-Based Biofuels
Principal Investigator at MIT: Professor Martin Polz
Principal Investigator at Masdar Institute: Professor Andreas Henschel

Fabrication of an Abrasion Resistant Coating with Anti-Reflection, Anti-Soiling, Anti-Static and Self-Healing Properties
Principal Investigator at MIT: Professor Michael F. Rubner and Professor Robert E. Cohen
Principal Investigator at Masdar Institute: Professor Khalid A. Askar

Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Solar Cells
Principal Investigator at MIT: Professor Silvija Gradecak
Principal Investigator at Masdar Institute: Professor Amal Al Ghaferi

Novel Method Biofuels Production from Cellulosic Waste
Principal Investigator at MIT: Professor Charles L. Cooney
Principal Investigator at Masdar Institute: Professor Raed Hashaikeh

Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells: Innovative Design and Manufacturing Concepts
Principal Investigators at MIT: Professors Mary C. Boyce, Paula T. Hammond, Yang Shao-Horn
Principal Investigator at Masdar Institute: Dean Marwan Khraisheh

Solar Spectral Splitting Parallel Multi Junction High Efficiency Concentrating Photovoltaics (S3PMcpv)
Principal Investigators at MIT: Dr. Jurgen Michel, Professor Lionel C. Kimerling
Principal Investigator at Masdar Institute: Professor Marco Stefancich

Thin Cost-effective Silicon Wafers for Heterojunction Based Photovoltaic Devices: High Throughput Surface Passivation
Principal Investigators at MIT: Professor Tonio Buonassisi and Professor Harry Tuller
Principal Investigator at Masdar Institute: Professor Adel Gougam

Towards Very High-Performance Thin Film Photovoltaic Cells: Designs and Implementations
Principal Investigators at MIT: Professor Lionel C. Kimerling, Dr. Jurgen Michel
Principal Investigator at Masdar Institute: Professor Mahieddine Emziane/Matteo Chiesa

Ultimate Solar: High Efficiency Multi-junction Si-based Cells and Optical Concentrators
Principal Investigators at MIT: Professors Eugene A. Fitzgerald, Judy Hoyt, and Marc Baldo
Principal Investigators at Masdar Institute: Professors Ammar Nayfeh, Marco Stefancich, Matteo Chiesa, and Marcus Dahlem


Mechanical Engineering

Advanced Thermal Energy Storage System Directly Charged by Concentrated Solar Power
Principal Investigators at MIT: Professor Alexander H. Slocum, Dr. Charles Forsberg, and Professor David Trumper
Principal Investigators at Masdar Institute: Professor Nicolas Calvet, Professor Saif Al Mheiri, and Professor Tariq Shamim

CO2 Capture by Using Chemical Looping Combustion (CLC)
Principal Investigator at MIT: Professor Ahmed Ghoniem
Principal Investigator at Masdar Institute: Professor Tariq Shamim

Development of a Non-Aqueous Vanadium Redox Flow Battery with Improved Electrolytes and Electrodes
Principal Investigator at MIT: Professor Yang Shao-Horn
Principal Investigator at Masdar Institute: Professor Saif Saeed Al Mheiri

Full Spectrum Solar Energy Water Splitting for Storable Fuel Generation
Principal Investigators at MIT: Professor Sang-Gook Kim, Professor Yang Shao-Horn, and Professor Alexie Kolpak
Principal Investigators at Masdar Institute: Professor Jamie Viegas, Professor Mahmoud S. Rasras, and Professor Ahmed D. Al Jaberi

High-Concentration Solar Electric/Thermal Cogeneration System: Optimal Design, Transient Analysis, and Prototype Unit Development
Principal Investigator at MIT: Professor Evelyn Wang
Principal Investigator at Masdar Institute: Professor Tiejun (TJ) Zhang

High-Performance Compact Solar Thermal Power and Cooling System
Principal Investigators at MIT: Professor Evelyn Wang, Professor Gang Chen, and Professor Nicholas Fang
Principal Investigator at Masdar Institute: Professor Tiejun (TJ) Zhang, Professor Amal Al Ghaferi, Professor Weidong Michael Xiao, and Professor Peter Armstrong

A High Efficiency and Environmentally Friendly Nuclear Reactor for Electricity and Hydrogen
Principal Investigators at MIT: Professor Mujid S. Kazimi, Dr. Pavel Hejzlar
Principal Investigator at Masdar Institute: Professor Youssef Shatilla

Hydrodynamics of Wave Power Extraction
Principal Investigator at MIT: Professor Chiang C. Mei
Principal Investigator at Masdar Institute: Professor Ali Tabaei

Low Energy Future for the Built Environment
Principal Investigators at MIT: Professor Leon Glicksman, Professor Les K. Norford
Principal Investigator at Masdar Institute: Professor Peter Armstrong

Reliable Power Grid Operation & Control in the Presence of Increasing Penetration of Variable Energy Resources
Principal Investigator at MIT: Professor Kamal Youcef-Toumi
Principal Investigator at Masdar Institute: Professor Amro Farid

Renewable Energy and Fuels from Waste: Thermochemical Pathways
Principal Investigator at MIT: Professor Ahmed Ghoniem
Principal Investigator at Masdar Institute: Professor Isam Janajreh

Solar Thermoelectric Energy Conversion: Fundamentals and Applications
Principal Investigator at MIT: Professor Gang Chen
Principal Investigator at Masdar Institute: Professor Matteo Chiesa

Transforming Material Architecture
Principal Investigator at MIT: Professor Pedro Reis
Principal Investigator at Masdar Institute: Professor Kumar Shanmugam


Microsystems

CAD Methodologies in Tools for Variations-Aware Minimum Energy Design of Nanoelectronic Circuits and Systems
Principal Investigators at MIT: Professor Duane Boning, Professor Luca Daniel
Principal Investigator at Masdar Institute: Professor Ibrahim Elfadel

Design of Ultra-Low Power Variation Aware, Time-Interleaved A/D Converters
Principal Investigators at MIT: Professor Duane Boning, Professor Hae-Seung Lee
Principal Investigator at Masdar Institute: Professor Ibrahim Elfadel

Design Strategies for Very High Data Rate Short Range Wireless Communication Links
Principal Investigators at MIT: Professors Hae-Seung Lee, Gregory Wornell, Lizhong Zheng
Principal Investigator at Masdar Institute: Professor Ayman Shabra

Electronic-Photonic Integrated Circuits
Principal Investigators at MIT: Professor Vladimir Stojanović, Professor Franz Kaertner
Principal Investigators at Masdar Institute: Professor Anatol Khilo

Energy Efficient Wearable Sensor with Body Area Network
Principal Investigator at MIT: Professor Anantha Chandrakasan
Principal Investigator at Masdar Institute: Professor Jerald Yoo

Infrared Quantum Dot Light Source on a CMOS Compatible Platform for Gas and Chemical Sensing
Principal Investigator at MIT: Professor Lionel C.Kimerling
Principal Research Scientist at MIT: Dr. Anu Agarwal
Principal Investigator at Masdar Institute: Professor Clara Dimas

Optical Signal Generation, Processing and Detection at Extended IR Wavelengths
Principal Investigators at MIT: Professor Erich P. Ippen, Professor Leslie A. Kolodziejski
Principal Investigator at Masdar Institute: Professor Jaime Viegas

Piezoelectric Transducers for Advanced Ultrasound Imaging Systems and Energy Harvesting
Principal Investigator at MIT: Professor Sang-Gook Kim
Principal Investigator at Masdar Institute: Professor Firas Sammoura

Thin Film Photovoltaics
Principal Investigators at MIT: Professor Judy Hoyt, Professor Dimitri Antoniadis
Principal Investigator at Masdar Institute: Professor Ammar Nayfeh


Sustainable Critical Infrastructure

Development of Advanced Microclimate and Urban Energy Analysis Modeling Environment and Its Validation by Wide Area Sensor Networks and Remote Sensing for Future Adaptation of Urban Infrastructure
Principal Investigator at MIT: Professors Les Norford, Christoph Reinhart, and Steven Leeb
Principal Investigator at Masdar Institute: Professors Prashanth Reddy Marpu, Zeyar Aung, Sid Chi-Kin Chau, and Afshin Afshari

Natural Hazard Consideration for Abu Dhabi Transportation Infrastructure
Principal Investigator at MIT: Professors Herbert Einstein and Joseph M. Sussman
Principal Investigator at Masdar Institute: Professor Rita Sousa


Water and Environmental Engineering

Atmospheric Circulation Signatures of the Space-Time Water Resources Distribution across Arid and Semi-Arid Middle Eastern Climates
Principal Investigator at MIT: Professor Dara Entekhabi
Principal Investigator at Masdar Institute: Professor Annalisa Molini

Climate, Water, Health and the Environment in Arid Regions
Principal Investigators at MIT: Professors Elfatih Eltahir, Dara Entekhabi, and Dennis B. McLaughlin
Principal Investigators at Masdar Institute: Professors Taha B.M.J. Ouarda, Annalisa Molini, Hosni Ghedira, and Inas Khayal

Developing Pre-Launch Experiments for Arid and Semi-Arid Land Environments to the Future NASA Soil Moisture Active and Passive (SMAP) Satellite Mission
Principal Investigator at MIT: Professor Dara Entekhabi
Principal Investigator at Masdar Institute: Professor Hosni Ghedira

Development of Advanced Membrane Water Purification Systems: Fabrication, Fouling Resistance, and System Configuration
Principal Investigators at MIT: Professors John Lienhard V, Karen Gleason, and Gregory Rutledge
Principal Investigators at Masdar Institute: Professors Hassan Arafat, Raed Hashaikeh and Mohamed I.H. Ali

Development of New Sorbents Systems for CO2 Post-Combustion Capture
Principal Investigator at MIT: Professor T. Alan Hatton
Principal Investigator at Masdar Institute: Professor Mohammad Abu Zahra

Development of Renewable Energy Powered Membrane Distillation Process
Principal Investigators at MIT: Professor John H. Lienhard V, Professor Gregory Rutledge
Principal Investigator at Masdar Institute: Professor Hassan Arafat

Engineering Open Anaerobic Microbial Fermentations for Conversion of Organic Waste into Biofuel
Principal Investigators at MIT: Professor Gregory Stephanopoulos, Professor Eric Alm
Principal Investigator at Masdar Institute: Professor Jorge Rodriguez

Experimental and Computational Studies of CO2 Sequestration Processes in Deformable Porous Media
Principal Investigator at MIT: Professor Ruben Juanes
Principal Investigator at Masdar Institute: Professor Mohammad Sassi

Integrated Regional Management of Water Resources in Arid Regions
Principal Investigators at MIT: Professor Dennis B. McLaughlin and Professor Elfatih Eltahir
Principal Investigators at Masdar Institute: Professor Taha B.M.J. Ouarda

Photoreception and Regulation of Carbon Metabolism of a Prochloroccus Originating from the Arabian Sea: A Model Organism for Developing Bioenergy Systems
Principal Investigators at MIT: Professor Sallie W. (Penny) Chisholm
Principal Investigators at Masdar Institute: Professor Lina F. Yousef

Water Treatment and Electricity Generation Using Renewable Materials: The Role of Biologically-Mediated Pathways
Principal Investigator at MIT: Professor Gregory Stephanopoulos
Principal Investigator at Masdar Institute: Professor Farrukh Ahmad

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