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Active Flagship Research Projects

The Flagship Research Projects are a mechanism for collaborative research between Masdar Institute and MIT. Designed to bring together teams of faculty from both Masdar Institute and MIT to address key strategic research areas the intent is to build critical mass, make sizeable research impact, and potentially evolve into full-fledged research centers. The first three projects began in July 2012 and the second three in July 2013.

1. Development of Advanced Membrane Water Purification Systems Fabrication, Fouling Resistance, and System Configuration
Investigators at MIT: Professor John Lienhard, Karen Gleason, Greg Rutledge
Investigators at Masdar Institute: Professors Nidal Hilal, Hassan Arafat, Raed Hashaikeh

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

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

4. BIOREFINERY: Integrated Sustainable Processes for Biomass Conversion to Biomaterials, Biofuels and Fertilizer   
Investigators at MIT: Professors George Stephanopoulos, Kristala Prather, Yuriy Roman, Bradley Olsen   
Investigators at Masdar Institute: Professors Jens Ejbye Schmidt, Sgouris Sqourisdis, Mette Thomsen, Lina F. Yousef

5. High-Performance Compact Solar Thermal Power and Cooling System
Investigators at MIT: Professors Evelyn Wang, Gang Chen, Nicholas Fang
Investigators at Masdar Institute: Professors Tiejun Zhang, Amal Al Ghaferi, Michael Xiao, Peter Armstrong

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

With these six active flagship projects, Masdar Institute is building its reputation in several important areas including:  water desalination technologies, solar power technologies, and  climate change and environmental impacts.