AU Scientific Research Center

The Scientific Research Center (SRC) was established to coordinate and monitor the University’s research initiatives and operations, as research is one of AU’s strategic pillars. Its goal is to promote cutting-edge research, including collaborative and interdisciplinary research on a local, regional, and international level. Faculty, infrastructure, and collaboration with organizations such as the Kuwait Foundation for Advancement of Sciences (KFAS), Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR), international partners, local, regional, and international universities, and industry in general are all supported by the SRC.

AU’s faculty members are diverse and highly skilled, with considerable levels of competence in a wide range of subject areas. Faculty at AU work hard to educate top-notch graduates who are prepared to meet the industry’s ever-changing and difficult needs.

The research program of AU is aimed at boosting the influence and productivity of research and scholarly activities within and beyond the university, as well as across disciplines.

  • To enhance the research profile of AU locally and regionally.
  • To create national and international impact in the field of applied research.
  • To establish a research program supportive of the applied teaching model at AU.
  • To create interdisciplinary and collaborative lines of research.
  • To sustain strong partnerships with research and funding organizations (KFAS, KISR) and industry.

The Research Strategy provides the road map for our research vision at AU. The Strategy was developed based on the evaluation of the current research profile, AU Strategic Plan, the potential provided by different departments of the University and its main goals as a higher education institute.

The major components of the Research Strategy are:

  • Provide the research mission that highlights the nature, scope, and goals of envisioned AU research profile.
  • Provide a road map to achieve the mission.
  • Provide the strategic goals and the mechanisms to achieve them. These goals are proposed as means to materialize the research mission and involve four dimensions: scope of research, capacity, infrastructure, and systems.

An important component of the strategy is the establishment of a governance model for AU research. This model was developed to best fit the capabilities and structure of AU. The model involves a Research Council overseeing all the research work as AU, headed by the President and assisted by the Research Center Manager. The Research Council oversees the implementation of the research strategy.

AU research themes were defined based on eight research clusters formed from AU researchers working of fields of national interest as follow:

Water and Environment

  • Desalination and Water Treatment
  • Sustainability and Green Buildings
  • Waste Management
  • Air Quality and Climate Change
  • Computations Fluid Dynamics


  • Energy Efficiency and Conservation
  • Renewable Energy
  • Production Optimization and Enhanced Oil Recovery
  • Reservoir Analysis and Simulation


  • Materials Behavior
  • Nanotechnology
  • Forensic and Repair of Construction
  • Testing Methods

Mechatronics and Automation

  • Electrical Machines and Controls
  • Signal and Image Processing
  • Control and Dynamics of Complex Systems
  • Industrial Automation and Robotics

Learning Philosophies and Frameworks in Higher Education

  • Project-Based Learning
  • Mathematics Education for Business and Engineering
  • Provisions for Learning Difficulties and Learning Support in Higher Education

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

  • Sustainable Energy
  • Small & Medium Enterprises (EMEs)
  • Commercialization of Products & Services
  • Manufacturing

Business Management and Finance

  • Organizational Behavior
  • Macro and Micro Finance

Marketing Communications

  • Strategic Marketing
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Service Marketing
  • International Marketing
Dr.Abbas Amini
Associate Professor

Dr. Abbas Amini

Antisolvent Engineering to Optimize Grain Crystallinity and Hole-Blocking Capability of Perovskite Films for High-Performance Photovoltaics

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Advanced Materials


Strained Epitaxy of Monolayer Transition Metal Dichalcogenides for Wrinkle Arrays

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ACS Nano


Phase Management in Single-Crystalline Vanadium Dioxide Beams

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Nature Communications


Ion Modification of Transition Cobalt Oxide by Soaking Strategy for Enhanced Water Splitting

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Chemical Engineering Journal


Dr. Ehab Hussein Bani Hani
Associate Professor

Dr. Ehab Hussein Bani Hani

Exergy, Economic, And Optimization Of A Clean Hydrogen Production System Using Waste Heat Of A Steel Production Factory

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International Journal Of Hydrogen Energy


Dr. Ahmad Sedaghat
Associate Professor

Dr. Ahmad Sedaghat

Climate Change And Thermo-Solar Patterns Of Office Buildings With/Without Window Films In Extreme Hot-Arid Climate Of Kuwait

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Solar Energy


Dr. Khalil Khanafer
Associate Professor/Senior Manager – Scientific Research Centre

Dr. Khalil Khanafer

Effect Of A Circular Cylinder And Flexible Wall On Natural Convective Heat Transfer Characteristics In A Cavity Filled With A Porous Medium

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Applied Thermal Engineering


Research and Industrial Collaborations

American University in Cairo

California State Polytechnic University – USA

Cape Breton University – Canada

Central Queensland University – Australia

Harvard University – USA

Hong Kong Polytechnic University

KISR – Kuwait

Laboratoire Quartz (Université Paris 8), Tremblay-en-France

Kuwait University, Kuwait

London School of Economics

King’s College London

Monash University, Australia

Ryerson University – Canada

Stanford University, USA

Swansea University – England

Northwestern University, Chicago

North Carolina A&T State University, USA

The University of Adelaide- Australia

The University of Texas at San Antonio

University of British Columbia, Canada

University of Guelph – Canada

University of Nevada, Reno, NV, USA

University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

Western Sydney University – Australia

York University – Canada

JoVision, Hamburg – Germany