About Scientific Research at Kingdom University
Mission & Vision
Employ a focused approach towards research, encourage faculty and students to engage in research activities to enhance the teaching and learning environment at the University and the overall contribution to the society.
To have in place, by 2016-17, an active pool of faculty involved in conducting high standard research, strong avenues of collaboration with the industry, government, regional and international institutions to undertake research initiatives, and engaged students in research initiatives, to foster a culture of learning and research.
Strategic Initiative (1):
Establishment and implementation of a systematic and transparent process for allocation of research funds
Strategic Initiative (2):
Systematic identification and tracking of potential Research Areas
Strategic Initiative (3):
Establish ambitious yet realistic Research Output Targets for KU & motivate faculty to conduct research (Incentive System, Collaborative Research)
The Research Council is headed by the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Scientific Research and has in its membership representatives from the colleges and the adviser to the President for Research. The Council meets periodically to discuss the research issues and progress.
Typical issues addressed by the council are:
- Reviewing and updating of the research priorities
- Setting goals for research outputs, including journal and conference publications.
- Review of the research strategy.
- Revision of the requests for funded research applications and approving of the research grants given by the university.
- An arrangement of annual research gatherings.
Chairperson of Research Council
Prof. Nader Al-Bastaki
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Scientific Research
- PhD in Polymer Engineering, June 1989, UMIST, Manchester, United Kingdom.
- MSc in Chemical Engineering, Dec. 1983, McGill University, Montreal, Canada.
- BSc in Chemical Engineering, Dec. 1981, McGill University, Montreal, Canada.
- Vice President for Academic Affairs & Scientific Research, 2016 - Present.
- Professor, Chemical Engineering Dept., University of Bahrain, 2005-2016.
- Dean, College of Engineering, University of Bahrain, 2008-2014.
- Director, Assessment and Accreditation Office for Colleges of Engineering and IT, University of Bahrain, 2006-2008.
- Chairman of the Chemical Engineering Department, University of Bahrain, 2002-2006
- Reviewer for International Journals.
- ABET PEV (Program Evaluator) since 2011 (conducted three review visits)
- Managed and supervised the preparations for ABET review visits for the engineering programs until the visit was successfully completed in 2008 and 2014.
- Managed and supervised the preparations for the NAAB accreditation visit for the architecture program until the review report (APR) was submitted and visit date was fixed for April 2015.
- UNDP Review Specialist. Reviewed and Evaluated the Mechanical Engineering program at Mohamed V University, Rabat, Morroco on March, 30- April 3, 2008 as part of a team of five members, including two from British Universities (also QAA evaluators), and a member from a German University.
- Prepared the Self Evaluation Document (SED) report for the chemical engineering program on December 2007 and acted as the Subject Representative during the review team visit on march 14-18 2008 as part of the UNDP project.
- Participated in the preparation of the institutional Self-Assessment Document Quality Review of the University of Bahrain submitted to the Quality Assurance Authority.
- Introduced a new advising scheme that ensures that all students in the College of Engineering meet their advisors and provides the advisors with the necessary information about the advisees online (in collaboration with the Registration Department and IT Center. This scheme was successfully implemented for a period of three years.
- Organized alumni gathering for the graduates of the College of Engineering in 2014, which attracted more than 300 alumni.
- Arranged for an agreement with Virginia Tec for an exchange program that led to seeding two of the architecture student from years 4 and 5 to study for a full year at VirginiaTech and then return to the University of Bahrain.
- Visited the Colleges of Engineering at Johns Hopkins, Duke and Siegen (Germany) Universities and established contacts for future collaborations with the University of Bahrain.
- Was a member of the GCC Universities Committee for the Colleges of Engineering, IT and Architecture.
- Organized regular short courses and workshops for training participants from industrial and governmental sectors in the areas of waste water treatment, air and water pollution, process safety, laboratory safety, renewable energy.
Research & Publications
Industrial Projects and Research Grants
- Research, consultation and training to improve the existing Dual Media Filtration at Tubli Water Treatment Pollution Control Center, Project No. 46500, Ministry of Works, Sewerage and Drainage Directorate, Kingdom of Bahrain, Oct. 2002-Oct. 2003.
- Contractual project with GPIC on the Study of sewage treatment water usage for irrigation purposes”, June, 2000.
- Demulsification of Crude Oil/Water Emulsions, Bapco, Feb, 2000
- Research project no. 3/2003 financed by the Scientific Research Council, University of Bahrain on: Removal of color from colored waste water.
- Research project no. 1/1999 financed by the Scientific Research Council, University of Bahrain on: Enhancing the performance of reverse osmosis water desalination.
- Research project no. 1/1998 financed by the Scientific Research Council, University of Bahrain on: Industrial Wastewater treatment using TiO2 /UV technology.
Current h-index on Scopus is 12 and on Google Scholar is 14.
- B. Al-Hamad and N. Al-Bastaki, Degradation of Reactive Blue 19 using advanced oxidation methods: gliding-arc plasma discharge, Desalination and Water Treatment, 57 (2016) 24352-24358
- M.B. Shams, F. Mumtaz, A. Murali, W. Akbar, N. Al‐Bastaki, Application of Statistical Design to an Industrial‐Scale Dead‐End Ultrafiltration Process, Chemical Engineering & Technology 38 (2015) 1315-1326
- Benstaali B., Al-Bastaki N., Brisset J.L., Addou A., “Plasma-Chemical and Photo-Catalytic Degradation of Methyl Orange”, Int. J. Environment and Waste Management, 11(2013) 158-177.
- Shakir Haji, Baghdad Benstaali and Nader Al-Bastaki, “Degradation of Methyl Orange by UV/H2O2 Advanced Oxidation Process”, Chemical Engineering Journal 168 (2011) 134–139
- Qais Bu-Ali, Mohamed Al-Aseeri and Nader Al-Bastaki, ”An experimental study of performance parameters and ion concentration along a reverse osmosis membrane”, Chemical Engineering and Processing 46 (2007) 323-328.
- Hassan Al-Hammadi and Nader Al-Bastaki, “Experimental study of the dead-end ultrafiltration process using silicone dioxide suspensions” Desalination, 206 (2007) 513-523
- Mohamed Al-Aseeri, Qais Bu-Ali, Shaker Haji and Nader Al-Bastaki, ”Removal of Acid Red and sodium chloride mixtures from aqueous solutions using nanofiltration”, Desalination 206 (2007) 407-413
- Abbas Abderrahim and Al-Bastaki Nader, "Modeling of an RO water desalination unit using neural networks", Chemical Engineering Journal, 114 (2005) 139-143.
- Al-Bastaki N.M.,"Removal of Methyl Orange Dye and Na2SO4 from synthetic Waste Water Using Reverse Osmosis", Chemical Engineering and Processing, 43 (2004) 1561-1567.
- Al-Bastaki N., "Performance of advanced methods for treatment of waste water: UV/TiO2, RO and UF", Chemical Engineering and Processing, Chemical Engineering and Processing, 43 (2004) 935-940.
- Al-Bastaki N.,"Treatment of synthetic industrial wastewater with UV/TiO2 and RO using benzene as a model hydrocarbon", Desalination 156 (2003) 193-197.
- N. Al-Bastaki and A. Abbas,"Permeate recycle to improve the performance of a spiral-wound RO plant", Desaliantion, 158 (2003) 119-126
- Banat F. and Al-Bastaki N.," Treating dyeing waste water by an integrated process of adsorption by activated carbon and ultrafiltration" Desaliantion, 170 (2004) 69-75.
- Al-Bastaki N. and Abbas A., "Long-term performance of an industrial water desalination plant", Chemical Engineering and Processing, 43 (2004) 555-558
- Abbas A. and Al-Bastaki N., "On the use of software tools for chemical engineering education: students evaluations", Chemical Engineering Education, 36 (2002) 236-241.
- Al-Bastaki Nader and Abderrahim Abbas,"Use of Fluid Instabilities to enhance Membrane Performance: a Review", Desalination, 136 (2001) 255-262
- Al-Bastaki N. and Banat F.," Combining ultrafiltration and adsorption on bentonite in a one step process for the treatment of colored waters", Resources Conservation and Recycling J., 41 (2004) 103-113.
- Abderrahim Abbas and Al-Bastaki Nader,"Performance Decline in Brackish Water Film-Tech Spiral Wound RO Membranes", Desalination, 136 (2001) 281-286
- Al-Bastaki Nader and Abbas Abderrahim,"Predicting the Performance of RO Membranes", Desalination, 132 (2000) pp. 181-187
- Abbas Abderrahim and Al-Bastaki Nader, "Flux Enhancement of RO Desalination processes", Desalination, Vol. 132, pp. 21-27, 2000
- Al-Bastaki N. M. and Abbas A.,"Modeling an Industrial Reverse Osmosis Unit", Desalination, Vol. 126, Issue 1-3, No. 8, pp. 33-39, 1999.
- Al-Bastaki N. M. and Abbas A.,"Improving the Permeation Flux by Unsteady Operation of a RO Desalination Unit", Desalination, Vol. 123, Issue 2-3, pp. 173-176, 1999.
- Al-Kawari M. and Al-Bastaki N.M.,"Copper dust formation in large scale MSF desalination plant", Desalination, 166 (2004) 153-156.
- Al-Bastaki N. M. and Abbas A.,"Periodic Operation of a Reverse Osmosis Water Desalination Unit", Separation Science and Technology, Vol.33, No.16, 1998,pp.2531-2540
- Al-Bastaki N. M., "Design of Fibre Reinforced Composite Structures Subjected to High Strain Rates using Finite Element Analysis", Applied Composite Materials, Vol. 5, 1998, pp. 223-236.
- Al-Salehi F. A. R., Al-Hassani S. T. S., Al-Bastaki N.M. and Hinton M. J.,"Derived Dynamic Ply Properties from Test Data on Angle Ply Laminates", Applied Composite Materials, Vol. 4, 1997, pp. 157-172
- Al-Bastaki N. M. and Al-Madani H. M. N.,"Effects of Local Atmospheric Conditions in Bahrain on the Mechanical Properties of GRP", Polymer Testing, Vol. 14, No. 3,1995, pp263-272.
- Al-Qahtani H. I. and Al-Bastaki N. M. S.,"Effect of Aging on the Performance of RO Hollow Fiber Membrane", Desalination, Vol. 101, 1994, pp. 177-183.
- Al-Bastaki N. M. S., "Behavior of Stepped GRP Shells Used in the Reverse Osmosis Permeators for the Water Desalination Process", Desalination, Vol. 94, 1994, pp. 307-319.
- Al-Bastaki N. M.,"Effect of High Strain Rate on the Properties of PVC Pipe", Journal of Testing and Evaluation (an ASTM publication), Vol. 22, Nov., 1994, Vol. 22, No. 6, November 1994, pp. 574-576
- Al-Bastaki N. M. and Al-Qahtani H. I.,"Assessment of Thermal Effects on the Reverse Osmosis of Salt/Water Solutions by Using a Spiral Wound Polyamide Membrane", Desalination, Vol. 99, 1994, pp. 159-168.
- Al-Salehi F. A. R., Al-Hassani S. T. S., Al-Bastaki N.M. and Hinton M. J.,"Extracting Dynamic Ply Properties from Test Data on Angle Ply Laminates-1. Theoretical Procedures", Journal of Composite Materials, Vol. 26, No. 16, 1992, pp 2454-2477.
33. Al-Bastaki, N.M.S.; Al-Madani, H.M.N., Effect of six months exposure to atmospheric conditions on the mechanical properties of GRP, Modelling, Measurement & Control C, Vol 49, n1-3, 1995, AMSE Press, pp 22-28.
34. Al-Salehi FAR, Al-Hassani STS, Al-Bastaki NM, Hinton MJ.,"Rate effects on aramid fibre/epoxy (KPR) tubes under hoop loading" J. Comp. Mater., 1990, Vol. 24, pp. 894-917.
Annual Research Gathering
Annual Research Gathering 2016-2017
The annual research gathering for the academic year 2016 -2017 was held on two different days May 2nd, 2017 and June 6th, 2017. The theme of the gathering was “Best Practices in Research”.
- The first meeting held on May 2nd, 2017, was in the form of a workshop during which the faculty members from each of the colleges formed a group and each group was requested to come up with a list of research topics to of priority to the college which could be undertaken by individual faculty members, groups within the college or jointly with other colleges (multidisciplinary). The meeting was coordinated by the Vice president for academic affairs and scientific research. A list of research topic ideas was arrived at and a deadline of one academic year was suggested for achieving these research works fully or partially and the deans of colleges were requested to follow up.
- The second meeting was held on June 6th, 2017 and the was in the form of two presentations followed by discussions. The first presentation was about the necessity to publish in reputable journals and conferences, particularly those indexed by Scopus, ISI Web of Knowledge (Thomson-Reuters) and published in well known international publishing houses such as Elsevier, Springer, Inderscience, Wiley, etc. Also, the limitations of open access journals were discussed. The second presentation discusses the statistics of the publications by faculty members in different colleges and ration of publications per faculty member for each college were shown for the current and past academic years.
Annual Research Gathering 2017-2018
- Prof. Mohamed Terro, the university president, and the scientific research unit met with the academic members of the university at 10:30 am to 12:00 noon on Thursday, 29/11/2018 to discuss matters related to scientific research, which began with the speech of the university president about the role of academic staff in the educational and research process as well.
Then Dr. Mohamed El Sayed, Advisor to the Vice President for Scientific Research presented the general meeting agenda and the annual report for the academic year 2017/2018, which showed the low percentage of research provided by faculty members. Prof. Nader Al-Bastaki, the Vice President for Scientific Research, spoke about scientific research Cycle and the importance of taking it into account when publishing research papers. As well as for interest in research topics where the university has developed research priorities stemming from the national research vision of the Kingdom of Bahrain. And he spoke about the new system of Research Incentive.
Dr. Sherif, College of Architectural Engineering & Design (CAED), reviewed the research plan and its relation to the general orientation of the Kingdom of Bahrain as well as the formation of research groups in the faculty to serve the research process.
During the meeting, the College deans reviewed the research plan and the research groups for each faculty to serve the research process.
The Results and Important topics:
- Considering the Newly Revised Research Cycle when publishing research papers.
- Interesting in research topics where the university has developed research priorities stemming from the national research vision of the Kingdom of Bahrain.
- The new system of Research Incentive, which has increased from the previous, will depend on the impact factor of the journal as well as for international scientific conferences.
- Activation of the international research Cooperation programmes to develop the research quality and the university members abilities.
- Forming the research groups to support the research quality, especially of joint research between different specialization.
Kingdom University Researches Priorities:
In the 2018- 2019 plan (Based on Bahrain national research strategy 2014-2024) the following areas were identified as priorities:
- Sustainability and the healthy design
- Design and ICT
- Islamic Banking
- Entrepreneurship and innovation
- The legal right of women, children and the disabled
And the faculties research priorities of the university have emerged as shown:
- Research Priorities, 2018-19 (College of Business)
- Finance and Banking
- Islamic Banking and Finance
- General Financial Management and Banking
- Entrepreneurship and Innovation
- General Management
- Research Priorities, 2018-19 (College of Architecture Engineering and Design)
- Environment and Sustainability
- Environmental Sustainability and Health
- Environmental Sustainability and Urban Planning
- Environmental Sustainability and Art & Design
- Art and Design
- Art, Design, and Education
- Art, Design, and Health
- Art, Design, and Sustainability
- ICT and Media
- ICT and Urban Planning
- Research Priorities, 2018-19 (College of Law)
- Financial services, banking, finance, and insurance.
- Environmental legislation
- Legal protection for women, children and the disabled.
- the justice system and the procedures of litigation and the implementation of judgments.
Approval mechanism for financial support for Research Papers and Projects:
- A faculty member shall apply for financial support by filling out the form and submitting it online from 1st to 15th
- Applications for financial support are discussed in the College Council.
- The College Council shall submit the approved Applications for obtaining financial support to the Scientific Research Council no later 30th
- The Scientific Research Council holds its periodic meeting to evaluate Research Papers and Projects for financial support.
- Priority should be given Research Papers and Projects that are in line with the priorities of the University, which are also compatible with the National Priorities for Scientific Research.
- The recommendations of the Scientific Research Council for Scientific research Applications for financial support shall be discussed in the University Council for approval.
- The researchers shall be notified of the approval in a period not exceeding 45 days from the date of submission of the application.
Research Workshops & Seminars
Annual Research Gathering Best Practices in Research Workshop
Kingdom University conducted Annual Research Gathering Best Practices in Research Workshop on May 2nd, 2017.
Sustainable Buildings and Renewables International Seminar
Kingdom University conducted Sustainable Buildings and Renewables Workshop on April 15-16, 2017, Crowne Plaza Hotel, under the patronage of Dr. Abdul-Hussain Bin Ali Mirza, Minister of Electricity and Water Affairs, organized by Kingdom University.
The National Initiative for Agricultural Development Workshop
The project “Bahrain Goes Back Green”, has drawn a lot of attention nationally and regionally, leading to several strategic partnership projects. The first cooperation was culminated in the signing of an MOU between the Kingdom University and the Bahrain National Initiative for Agriculture Development, on Wednesday 26th February 2014. It is hoped that this MOU will pave the way towards supporting research at the Kingdom University, on issues related to the “Bahrain Goes Back to Green” project.
Public Transportation in Bahrain Workshop
The second international workshop was held on 9-12 February, 2014 at Kingdom University, under the title: “Public Transportation in Bahrain: Social challenges, Infrastructure, limitations and Innovative motions”. Professors Wolfgang Jonas from “Braunschweig University”, Germany and Dr. Thomas Sauter-Servaes from “Zurich University of Applied Sciences”, Switzerland, were invited to address the workshop as key note speakers, and share with the audience their vast experience in this field.
Bahrain Goes Back Green Workshop
Kingdom University conducted two very successful international workshops. The first was held from 4-6 January 2014, at Kingdom University, under the title: “Bahrain Goes Back Green: Green Roofs in Private and Public Buildings”. Professor Kai Tobais a world renowned scholar on the subject, from the University of “Kaiserslautern”, Germany, was invited as a key note speaker, in order to share Germany’s and Europe’s experience in the field of Green Roofs. It must be mentioned that the first outcome of this workshop culminated in the signing of an MOU, between the Kingdom University and the National Initiative on Agricultural Development.
Research Policy & Procedures
Scientific research is one of the fundamental tasks which all universities should be keen to be distinguished in, it is a basic element in the human beings’ and societies’ evolution. Therefore, the Kingdom University is willing to make scientific research one of the most important tasks to be mean to complete its role in development and progress as a higher education institution. Kingdom University is keenly promoting this role in its strategies; accordingly, it developed this policy to emphasize scientific research and to organize and encourage the process.