1. Focus on Kenyan Culture and People
  2. SQU Celebrates 30th Graduation Ceremony of Scientific Colleges
  3. SQU Marks GIS Day
  4. SQU Hosts IGCP Workshop on Diamonds & Recycled Mantle
  5. 1283 Students from Science Colleges Awarded Degrees
  6. Medical and Nursing Graduates Take Oath
  7. International Workshop Focuses on Food and Brain Health
  8. In the Folds of Space Exhibition
  9. SQU, Brno University of Technology to Tie-up on Teaching and Research
  10. SQU Academics Co-edit Book on Traditional Foods
  11. ‘Close-by’: Volunteer Week Activities Kicks off
  12. Graduation Ceremony on 11 and 25 November
  13. SQU holds ‘Inspirers’ Session
  14. Gearing up for the Fourth Industrial Revolution
  15. Taiwanese University Seeks Ties with SQU
  16. Student Counselling Centre Gets International Accreditation
  17. Iranian Delegation Visits College of Education
  18. SQU Hosts Forum on Remote Sensing and Space Technologies
  19. An Exchange Student at SQU from Faraway Chile
  20. Expert Highlights Growing Importance Cyber Security Jobs
  21. OCCI Research Chair: SQU, OCCI Hold Steering Committee Meeting
  22. PEIE Research Chair: SQU, PEIE Madayn Hold Steering Committee Meeting
  23. SQU Honors 519 Students
  24. SQU Organizes Breast Cancer Awareness Day
  25. SQU Organizes Mazaya Exhibition
  26. SQU Hosts Workshop on Gulf Joint Work
  27. Workshop on Food and Brain Health on 11, 12 November
  28. “Mazaya III” Exhibition Kicks off
  29. Talk Sheds Light on IP Rights and Enforcement in the GCC
  30. Students Highlight Importance of Physics to the Economy
  31. Panel Discussion with Deputy Secretary General of Supreme Council for Planning
  32. SQU, ROLACC Sign Agreement to Set up Anti-corruption Chair
  33. SQU Hosts Panel Discussion on Development Planning
  34. Amal Al-Ismaili Wins Enjoia’t Award
  35. SQU and ITA Renew Agreement on Free and Open Source Software
  36. Conference Highlights Population and Sustainable Development
  37. Researchers Use Zebrafish to Study Human Diseases
  38. SQU, Omantel Sign Partnership Agreement
  39. SQU Hosts Oman Collegiate Programming Contest
  40. SQU Hosts Art Education Conference
  41. College of Nursing Celebrates Mental Health Day
  42. Disabilities Unit Project Launched at SQU
  43. Majors Fair 2019 Showcases Courses of Study
  44. Talk Gives Insight into Global Peace and Security
  45. Art Education Conference Concludes
  46. SQU, Oman Shell Partner to Research Agricultural Development
  47. SQU organizes a workshop on the Future of Computing Programs
  48. SQU Hosts Workshop on Future of Computing Programs 
  49. Graduating Engineers’ Challenges in Job Market Discussed
  50. Abandoned Copper Mine in Lasail Leads to Ground Water Contamination
  51. 13th Muscat Securities Market Forum Kicks Off
  52. SQU Gears Up for GCC Students’ Forum
  53. Lecture Highlights Evolution of Judiciary in Oman
  54. Muscat Securities Market Forum Kicks off
  55. 6th Arab International Child Abuse and Neglect Conference Held
  56. SQU Holds Induction Program for New Employees
  57. VC Receives US Academician
  58. Workshop for Internal Institutional Quality Audit Held
  59. National Bioethics Committee Meets at SQU
  60. ISPCAN International Congress Kicks off
  61. SQU Organizes Orientation Program for Postgraduate Students
  62. DPS Holds Orientation Program for Postgraduate Students
  63. NDC Delegation Received
  64. Trial Platform for Massive Open Online Courses Launched
  65. SQU receives new students
  66. SQU Student Project on 3D Printer Earns Praise
  67. Experts from SQU Come up with Book on Clinical Biochemistry
  68. Recognition for Book on Food and Huntington’s disease
  69. ICT Technologies: SQU, Huawei Sign Letter of Agreement
  70. SQU Receives 3070 Students
  71. Oman’s First CubeSat Project at SQU
  72. International Accreditation for SQU’s LL.B. Program
  73. SQU Celebrates Renaissance Day
  74. Summer School: Exhibition Features 4IR  
  75. SQU, Omantel Join Hands to Foster Innovation in Oman
  76. Honor for SQU Nurse Educator
  77. Research Groups at SQU Serve Oman’s Sustainable Development Goals
  78. Solar Electric Cars: SQU, Nafath Renewable Energy Join Hands
  79. SQU to Offer PhD in Information Systems
  80. Global Honour for CPS Academician
  81. “Young Explorer” Program to Hone Skills of School Students
  82. QS: SQU Ranked 379 Globally
  83. SQU, Oman Equestrian Federation Sign Cooperation Program
  84. CIS Unveils New Systems and Services
  85. Foundation Stone Laid for MEGA Service Station on Campus
  86. Study Proposes Design Framework of Small Private Online Courses
  87. Annual Trip 2019: Students Set Off to Europe
  88. Global Citizen Award for Dr. Khalaf
  89. Dr. Jokha Al Harthi Wins Man Booker Prize 2019
  90. An Engineer’s Reminiscence of the Construction of SQU
  91. SQU, Ministry of Information, PART Joint Committee Meets
  92. ICE Recognition for Civil Engineering Program
  93. “Demo Day 2019” Highlights Final Year Projects
  94. SQU, Armed Forces Medical Services Sign Cooperation Program
  95. SQU Hosts Seminar on Japanese Scholarships for Students
  96. Forum Highlights Role of Islamic Banks
  97. SQU, ‘inma’ Sign Cooperation Program
  98. Researchers Develop Innovative Nanocoatings for Water Desalination
  99. SQU Celebrates the 19th University Day
  100. His Majesty’s Trust Fund for Seven Research Projects
  101. SQU Celebrates Anniversary of His Majesty’s Visit
  102. Abu Dhabi Research Competition: SQU Project Bags Second Place
  103. SQU, Taiwanese University Discuss Ties
  104. Oman FOSS Platform Launched
  105. SQU Council Approves Proposals
  106. Open House of SQU’s Research Centers
  107. Pak University Explores Ties with SQU
  108. SQU, HUAWEI Discuss Long-term Multifaceted Links
  109. SQU to Offer Turkish Language Course
  110. ECE Students Visit Oman Data Park
  111. Emirati Philanthropist Juma Al Majid Visits SQU
  112. Student Group Holds Animal and Veterinary Sciences Forum
  113. SQU Holds Panel Discussion on National Project on Teaching Profession
  114. Students Showcase Skills in Civil & Architectural Engineering
  115. Spotlight on Research Centers’ Accomplishments
  116. 323 Outstanding Students Honored
  117. ECE Dept. Holds Retreat to Discuss Accreditation
  118. Forum Highlights Translation in the Digital Age
  119. SQU Hosts Lecture by Famous MIT Scientist-Entrepreneur
  120. SQU Organizes 2nd Student Research Conference
  121. SQU Holds National Workshop on BA English Program
  122. “Art is for everyone”
  123. Spotlight on Student Research
  124. Forum Discusses Digital Leadership in Information Sector
  125. Vice Chancellor Concludes Visit to Australia
  126. SQU, Jusoor, Orpic Sign Cooperation Program
  127. Conference Focuses on Innovative Approaches in ELT
  128. 8th GCC College Games: SQU Bags Eight Medals
  129. IoT Lab Opened at SQU
  130. Symposium to Promote Research in Mathematical Modelling
  131. 49 Projects on Display at 9th Engineering Forum
  132. Student Group Pilots Aquaculture of Ornamental Fish Variety
  133. Training Workshop on Trade Ideas Kicks Off
  134. SQU Hosts Workshop on Ethics of Research Involving Human Subjects
  135. Occidental of Oman Funds Equipment for SQU’s SERC
  136. Gulf Programming Contest Kicks Off
  137. Student Group Holds Biomedical Science Exhibition
  138. IBA 2019 Contest: SQU Team Bags First Place
  139. Czech Republic Senate President Visits SQU
  140. SQU Hosts Omani Moot Court Competition
  141. Project to Study Aversion Towards Teaching Profession
  142. Czech Senate President Visits SQU
  143. Conference Discusses Reality and Challenges of Student Affairs
  144. New Disease Threatens Citrus Trees in Oman
  145. SQU Staff Authors Biochemistry Lab Manual
  146. SQU, MRMWR Mark World Water Day
  147. SQU, MoAF Joint Committee Meets
  148. Brains Innovation Summits Official Meets VC
  149. AQAS Accreditation for Two Departments
  150. Independent Learning Centre Officially Launched
  151. Wooden Bridge Competition: Students Bring Home Accolades
  152. Conference Discusses Updates in Neurology and Related Fields
  153. Chief Engineer of SQU Project Revisits the University
  154. SQU to Set up Research Centers in Duqm
  155. SQU Organizes LAMAD Forum on Food Technology
  156. ‘Lamad’ Event Showcases Food Technology Research
  157. CoE Holds Symposium on Renewable Energy Systems Technology
  158. College of Nursing Marks International Day of Happiness
  159. Event Sheds Light on Institutional Arbitration
  160. SQU, Ministry of Education Sign Cooperation Program
  161. Researchers Produce Fish and Vegetables in Aquaponics System
  162. Business Week Highlights Impact of 4IR on Economy
  163. Zero Emission Campus: Field Survey Ends
  164. Conference on “Terms in Arabic: Issues and Prospects
  165. Meaningful Partnership in Islamic Studies
  166. Omanis Strongly Favor Locally Produced Food Products
  167. Oman Mathematics Committee Marks International Day of Mathematics
  168. Dr. Jokha Al Harthi on List for Top Global Literary Award
  169. Engineering Students’ Graduation Project Wins Accolades
  170. SQU, Military Technological College Sign Cooperation Program
  171. Nelson Mandela Remembered
  172. SQU Hosts Forum on Research Projects Funded by HM Trust Fund
  173. SQU Organizes Conference on “Terms in Arabic: Issues and Prospects”
  174. Workshop to Hone Jobseekers’ Skills in Port Logistics
  175. SQU Organizes Career & Training Fair 2019
  176. Zero Emission Campus: SQU Partners with German Institute
  177. Turkish Foundation, SQU to Establish Ties
  178. National Bioethics Committee Meets
  179. University of Tübingen Seeks Ties with SQU
  180. 55 Institutions Participate in SQU Career & Training Fair 2019
  181. SQU Hosts 21st ISANH Redox Congress
  182. SQU Organizes Forum on Leadership and Decision Making
  183. SQU Delegation Concludes Its Visit South Africa
  184. SQU, BP Oman Officials Review BP Fund Research Grants
  185. “Standards Vital in Ensuring Quality and Safety”
  186. Forum Highlights Leadership and Decision Making
  187. SQU Hosts International Workshop on Natural Hazards
  188. Cardiff University Seeks Ties with SQU
  189. Poster on Tokophobia Wins Accolades
  190. SQU at Muscat International Book fair
  191. Workshop on Performance Measurement Program
  192. 3rd ICAOG Discusses Advances in Obstetrics and Gynecology
  193. SQU at Muscat Book Fair
  194. ELT Conference on 11 and 12 April
  195. Focus on Floriculture
  196. Mazaya Exhibition Showcases Special Offers for Employees
  197. Tenth Agricultural Festival Launched
  198. Chemical Engineering Forum Held
  199. SQU organizes The 4th Conference of Free and Open Source Software 2019
  200. Student Group Holds Used Book Fair at Muscat City Centre
  201. SQU’s Rebranded Media Identity Turns 1
  202. Efforts to Support FOSS in the Sultanate Hailed
  203. Technical Forum Features Student Projects
  204. FOSSC 2019 Oman Kicks off
  205. SQU Honours 520 Outstanding Students
  206. College of Engineering Receives IAESTE Award
  207. Conference to Highlight Issues Related to Population in the Sultanate
  208. 1st International Conference on Unnamed Vehicle Systems
  209. SQU Hosts IFMSA Regional Meet
  210. “Political Factor is the Top Element that Affects the Price of Oil”
  211. “UVS-Oman 2019” Concludes
  212. Webometrics: SQU Ranked 1353 Globally
  213. Study Chronicles Characteristics of Illicit Drug Users Seeking Detox
  214. SQU Organizes 3rd Media Family Forum
  215. SQU’s Organic Kale Sets an Example
  216. Research Centre Receives German Student Delegation
  217. Agriculture, Fisheries Development: SQU, FAO Sign LoU
  218. Empowering Students in the Foundation Programs
  219. 95 Students Attend Winter Program for School Students
  220. SQU Organizes Technology Camp for Kids
  221. Support for Global Learning
  222. SQU, UW–Eau Claire to Boost Ties
  223. SQU, University of South Australia to Promote Cooperation
  224. SQU Receives Houston-Clear Lake Delegation
  225. University Tower Hall Opened
  226. Independent Learning Centre Workshop Concludes
  227. SQU Tower Hall Launched
  228. Council Approves Name Change of Academic Departments
  229. SQU organizes football championship.
  230. SQU Staff Football Championship Concludes
  231. Green Climate Readiness Support: SQU, FAO Sign LoA
  232. National Bioethics Committee Meets
  233. SQU Honors Turkish Students
  234. SQU holds the 2nd Customer Services Forum
  235. Forum Highlights Digital Transformation of Customer Services
  236. CAMS Workshop Addresses Whitefly Management in Tomato
  237. SQU-Institute of Public Admn. Committee Meets
  238. Information Systems Computer Lab Launched at CEPS
  239. Researchers Present Progress of Internal Grant-Funded Projects
  240. SQU Mobile App Launched
  241. MSF Hosts Workshop on Seafloor Mapping Technique
  242. On-Campus Fuel Station, Shopping Mall Planned
  243. SQU Organizes 5th Alumni Day
  244. 5th Alumni Day Held
  245. Springboard Program: SQU Teams Bring Accolades
  246. SQU Celebrates World Arabic Language Day
  247. SQU Signs Letter of Intent with Salalah Methanol
  248. SQU Holds Training Program in Logistics and Supply Chain in Aviation Sector
  249. SQU, Omantel Joint Committee Meets
  250. Workshop for Internal Audit Panel Members Held
  251. Main Library Organizes (Awalem) Event
  252. CEPS Gets EQUIS Accreditation
  253. Best Sports College Award: New Initiative to Promote Sports
  254. Smoke Emissions from Shinas Copper Mine Due to Sulphide Combustion
  255. SQU, NFRCEC to Tie-up on Research
  256. SQU Hosts 2nd Blockchain Symposium
  257. SQU Hosts MEACR Annual Meet
  258. Dr. Ahmed Al Salman Elected as Fellow of TWAS
  259. Opportunities in Future Technologies
  260. SQU and the GULF 3 International Conference
  261. Need for More Mental Health Services for the Young
  262. Sustainability through Reuse Centre
  263. CAMS Hosts International Workshop on Innovative Marine Management
  264. SQU Celebrates World Soil Day; International Day of Persons with Disabilities
  265. SQU Marks International Day for Persons with Disabilities
  266. Start-ups Should Address Social Problems: Dr. Belgacem Haba
  267. SQU, RAP-Green Sign Cooperation Agreement
  268. SQU Hosts the 4th Science & Technology Exchange Program
  269. SQU organizes the 1st open day for Student exchange
  270. Public Speaking Contest: Student Teams Win Third Place
  271. SQU Academician Wins L’Oréal-UNESCO Fellowship
  272. Oman’s Trade Potential with IORA Member States
  273. University of Denver Explores Ties with SQU
  274. SQU, Charles University to Boost Ties
  275. “Your University Celebrates” 48th National Day
  276. SQU Celebrates 29th Graduation Ceremony of the Scientific Colleges
  277. Counselling Psychology Conference Kicks Off
  278. Workshop Discusses Outcomes of Mango, Lime Diseases Research
  279. 1303 Students from Scientific Colleges Graduate
  280. Medical and Nursing Graduates Take Oath
  281. Big turnout at “Walk for Your Health” Walkathon
  282. SQU organizes Japan’s open day
  283. Utilizing Drilling Waste in Cement Industry Ensures Sustainability
  284. SQU Celebrates Omani Women’s Day
  285. Growth in Demand for IP Right is a Good Indicator
  286. SQU Hosts Japan Day
  287. Prof. Sabah Bags Qatar Green Research Award
  288. SQU celebrates 29th graduation ceremony (humanities Colleges)
  289. CSD, RMO Holds Workshop on Operational Risk
  290. SQU Wins OER Power Brands 2018 Award
  291. SQU, IDO Holding Sign Research and Innovation Cooperation Program
  292. Conference Highlights Frankincense and Medicinal Plants Research
  293. 1651 Students Receive Their Degrees at Inspiring Graduation Ceremony
  294. Saudi University Explores Ties with SQU
  295. Humanities Students to Celebrate Graduation Today
  296. Daytime Sleepiness Common among Young Omani Drivers
  297. International Award for Dean of College of Education
  298. Omani-French Friendship Association Honors Dr. Kamla Al Busaidi
  299. SQU to Teach Students Values, Rights and Responsibilities as Citizens
  300. Lakehead University Delegation Visits SQU
  301. SQU to Host Middle East Cancer Research Association Meeting
  302. Educational Psychology Faculty Holds Research Forum
  303. Latest developments in research and postgraduate studies highlighted
  304. Spotlight on Oman’s Maritime Heritage
  305. Lakehead University Seeks Ties with SQU
  306. NBC Holds Panel Discussion on Ethics in Research and Publication
  307. SQU Hosts WIPO-Oman Summer School
  308. Muscat Finance Extends Support for Research and Innovation at SQU
  309. ACM-OCPC: SQU Teams Bag First and Third Prizes
  310. Climate Impacts on Water Resources
  311. SQU Organizes Oman Collegiate Programing Contest
  312. 29th Graduation Ceremony on 28 Oct, 11 Nov
  313. Student Group Marks World Food Day 2018
  314. Conference Highlights Trends in Innovative Mathematics Curriculum
  315. SQU This Week
  316. European IT Security Advisor Visits SQU
  317. Award for Excellence in Child Health Nursing
  318. Repeat Migration of bar-tailed godwits wintering at Barr Al Hikman
  319. Conference Stresses on Sport and Sustainable Development
  320. Outstanding Scientist Award for Nurse Educator
  321. Forum Highlights Student Counselling Services
  322. SQU This Week
  323. Forum Highlights Machine Learning in Remote Sensing
  324. New Book Explores Link between Food and Huntington’s disease
  325. Majors Fair 2018: Spotlight on 60 Academic Majors
  326. UNESCO-APCEIU Chief Visits SQU
  327. Oman Does Exceedingly Well in Student Exchange
  328. THE: SQU Enters World’s Top Universities’ List
  329. SQU This Week
  330. SQU Hosts Dinner in Honor of New Staff
  331. CEPS Gets One Step Closer to Accreditation
  332. SQU, NRAA Approve Private Records Management System
  333. Forum Highlights Remote Sensing Applications in Physical Oceanography
  334. SQU, Starcare Hospital Join Hands for Nursing Training, Research
  335. SQU, University of Nizwa Prepare for Conference on Frankincense
  336. SQU This Week
  337. SQU, Oman Munition Production Company Sign Cooperation Program
  338. The Sultanate, Represented by SQU, Joins UNESCO IGCP
  339. Bioethics Committee Discusses International Legislation on Paternity
  340. DPS Holds Orientation Day for New Postgraduate Students 
  341. Career Guidance: SQU, Ooredoo Sign Cooperation Program
  342. Nanotechnology Helps Extend Shelf Life of Local Vegetables
  343. A New Centre for Innovation & Technology Transfer
  344. Student Council Election: Nominations Open on 10 Sept
  345. SQU, ‘be’ah’ Join Hands to Set up Reuse Centre
  346. Experts Lead SQU Training Course on Sustainable Energy
  347. Conference on Frankincense and Medicinal Plants in October
  348. SQU This Week
  349. SQU and Petrofac sign Sponsorship Agreement
  350. Ways to Make Farming More Sustainable
  351. SQU Marks Renaissance Day
  352. Ways to Make Math Fun for Kids
  353. Prerequisites for Significant Learning
  354. Omani Studies Centre Team Visits Brunei
  355. Conference to Address Research Management
  356. Cooperation Program to Promote Date Palm Sector in Oman
  357. SQU, Orpic Sign LoA for Funding Engineering Design Lab
  358. Dead Zones of the Western Arabian Sea
  359. Conference to Address All Aspects of Unmanned Vehicle Systems
  360. SQU Gets Patent for New Antimicrobial Formula
  361. SQU Council Approves Center for Innovation & Technology Transfer
  362. SQU Signs Cooperation Agreement with Muscat Securities Market
  363. Information Systems Students ‘Capture’ the Cybersecurity Flag
  364. SQU This Week
  365. SQU, Al Buraimi Solar Energy Systems Sign Cooperation Program
  366. SQU, Oman Oil Marketing Company Sign Sponsorship Agreement
  367. “Anwaar Ramadhan” Exhibition Features Pics of the Past
  368. Association of Arab Universities Executive Council Meets at SQU
  369. CAMS Academic’s Book Deals with Food Microbial Analyses
  370. SQU This Week
  371. Forum on Future Media Discusses Media Sector Challenges
  372. SQU This Week
  373. SQU Hosts Pearl Initiative Award Ceremony
  374. Huge Enthusiasm for Blockchain Technology in Oman
  375. First Phase of Solar Parking Shades Opened
  376. MSF Students Visit Oman Aquarium Project
  377. Nursing Students Urge Evidence-based Maternity Care Practice
  378. Project Examines Population Structures of Spiny Lobster along Oman’s Coastline
  379. Workshop Sheds Light on “Integration of Technology into Nursing Education”
  380. New Patent for Invention based on “Therapeutic Composition for Treating Gangrene”
  381. SQU This Week
  382. HMTF Projects 2018 Announced
  383. 18th SQU Day Celebrated with Grandeur
  384. SQU Signs Research Cooperation Program with OAPGRC
  385. SQU Organizes First Aid Workshop for School Children
  386. New Assessment Unit Facility at CPS
  387. Statistics to become Independent Department at SQU
  388. Dr. Mona Al Said Receives Charles University’s Gold Medal
  389. SQU This Week
  390. ELT Conference Addresses Current Perspectives, Trends and Challenges
  391. Workshop Highlights Nutritional Antioxidants Therapy
  392. Academics Co-edit Volume on Cancer Prevention and Treatments
  393. Power Station and Transmission Lab Opened
  394. Conference Focuses on Law, Economic and Social Transformations
  395. SQU Marks Biomedical Laboratory Science Day
  396. SQU, RUDN University to Boost Ties
  397. Commercially Valuable Bioproducts from Waste Paper
  398. Forum Highlights Role of Information Specialists in Smart Society
  399. IS Department Holds Industry Advisory Board Meeting
  400. SQU This Week
  401. Jordanian NDC Delegation visits SQU
  402. The Earthquake Monitoring Center and Seismic Hazard Studies in the Sultanate
  403. Research Workshops and Training Held
  404. The Story of a Lighting Revolution
  405. Patent for “Method of Making an Ajwa Date-Based Treatment for Snake Envenomation”
  406. SQU Holds the First Students’ Conference for Scientific Research
  407. Engineering Students Projects on Display
  408. SQU Hosts National Conference on Civil & Architectural Engineering
  409. SQU, Ministry Mark World Water Day 2018
  410. Forum Deliberates Business Intelligence and Big Data Analysis
  411. SQU-Ministry of Higher Education Joint Committee Meets
  412. Forum Addresses Soil System as Foundation of Food Security
  413. Framework for Making Oman an Innovation Hub
  414. CETL Official Opening Held
  415. SQU, University of Nizwa to Enhance Ties
  416. SQU This Week
  417. SQU Receives Egyptian Minister of Higher Education
  418. SQU Team Wins Robot Championship
  419. Conference Discusses Risk Management Practices
  420. Institutional Accreditation
  421. SQU This Week
  422. SQU Launches its New Media Identity
  423. Neuroprotective Effects of Plant Extracts
  424. Technical Festival Features 20 ICT Projects
  425. ICT Accessibility: Oman Well-positioned to Continue Playing a Leading Role
  426. SQU Team Makes Breakthrough in Breast Cancer Research
  427. Sensor-activated Taps Most Effective for Saving Water
  428. Study Underscores the Need for Stronger School-University Partnerships
  429. Study Identifies Factors Impeding Entrepreneurial Growth in Oman
  430. OCMB Hosts Frontiers in Marine Biotechnology Conference
  431. SQU Council Approves Master’s Program in Psychological Counselling
  432. Nursing Conference Focuses on Technology and Innovation
  433. Microbial Fuel Cells: A Promising Energy Source
  434. Researcher Prepares Database of Aquatic Plants in Wadis
  435. Blended Learning Approach Can Tackle Transitional Academic Challenges
  436. Medical Research Centre to Focus on Themes Relevant to Oman
The use of fossil fuels, especially oil and gas for all human needs in recent years has accelerated and this triggers the global energy crisis. The need of using alternative power sources, which can gradually replace the traditional energy fuels, is need of the hour. At the present, fossil fuels such as coal, oil, natural gas and their derivatives satisfy almost 85% of the energy demands. Unfortunately, the earth reserves of these fuels are limited. Because of technical revolution and increasing people’s population, exploitation of these sources intensified, and after one and a half century, almost half of the existing fossil fuels on our planet will be consumed. The conventional carbon fuels shortage combined with the rising content of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, leading to global warming, enforce the necessity of new alternative energy sources utilization. In addition, as supplies of fossil fuels dwindle and concerns about continued contributions of additional carbon dioxide to the atmosphere intensify, there is an increasing need for new sources of energy from renewable sources with minimal negative environmental impact. In this article, Dr. Jahangir Ahmad Rather, Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry of the College of Science at Sultan Qaboos University, speaks about microbial fuels cells and its applications.
• Could you explain the use of microorganisms to produce energy? How far has research in this field progressed?
Renewable bioenergy is viewed as one of the ways to decrease the current global warming crisis. It is well known that fuels, such as ethanol, butanol, methane and hydrogen can produce by microorganisms. However, the electricity production using microbes, which is known as microbial fuel cells (MFCs), is recent development in energy biology and highly attracting area. Microbial fuel cells put forward the possibility of harvesting electricity from organic waste and renewable biomass. Biomass, especially organic waste, is being considered as a valuable candidate. The use of biomass, in the case of waste organics, is environment friendly and regarded as a renewable energy source. Research on MFCs is at present receiving a striking increase in interest because these devices can directly convert a large diversity of organic compounds into electricity. MFCs possess a number of advantages over the currently used technologies for generating energy from renewable sources and have high conversion efficiency. The MFCs operate at ambient temperatures and do not pollute the environment. This is the reason why they have the potential for application in locations lacking electrical infrastructure. Except for getting energy, in the same time, they can be used for wastewater treatment; powering marine devices with oxidation of sea sludge; as bio-batteries; in spacecraft’s, etc.
• Do you think that microbial fuel as a promising field for the GCC countries?
The GCC nations have each set different strategic goals of producing certain share of their total energy from renewable sources within the next two decades. Amidst vulnerable oil prices, increased awareness of dwindling fossil fuel reserves and rising global environmental concerns, a switch towards more energy efficient ways and integration of alternative resources in the current energy mix is an impending call. The importance of reducing society’s dependence on non-renewable energy sources is urgent especially due to the world’s energy crisis. Oman has 0.3% of the world’s crude oil reserve, which has started to decline from 2015. This is a matter of serious concern because the energy demand for the rapidly developing Omani society is increasing exponentially. Hence, an alternative and sustainable energy research is of strategic importance to the Sultanate. The country has to adopted policies to carry and sustain implementation of renewable energy projects across the Sultanate on a small, medium and large-scale.  In the future, the energy crisis faced by Oman can be minimized by using microbial fuel cells.  MFCs have operational and functional advantages over the technologies currently used for generating energy from organic matter. First, the direct conversion of substrate energy to electricity enables high conversion efficiency. Second, MFCs operate efficiently at ambient, and even at low, temperatures distinguishing them from all current bio-energy processes. Third, an MFC does not require gas treatment because the off-gases of MFCs are enriched in carbon dioxide and normally have no useful energy content. Fourth, MFCs do not need energy input for aeration provided the cathode is passively aerated.
• Can you summarize the applications of microbial energy?
Researchers have suggested that microbial fuel cells can be used for a wide range of applications, including serving as household electrical generators and powering items such as small portable electronic devices boats, automobiles, electronics in space and self-feeding robots. Another interesting area is developing large-scale microbial fuel cells for the conversion of sewage and other organic waste to electricity and the bioremediation of contaminated environments. At present, microbial fuel cells can produce enough current to power small electronic devices for short periods or to trickle-charge capacitors for applications with higher power demands.
The field of MFCs is in its infancy and this is an exciting time in microbial fuel cell research. The well coordination efforts of different scientific fields like electrochemists, materials scientists, engineers and microbiologists is well require in the development of the several potential practical applications of microbial fuel cells. Even, if the generation of high levels of electricity from microbial fuel cells is a long way off, an understanding of the coupling of organic matter oxidation to electron transfer to electrodes is likely to yield important insights into the diversity of microbial respiratory capabilities and might lead to as-yet-unforeseen applications in nano-electronics. We as electrochemists at the department of chemistry, SQU is now exploring the ways to collaborate with other scientists to develop microbial fuel cell devices for real applications to support the sultanate energy resources.

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