Used in hot and high salinity areas
The United Arab Emirates University has received a patent for a new concrete composition of oil and industrial waste, in order to be used in the hot areas and high salinity lands, from the Patent Office Of Cooperation Council for The Arab States of The Gulf, and a patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and from the offices of international patents in the European Union countries, Japan, the UK, Australia, and Canada.
His Excellency Dr. Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi, University’s Vice Chancellor, said: "This invention was the result of achieving leadership and excellence in scientific research on the local, regional, and international levels, within the strategic vision of the University, especially since innovation in scientific research is a national priority", stressing the role of the University in creating an incubator that encourages creativity and innovation, and contributes to strengthening the State's efforts in development, in order to build a knowledge-based economy in the energy, water, renewable energy, and environment fields, as well as in human resources and infrastructure, so as to achieve the requirements of sustainable development.
It is worth mentioning that the team of inventors of this new concrete composition, Prof. Abdel-Mohsen Onsy, and Dr. Maysa Al Jamal, has obtained a patent after the completion of extensive tests on the innovative concrete sulfur that proved big resistance to corrosion, unlike the currently used conventional concrete. The two researchers chose to use oil and industrial waste in the composition, since such materials are the optimal type for applications of waste management, isolation, containment, installation, and freezing, in addition to being safe and environmentally friendly, in order to cope with the harsh environment in the Gulf region, high humidity, and the large variation in temperature.
This achievement comes within the constant search for research solutions, and treatment of the negatives, in order to recycle the industrial waste and environmental pollutants like sulfur, produced from the extraction and refining of oil and cement industries, and chemically treat them to be converted into usable products.