Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Prof. Alshareef wins 2018 Kuwait Prize

Professor Husam Alshareef has won the 2018 Kuwait Prize in the field of Clean and Sustainable Energy Technologies

​Congratulations to Professor Husam Alshareef who has won the 2018 Kuwait Prize in the field of Clean and Sustainable Energy Technologies, in recognition of his distinguished scientific contributions in the area of energy storage.  In recommending professor Alshareef for the Kuwait prize, the selection committee noted that:

"Professor Husam Alshareef is an internationally recognized expert in the field of energy storage known for his innovative research in developing materials for energy storage devices such as batteries and supercapacitors"

In receiving this award, Professor Husam Alshareef joins a select group of 120 distinguished Arab Scientists and scholars who have been awarded the Kuwait prize since it its establishment in 1979.

"I thank the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences for this award.  I am especially happy because this prize recognizes our scientific contributions based on work done entirely at  KAUST",  said Professor Alshareef.

Professor Alshareef's recent work in energy storage includes development of sodium and zinc ion batteries, aqueous batteries, electrochemical supercapacitors, microbatteries, and microsupercapacitors.  His group has been developing layered electrode materials  by chemical synthesis, laser and plasma-based synthesis, and atomic layer deposition  "I encourage my students and post-docs to be independent thinkers and to combine their material synthesis skills with practical devices," said Alshareef.

Established in 1979 by the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS), the Kuwait Prize recognizes the achievements of Arab scholars and researchers living anywhere in  the world in various fields of knowledge. Prizes are awarded each year on selected topics in the fields of Basic Science, Applied Sciences, Economics and Social Science, Arts and Literature, and Arabic and Islamic Scientific Heritage.

Recognizing the importance of celebrating scientific achievements by awarding researchers and academics for their contributions, KFAS launched these awards as part of its mission to motivate and support human capabilities, recognize life-achievements and encourage Arab researchers to sustain their efforts in producing high-quality research.

The announcements came after the endorsement of His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the Emir of the State of Kuwait and Chairman of the KFAS Board of Directors, of the decisions of the board, based on recommendations forwarded by the Prize Council and the reports of the evaluation and selection panels.