The Research Laboratories Department of Masdar Institute (MI) provides an environment for increased alignment of research infrastructure investment to MI’s strategic research priorities for iCenters as well as individual faculty.

The department mission is to establish and continually evolve physical research infrastructure and that supports programs to achieve the primary research aims of the Institute.

The Research Laboratories Department oversees many facilities including the Micro/Nano Fabrication Facility, Electron Microscopy Facility, Analytical Chemistry and Biochemistry Core (ACBC) Laboratory, Solar and Device Testing (SDT) Laboratory, and Machine Shop. 

Internal users can find more information about the lab, its facilities and training programs, on the Masdar Institute Gateway. 

Research Laboratories Mission

To establish and continually evolve physical research infrastructure and policies that support the primary research aims of the Institute, striving for high productivity using a fixed cost model while providing a value based template to justify expansion of capabilities.

Research Laboratories Core Operating Principles

The department operates under the following core operating principles: 

  1. Modular

    Clearly delineated line between facility responsibility and project responsibility, the facility is a basic substrate which can be cross purposed to suit many different project goals based upon management and strategic goals.
  2. Flexible
    Our management model is flexible to allow for quick expansion into emerging fields of research. New project areas can be funded/de-funded without significantly impacting the overall lab structure.

  3. Stable
    Core Labs provide a stable base of support which the faculty can count on, the core facilities are funded, maintained and managed to support long term project and research planning. Additionally, the labs are operated in a way that provides optimal information flow and scheduling to enable short term planning, for example all equipment status, training registration and equipment reservation tasks are available 24/7 online.

  4. Practical
    Our belief is that we must take care of the significant infrastructure investment that Masdar represents, our system provides for efficient allocation and use of resources while maximizing their usefulness and benefit to Abu Dhabi.