Who we are

The Advanced Materials Research Centre (AMRC) is an emerging centre of global excellence in materials science in the Middle East and North Africa. We attract leading innovators and pioneers regionally and globally.

We are driven by an understanding that the wide applicability of our work means it will find practical uses in industries and scientific disciplines far beyond our core areas of focus.

AMRC is part of the Technology Innovation Institute (TII), a UAE-based research centre that aims to lead global advances in artificial intelligence, autonomous robotics, quantum computing, cryptography and quantum communications, directed energy, secure communication, smart devices, advanced materials, and propulsion and space technologies.

We belong to the Abu Dhabi Government’s Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC), which oversees technology research in the emirate.

What we do

We conduct applied research on metals and composites, including meta, nano, smart, self-healing, energy absorbing and additive manufacturing materials. Through this work, we bring these advanced materials to a stage where they are ready for implementation by industry. 

We also support other TII research centres by developing the advanced materials they need to pursue their projects.

Our research areas include:



Self Healing Materials

Self-healing materials

Smart materials

Smart materials and structures


Meta materials

energy absorbing materials

Energy-absorbing materials and structures

additive manufacturing

Additive manufacturing

Scientific Advisory Board

We have assembled a scientific board of world-leading scientists specialising in AMRC’s areas of expertise.

Prof. Wesley Cantwell

Prof. Gerard Fernando
Prof. Gerard Fernando

Prof Robert Li
Prof. Robert Li

Prof Xinhua Wu
Prof. Xinhua Wu

Prof. Genevieve Langdon

Prof. Marek Urban

Prof. Vikram Deshpande

Our team

At AMRC, we’ve attracted a team of advanced materials experts from across the global. The calibre of our peers is part of what makes AMRC such an exciting research environment. 

Dr Mohamed Al Teneiji

Chief Researcher
Advanced Materials Research Centre

Prof. Zhongwei Guan

Executive Director

Dr Dong Wok Lee

Director Metamaterials & Smart Materials

Lead Energy Absorption
Dr Rafael Celeghini Santiago

Lead Energy Absorption

Dr Chiara Busa

Lead Self Healing

Dr Monserrat Gutierrez

Lead Nano Material

Dr Sumaya Al Tamimi

Lead Smart Materials

Dr Nesma Aboukhair

Lead Additive Manufacture