Who We Are

The Advanced Materials Research Center (AMRC) is an emerging center 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 center 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 centers 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

high temperature (2

High temperature thermoplastic composites

energy storage (2)

Energy Storage

simulation (2)


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 Ray O. Johnson

Chief Executive Officer
Technology Innovation Institute

Dr Mohamed Al Teneiji

Chief Researcher
Advanced Materials Research Center

Prof. Zhongwei Guan

Energy Absorption and
Composite Materials, Executive Director

Prof. Vincenzo Giannini

Director of Metamaterials and Energy Storage

Prof. Marco Amabili

Director of Smart Materials

Energy Absorption Group

Dr Rafael Santiago

Lead Energy Absorption

Sara AlMahri

Senior Engineer

Dr Alia Aziz

Senior Researcher

Henrique Ramos

Lab Engineer

Self-Healing Group

Meta Materials Group

Dr Tadzio Levato

Lead Metamaterials

Dr Chun Yu Lu

Senior Researcher

Xiaofei Xiao

Senior Researcher

Smart Materials Group

Nano Materials Group

Dr Monserrat Gutierrez

Lead Nano Material

Dr Nitul Rajput

Senior Researcher

Shamma Al Hashmi

Senior Engineer

Dr. Zineb Matouk

Senior Researcher

Additive Manufacturing Group

Dr. Nesma Aboulkhair

Lead Additive Manufacture

Dr Federico Bosio

Senior Researcher

Alya Alhammadi

Senior Engineer

Simulation Group

Dr Dong-Wook Lee

Lead Researcher & Smart Materials

Thermoplastic Composites Group

Dr. Mohamed Nasr Saleh

Thermoplastic Composites Lead

Pedro Pereira


Energy Storage Group

Project Management/Health and Safety

Sachin Joshi

Sr Project Manager

Ayesha Alhanaee
Ayesha Alhanaee

Project Coordinator

Maha Al Neaimi

Health and Safety Specialist

Abderrahmane Kherbach
Abderrahmane Kherbacht

Collaboration Specialist

Scientific Advisory Board

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

Prof. Wesley Cantwell

Prof. Fatima Montemor

Prof Robert Li
Prof. Robert Li

Prof Xinhua Wu
Prof. Xinhua Wu

Prof. Genevieve Langdon

Prof. Stefan Maier

Prof. Vikram Deshpande