Who We Are
The Directed Energy Research Centre at the Technology Innovation Institute is an international centre of excellence for research into advanced directed energy systems and technologies. Through ground-breaking advances, we are protecting the world around us in areas as diverse as medicine and infrastructure protection.
By leveraging the most powerful capabilities in the world in high-power electromagnetics, photonics and acoustics, we created an unique environment for world-class research and scientific discoveries.
With a community of award-winning and internationally recognised scientists and engineers working alongside partners globally, we have a significant impact in the field, through theoretical advancements and practical solutions designed for the real world.
DERC 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.
Our research environment is enriched by the vibrant TII ecosystem, enabling a high degree of cross-functional collaboration.
We belong to the Abu Dhabi Government’s Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC), which oversees technology research in the emirate.
What We Do
At DERC, we conduct advanced research into the physics behind high-power and high-energy systems and their behaviour when interacting with different materials, systems, and environments.
Our team is empowered with access to the most advanced laboratories in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region, including anechoic chambers, a pulsed power laboratory, an acoustic test chamber, and a laser evaluation environment.
We take an agile, contemporary, and results-focused approach to our research, unencumbered by legacy thinking or processes. Cultivating a culture of ‘makers,’ we deploy rapid prototyping in a spirit of continuous improvement.
Signals Electronics and Acoustics
Laser, Photonics and Optoelectronics
Labs and Operations
Scientific Advisory Board
We have assembled a scientific board of world-renowned researchers specialising in DERC’s areas of expertise.