Faculty members in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) are actively engaged in diverse areas of research across the disciplines of natural sciences, mathematical sciences, and the humanities and social sciences. As a result, CAS has many research areas of focus and strength, some of which are listed below.
Research in materials science centers on the production and development of materials that can be used in a wide range of areas. These include energy production, conservation, photonics, laser-materials interactions, materials construction, semiconductor devices, surface properties and biomedical technology.
The faculty in the Department of Biology, Chemistry and Environmental Sciences (BCE) are able to fabricate porous and nonporous nanomaterials, manipulate pore diameters and surface areas and perform surface analysis through various gas/solid reactions. Faculty in the Department of Physics investigate a wide range of topics in materials science for potential applications in various sectors. Those topics include material nanofabrication using different techniques, semiconductor device properties, magnetism and electron transport at ultralow temperatures, quantum spin liquids, unconventional superconductivity and the physics of Josephson junction arrays. Our faculty have already established collaborative projects centered on materials science with colleagues at international institutions and with colleagues in the College of Engineering.
Mathematical sciences play an essential role in the physical sciences, biological sciences, social sciences and engineering. Due to this interplay with other disciplines, various departments at AUS take part in mathematical sciences-related studies at AUS. In CAS, these departments are: physics, chemistry, biology and environmental sciences, in addition to some concentrations in international studies and mass communication, where quantitative research methods are utilized.
Solid training in mathematical sciences addresses the needs of modern society in the UAE and the Gulf region for individuals with advanced skills in problem-solving and analytical reasoning who can contribute to economic growth, industrial competitiveness and national security. In the area of mathematical sciences, faculty research spans a wide range topics including: pure mathematics (analysis, algebra and topology), applied mathematics, mathematical physics, financial mathematics, and probability and statistics, theoretical condensed matter physics and particle physics, analytical simulation of laser-plasma interactions; and computational atomic physics.
The faculty in environmental sciences, biology, chemistry and physics actively collaborate on projects relevant to their various areas of expertise. Over the years, productive relationships with several local organizations, firms and municipal bodies have developed and continue to be expanded and fostered. Among these are affiliations with Bee’ah, Sharjah Environment and Protected Areas Authority (EPAA), Sharjah Municipality, Petrofac and Metito. Within the biology and ecosystems area, faculty research focuses on predator/prey/habitat interactions, regional coral communities, artificial reefs, marine turtle ecology, conservation and biodiversity. Within the chemistry and analysis area, faculty research spans air, soil and water pollution; methods to enhance pollutant removal selectivity; adsorption properties of pollutant molecules on different surfaces; photocatalysis; luminescent sensors; wastewater treatment…etc. Faculty in the Department of Physics are actively engaged in national large projects that are centered on aerosol mapping, particulate matter and air quality in the UAE. These projects are conducted in collaboration government as well as international agencies.
Intercultural communication describes the wide range of communication processes and problems that naturally appear within organizations, communities and nations made up of individuals from different religious, social, ethnic and educational backgrounds. Intercultural communication seeks to understand how people from different countries and cultures act, communicate and perceive the world around them. It is critically important for international relations, diplomacy, global media activities, transnational business transactions, organizational efficiency and world peace.
Intercultural communication is highly relevant to the UAE and to the region at large. The UAE hosts a vast number of multinational corporations and is home to millions of expatriates from wide-ranging cultural backgrounds. Intercultural communication, therefore, is vital for ensuring organizational efficiency and peaceful co-existence.
CAS’s strength in intercultural communication derives from its strong faculty record of publications and scholarly activities in this field and from courses it offers in this area. All courses and relevant programs are delivered by faculty with impressive scholarly and teaching experience in this field or in other related disciplines. Departments with related offerings include the Department of Mass Communication, the Department of English, the Department of Arabic and Translation Studies, the Department of International Studies, and the Performing Arts Program.
International relations, also referred to as international studies, is the study of the relationship between states, multinational corporations, NGOs, world religious groups, terrorist and criminal organizations, and all other groups contributing to the global environment. International studies can include the disciplines of history, political science, law, philosophy and cultural studies. In the area of international studies, faculty research at CAS spans a wide range of topics, such as international relations, public international law, public diplomacy, postcolonial studies and imperialism, global political economy and international public opinion. The faculty members in the Department of International Studies are seasoned, professional and competent individuals that represent the core disciplines in the department, which include history, political science and philosophy.
For more details about the research areas and expertise in CAS, please refer to each department at the following links: