Islamic Azad University

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Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear
  • Missile

Related Country: 

  • Afghanistan
  • China
  • Lebanon
  • United Kingdom
  • United Arab Emirates


PO Box 14515/775, Shohada Hesarak Boulevard, University Square, End of Shahid Sattari Highway (North), Tehran 1477893855, Iran

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An Iranian university system; faculty members have collaborated with Iranian government agencies to carry out research relevant to Iran's nuclear and missile programs.

Faculty members have conducted research on liquid-propellant rocket engines in cooperation with scientists from Tarbiat Modares University (TMU), and on pressurized water reactors in collaboration with scientists from Imam Hussein University (IHU) and the Nuclear Science and Technology Research Institute (NSTRI) of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI); members of the IAU faculty have also conducted research on gas fuel for a nuclear engine, the aerodynamics of aluminum and steel materials for rocket fins, and power distribution in the VVER-1000 nuclear reactor core used at Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP).

Faculty members used hydroxyl-terminated polybutadiene (HTPB) supplied by China-based Zibo Elim Trade Company Ltd. for research on polymer coatings carried out with scientists from K. N. Toosi University of Technology and Malek Ashtar University; HTPB is a substance controlled under the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) for its potential use in solid propellants for missiles.

In 2015, reportedly participated in an academic delegation that received a briefing on centrifuges at Fordow Fuel Enrichment Plant (FFEP).

Operates more than 400 branches within Iran overseen by the IAU Central Organization and provincial secretariats; has a department of nuclear engineering and has operated a research center specializing in plasma physics; offers degrees in nuclear physics and nuclear engineering with specializations in reactors and medical radiation engineering.

Has had a research center affiliated with BASIR Remote Sensing Institute.

Operates campuses in Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom and has operated a campus in Afghanistan.

President is Mehdi Teranchi, who previously served as rector of IAU's central Tehran campus; has employed Hoseyn Faqihian as a professor of chemistry.

Established in 1982; overseen by the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution.


Listed by the Japanese government in 2022 as an entity of concern for proliferation relating to missiles.

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Date Entered: 

April 28, 2022

Date Last Modified: 

April 28, 2022