Muhammad Mustafa Hussain

Principal Investigator
Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering
Principal Investigator, Integrated Nanotechnology Lab at KAUST
Bldg. 3 (Ibn Sina Bldg.), Level 3, Room No. 3274
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)
Thuwal 23955-6900, Makkah Province
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


Dr. Muhammad Mustafa Hussain (PhD, ECE, UT Austin, Dec 2005) is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering in KAUST. Before joining KAUST in Aug 2009, he was Program Manager of Novel Emerging Technology Program at SEMATECH, Austin, Texas. His program was funded by DARPA NEMS, CERA and STEEP programs. A regular panelist of US NSF grants reviewing committees, Dr. Hussain is the Editor-in-Chief of Applied Nanoscience (Springer) and an IEEE Senior Member since February 2010. He has served as first or corresponding author in 70% of his 201 research papers (including 16 invited, 12 cover articles and 82 journal papers) and as lead inventor of 13 issued and pending US patent applications. His PhD graduates have landed researcher positions in UC Berkeley, UIUC, UC-Davis and in DOW Chemicals. Prof. Hussain’s research has recently been listed by Scientific American as one of the Top 10 World Changing Ideas.

Research Interests

Transformational electronics and smart systems
Transformation of material properties and materials
·         Dielectric permittivity (low-k: SiO2, Si3N4 --> high-k: HfO2, HfSiON, Al2O3, ZrO2, TiOx)
·         Metal effective work function (doped poly-Si --> metal gate)
·         Semiconductor band gap, mobility (Si --> SiGe/III-V/2D atomic crystal structure materials)
Transformation of device architecture
·         Planar MOSFET --> MugFET (FinFET, Tri-gate: bulk and SOI based)
·         Planar MOSFET --> Nanoelectromechanical switch (NEM switch)
·         1D vertically aligned silicon nanowire --> Si/SiGe/III-V nanotube with core/shell gates
·         FinFET --> Wavy FET (UTB/ETB + FinFET for high performance electronics, high output current TFT)
Transformation of on-chip electronics fabricated on inorganic substrates (Si, SiGe, Ge, III-V)
·         Traditional integrated circuits --> flexible, stretchable, transparent, transient, reconfigurable electronics with high performance, energy efficiency, ULSI density and cost-effectiveness
·         Flexible and transparent high-performance energy efficient multi-tasking ultra-mobile computers
·         Wirelessly programmable adaptive smart systems for non-invasive advanced healthcare
·         Wirelessly programmable reconfigurable electronics/systems for space, defense and environment
Transformation of waste materials
·         Wasted heat --> thermoelectricity (window glasses --> thermoelectric windows, microprocessor heat dissipation --> on-chip power generation, body heat --> wearable thermoelectric generators)
·         Wasted liquids --> power generations (from saliva, yogurt, tea using microbial fuel cells), advanced healthcare (diabetic, fertility detection kit, artificial organ, etc.)
Distinctive feature:
·         CMOS compatible integration for technology transfer readiness
·         Web integrated interactive electronics
Democratization of electronics: plug and play electronics (application specific heterogeneous integration of hybrid materials and devices based electronics)

Selected Publications


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Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Texas at Austin
Dec 2005
Electrical and Computer Engineering (SSE)
University of Texas at Austin
Aug 2004

Electrical Engineering (Electrophysics)
University of Southern California
Dec 2002
Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology
Aug 2000

Professional Profile


Scientific and Professional Memberships

Senior Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
Member, Materials Research Society (MRS)
Member, American Academy of Arts and Science (AAAS)
Fellow, Institute of Nanotechnology, UK


·         KAUST-NSF Conference on Electronic Materials, Devices and Systems for Sustainable Future 2014 Best Poster Award – awarded to Hossain Fahad for Silicon Nanotube Field Effect Transistor project.
·         World Intellectual Property Indicators Ibtikar 2013 Silver Medal – awarded to Amal Al-Amri for sensor project.
·         DOW Chemical Sustainability and Innovation Student Challenge Award (SISCA) 2012 – awarded $10,000 to PhD student Salman Inayat. This award recognizes and rewards graduate students for their research in developing sustainable solutions to pressing global economic, social, and environmental issues. 
·         3rd Prize, PhD Student Research, 2nd WEP Poster Competition, 2013, KAUST – awarded to PhD students Aftab Hussain and Hossain Fahad for Silicon Nanotube FET project.
·         1st Prize, Graduate Student Research in Solid State Electronics Track, Electrical Engineering Days – awarded to PhD student Hossain Fahad and MS student Aftab Hussain at KAUST (2012).
·         Best Research Work and Presentation – awarded to PhD student Jhonathan Rojas in King Fahad University of Minerals and Petroleum (KFUPM) at 5th Graduate Research Symposium (2011).
·         1st Prize, PhD Research, Physical Science and Engineering Division – awarded to PhD student Hossain Fahad at 1st Graduate Research Symposium at KAUST (2011).
·         2nd Prize, PhD Research, Physical Science and Engineering Division – awarded to PhD student Jhonathan Rojas at 1st Graduate Research Symposium at KAUST (2011).
·         1st Prize, PhD Research, Chemical and Life Science and Engineering Division – awarded to PhD student Justine Mink at 1st Graduate Research Symposium at KAUST (2011).
·         University Best Teaching Assistantship Award – Nominee at University of Texas at Austin, 2005 for supervision of 10 high impact undergraduate senior design research projects with award-winning $20,000 University Co-op Award.
·         3rd Best Undergraduate Research Project – awarded by the Faculty of Electrical Engineering (BUET) (2000).
·         Fellow, Institute of Nanotechnology, UK (Invited in March 2013)
·         IEEE Electron Devices Society Distinguished Lecturer (Selected in December 2012)
·         Member, International Advisory Board, Energy Technology (Wiley-VCH) (Since April 2014)
·         Local Editor-in-Chief of Applied Nanoscience – published quarterly by Springer and patronized by King Abdul Aziz City of for Science and Technology (KACST). International Editor-in-Chief: Sir Fraser Stoddart, Northwestern University.
·         IEEE Senior Member – only 8% of nearly 400,000 IEEE members are Senior Members because of their extraordinary professional achievements (2010).
·         Inducted Member, Engineering Honor Society (Tau Beta Pi) – for outstanding academic achievement (2003).
·         Victor L. Hand Endowed Fellowship – awarded to 3 outstanding international graduate students for extra-ordinary academic performance at University of Texas at Austin (2003 – 2004).