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) before joining KAUST was Program Manager of Emerging Technology Program in SEMATECH, Austin. 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), Editor of IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices and an IEEE Senior Member. He has served as first or corresponding author in 75% of his 229 research papers (including 16 cover articles and 97 journal papers in Nano Lett., ACS Nano, Adv. Mater., Adv. Funct. Mater., Small, Nat. Asia Mater. Appl. Phys. Lett., IEEE Trans. Elect. Dev. etc.). He has 41 issued and pending US patents. His students are serving as faculty and researcher in KFUPM, UC Berkeley, TSMC, KACST and DOW Chemicals. Scientific American has listed his research as one of the Top 10 World Changing Ideas of 2014. He has received 25 research awards including this year’s Outstanding Young Texas Exes Award 2015 (UT Austin Alumni Award), US National Academies’ Arab-American Frontiers of Sensors 2015, DOW Chemical Sustainability Challenge Award 2012, etc.

Research Interests

Integration strategy development by rational design of materials, processes and devices for disruptive electronic applications focusing on smart living and sustainable future:
  • Free Form Electronic Systems For Internet Of Everything: Flexible, Stretchable, Reconfigurable CMOS Electronics and CMOS Technology Enabled Free Form Electronics in Sticker, Embedded, Implantable, 3D and Wearable Format
  • Disruptive Electronic Applications For Sustainable Future
  • Architecturally Reconfigured Electronics: Si, SiGe, Ge, III-V Nanotube And Wavy Transistors

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
Member, International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE)
Member, The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS)


Awards, Honors, Scholarships
1.       ASME Student Stipend Scholarship – awarded to Aftab Hussain to participate in ASME IMECE 2015.
2.       3rd Prize, Falling Walls 2015 Participation, KAUST – awarded to Joanna Nassar for paper skin.
3.       Falling Walls Lab 2014 (Berlin 8/9 Nov): The International Conference on Future Breakthroughs in Science and Society – awarded to Aftab Hussain for Smart Thermal Patch project.
4.       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.
5.       World Intellectual Property Indicators Ibtikar 2013 Silver Medal – awarded to Amal Al-Amri for sensor project.
6.       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. 
7.       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.
8.       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).
9.       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).
10.   1st Prize, PhD Research, Physical Science and Engineering Division – awarded to PhD student Hossain Fahad at 1st Graduate Research Symposium at KAUST (2011).
11.   2nd Prize, PhD Research, Physical Science and Engineering Division – awarded to PhD student Jhonathan Rojas at 1st Graduate Research Symposium at KAUST (2011).
12.   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).
13.    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.
14.    3rd Best Undergraduate Research Project – awarded by the Faculty of Electrical Engineering (BUET) (2000).
1.       Editor, IEEE Trans. Elect. Dev. (from January 2016)
2.       Outstanding Young Texas Exes Award 2015
3.       Invited Participant, Arab-American Frontiers of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (Organized by The National Academies of USA and US National Science Foundation) (5 – 7 December 2015)
4.       Scientific American Top 10 World Changing Ideas 2014
5.       Fellow, Institute of Nanotechnology, UK (Invited in March 2013)
6.       IEEE Electron Devices Society Distinguished Lecturer (Selected in December 2012)
7.       Member, International Advisory Board, Energy Technology (Wiley-VCH) (Since April 2014)
8.       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.
9.       IEEE Senior Member – only 8% of nearly 400,000 IEEE members are Senior Members because of their extraordinary professional achievements (2010).
10.   Inducted Member, Engineering Honor Society (Tau Beta Pi) – for outstanding academic achievement (2003).
1.       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).