Alaa Ezzedine

PhD Students

Ph.D. (2015)



​​"We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible." Vince Lombardi ​

Research Interest

Composite Materials: Studying the interaction between Carbon Nanotubes (CNTs) and Conjugated Polyelectrolytes (CPEs). The CPEs modified CNTs then have been dispersed in poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) matrix to yield a highly conductive polymer composite. Work includes utilizing instrumental techniques such as Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), Thermal Gravimetric Analysis (TGA), Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA), Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) and various other techniques.

Nanofiber Material: the work focus on the dispersion of modified MWCNTs within a polymer nanofibers. MWCNTs were first noncovalently modified using an anionic CPE. Electrospinning was then used to synthesis PMMA nanofibers containing the modified MWCNTs. The obtained nanofibers were proven to have enhanced thermal properties and excellent electrical conductivity.

Electronics and Photovoltaics: Investigating the electronic and optoelectronic properties of Carbon Nanotubes (CNTs) by developing a Transparent Conductive Thin Films made out of the modified CNTs for the usage in Solar cells. This work utilizes spin coating and drop casting techniques.

Selected Publications

  • Julfakyan, Khachatur; Fatieiev, Yevhen; Alsaiari, Shahad; Deng, Lin; Ezzeddine, Alaa; Zhang, Dingyuan; Rotello, Vincent; Khashab, Niveen, Polydopamine Microwave-Induced Chemotoxicity of Polydopamine Coated Magnetic Nanocubes. International Journal of Molecular Sciences 2015 16 (8), 18283.
  • Ezzeddine A.; Chen Z.; Schanze K.; Khashab N., Surface Modification of Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes with Cationic Conjugated Polyelectrolytes: Fundamental Interactions and Application to Conductive Poly(methyl methacrylate) Composites. ACS applied materials & interface 2015, 7, 12903-12913.
  • Moosa B.; Fhayle K.; Julfakyan K.; Ezzeddine A.; Khashab N., Application of Nanodiamonds in Drug Delivery and Catalysis. J. Nanosci. Nanotechnol. 2014, 14 (1), 332-43.
  • Bouhadir Kamal, H.; Abramian, L.; Ezzeddine, A.; Usher, K.; Vladimirov, N., Synthesis, Cyclopolymerization and Cyclo-Copolymerization of 9-(2-Diallylaminoethyl)adenine and Its Hydrochloride Salt. Molecules 2012, 17 (11), 13290-306.


  • King Abdulla University of Science and Technology (KAUST) Thowal, KSA
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Sciences (expected graduation, December 2015)
  • American University of Beirut (AUB) Beirut, Lebanon
  • Master’s in Organic Chemistry (Polymer Synthesis), July 2012
  • Thesis topic: Synthesis and Cyclo-copolymerization of 1-(2-diallylaminoethyl)pyrimidines
  • Beirut Arab University (BAU) Beirut, Lebanon
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry, June 2009

Professional Profile

  • “The Leadership Challenge” Certification of completion awarded by James Kouzes, Barry Posner and their publishing partner Wiley on November 22, 2014.

  • “Fundamental of Project Management” Certification of completion awarded by Project Management Consulting and Training, PMCTQuest on May 31, 2014.

  • “Inspiring Leadership through Emotional Intelligence” Certification awarded by Case Western Reserve University, USA on January 29, 2014.

  • “CORNELL Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Finding, Evaluating and Pitching New Entrepreneurial Ideas” Certification awarded by Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University, USA on January 21, 2013.


  • .American Chemical Society (ACS) on campus event, Applied Functional Materials Chemistry Poster Competition award (October 2014)

  • King Abdulla University of Science and Technology (KAUST) 3-years PhD Scholarship (2012)

  • American University of Beirut (AUB) 2-years Masters Scholarship (2009)​

Non-KAUST Affiliations

​University of Florida