Daniel Choi

Daniel Choi Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering

Associate Professor - Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering (MME) ,Materials Science and Engineering program
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Phone number: +971 02 810 9243

Dr. Daniel Choi received his BSc in Metallurgical Engineering from the Seoul National University (South Korea) and his PhD in Electrical Engineering from UCLA. Dr. Choi worked as a staff member for three years at the Aerospace Corporation in California, which supports the US Air Force, where developed high-resolution Focused Ion Beam (FIB) Lithography techniques, high-transconductance/low-noise nanometer-scale MOSFET and GaN high-speed electronic devices. He later joined the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)/NASA in 1999 as a task manager, leading a number of space-related projects for nine years. He also has worked on the development of high sensitivity gas sensors, MEMS-gyroscopes, and novel microfluidic ion mobility chromatograph for the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) project. He served as the committee for NASA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.

Prior to joining the Masdar Institute, Dr. Choi was an associate professor of the Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) program for 2007-2013 at University of Idaho (USA), where he developed technologies in the area of energy storage, 3D-nanoelectronics and bio-applications (cancer treatments and smart drug delivery). His leadership at the University of Idaho included serving as the MSE program coordinator to design/improve the programs to meet the requirements of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) criteria, an academic advisor of the Tau Beta Pi University of Idaho chapter, and being the director of the University Nanofabrication Cleanroom Facility.

Currently, Dr. Choi is an associate professor of the Materials Science and Engineering program in the Masdar Institute.



  • MSE 000 Semiconductor Processing – IC Fabrication (in preparation)
  • MSE 000 Fundamentals of Nanotechnology (in preparation)


Advisor to Current Masdar Institute Students

  • Maarten Van Der Geest


Research interests:

  • Graphene-based nanoelectronics
  • 3D electronics
  • Nanomaterial-based energy storage devices (Li-ion batteries and ultra-capacitors)
  • Thermoelectrics
  • Novel materials for low-energy nuclear reactions (LENR)
  • Bio-medical sensors/drug delivery systems


  • In Tak Jeon, Moon Kyu Cho, Jin Woo Cho, Boo Hyun An, Jun Hua Wu, Rosemarie Kringel, Daniel S. Choi (co-corresponding author), and Young Kun Kim, "Ni-Au core-shell nanowires: Synthesis, microstructures, biofunctionalization, and the toxicologicaleffects on pancreatic cancer cells," Journal of Materials Chemistry, 21, 12089-12095, 2011.
  • Jungrae Park, Daniel S. Choi (corresponding author), D H Gracias, T G Leong, N Presser, G W Stupian, M SLeung, and Young Keun Kim, "Fabrication and characterization of RF nanoantenna on a nanoliliter-scale 3D microcontainer," Nanotechnology, 22, 45503-45507, 2011.
  • Daniel Choi (corresponding author), Xiaoping Hopkins, Rosemarie Kringel, Jungrae Park, In Tak Jeon, and Young Keun Kim, "Magnetically-driven spinning nanowires as effective materials for eradicating living cells," Journal of Applied Physics,111, 07B3291-07B3293, 2012.