Khalid Askar Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering

Assistant Professor – Materials Science and Engineering
Program: Mechanical & Materials Engineering
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Dr. Khalid Askar obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University, USA, in 2010. He received his MSc degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Florida, in 2012 and completed his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the same institute in 2014.

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  • MSE523 Electrical, Optical and Magnetic Properties of Crystalline Materials
  • FDN469 Introduction to Materials Engineering, Characterization and Applications
  • MSE505 Structure and Properties of Polymers

Advisor to current Masdar Institute students:

  • Nujood Al Shehhi
  • Fatima Al Hameli
  • Aidarous Al Hashmi
  • Noora Al Marzooqi


Research Interest/Research Projects

  • Fabrication of multi-functional coatings for dessert based solar cells
  • Developing new material self-assembly techniques
  • Self-assembled photonic crystals
  • Self-cleaning and self-healing polymer coatings


Selected Publications

  • Askar, K.; Wang, J.; Leo, S. Y. et al. “Scalable parallel self-assembly of nanoparticle anti-reflection coatings”, Thin Solid Films, Vol. 621, pp. 156-164 (2017)
  • Song, K.; Chen, D.; Polak, R.;  Rubner, M.; Cohen, R.; Askar, K. “Enhanced Wear Resistance of Transparent Epoxy Composite Coatings with Vertically Aligned Halloysite Nanotubes”, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, Vol. 8, Issue 51, pp. 35552-35564 (2016)
  • Song, K.; Polak, R.; Chen, D.; Rubner, M.; Cohen, R.; Askar, K. “Spray-Coated Halloysite-Epoxy Composites: a Means to Create Mechanically Robust, Vertically Aligned Nanotube Composites”, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, Vol. 8, Issue 31, pp. 20396-20406 (2016)
  • Askar, K.; Leo, S. Y. et al.“Rapid Electrostatics-Assisted Layer-by-Layer Assembly of Near-Infrared-Active Colloidal Photonic Crystals”, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science: Vol. 482, pp. 89–94 (2016)