UESTC students visit KAUST

posted Feb 3, 2018, 12:21 PM by Khaled salama

We hosted top students from UESTC at KAUST for a week. The students got to meet various faculty, attend the labs and also spend time enjoying the red sea. Their visit was organized by Prof. Xiaohang Li

Prof. Mark Lin spends a week at KAUST

posted Feb 3, 2018, 12:18 PM by Khaled salama   [ updated Feb 3, 2018, 12:19 PM ]

We are fortunate to host prof. Mark lin from National Chung Cheng University, Chiayi, Taiwan. He is a leader in the area of EDA and we are exploring various collaboration ideas.  We are also fortunate to have couple of his students spending 4 months at KAUST who just won the first prize at ICCAD, one of the most prestigious IEEE conferences.

EE Fun day (AKA IEEE Day)

posted Jan 26, 2018, 11:17 PM by Khaled salama   [ updated Jan 26, 2018, 11:19 PM ]

The KAUST IEEE Day 2017 was organized by Hanan Mohammed, Khalil Moussi, Abdullah Alatawi, Sohail Faizan Shaikh, Alfiya Kulmukhanova, Osama Bushnaq, Mohammed Al-Qadasi, Sherjeel Khan and Ren Li.

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Sarah Wins second place at WEP poster competition

posted Jan 26, 2018, 4:09 PM by Khaled salama   [ updated Jan 26, 2018, 4:10 PM ]

In January 2018, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) hosted its seventh annual International Poster Competition for undergraduate students as part of the Winter Enrichment Program (WEP). This competition brings up to 50 students from around the globe together. Sarah Basyouni, an electrical engineering student at Effat University won the second place. Sarah spent last summer in our lab and developed wearable capacitive sensors for volatile organic compounds detected in particular ethanol. During her internship, she was an exemplary student. She put a lot of time and effort to make sure her design worked. She worked with Dr Karumbaiah Nanaiah, a postdoctoral fellow in our group mentored her during the summer. We are looking forward for her to join KAUST next year. 

Abdullah's first IEEE transactions paper

posted Jan 11, 2018, 12:53 AM by Khaled salama

Abdullah started his PhD with a bang publishing at the most prestigious microwave circuits journal (IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Technique). In this work we demonstrated an enhanced RF-to-dc converter that selectively limits the conductions of the rectifying transistors depending on the RF power level. As a consequence, the proposed architecture limits the reverse current without degrading the forward current and can operate efficiently for a wider range of RF input power.When operating at the ISM band 433 MHz with a 100-kohm load, the measurement results show a PCE of 86% and a sensitivity of −19.2 dBm, and a PCE of 66% and a sensitivity of −18.2 when operating at the UHF band. The proposed designs provide a high PCE, high sensitivity, wide DR, less sensitivity to the load compared to the state of the art as shown below.
More details can be found at
Abdullah Almansouri, Mahmoud Ouda and  Khaled N. Salama,A CMOS RF-to- DC Power Converter with 86% Efficiency and -19.2dBm Sensitivity”, IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, 2018 doi:10.1109/TMTT.2017.2785251

Peak PCE verses 1-V sensitivity for different architectures operating
at ISM and UHF bands.

2018 Electrical Engineering faculty openings

posted Jan 8, 2018, 11:37 PM by Khaled salama   [ updated Jan 8, 2018, 11:38 PM ]

The Electrical Engineering (EE) Program in the Computer, Electrical, and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering (CEMSE) Division at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) invites applications for faculty positions at all ranks (Assistant, Associate, and Full Professors), with preference for candidates at the Assistant Professor level. Candidates applying for a position of Assistant Professor should have an excellent potential for high impact research. Candidates applying for Associate and Full Professor positions should have a distinguished track record in research and a strong commitment to service and teaching at the graduate level. We seek candidates in all fields pertaining to electrical engineering. Of particular interest are applicants in the areas of

 (i) robotics, (ii) computer vision, (iii) smart grid, and (iv) energy storage


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Broad, tunable constant phase angles made easy!

posted Jan 5, 2018, 3:48 AM by Khaled salama

Doctoral student Agamyrat is on fire having his 3rd first author paper accepted in less than 6 months. In this work, MWCNT reinforced PVDF-TrFE-CFE are used to fabricate electrostatic Fractional order capacitors.  Our approach controls the CPA of the FOC in the broad range of -65 to -7 which is the reported maximum CPA dynamic range for a defined 150 kHz to 2 MHz CPZ and allows the manipulation of the pseudo-capacitance value.  In comparison with previous studies, the fabrication process is simplified, and fabrication cost is reduced significantly. The dynamic range of tuning the CPA is also broadened. Finally, the fractional order Hartley-based sinusoidal oscillator is realized, and it is shown that the oscillation frequencies are increased almost 15 times compared to the conventional Hartley-based sinusoidal oscillator counterpart. All in all, we believe that an FOC from CNT-ferroelectric composite paves the way for reliable, robust electronic systems. This work was made possible through a generous grant (RGC/3/2385-01) from the Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC). More deatils can be found at:  A. Agambayev, K. H. Rajab, A. H. Hassan, M. Farhat, H. Bagci, and K. N. Salama Towards fractional-order capacitors with broad tunable constant phase angles: Multi-walled carbon nanotube-polymer composite as a case study Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 2018.

Recent work by Agamyrat:

  1. Agamyrat Agambayev, Shashikant P.Patole, Mohamed Farhat, Ahmed Elwakil, Hakan Bagci and Khaled N.Salama "Ferroelectric Fractional-Order Capacitors", ChemElectroChem,  20174, 2807. doi:10.1002/celc.201700663 [news and news] [cover]
  2. Agamyrat Agambayev, Shashikant P.Patole, Ahmed Elwakil, Hakan Bagci and Khaled N.Salama "Tunable fractional-order capacitor using layered ferroelectric polymers", AIP Advances 7, 095202 (2017); doi: h10.1063/1.4991659

[Hot Paper] Biologically inspired Carbon monoxide sensor

posted Jan 1, 2018, 11:22 PM by Khaled salama   [ updated Jan 1, 2018, 11:34 PM ]

A team from MIT and KAUST developed a new carbon monoxide sensor making use of a molecule that can be voltage-activated using a newly reported method in Angewandte Chemie International Edition ("Bio-Inspired Carbon Monoxide Sensors with Voltage-Activated Sensitivity") and is classified as
hot paper in the area of Gas Sensors.  Michael Burger at Nanowerk writes more about it  (Voltage-activated carbon monoxide sensorand interviews   Vera Schroeder, a Ph.D. candidate in the Swager Group at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), who, together with Suchol Savagatrup, is the first author of the paper.  
Our sensors function in oxygenated and humid conditions and have sensitivities to meet the limits of detection required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). While we are competitive in terms of sensitivity and response time with commercial sensors, we did not pursue optimizations in this current report. This work was supported by KAUST sensor project 2015-SENSORS-2719 and the Army Research Office through the Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies and the National Science foundation (DMR-1410718). 

Postdoctoral Fellow in neuromorphic circuits and systems

posted Dec 30, 2017, 7:32 AM by Khaled salama   [ updated Dec 30, 2017, 7:33 AM ]

A Postdoctoral Fellow is sought with experience in the general area of neuromorphic computational systems. The ideal candidate will have experience in neural computing and biologically inspired computations. The successful applicant must have completed a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Computer science, Computer Engineering, Physics or a related discipline, demonstrating a proven capacity for world-class research that is reflected in his/her publication record. In particular, good technical writing skills are fundamental.

Experience in some of the following areas is desirable:
Neuromorphic Circuits
Biologically Inspired Computations
Neural Computing 

The successful applicant will be involved in the publication of the research results, including journal publications and conference presentations. Furthermore, the successful applicant may be expected to help Graduate Research Assistants.

Application Deadline:
Applicants will be considered until the position is filled.

Position Start Date:
June 2018.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will be associated with the Electrical Engineering Program at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).

Application Materials:
Interested candidates should email Prof. Khaled Salama:

1. Complete, professional CVs, including educational backgrounds, experience and list of publications.

2. Names, affiliations, telephone numbers and email addresses of three individuals, who will provide letters of reference, if requested.

3. Brief descriptions of past research experience and future research interests (no more than two pages).

A generous compensation package will be offered, including a competitive, tax-free salary, health care (medical and dental), housing and 15 days of paid annual vacation (in addition to 15 days of national holiday). The appointment is for one year and will be renewed for up to three years, based on performance.

About our Group:





About KAUST:
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is actively recruiting world-class students, faculty and researchers who are committed to meeting the grand challenges of science through bold and collaborative inquiry that focuses on issues of regional and global significance. The diverse and international faculty, staff and student body create a unique multicultural experience, while the beautiful and quiet residential campus favors dedicated research and study. Located on the shores of the Red Sea in Saudi Arabia, KAUST offers superb research facilities, generous assured research fundin, and internationally competitive salaries, attracting top international faculty, scientists, engineers and students to conduct fundamental and goal-oriented research to address the world’s pressing scientific and technological challenges. The EE Program currently has 13 full-time faculty and is recognized for its vibrant research programs and collaborative environment. EE research is strongly supported by KAUST’s international research collaboration networks and KAUST’s advanced research facilities, including the Nanofabrication, Imaging and Characterization and the Supercomputing Core Facilities. More information about the EE Program and its research activities is available at

New interns join our lab

posted Dec 23, 2017, 12:49 PM by Khaled salama   [ updated Feb 21, 2018, 6:58 AM ]

This spring we will have a group of young talented students visiting our lab. Aslihan from Turkey, Barbara and Lucas from Brasil. 

Aslihan Kartci, is a PhD student at Brno University of Technology. She is interested in fractional circuits and systems

Bárbara Nicoly Menezes de Oliveira
  is atnundergraduate student at Universidade Federal de
 Campina Grande. She is interested in biosensors.

Lucas Agustin Mangini da Silva, is an undergraduate student at The Federal University of Paraná (Universidade Federal do Paraná, UFPR). He is interested in analog to digital conversion circuits specially the SAR architecture.

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