Hadi Al Qahtani
I was born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. In my early childhood, my family went back to Abha, a beautiful city in the southern part of Saudi Arabia. I grew up in a village near Abha where I received my elementary and secondary education. In 1992, I joined King Saud University, Riyadh where I received my BSc and MSc degrees in physics in 1996 and 2003, respectively.
I worked in the College of Telecommunication and Information, Riyadh, SA from Sep/2001 to Dec/2006. In 2007, I moved to King Saud University to work in the Physics Department.
I joined the University of Sheffield in 2008 to study Nanoelectronics and Nanomechanics (new route to PhD). After taking 8 modules and working in quantum cascade lasers in the first year, I switched to organic electronics as I become fascinated by this fast growing field.
I work in a PhD project under the supervision of Dr Martin Grell and Dr Dan Allwood. In one part, I use films of core shell gold nanoparticles for sensing hydrocarbon vapours in particular alkane and petrol vapours. We have come up with the idea of enhancing the sensitivity of swelling based sensors by cooling. In the other part, I work jointly with Dr Matt T. Bryan for realising a co-planar hybrid spin valve based on NiFe nanowires using ebeam and photo- lithographies. This design could become an experimental platform for studying spin transport in organic semiconductors.
Hadi AlQahtani is sponsored by King Saud University, Saudi Arabia.
- Phys Chem Chem Phys. 14(16):5558-60 (2012).
- Sensors and Actuators B, 160, 399–404 (2011).
- Philos Transact A Math Phys Eng Sci. 368, 4313–4330 (2010).