The recently established Kuwait College of Science and Technology (KCST) aims to be one of the best academic institutes in Gulf area in both teaching and research tracks. At KCST, we have a promising research interest through the integration between multidisciplinary areas including Electrical Engineering, Computer Science/Engineering, Applied Physics, and Material Science. Therefore, KCST starts to build Nanotechnology and Photonics Lab “LNP” to be one of the pioneer research centers, whether in State of Kuwait and the Gulf area, within the field of nanotechnology and its related wide applications of different disciplines.

LNP is mainly concerned with the synthesis and characterization of different optical and conductive nanostructures, so that it can be applied further in wide variety of applications such as environmental nanosensors, new trends in renewable energy, flexible printed electronics, water-waste treatment, petroleum industry, biomedical engineering, and Internet of Things (IoT). Moreover, LNP at KCST targets to build innovative prototypes in the aforementioned applications to serve both governmental and private sectors inside the State of Kuwait. Also, LNP has strong collaboration connections through different research centers in United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Qatar. On the other hand, the targeted facilities and manpower at LNP can help the professors of KCST to obtain some preliminary results, which can be the basic seed to apply for further research proposals within both Kuwaiti and international funding agencies.

Regarding the educational perspective, the planned facilities of LNP are essential for KCST’s talented students to develop their background/skills and consequently to turn their brilliant ideas into possible prototypes, which to be applied further in entrepreneurship competitions and open the window of small business plans for them.


Our vision in KCST is to develop LNP to be a leader research lab in State of Kuwait, and Gulf area in general, in the fields of nanotechnology with integrated multi-disciplinary fields such as petroleum industry, environmental monitoring, water waste treatment, renewable energy, communications, electronics and cyber security. We aim to offer high quality research, to make the center competitive with similar centers worldwide. Also, this center can be a focal point for international collaboration and research funds in the aforementioned fields, which strongly serves both Kuwaiti governmental and private industrial sectors. In a related track, we target to make LNP is an ideal research environment for Kuwaiti young researchers including both graduate and undergraduate students.


Our strategy inside LNP at KCST (LNP_KCST) is to depend on low and moderate-cost facilities to synthesize and characterize nanostructures followed by designing and fabricating simple prototypes. LNP aims to be an optimum collaborative research center that can be the leader in the domain of Smart nano-scale research not only on the national scale but also across the Gulf area and the entire Middle East region. With the successful utilization of the center facilities and latest communication technologies that we have, we shall enable border crossing collaboration with researchers and research centers opening the way for large-scale research projects. Meanwhile, we collaborate with other research centers, whether inside or outside Kuwait, to use their high-cost nanostructures characterization facilities.

Impact on Kuwaiti society

Inside LNP_KCST, our target is to match our research interests within both the national Kuwaiti research interests for including renewable energy, biomedical engineering, environmental monitoring, petroleum industry, and waste treatment. This would make the university to be within a solid contact with some governmental ministries. In addition, our vision is to build a strong connection within the private sector through initiating industrial partnership with companies especially in petroleum, communications, biomedicine, and textile fields. Our research center can initiate promising prototypes , depending on the successful development of different synthesized nanostructures, and turning these prototypes into products for both Kuwaiti and international markets.

Our research interests can be integrated, but not limited to, with the following fields which are of major importance inside State of Kuwait…

  1. Renewable Energy: Through improving the efficiencies of solar cells through using optical nanostructures coater within both inorganic and organic solar cells. Also, other innovative energy resources are considered such as piezoelectric nanostructures.
  2. Environmental Monitoring: Our synthesized nanostructures can be used as active sensing materials for tiny pollutants in water, in addition to measuring different water quality parameters such as dissolved oxygen and PH. Moreover, our nanosensors can be embedded through automated wireless network for easier and automatic management.
  3. Petroleum Industry: Different nanostructures can be used as corrosion-resistive coaters for pipelines.
  4. Communications/Electronics: Flexible printed nanoantennas and circuits are helpful for low-cost electronic devices.
  5. Water Waste Treatment: Different nanostructures are useful to filter water from both tiny particles and chemicals for highly purified water.
  6. Biomedical Engineering: Nanomaterials can be helpful in wide range of medical aspects such as drug delivery, tissue scaffold, and sensitive biomedical devices.

Moreover, KCST researchers have strong international connections for collaborators worldwide, as shown in Figure 2. This promising collaboration can support LNP_KCST to be an important focal point of nanotechnology in Gulf area well-connected to the international nanotechnology prestigious research centers.

Regarding the educational track, the built research school at KCST would be helpful for Kuwaiti undergraduates to teach them more about the scientific research, develop some research skills, and participate within some research activities. Overall, all of these research and educational outcomes can increase the awareness in the Kuwaiti society about the importance of academic research and how it can be helpful for the development of the country.


  1. Initiating a research program at KCST with integrating nanomaterials and nanotechnology with other Electrical/Computer Engineering disciplines.
  2. To connect with the industrial sector inside State of Kuwait within R&D support and preliminary prototypes.
  3. To start up a research school at KCST including the lab facilities and qualified manpower.
  4. To obtain preliminary results as seed for further applied research proposal.
  5. Research collaboration between KCST and other Kuwaiti, GCC, and international labs/Universities.

Research Grants:

  • Optical nanosensors with integrated flexible printed nanoantennas for water quality monitoring, awarded by KFAS Kuwait, Funded budget: 49,500 KD, December 2017-December 2019 (PI: Dr. Nader Shehata, co-PI: Dr. Ishac Kandas).).
  • Aligned PVDF nanofibers embedded with carbon nanotubes for energy harvesting, awarded by KFAS Kuwait, Funded budget: 9000 KD, August 2017-August 2018 (PI: Dr. Nader Shehata).
  • Solar cells efficiency improvement using optical nanostructures coating layers, accepted by KFAS Kuwait, Funded budget: 8000 KD, August 2017-August 2018 (co-PI: Dr. Nader Shehata).
  • Efficiency enhancement of perovskite solar cells with plasmonic nanostructures, awarded by KFAS Kuwait, Funded budget: 34,900 KD, January 2019-June 2020 (PI: Dr. Nader Shehata, co-PI: Dr. Ishac Kandas).

  1. N. Shehata, A.H. Hassanin, E. Elnabawy, R. Nair, S. Bhat, I. Kandas, Acoustic Energy Harvesting and Sensing via Electrospun PVDF Nanofiber Membrane, Sensors 2020, 20, 3111 [Q1].
  2. R. Atif, M. Combrinck, J. Khaliq, A. Hassanin, N. Shehata, E. Elnabawy, I. Shyha, Solution Blow Spinning of High-Performance Submicron Polyvinylidene Fluoride Fibres: Computational Fluid Mechanics Modelling and Experimental Results, Polymers, 2020, 12, 1140 [Q1].
  3. N. Shehata, I. Kandas, E. Samir, In-Situ Gold–Ceria Nanoparticles: Superior Optical Fluorescence Quenching Sensor for Dissolved Oxygen, Nanomaterials, 2020, 10, 314 [Q1].
  4. N. Shehata, E. Samir, I. Kandas, Gold/QDs-Embedded-Ceria Nanoparticles: Optical Fluorescence Enhancement as a Quenching Sensor, Applied Sciences, 2020, 10, 1236.
  5. R. Atif, J. Khaliq, M. Combrinck, A. Hassanin, N. Shehata, E. Elnabawy, I. Shyha, Solution Blow Spinning of Polyvinylidene Fluoride Based Fibers for Energy Harvesting Applications: A Review, Polymers 2020, 12, 1304. [Q1]
  6. A. Hajjiah, H. Badran, I. Kandas, N. Shehata, Perovskite solar cell with added Gold/Silver nanoparticles: Enhanced optical and electrical characteristics, Energies, 2020, In press.
  7. E. Elnabawy, A. Hassanain, N. Shehata, A. Popelka, R. Nair, S.Youssef, I. Kandas, Piezoelastic PVDF/TPU Nanofibrous Composite Membrane: Fabrication and Characterization, Polymers, 2019, 11, 1634. [Q1]
  8. S. Elrafei, I. Kandas, N. Shehata, E. Samir, Efficiency improvement of up-conversion process of plasmonic-enhanced Er-doped-NaYF4 nanoparticles under IR excitation, Optics Express, 2018, 26 (19), 25492-25506. [Q1]
  9. N. Shehata, E. Samir, I. Kandas, Plasmonic-Ceria Nanoparticles as Fluorescence Intensity and Lifetime Quenching Optical Sensor, Sensors, 2018, 18(9), 2818. [Q1]
  10. A. Hajjiah, I. Kandas, N. Shehata, Efficiency Enhancement of Perovskite Solar cells with Plasmonic Nanoparticles: A simulation study, Materials, 2018, 11(9), 1626.
  11. S. Elrafei, I. Kandas, N. Shehata, E. Samir, A. Okaz, M. Rizk, Impact of plasmonic nanoparticles on up-conversion luminescence and efficiency of Erbium-doped ceria nanoparticles under 780nm excitation, Journal of Luminscence, 2018, 2014, 581-588. [Q1]
  12. N. Shehata, I. Kandas, I. Hassounah, P. Sobolciak, I. Krupa, M. Mrlik, A. Popelka, J. Steadman, R. Lewis, Piezoresponse, Mechanical, and Electrical Characteristics of Synthetic Spider Silk Nanofibers, Nanomaterials, 2018, 8, 585. [Q1]
  13. N. Shehata, E. Elnabawy, M. Abdelkader, A. Hassanin, M. Salah, R. Nair, S. Bhat, Static-Aligned Piezoelectric Poly (Vinylidene Fluoride) Electrospun Nanofibers/MWCNT Composite Membrane: Facile Method, Polymers, 2018, 10 (9), 965. [Q1]
  14. N. Shehata, M. Abdelkader, Impact of Electro-Magneto Concave Collector on the Characterizations of Electrospun Nanofibers, Journal of Electronic Materials, 2018, 47 (8), 4772–4779.
  15. A. Mansour, A.F.Tayel, A. Khames, M. Azab, S. Rabia, N. Shehata, Towards software defined antenna for cognitive radio networks through appropriate selection of RF-switch using reconfigurable antenna array, AEU-International Journal of Electronics and Communications 2019, 102, 25-34.
  16. Z.A. Alhasssan, Y. Burezq, R. Nair, N. Shehata, Polyvinylidene Difluoride Piezoelectric Electrospun Nanofibers: Review in Synthesis, Fabrication, Characterizations, and Applications, Journal of Nanomaterials, Volume 2018, Article ID 8164185, 1-12.
  17. I. Kandas, N. Shehata, I. Hassounah, P. Sobolčiak, I. Krupa, R. Lewis, Optical fluorescent spider silk electrospun nanofibers with embedded cerium oxide nanoparticles, Journal of Nanophotonics, 2018, 12 (2), 026016.
  18. E Samir, M Salah, A Hajjiah, N Shehata, M Fathy, A Hamed , Electrospun PVA Polymer Embedded with Ceria Nanoparticles as Silicon Solar Cells Rear Surface Coaters for Efficiency Improvement, Polymers 2018, 10 (6). [Q1]
  19. E. Samir, N. Shehata, I. Kandas, Fluorescence intensity and lifetime quenching of ceria nanoparticles as optical sensor for tiny metallic particles, Journal of Nanophotonics 2018, 12 (1), 016007.
  20. A. Hajjiah, E. Samir, N. Shehata, M. Salah, Lanthanide-Doped Ceria Nanoparticles as Backside Coaters to Improve Silicon Solar Cell Efficiency, Nanomaterials 2018, 8 (6), 357. [Q1]
  21. J. M. Habeeb, N. Shehata, Optical properties of core-shell and multi-shell nanorods, Chemical Physics Letters 699 (2018) 188–193.
  22. A. Hamed, N. Shehata, M. Elosairy, Investigation of Conical Spinneret in Generating More Dense and Compact Electrospun Nanofibers, Polymers 2017, 10 (1). [Q1]
  23. N. Shehata, E Samir, S Gaballah, A Hamed, M Saad, M Salah, Fluorescent Nanocomposite of Embedded Ceria Nanoparticles in Electrospun Chitosan Nanofibers, Journal of fluorescence 2017, 27 (2), 767-772.
  24. Invited Talk: N. Shehata, Optical characterization and related applications of cerium oxide nanoparticles, Nanotech / Biotech / Surtech Middle East 2017, Dubai, UAE, December 2017.
  25. N. Shehata, H. Badran, I. Kandas, A. Hajjiah, Enhancement of optical properties of Perovskite solar cells through added plasmonic nanostructures, Techconnect World 2019, Nanotech, Boston MA, June 2019
  26. I. Kandas, E. Samir, N. Shehata, A.K. Mahmoud, Nonlinear optical nanocomposite : Electrospun PVA nanofibers embedded with PCBS, Techconnect World 2019, Nanotech, Boston MA, June 2019
  27. A. Mansour, N. Shehata, M.R.M. Rizk, M. Abdelazim, Cognitive Band Manipulations using Twistable Paper-based Antenna for IoT Applications, 2018 IEEE 9th Annual Information Technology, Electronics and Mobile Communication, Vancouver, BC, Canada, Nov. 2018.
  28. S.A. Elrafei, I. Kandas, N. Shehata, E. Samir, A. Okaz, M. Rizk, Temperature impact on upconversion efficiency and luminescence of Erbium-doped ceria-plasmonic nanostructure, SPIE Photonic and Phononic Properties of Engineered Nanostructures IX 10927, 109271A, February 2019.
  29. N. Shehata, E. Samir, I. Kandas, Plasmonic-ceria nanoparticles for automated optical fluorescence-quenching of dissolved oxygen, SPIE Nanoengineering and photonics conference, Nanoengineering: Fabrication, Properties, Optics, and Devices XV, San Diego, California, US (August 2018).
  30. A. Hajjiah, N. Shehata, Optical up-conversion coatings of erbium-doped low-phonon hosts nanoparticles for enhancing solar cell efficiency, SPIE Nanoengineering and photonics conference, Nanoengineering: Fabrication, Properties, Optics, and Devices XV, San Diego, California, US (August 2018)


Lab’s director :   Dr. Nader Shehata
Co-Director :   Dr. Ishac Kandas
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Phone :   6501-9574