The Foundation Work
The foundation work for
the establishment of nanotechnology was started by Dr. Ahmad soon after
the visit of Professor S. Akbar from June 21-25 2003 in which he spoke
on Ceramic Oxide and Nanostructures for chemical sensing and
multidisciplinary team work. Dr Zaki Ahmad was the coordinator of the
program and involved with all stages of the program.
The above presentation provided an initiative for the development of
nanoactivities in the department. Nano activities were scarce in the
kingdom in 2003. The chairman of M.E department encouraged Dr. Zaki
Ahmad to initiate academic and research activities.
The enthusiasm expressed by a large number of participating faculty
members in the multidisciplinary areas of nanotechnology and sensors was
the major driving force for organizing the first workshop on sensors and
nanostructured materials. The workshop was given by Prof. S. A. Akbar.
The details of the workshop are shown in appendix 2. Dr. Zaki Ahmad was
the coordinator of this workshop. Dr. Zaki Ahmad also gave a
presentation on nanotechnology. The remarks of the chairman, Dr. Faleh
Al Sulaiman pointed out to the dedicated services rendered by Dr. Zaki
Ahmad. This workshop was attended by forty seven faculty members with a
consistent attendance. Nanotechnology generated an overwhelming interest
amongst the faculty. This can be rightly termed as the beginning of the
nanotechnology era in KFUPM. At the conclusion of the workshop an
outline of laboratory activities and students projects were planned. A
key conclusion at the end of the workshop was the resolution of the 47
members to form a nanotechnology group in kfupm and plans were being
prepared. (It is to be noted that an alternative group was formed by
some faculty members of other department at the conclusion of a KACST
meeting in nanotechnology in Sept 05). Hence, this group was replaced by
a ME nanofocus group (Coordinator Dr. Zaki Ahmad).
of Nanotechnology in ME curriculum
A ME 4XX course
Principles of Nano structured materials and sensor technology was
designed and submitted for inclusion in ME curriculum. It is the first
course to be submitted by ME department in the area of nanotechnology.
Dr. Zaki Ahmad designed the course in consultation with Prof S. A. Akbar.
A special assignment was
given to Dr. Zaki Ahmad to make plans for a nanotechnology and sensors
lab. The report submitted contains the layout, complete resources for
nano equipment, outline of projects in nanotechnology, application of
equipment and furniture design. All these tasks relating to
nanotechnology were highly challenging and accomplished successfully by
Dr. Zaki Ahmad.
This was followed by another challenging assignment by Dr. Zaki Ahmad
on market survey of equipment, potential contractual agreements with
other institutions inside and outside the kingdom and exploring avenues
for training for engineers and faculty in the field of nanotechnology.
This assignment also included the survey of the new experimental
techniques which can be utilized by the faculty working in
in providing learning opportunities in nanotechnology
A series of six lectures
on nanotechnology was held exclusively for all kfupm faculty members
from Dec 10-17th, 2006. The series of lectures was given by
Prof S. A. Akbar. Dr. Zaki Ahmad was the coordinator of the lecture
series and forty seven faculty members registered for the lectures.
A small nanotechnology
lab in Room 20 #120 is being equipped. Because of the administrative
difficulties the operation of the lab was delayed. It is expected to be
in operation by September2007. Dr. Zaki Ahmad is the director of this
lab and he is involved from the planning to operation and administration
of the lab.