The Thin Film & Materials Group at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) is focused on studying the growth, properties and applications of thin solid films.
The goals of our research are:
Thin solid films lie at the heart of modern technology. Progress in the synthesis, characterization and processing of thin films over the past decades has yielded novel electronic, magnetic, optical, polymeric, ceramic, and biological materials with improved properties for their intended applications. Virtually every aspect of present-day life relies on smaller, more reliable, more efficient, and less expensive devices made possible by the development of these films. As such, thin films have found important applications such as protective coatings, solar cells, sensors, communications, photosensitive materials, composites, and medicine. These examples underscore the diversity of applications for thin films required by our modern technological society. They also exemplify the multidisciplinary nature of research on thin solid films.
The Thin Films and Materials Group at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals was created in 1991 to conduct research on the synthesis and characterization of advanced thin film materials. The research being conducted focuses upon both the fundamental properties and practical applications of thin film materials.