Dr. Haider Butt

Dr. Haider Butt

Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Telephone: +971 2 401 8168

Email: Haider.butt@ku.ac.ae


Dr. Butt did his MPhil in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cambridge in 2008, followed by a PhD in Nanophotonics in 2012. In 2013 he was appointed as a Lecturer of Nanotechnology at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Birmingham, UK. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2016 and was appointed as the Senior Admissions tutor for Mechanical Engineering in 2017. He joined Khalifa University as an Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering in 2019. Dr. Butt has published over 100 peer reviewed articles in prestigious journals including Nature Communications, Advanced Materials, Biotechnology Advances, Light Science and Applications and ACS Nano. He has earned international recognition for his research and leadership in optical sensors where he has contributions to nanoscale devices by conceiving novel holographic lithography methods to produce optical transducers. His most pioneering works include glucose sensing contact lenses, contact lenses for color blind patients and carbon nanotube holograms. Haider has over 10 years of teaching experience at institutes including Cambridge and Birmingham Universities.

Dr. Butt is a Chartered Engineer by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, London, UK. He is a Fellow of Higher Education Academy and holds life fellowships of Cambridge Philosophical Society, Hughes Hall College, (University of Cambridge) and Wolfson College (University of Cambridge). He is a acting co-editor of the Sensors journal.

Advisor to the following students & staff:

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

  • Mohammed Elserif
  • Dennyson Savariraj Antonysamy

PhD Students

  • Murad Ahmed

MSc Student

  • Ahmed Elfadil Salih
  • PhD, Nanotechnology, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, UK (1998)
  • MPhil (by research) in Optoelectronic devices, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, UK
  • MEng in Electrical Engineering, National University of Science and Technology, Pakistan (2007)
  • MEEN 240 Thermodynamics
  • MEEN 484 Mechatronics
  • MEEN 225 Engineering Materials
  • ENGR 111 Engineering Design
  • MSEN 623 Electrical, Optical & Magnetic Prop

Research Topics:

  • Wearable healthcare technologies
  • Hydrogel photonic sensors
  • Smart contact lenses
  • Laser-based nano-manufacturing

Recent Research Projects

  • “Subcutaneous Hydrogel Optical Fibers for Prolonger Continuous Monitoring” (Sponsor:  KU-KAIST Joint Research Center (KU-KAIST-link to the Center website), Principal Investigator)

The project aims to produce optical fiber probes for direct and continuous measurement of glucose in the blood of diabetic patients

  • “Smart Contact Lenses for Intraocular Pressure Sensing” (Sponsors: Khalifa University Faculty Startup Fund, Principal Investigator)

The aim of this project is to demonstrate the application of nanotechnology in ophthalmology through the usage of holographic nanostructures on low cost commercial contact lenses. The proposed smart lenses will allow continuous monitoring of the various ocular conditions such as glaucoma.

  1. JE. Mück, B. Ünal, H. Butt, AK. Yetisen, Market and Patent Analyses of Wearables in Medicine, Trends in Biotechnology, doi.org/10.1016/j.tibtech.2019.02.001                          IF: 13.58
  2. M. Elshereif, R. Moreddu, MU. Hassan, AK. Yetisen, H. Butt*, Optical Fiber Sensors Based on Light Diffusing Microlens Arrays, Lab on a Chip, 10.1039/C9LC00242A (2019)          IF: 5.995
  3. M. Elsherif, MU. Hassan, AK. Yetisen, H. Butt*, Hydrogel optical fibers for continuous glucose monitoring, Biosensors and Bioelectronics, 10.1016/j.bios.2019.05.002 (2019)               IF: 8.173
  4. T. Alqurashi, M. Alnufaili, MU. Hassan, S. Aloufi, AK. Yetisen, H. Butt*, Laser Inscription of Microfluidic Devices for Biological Assays, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 11 (13), pp 12253–12260 (2019)    IF: 8.097
  5. MW Khalid, C. Whitehouse, R. Ahmed, M. U. Hassan, H. Butt*, Remote Thermal Sensing by Integration of Corner-Cube Optics and Thermochromic Material, Advanced Optical Materials, 7 (2), 1801013 (2019)               IF: 7.43
  6. AK. Yetisen, JL. Martinez-Hurtado, B. Ünal, A. Khademhosseini, H. Butt, Wearables in Medicine, Advanced Materials, doi.org/10.1002/adma.201706910  (2018)                             IF: 21.95
  7. B. AlQattan, A. K. Yetisen, H. Butt*, Direct Laser Writing of Nanophotonic Structures on Contact Lenses, ACS Nano, DOI:10.1021/acsnano.8b00222 (2018)                        IF: 13.94
  8. M. Elsherif, M.U. Hassan, A. K. Yetisen, H. Butt*, Wearable Contact Lens Biosensors for Continuous Glucose Monitoring Using Smartphones, ACS Nano, DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.8b00829 (2018)    IF: 13.94
  9. M. Elsherif, MU. Hassan, AK. Yetisen, H. Butt*, Glucose Sensing with Phenylboronic Acid Functionalized Hydrogel Based Optical Diffusers, ACS Nano, 12(3), 2283 (2018)          IF: 13.94
  10. AR. Badawy, M. U. Hassan, M. Elsherif, Z. Ahmed, A. K. Yetisen, H. Butt*, Contact Lenses for Color Blindness, Advanced Healthcare Materials, DOI: 10.1002/adhm.201800152 (2018)                      IF: 5.11  (This work was highlighted in Nature Photonic as: “Combating colour blindness”, Nature Photonics, 12, 261 (2018) )
  11. T. Butler, H. Butt* et al., Optical Bandgap Modelling from Structural Arrangement of Carbon Nanotubes, Nanoscale 10, 10683-10690 (2018)          IF: 7.4
  12. N. Jiang, H. Butt, A. K. Yetisen, Microfluidic Contact Lenses, Small, doi.org/10.1002/smll.201704363, (2018)    IF: 9.598
  13. I. Rashid, M. U. Hassan, A. Khandwalla, R. M. Ameen, A. K. Yetisen, Q. Dai, H. Butt*, Structural Coloration in Caloenas Nicobarica Pigeons and Refractive Index Modulated Sensing, Advanced Optical Materials, DOI: 10.1002/adom.201701218 (2018)                   IF: 7.43
  14. M. U. Hassan, et al., A. K. Yetisen, H. Butt, Energy Landscape of Vertically Anisotropic Polymer Blend Films toward Highly Efficient Polymer Light-Emitting Diodes (PLEDs), Advanced Functional Materials, DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201705903 (2018)                    IF: 12.12
  15. Y. Alqurashi, M. B. Cieslak, M. U. Hassan, A. K. Yetisen, H. Butt*, Laser‐Induced Surface Modification of Contact Lenses, Advanced Engineering Materials, 20 (6), 1700963 (2018) IF: 2.319
  16. N. Jiang, H. Butt, et al., A. K. Yetisen, Laser Interference Lithography for the Nanofabrication of Stimuli-Responsive Bragg Stacks, Advanced Functional Materials, DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201702715 (2017)                              IF: 12.12
  17. R. Ahmed,  A.K. Yetisen,   Haider Butt*, High numerical aperture hexagonal stacked ring-based bidirectional flexible polymer microlens array, ACS Nano  11 (3), pp 3155 (2017)  IF: 13.94
  18. A.K. Yetisen, et al., Haider Butt, A. Khademhosseini, SH.Yun, Glucose-Sensitive Hydrogel Optical Fibers Functionalized with Phenylboronic Acid, Advanced Materials, doi: 10.1002/adma.201606380 (2017)              IF: 21.95
  19. R. Ahmed, A. K. Yetisen, S. H. Yun and Haider Butt*, Color-selective holographic retroreflector array for sensing applications, Nature Light Science & Applications, 6, e16214 (2017)               IF: 13.6
  20. Y Montelongo, AK Yetisen, Haider Butt, SH Yun, Reconfigurable Holographic Assembly of Volumetric Plasmonic Nanostructures, Nature Communications, 7, 12002 (2016)  IF: 11.47

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