Dr. Anas Alazzam
Dr. anas alazzam Associate Professor Mechanical Engineering

Contact Information
anas.alazzam@ku.ac.ae +971 2 501 8460


Anas Alazzam is an alumnus of Concordia University—Montreal, Canada. After a brief post-doctoral fellow appointment with the Canadian Space Agency, he joined Khalifa University in 2012. He is currently an associate professor of Mechanical Engineering and the head of the Microfluidics lab at Khalifa University. He has research background in microfluidics, nanofluids, dielectrophoresis, microsystems, phase change materials, and healthcare applications of microdevices. His research has received substantial recognition in the form of awards and media appearance. He is a member of the editorial board of Micromachines and PLOS ONE Journals.

  • PhD. in Mechanical Engineering from Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan

  • MEMS Theory and Applications (CHEG705)
  • Micro/Nanotechnology and Applications (ECCE670)
  • Advanced Engineering Mathematics (MEEN630)
  • Computational Methods in Biology (MEEN360)
  • Dynamic Systems and Vibration (MEEN350)
  • Engineering Dynamics (MEEN201)

Affiliated Research Institutes/Centers
  • System-on-Chip Lab

Research Interests
  • Microfluidics; MEMS; Dielectrophoresis; Acoustophoresis; Graphene; manipulation of cells; separation; paper devices; wettability; PCM; NEPCM; Nanofluids and microfabrication
  • Microfabrication and Microfluidics

Research Projects

The primary objective of this project is to develop a fabrication method for graphene oxide and its reduced grapehene oxide films for use in microsystems. Additionally, the work investigates the electrical properties of these films and their applications in microfluidic systems. Examples of applications include dielectrophoresis, wettability, memristor, and sensing, but are not limited to these.


Different methods for modifying the wettability of substrate surfaces are investigated. These include deposition and chemical surface treatment. The objective is to tune the surface's wettability to any value necessary for the intended application. We investigate the effect of wettability on separation of two phase fluids, the patterning of cells, and the growth of various microorganisms.

The goal of the project is to create paper-based microsystems with a wide range of potential uses. Paper systems (cellulose) containing graphene oxide are used as memristors, solar sensors, and to develop biomedical devices. New fabrication techniques for paper microsystems and new applications for the resulting devices are the focus of these projects.

The movement of micro and nanoparticles in micro and macrofluidic systems is modeled using a variety of mathematical models. Experimental results are used to validate the mathematical data. The models are used to optimize the microdevice fabrication process or to investigate the effects of various operational or geometrical parameters on the device's performance.

The project goals include designing, fabrication, and testing of microfluidic systems for the separation, characterization, and manipulation of micro-entities and cells. The microfluidic laboratory in the main campus is used to manufacture and test these devices. The lab is equipped with a lithography system, microscopes, a high-speed camera, and all other equipment necessary for testing microfluidic systems. Dielectrophoresis, acoustophoresis, and magnetophoresis are the phenomena that we research. Other techniques for manipulation and separation are also investigated.

As part of the system on chip lab's research activities, we investigate various techniques for cooling electronic systems. As methods to cool electronics, microfluidics systems, phase change materials, nano-enhanced PCM, nanofluids, and nano-encapsulated phase change materials are investigated. The objective of the project is to investigate the issue from computational and experimental perspectives.

Research Staff and Graduate Students:

Dr. Waqas Waheed Postdoctoral fellow
Abdullah Aziz PhD in Engineering
Muhammad Mustafa Generous PhD in Engineering
Marwan Ahmed Mohamed PhD in Engineering
Rami Homsi PhD in Engineering
Abdul Rahman Agha PhD in Engineering
Abdulla Mohamed Abdulla Al-Ali PhD in Engineering
Anas Mohammad Ghannam M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering
Ahmed Mohamed Hesham Kaoud M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering
Ahmed Noaman Abusultan M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering
Ahmad Chaim Abdel Rahman M.Sc. in Mechanical engineering
Muayad Abujabal M.Sc. in Mechanical engineering
Additional Info

Publications: (Last three years)

Samah Albdour, Zoubida Haddad, Omar Sharaf, Anas Alazzam, Eiyad Abu-Nada, “Micro/nano-encapsulated phase-change materials (ePCMs) for solar photothermal absorption and storage: Fundamentals, recent advances, and future directions”, Progress in Energy and Combustion Science,  93,101037, 2022

Ahmed Abusultan, Heba Abunahla, Yasmin Halawani, Baker Mohammad, Nahla Alamoodi, Anas Alazzam, “Artificial Intelligence-Aided Low Cost and Flexible Graphene Oxide-Based Paper Sensor for Ultraviolet and Sunlight Monitoring”, Nanoscale Research letters,  17:89, 2022.   

Obai Younis, Ahmed Kadhim Hussein, Mohammed El Hadi Attia, Farhan Lafta Rashid, Lioua Kolsi, Uddhaba Biswal, Aissa Abderrahmane, Abed Mourad, Anas Alazzam,  “Hemispherical solar still: Recent advances and development”,  Energy Reports, 8, 8236-8258, 2022   

Ahmad Chaim, Heba Abunahla, Baker Mohammad, Nahla Alamoodi, Anas Alazzam, “PrMem: Novel flexible biodegradable paper-graphene oxide-based memristor ”,  MRS Bulletin, 48, 2022   

Abdulla Al-Ali, Waqas Waheed, Eiyad Abu-Nada, Anas Alazzam, “A review of active and passive hybrid systems based on Dielectrophoresis for the manipulation of microparticles”,  Journal of Chromatography A, 463268, 2022   

Nosayba Al-Azzam, Anas Alazzam, “ Micropatterning of cells via adjusting surface wettability using plasma treatment and graphene oxide deposition”,  PLOS one, 17, 6,  e0269914, 2022   

Muayad Abujabal, Heba Abunahla, Baker Mohammad, Anas Alazzam, “Tunable Switching Behavior of GO-Based Memristors Using Thermal Reduction”,  Nanomaterials, 12, 11, 1812, 2022   

Waqas Waheed, Sueda Saylan, Taimur Hassan, Hussain Kannout, Habiba Alsafar, Anas Alazzam, “A deep learning-driven low-power, accurate, and portable platform for rapid detection of COVID-19 using reverse-transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification”,  Scientific reports, 12,1,1-18, 2022   

Abdulrahman Agha, Waqas Waheed, Nahla Alamoodi, Bobby Mathew, Fadi Alnaimat, Eiyad Abu-Nada, Aissa Abderrahmane, Anas Alazzam, “A Review of Cyclic Olefin Copolymer Applications in Microfluidics and Microdevices”, Macromolecular Materials and Engineering,  2200053, 2022   

Abed Mourad, Aissa Abderrahmane, Zafar Said, Obai Younis, Misbah Iqbal, Anas Alazzam, “Recent advances on the applications of phase change materials for solar collectors, practical limitations, and challenges: a critical review”, Journal of Energy Storage, 49, 104186, 2022   

Abed Mourad, Aissa Abderrahmane, Obai Younis, Riadh Marzouki, Anas Alazzam, “Numerical Simulations of Magnetohydrodynamics Natural Convection and Entropy Production in a Porous Annulus Bounded by Wavy Cylinder and Koch Snowflake Loaded with Cu–Water Nanofluid”. Micromachines,13,2,182, 2022   

Omar Z Sharaf, Nahla Rizk, C.J. Munro, C.P. Joshi, Waqas Waheed, Eiyad Abu-Nada, Anas Alazzam, and Matthew N. Martin, “Thermal stability and plasmonic photothermal conversion of surface-modified solar nanofluids: Comparing prolonged and cyclic thermal treatments”. Energy Conversion and Management,  244: p. 114463, 2021.   

Rubén R López, Ixchel Ocampo, Paula G Font de Rubinat, Luz-María Sánchez, Anas Alazzam, Thupten Tsering, Karl-F Bergeron, Sergio Camacho-Léon, Julia V Burnier, Catherine Mounier, Ion Stiharu, Vahé Nerguizian, “Parametric study of the factors influencing liposome physicochemical characteristics in a periodic disturbance mixer”. Langmuir, 2021. 37(28): p. 8544-8556.

Fadi Dawaymeh, Yawar Abbas, Maryam Khaleel, Anas Alazzam, and Nahla Alamoodi, “Tuning the Surface Wettability of Cyclic Olefin Copolymer by Plasma Treatment and Graphene Oxide Deposition and Reduction”. Polymers, 13(14): p. 2305, 2021   

Heba Abunahla, Baker Mohammad, Yawar Abbas, and Anas Alazzam,”Planar Analog Memimpedance Behavior in Reduced GO-Based Metal-Semiconductor-Metal”. Materials & Design, 110077, 2021

Heba Abunahla, Khalid Humood, Anas Alazzam, and Baker Mohammad, “SecureMem: efficient flexible Pt/GO/Cu memristor for true random number generation”. Flexible and Printed Electronics, 2021. 6(3): p. 035004.

Omar Z Sharaf, Nahla Rizk, Catherine J Munro, Chakra P Joshi, Dalaver H Anjum, Eiyad Abu-Nada, Matthew N Martin, Anas Alazzam,” Radiation stability and photothermal performance of surface-functionalized plasmonic nanofluids for direct-absorption solar applications”, Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, 227, 111115, 2021  

Ruben R Lopez, Paula G Font de Rubinat, Luz-María Sánchez, Thupten Tsering, Anas Alazzam, Karl-F Bergeron, Catherine Mounier, Julia V Burnier, Ion Stiharu, Vahé Nerguizian, “ The effect of different organic solvents in liposome properties produced in a periodic disturbance mixer: Transcutol®, a potential organic solvent replacement”,  Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces,198, 111447, 2021

Waqas Waheed, Omar Z Sharaf, Anas Alazzam, Eiyad Abu-Nada, “Dielectrophoresis-field flow fractionation for separation of particles: A critical review”,  Journal of Chromatography A, 461799, 2021   

Arees Qamareen, Mubashshir A Ansari, Shah S Alam, Anas Alazzam, “Modulation of secondary flows in curved serpentine micromixers”, Chemical Engineering Communications, 1-20, 2021

Ruben R López; Sánchez, L.-M.; Anas Alazzam; Burnier, J.V.; Ion Stiharu; Vahé Nerguizian."Numerical and Experimental Validation of Mixing Efficiency in Periodic Disturbance Mixers". Micromachines 2021, 12, 1102

Heba Abunahla, Nahla Alamoodi, Anas Alazzam, Baker Mohammad, “Micro-Pattern of Graphene Oxide Films Using Metal Bonding”, Micromachines, 11, 4, 399, 2020   

Nahla Alamoodi, Anas Alazzam, “Droplet Coalescence by Selective Wettability Enhancement in Microfluidic Devices”, Nanomaterials, 10, 4, 737, 2020   

Fadi Alnaimat, Bobby Mathew, Anas Alazzam, “Simulation based study of a microfluidic device employing dielectrophoresis for liquid biopsy”, Medical Engineering & Physics, 81, 130-135, 2020

Heba Abunahla, Yasmin Halawani, Anas Alazzam, Baker Mohammad, “ NeuroMem: Analog Graphene-Based Resistive Memory for Artificial Neural Networks” , Scientific Reports, 10, 1, 1-11, 2020  

Heba Abunahla, Rida Gadhafi, Baker Mohammad, Anas Alazzam, Mamady Kebe, Mihai Sanduleanu, “ Integrated graphene oxide resistive element in tunable RF filters”, Scientific Reports, 10, 1, 1-10, 2020

Abdur Rosyid, Bashar El-Khasawneh, Anas Alazzam, “Performance measures of parallel kinematics manipulators”, Mechanical Sciences, 11,1,49-73, 2020

Anas Alazzam, Nahla Alamoodi, “Microfluidic Devices with Patterned Wettability Using Graphene Oxide for Continuous Liquid–Liquid Two-Phase Separation”, ACS Applied Nano Materials, 3,4,3471,3477, 2020   

Waqas Waheed, Anas Alazzam, Ashraf N Al-Khateeb, Eiyad Abu-Nada, “Multiple Particle Manipulation under Dielectrophoresis Effect: Modeling and Experiments”, Langmuir, 36, 12, 3016-3028, 2020   

Rubén R López, Ixchel Ocampo, Luz-María Sánchez, Anas Alazzam, Karl-F Bergeron, Sergio Camacho-León, Catherine Mounier, Ion Stiharu, Vahé Nerguizian, “Surface response based modeling of liposome characteristics in a periodic disturbance mixer” Micromachines, 11,3,235, 2020

Anas Alazzam, "Solution-based, flexible, and transparent patterned reduced graphene oxide electrodes for lab-on-chip applications", Nanotechnology, 31,075302, 2020    (Sole Author)

Ahmad Taiyeb , R. A. Jassim , Anas Alazzam , M. Kjelland , C. K. Mawlood  , T. Adams  , A. Bani Younes and L. S. Salman, “177 Collection of mouse immature oocytes using cilostazol, a phosphodiesterase 3A inhibitor treatment” Reproduction, Fertility and Development 32(2) 216-217, 2020

Ahmed M Taiyeb, Anas Alazzam, Michael E Kjelland, Thaddeus H Adams, Duane C Kraemer, Saeeda A Muhsen-Alanssari, Mundhir T Ridha-Albarzanchi, “A rapid and efficient method for the collection of highly developmental murine immature oocytes using cilostazol, a phosphodiesterase 3A inhibitor”, Life Sciences, 241, 117100, 2020

Walid Alqaisi, Jawhar Ghommam, Anas Alazzam, Maarouf Saad, Vahé Nerguizian, “Three-loop uncertainties compensator and sliding mode quadrotor control”, Computers & Electrical Engineering, 81, 106507, 2020

Muhammad Afzal, Jinsoo Park, Ghulam Destgeer, Husnain Ahmed, Syed Atif Iqrar, Sanghee Kim, Sunghyun Kang, Anas Alazzam, Tae-Sung Yoon, Hyung Jin Sung, “Acoustomicrofluidic separation of tardigrades from raw cultures for sample preparation”, Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 188,3,809-819, 2020

Waqas Waheed, Anas Alazzam, Ashraf N Al-Khateeb, Eiyad Abu-Nada,” Dissipative particle dynamics for modeling micro-objects in microfluidics: application to dielectrophoresis”, Biomechanics and modeling in mechanobiology, 19 (1), 389-400, 2020

Abdur Rosyid, Bashar El-Khasawneh, Anas Alazzam,” Gravity compensation of parallel kinematics mechanism with revolute joints using torsional springs”, Mechanics Based Design of Structures and Machines, 48 (1), 27-47, 2020


Within the system on chip lab, there is always room for graduate students to work in the microfluidics lab.