Dr. Haider Butt
Dr. haider butt Professor Mechanical Engineering

Contact Information
haider.butt@ku.ac.ae +971 2 312 4457


Dr. Haider Butt did his M.Phil. 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, and was promoted to Full Professor in 2023.

He has published over 180 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. Dr. Butt 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 an acting co-editor of the Sensors journal.

  • PhD, Nanophotonics, University of Cambridge (UK), 2012
  • MPhil, Electrical Engineering (Optoelectronic Devices), University of Cambridge (UK), 2008
  • MEng, Electrical Engineering, National University of Science and Technology (Pakistan), 2007

  • Micro/Nanotechnology and Applications (MEEN 632 )
  • Electrical, Optical and Magnetic Properties of Amorphous Materials (ECCE424)
  • Science and Engineering of Thin Films, Surfaces and Interfaces (ECCE484)
  • Senior Design Project I (MEEN497)

Affiliated Research Institutes/Centers
  • Advanced Digital & Additive Manufacturing Center

Research Interests
  • Wearable technologies
  • Healthcare biosensors
  • Photonics
  • Nanotechnology
  • Contact lenses
  • Additive Manufacturing

Research Staff and Graduate Students:

Murad Naeem Shah Ali Dr.
Israr Muhammad Gulzar Ahmed Mr.
Muhammed Hisham Mr.
Muhammed Shebeeb Kunhi mohamed Cherum kuzhi Mr.
Abdelrahman Ahmed Sakr Mr.
Dileep Chekkaramkodi Mr.
Bilal BUKHARI Bukhari Mr.
Shammah Aldhanhani Mrs
Additional Info

Selected Publications:

  • A Salih, H. Butt*, Multifunctional Transition & Temperature-Responsive Contact Lenses, Nature Light: Science & Applications (2023)
  • I Ahmed, M Elsherif, M Ali, A Al Ghaferi, B Mohammad, H Butt*, Photonic hydrogel for continuous glucose monitoring using smartphone readout, Materials & Design 231, (2023)
  • F. Alam, A. E. Salih, M. Elsherif, H. Butt*, 3D printed polymer-based optical fiber for sensing applications, Additive Manufacturing, 102996 (2022)  
  • M. Ali, F. Alam, YF. Fah, O. Shiryayev, N. Vahdati, H. Butt*, 4D printed thermochromic Fresnel lenses for sensing applications, Composites Part B: Engineering 230, (2022
  • F. Alam, A.E. Saleh, M. Elsherif, A.K. Yetisen, H. Butt*, 3D printed contact lenses for the management of color blindness, Additive Manufacturing, 49, 102464 (2021)
  • M. Ali,  F. Alam, I. Ahmed, B. AlQattan, A.K. Yetisen, H. Butt*, 3D Printing of Fresnel Lenses with Wavelength Selective Tinted Materials, Additive Manufacturing, 102281, 47  (2021)  
  • M. Elsherif, F. Alam, A.E. Salih, B. AlQattan, H. Butt*, Wearable Bifocal Contact Lens for Continual Glucose Monitoring Integrated with Smartphone Readers, Small (2021)
  • A.E. Salih, M. Elsherif, F. Alam, A.K. Yetisen, H. Butt*, Gold Nanocomposite Contact Lenses for Color Blindness Management, ACS Nano, 15, 3 (2021)
  • B. AlQattan, et al., H. Butt*, Direct Printing of Nanostructured Holograms on Consumable Substrates, ACS Nano, (2021)
  • R. Ahmed, H. Butt*, Strain‐Multiplex Metalens Array for Tunable Focusing and Imaging, Advanced Science, 2003394, (2021)