Hicham Hamoudi | Hamad Bin Khalifa University
Hamad Bin Khalifa University


Dr. Hicham Hamoudi

Dr. Hicham Hamoudi

Joint faculty appointment, QEERI
Sustainable Development
College of Science and Engineering


Before joining Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute, one of Hamad Bin Khalifa University's three national research institutes, Dr. Hicham Hamoudi was a researcher at the International Center for Young Scientists (ICYS) International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (MANA) within National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) in Japan. He has a PhD degree in chemistry from the Paris-11 (Orsay) University (2009). Dr Hamoudi has a multifaceted background: he developed many techniques and instruments for surface science characterization. He has published 30 publications in various international journals.

Research Interests

  • Self-assembly monolayer phenomena and interaction of ultra-thin organic films with metals, semiconductors, and insulator substrates
  • Interaction between metallic structures and ultra-thin metallic films on monomolecular organic support (SAMs)
  • The design of monomolecular films for different applications: sensors and catalytically active surfaces
  • Molecular electronics based on self-assembled monolayers (fabrication and design of the memory storage and transistors)
  • Carbone hybrids materials for energy storage/conversion
  • Surface science for medicines
  • Electrochemistry
  • Theoretical and Computational surface science


Senior Scientist

Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute QEERI. Hamad Bin Khalifa University

From March 2015
  • ICYS MANA researcher

    Institute for Materials Science NIMS. Japan

    March 2012-February 2015
  • Post-Doc

    at the National Institute for Materials Science NIMS. JAPAN

    December 2011-February 2012
  • Post-doc

    Applied Physical Chemistry Heidelberg University Germany.

    2009 - 2011


PhD in Chemistry

Laboratory of atomic collision. University of Paris Sud (Orsay) France

  • Master Research quantum chemistry

    University of Marne-la-Vallée and Ecole National Supérieure de Chimie Paris

  • Master's degree in chemical physics

    University of Batna, Algeria

  • Baccalaureate in Exacts science

    Batna, Algeria


Selected Publications

  • Controlling the direction of rectification in a molecular diode, Li Yuan, Nisachol Nerngchamnong, Cao Liang, Hicham Hamoudi, Enrique del Barco, Max Roemer, Ravi K. Sriramula, Damien Thompson, and Christian A. Nijhuis. Nature communication

    2015, doi: 10.1038/ncomms7324

  • Orbital-dependent charge transfer dynamics in conjugated molecules arranged in self-assembled monolayer fashion.

    Hicham Hamoudi, Stefan Neppl, Ping Kao, Björn Schüpbach, Peter Feulner, Andreas Terfort, David Allara, and Michael Zharnikov. Phys. Rev. Lett. 2011, 107, 027801

  • Carbon–metal nanosheets from the water–hexane interface

    Hicham Hamoudi. Journal of Materials Chemistry C, 2015, DOI: 10.1039/C5TC00228A

  • Topochemical conversion of a dense metal–organic framework from a crystalline insulator to an amorphous semiconductor.

    Satoshi Tominaka, Hicham Hamoudi, Takeo Suga, Thomas Douglas Bennett, Andrew B Cairns, AK Cheetham. Chemical Science, 2015, DOI: 10.1039/C4SC03295K

  • Going Beyond The Self-Assembled Monolayer: Metal Intercalated Dithiol Multilayers and Their Conductance

    Hicham Hamoudi, Vladimir A.Esaulov, Kohei Uosaki , Katsuhiko Ariga. RSC Advances, 2014, 4 (75), 39657-39666

  • Crossbar Nanoarchitectonics of the Crosslinked Self Assembled Monolayer Hicham Hamoudi.

    Nanoscale research letters, 2014, 9 (1), 1-7

  • MOF-derived Nanoporous Carbon as Intracellular Drug Delivery Carriers.

    Nagy L. Torad,Yunqi Li, Shinsuke Ishihara, Katsuhiko Ariga,1 Yuichiro Kamachi, Hong-Yuan Lian, Hicham Hamoudi, Yoshio Sakka, Watcharop Chaikittisilp, Kevin C.-W. Wu, and Yusuke Yamauchi. Chemistry Letters, 2014, 43 (5), 717-719.

  • Bottom-Up Nanoarchitectonics of Two-Dimensional Freestanding Metal Doped Carbon Nanosheet

    Hicham Hamoudi. RSC Advances, 2014, 4 (42), 22035-22041

  • Electric double-layer capacitors based on highly graphitized nanoporous carbons derived from ZIF-67.

    Nagy L. Torad, Rahul R. Salunkhe, Yunqi Li, Hicham Hamoudi, Masataka Imura, Yoshio Sakka, Chi-Chang Hu, and Yusuke Yamauchi., Chemistry-A European Journal, 2014, DOI: 10.1002/chem.201400089

  • On the self assembly of 1,4-benzenedimethanethiol self on gold

    . Hicham Hamoudi, Mirko Prato, Céline Dablemont, Maurizio Canepa and Vladimir A. Esaulov. Langmuir, 2010, 26, 7242–7247