Ahmad Hamdan, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellows
​Postdoctoral Fellow​

Research Interests

I use the nanosecond discharges in (dielectric) liquids for further understanding of the physical phenomena that taking place during the breakdown of such media. Several phenomena occur at different time scale (pre-breakdown: from ps to ns, breakdown: from ns to µs, streamer propagation: µs, and streamer-bubble transition: from µs to ms) and space scale (streamer ignition: nm, streamer propagation: from µm to mm, streamer surface interaction: µm) which make their characterization a real challenge. Other than the fundamental aspects, I also develop applications for these (new) plasmas especially for nanomaterial synthesis and for fuels reforming.

Selected Publications

  • Time-resolved imaging of nanosecond-pulsed micro-discharges in heptane
    A. Hamdan, I. Marinov, A. Rousseau and T. Belmonte
    The Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 47, 055203 (8pp), (2014)
  • Dynamics of bubbles created by plasma in heptane for micro-gap conditions
    A. Hamdan, C. Noël, F. Kosior, G. Henrion and T. Belmonte
    The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 134 (2), 9911000, (2013)
  • Comparison of aluminum nanostructures created by discharges in various dielectric liquids
    A. Hamdan, C. Noël, J. Ghanbaja and T. Belmonte
    The Journal of Plasma Chemistry and Plasma Processing, 1 14, (2014)
  • Synthesis of platinum embedded in amorphous carbon by micro-gap discharge in heptane
    A. Hamdan, C. Noël, J. Ghanbaja, S. Migot-Choux and T. Belmonte
    The Journal of Materials Chemistry and Physics, 142, 199-206, (2013)
  • Synthesis of carbon fibres by electrical discharges in heptane
    A. Hamdan, C. Noël and T. Belmonte
    Materials Letters, 135, 115118, (2014)             


  • ​​​Ph.D., Physics (Plasma Physics and Applications), University of Lorraine, Nancy, France, 2013.
  • M.Sc., Physics-Plasmas-Photonic, University Henri Poincaré, Nancy, France, 2010.
  • B.Sc., Physics, Lebanese University, Tripoli, Lebanon, 2008.

Professional Profile

  • 2015 - present: Postdoctoral Fellow, King Abdullah University of Science & Technology, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia.
  • 2013 - 2015: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Montréal, Montréal, Canada.
  • February-June 2010: Intership, Institut Jean Lamour, Nancy, France.
  • April-June 2009: Internship, Institut Jean Lamour, Nancy, France.


  • ​​2011: La Pérouse; Best Student Paper, Réseaux Plasmas Froids, France.
  • 2011: SFV; Best Student Paper, Conference ITFPC 2011, France.

KAUST Affiliations

  • Clean Combustion Research Center (CCRC)
  • Division of Physical Sciences and Engineering (PSE)