Abdulrahman El Labban, Ph.D.

Lab Operation Staff

​Operations Engineer​

Research Interest

  • Processing, optimization and characterization of thin-film organic/inorganic electronic devices for energy conversion. 
  • Vacuum deposition of organic/inorganic materials (evaporation, sputtering, PECVD…). 
  • Solution process of organic/inorganic materials (Spin coating, blading…).
  • Solar cell device fabrication and testing.
  • Organic BHJ and perovskites single and tandem cells. 

Selected Publications

  • Solution-processable MoOx nanocrystals enable highly efficient reflective and semitransparent polymer solar cells 
    L.K. Jagadamma, H.L. Hu,T. Kim, G.O.N. Ndjawa, A.E. Mansour, A. El Labban, J.C.D. Faria, R...
    Nano Energy, 28, 277-287, (2016)
  • π-Bridge-Independent 2-(Benzo[c][1,2,5]thiadiazol-4- ylmethylene)malononitrile-Substituted Nonfullerene Acceptors f... 
    K. Wang, Y. Firdaus, M. Babics, F. Cruciani, Q. Saleem, A. El-Labban, M.A. Alamoudi, T. Ma...
    Chemistry of Materials, 28 (7), pp 22002208, (2016)
  • Interplay between side-chain pattern, polymer aggregation, and charge carrier dynamics in pbdttpd:pcbm bulk-heteroj... 
    C. Dyer-Smith, I.A. Howard, C. Cabanetos, A. El Labban, P.M. Beaujuge, and F. Laquai
    Advanced Energy Materials, 5(9), (2015)
  • Ambient layer-by-layer ZnO assembly for highly efficient polymer bulk heterojunction solar cells 
    M. Eita, A. El Labban, F. Cruciani, A. Usman, P.M. Beaujuge, O.F. Mohammed
    Advanced Functional Materials, 25, 10, 1558-1564, (2015)
  • Dependence of crystallite formation and Preferential Backbone Orientations on the Side Chain Pattern in PBDTTPD Pol... 
    А. El Labban, J. Warnan, C. Cabanetos, O. Ratel, C.J. Tassone, M.F. Toney and P.M. Beaujug...
    ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 6(22), 19477-19481, (2014)
  • Ring substituents mediate the morphology of pbdttpd-pcbm bulk-heterojunction solar cells 
    J. Warnan, A. El Labban, C. Cabanetos, E.T. Hoke, P.K. Shukla, C. Risko, J.-L. Brédas, M.D...
    Chemistry of Materials, 26(7), 2299-2306, (2014)
  • Ordering Effects in Benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b′]difuran-thieno[3,4-c]pyrrole-4,6-dione Polymers with >7% Solar Cell Efficien... 
    J. Warnan, C. Cabanetos, A. El Labban, M.R. Hansen, C. Tassone, M.F. Toney, P.M. Beaujuge
    Advanced Materials, 26(25), 4357-4362, (2014)
  • Efficient inverted bulk-heterojunction solar cells from low-temperature processing of amorphous zno buffer layers 
    L.K. Jagadamma, M. Abdelsamie, A. El Labban, E. Aresu, G.O.N. Ndjawa, D.H Anjum, D. Cha, P...
    Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2(33), 13321-13331, (2014)
  • Electron-deficient n-alkyloyl derivatives of thieno[3,4-c]pyrrole-4,6-dione yield efficient polymer solar cells wit... 
    J. Warnan, C. Cabanetos, R. Bude, A. El Labban, L. Li, and P.M. Beaujuge 
    Chemistry of Materials, 26(9), 2829-2835, (2014)
  • Controlling solution-phase polymer aggregation with molecular weight and solvent additives to optimize polymer-full... 
    J.A. Bartelt, J.D. Douglas, W.R. Mateker, A. El Labban, Ch.J. Tassone, M.F. Toney, J.M.J. ...
    Advanced Energy Materials, 4(9), (2014)


  • Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, Ecole Polytechnique de l'Université de Nantes – France, 2008
  • M.Sc., Energetic Engineering, Institut National Polytechnique, Grenoble, France, 2005 
  • B.E., Mechanical Engineering, Beirut Arab University, Lebanon, 2004

Professional Profile

  • 2011-2014: Research engineer, Prof. Pierre Beaujuge, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2011-2012: Visiting scientist, Prof. Michael McGehee Group, MSE Department, Stanford University, USA.

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​KAUST Solar Center (KSC)
  • Division of Physical Science and Engineering (PSE)

Research Interests Keywords

​Materials science Vacuum deposition Device fabrication and characterization