Dr. Abbas Saeed Hakeem graduated with an MSc (Engineering) specializing in Materials Science from the Department of Materials, University of Leeds, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom (2001). During his MSc, the focal theme of his research entailed the phase transformation in steels, aimed at the “Tempering of Engineering Steel”.
He obtained his Ph.D. in Materials Chemistry specializing in Sialon hard materials from Arrhenius Laboratories at the University of Stockholm in Sweden (2007). He conducted instrumental research with Arrhenius Laboratories for the designing and development of “Ln-SiON, LnSiAlON glasses, Its synthesis, and characterization” (2002), and “Novel route of oxynitride glass synthesis and their characterization” (2003-2007).
He moved to GIK Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Topi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, as an Assistant Professor (2007-2010). At GIK he offered laboratory training classes and taught undergraduate and graduate courses related to Ceramics and glasses, X-ray diffraction and crystallography, Strength of materials, Powder metallurgy, Materials science (basic), alloy production, heat treatment and processes, thermodynamics of materials, materials characterization techniques and casting tech. and foundry technology.
At present, Dr. Abbas serves as Associate Professor/Research Scientist at the Center of Research Excellence in Nano-Technology (CENT), King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM, 2010-To date). His area of research at the CENT is related to the synthesis of nanostructured WC-based hard metals, composites materials, light metals/composites and characterization of synthesized and sintered materials. Additionally, he has mastery of hands-on technical skills with the synthesis of inorganic materials and has supervised many projects.
His areas of research expertise and interests are inclusive of but not limited to:
· Advanced Materials Development for Engineering Applications
· Synthesis of Hard, Light Materials, and Composites Materials
· Metallic, Ceramic and Polymeric Composites Development
· Sintering of Nano-Structured Light Metals and Composites By Advance Sintering Techniques
· Development and Management of Client-Focused R&D Programs
· Project Planning and Management
· Management and Entrepreneurship
He is the author/Co-author of over 50 publications and 20 conference proceedings (including invited articles, conference proceedings, and conferences). On the applied side, he is also the inventor of International Patents, which have been instrumental in building a number of industrial collaborations and facilitating step changes and process improvements in at least two commercial processes.