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 Dr. Nasser Al-Aqeeli



Dean, Scientific Research

Director, Science and Technology Unit

Contact Information

Office               Bldg-59 Room-2049                               
Phone              966-13-860 3200                                      
Fax                  966-13-860 4471                                     
Websites          Personal Page 


Post-Doc          Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge,

USA (Jan. 2008- Nov. 2008)                                 

Ph.D.                Materials Engineering, McGill University, Montréal, Canada, (Jan. 2004 – Mar. 2007)           

M.Sc.               Mechanical Engineering, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM),

Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, (Sept. 2000 – May 2002)                         

B.Sc                 Mechanical Engineering, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM),

Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, (Sept. 1995 – May 2000)                          

Courses Taught

  • ME 215             Materials Science Engineering
  • ME 472             Corrosion Engineering
  • ME 574             Advanced Materials Science

Research Areas

Development of Nanomaterials using non-equilibrium processing, Nanoindentation studies of Materials, Development of advanced coatings for high temperature applications, surface modification processes .

​Representative Publications

  • N. Al-Aqeeli, G. Mendoza-Suarez, A. Labrie, and R.A.L. Drew, “Phase evolution of Mg-Al-Zr nanophase alloys prepared by mechanical alloying”, Journal of Alloys and Compounds, Vol. 400, (2005) pp. 96–99
  •  Yilbas, B.S., Al-Aqeeli, N., “Thermal stress development due to laser step input pulse heating”, Journal of Thermal Stresses, 29 (8), (2006) pp. 721-751 
  • Yilbas BS, Al-Aqeeli N, “Thermal stresses due to exponentially decaying laser pulse and a convection boundary at the surface”, Lasers in Engineering 16, (2006) pp.235–65
  • N. Al-Aqeeli, G. Mendoza-Suarez, C. Suryanarayana, R.A.L. Drew, “Development of new Al-based nanocomposites by mechanical alloying”, Materials Science and Engineering A, 480 (1-2), (2008) pp. 392-396
  • N. Al-Aqeeli, G. Mendoza-Suarez, R.A.L. Drew, “XRD and TEM Characterization of Al-Mg-Based Nanocomposite Alloys”, Reviews on Advanced Materials Science, 18 (2008) pp. 231-235
  • Yilbas, B.S., Al-Aqeeli, N., “Analytical Investigation into Laser Pulse Heating and Thermal Stresses”, Optics and Laser Technology, 41(2), (2009) pp. 132-139
  • Packard, C.E., Homer, E.R., Al-Aqeeli, N., Schuh, C.A., "Cyclic Hardening of Metallic Glasses under Hertzian Contacts: Experiments and STZ Dynamics Simulations", Philosophical Magazine, 90 (10), (2010) pp. 1373-1390
  • Al-Aqeeli, N., Yilbas, B.S., Tabet, N., “The effect of laser pulse frequency on the microstructure and morphology of duplex treated Ti-6Al-4V alloy”, Surface and Coatings Technology, 205, (2011) pp. 3073-3079
  • Al-Aqeeli, N. “Strengthening behavior due to cyclic elastic loading in Pd-based metallic glass”, Journal of Alloys and Compounds, Volume 509, Issue 26, 30 June (2011), pp. 7216-7220
  • Tahar Laoui, Abbas Saeed Hakeem, Kachalla Abdullahi, Nouari Saheb, Nasser Al-Aqeeli, “Spark Plasma Sintering of mixed and milled WC-Co micro-/nano-powders”, Advanced Materials Research Vols. 284-286 (2011) pp. 537-543
  • B.S. Yilbas, N. Al-Aqeeli, C. Karatas, “Laser Control Melting of Alumina Surfaces with Presence of B4C Particles”, Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 539 (2012) pp. 12–16
  • Al-Aqeeli, N. “The Corrosion Behavior of Electrodeposited and Laser Irradiated Ni-Co Nanostructured Alloy”, Reviews on Advanced Materials Science, (27) (2011) pp. 96-10
  • A. M. Al-Qutub, A. Khalil, N. Saheb, N. Al-Aqeeli, and T. Laoui,  “Wear Behavior of Spark Plasma Sintered Al2124 Aluminum Alloy Containing Carbon Nanotubes”, Science of  Advanced Materials, 4, 1166-1173 (2012)
  •  N. Saheb, A. Khalil, A.S. Hakeem, T. Laoui, N. Al-Aqeeli, A.K. Al-Qutub. “Age hardening behavior of carbon nanotube reinforced aluminum nanocomposites”, Journal of Nano Research (21) , (2013) pp. 29-35
  • C. Suryanarayana, N. Al-Aqeeli, “Mechanically Alloyed Nanocomposites”, Progress in Materials Science, Vol. 58 Issue 4 (2013) pp. 383-502
  • N. Al-Aqeeli, K. Abdullahi, A.S. Hakeem, C. Suryanarayana, T. Laoui, S. Nouari, “Synthesis, Characterization and Mechanical Properties of SiC-reinforced Al-based Nanocomposites Processed by MA and SPS”, Powder Metallurgy, Vol. 56 (2), (2013), pp. 149-157
  • N. Saheb, A.S. Hakeem, N. Al-Aqeeli, T. Laoui, “Synthesis and spark plasma sintering of Al-Mg-Zr alloys”, Journal of Central South University of Technology, (2013) Vol. 20 (1), pp. 7-14
  • N. Al-Aqeeli, C. Suryanarayana, M. Hussien, “Formation of an amorphous phase and its crystallization in the immiscible Nb–Zr system by mechanical alloying”, Journal of Applied Physics, 114, 153512 (2013); doi: 0.1063/1.4825325
  • B. S. Yilbas, M. Khaled, N. Abu-Dheir, N. Al-Aqeeli, S.Z. Furquan, “Laser texturing of alumina surface for improved hydrophobicity”, Applied Surface Science, Volume 286, 1 December 2013, Pages 161–170
  • N. Al-Aqeeli, N. Saheb, T. Laoui, K. Mohammad, “The Synthesis of Nanostructured WC-based Hardmetals using Mechanical Alloying and Their Direct Consolidation: A review", Journal of Nanomaterials, vol. 2014, Article ID 640750, 16 pages, 2014. doi:10.1155/2014/640750. 
  • N. Al-Aqeeli, “Processing of CNTs Reinforced Al-based Nanocomposites using Different Consolidation Techniques”, Journal of Nanomaterials, Volume 2013, 2013, Article number 370785
  • N. Al-Aqeeli and I. H. Toor, “Comparison of corrosion behavior of electrochemically deposited Nano-Cobalt Ni sheet”, Journal of Chemistry, 2013, Article number 543676
  • Kachalla Abdullahi and Nasser Al-Aqeeli, “Mechanical Alloying and Spark Plasma Sintering of Nano-SiC Reinforced Al-12Si-0.3Mg Alloy”, AJSE-ENG, In press, DOI 10.1007/s13369-013-0780-1
  • Nouari Saheb, Zafar Iqbal, Abdullah Khalil, Abbas Hakeem, Nasser Al-Aqeeli, Tahar Laoui, Amro Al Qutub and René Kirchner, “Spark plasma sintering of metals and metal matrix nanocomposites: A review," Journal of Nanomaterials, Volume 2012, Article ID 983470, 13 pages, doi:10.1155/2012/983470
  • T. Laoui, F. Patel, N. Saheb, N. Al-Aqeeli, “Manufacture of microporous ceramic layer by suspension-sedimentation for filtration applications”, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture, July 2013 vol. 227 no. 7, pp. 1032-1038, doi: 10.1177/0954405413476862
  • Nasser Al-Aqeeli, Kachalla Abdullahi, C. Suryanarayana, Tahar Laoui, Saheb Nouari, “Structure of Mechanically Milled CNT-reinforced Al-alloy Nanocomposites”, Materials & Manufacturing Processes, Volume 28, Issue 9, 2013, pp. 984-990
  • Nouari Saheb, Najam ul Qadir, Muhammad Usama Siddiqui, Abul Fazl Muhammad Arif, Syed Sohail Akhtar, Nasser Al-Aqeeli, “Characterization of Nanoreinforcement Dispersion in Inorganic Nanocomposites: A review”, Materials, 2014, 7, 4088-4121; doi:10.3390/ma7064088
  • N. Al-Aqeeli, M. Khwaja, T. Laoui, S. Nouari, “VC and Cr3C2 Doped WC-based Nano-Cermets prepared by MA and SPS”, Ceramics International, Accepted
  • N. Al-Aqeeli, “Laser Surface Treatment of 304 Stainless Steel: the Presence of SiC Particulates”, Lasers In Engineering, Accepted
  • N. Al-Aqeeli, M. Khwaja, T. Laoui, S. Nouari, The Effect of Variable Binder Content and Sintering Temperature on the Mechancial Properties of WC-Co-VC/Cr3C2 Nanocomposites, Materials and Manufacturing Processes, Accepted
  • B. S. Yilbas, A. Matthews, C. Karatas, A. Leyland, M. Khaled, N. Abu-Dheir, N. Al-Aqeeli, X. Nie, “Laser Texturing of Plasma Electrolytic Oxidized Aluminum 6061 Surfaces for Improved Hydrophobicity”, ASME Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, Accepted
  • Patents
  • B.S. Yilbas, N. Al-Aqeeli and E. Karatas, "A Method for Carbo-nitriding of Alumina Surfaces", US patent: US 8,142,861 B2 (Mar. 27, 2012) 
  • B.S. Yilbas, N. Al-Aqeeli and E. Karatas, "Method for Carbo-nitriding of Alumina Surfaces Using Laser Irradiation", Divisional US patent, Docket # 33000.77, Pending (Feb. 2012)
  • N. Al-Aqeeli, H. Assehdi “Waste Rubber-Based Coating with Improved Corrosion and Mechanical Properties”, US patent, Docket# 33000.68, filed “Mar. 2012”
  • D. Al-sudani, N. Al-Aqeeli, G. Gambarini “Nano-Grained Nickel Titanium Alloy for Improved Instruments”, US patent, application No. 13/156338
  • K. Muhammad, N. Saheb, T. Laoui, N. Al-Aqeeli “High-density and -strength WC-based Cemented Carbide”, December 2013, Patent pending US14/138,177
  • N. Al-Aqeeli, K. Abdullahi, N. Saheb, T. Laoui “High Performance Al-nanocomposites reinforced with nano-SiC”, Patent Pending, “filed: March 5, 2014”, US14/198,534
  • N. Al-Aqeeli, H. Assehdi “Waste Crumb-Rubber Augmented Masonry Blocks”, Patent pending, US14/253,978, May 2014
  •  N. Al-Aqeeli, H. Assehdi “Crumb Rubber-based hybrid Coating with Improved Erosion Properties”, filed: May 2014, Ref: ME 810

  • ​B.S. Yilbas, A. Dweikh, N. Al-Aqeeli, H. Al-Qahtani, “Laser Pulse Heating of Surfaces and Thermal Stress Analysis”, Publisher: Springer - Briefs in Manufacturing and Surface Engineering, (in Press)​