Sayed Youssef Sayed


I was born in an area that is about one kilometre away from the ancient pyramids in Giza, Egypt. In 2005, I was excited by the shining of the nanotechnology at the University of Alberta (U of A). Despite the 50 oC difference in temperature, I moved to Edmonton, which surprisingly became my favourite city. In 2011, I received my PhD in Chemistry from the U of A. My PhD studies focused on the growth of epitaxial metallic thin films on semiconductor surfaces. I did my first postdoctoral studies in designing molecular electronic devices at the National Institute for Nanotechnology and the U of A. In 2013, I got the NSERC postdoctoral fellowship, which supported my postdoctoral studies in alkali metal-oxygen batteries at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA. In 2017, and with the “Back Home Feelin’ Again” for me and my family, I have returned to Canada and joined Prof. Jillian Buriak’s group as a research associate. My research interests include energy storage and conversion, electrocatalysis, thin films, modification of carbon and silicon surfaces, and materials characterization. In addition to enjoying science, I like spending time with my lovely kids.