Abdulrahman H. Basher Yassin

Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral fellow


Research Interests

I am interested in both theoretical and experimental studies on plasma science and technology. I am a specialist in low-temperature plasmas and plasma-surface interactions. I use different types of simulations, e.g. DFT geometry optimization, ab-initio molecular dynamics, and classical molecular dynamics, to study atomic layer etching (ALE) or in general atomic layer processing (ALP) technologies that can be used to manufacture nano-scale devices. I have experience in generating and characterizing low temperature plasmas for different applications, e.g. plasma processing of materials, plasma medicine,...etc. Currently, I am interested to study ALP to fabricate qubit materials and quantum computer devices as well as nano-scale devices.

Selected Publications

  • Formation and desorption of nickel hexafluoroacetylacetonate Ni(hfac)2 on a NiO surface in ALE processes, A. H. Basher, M. Krstić, F. Karin, T. Ito, K. Karahashi, W. Wenzel, and S. Hamaguchi, Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology A 38, 052602 (2020)
  • Self-limiting processes in thermal atomic layer etching (ALE) of nickel by hexafluoroacetylacetone, A. H. Basher, I. Hamada, and S. Hamaguchi, Japanese Journal of Applied Physics 59, 090905 (2020)
  • Stability of hexafluoroacetylacetone molecules on metallic and oxidized nickel surfaces in atomic layer etching (ALE) processes, A. H. Basher, M. Krstić, T. Takeuchi, M. Isobe, T. Ito, M. Kiuchi, K. Karahashi, W. Wenzel, and S. Hamaguchi, Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology A 38, 022610 (2020)
  • Laminar-to-turbulent transition of cold atmospheric pressure plasma jet, A. H. Basher and A‐A. H. Mohamed, Journal of Applied Physics 123, 193302 (2018)
  • Susceptibility of staphylococcus epidermidis to argon cold plasma jet by 0.2% oxygen admixture, A-A H. Mohamed, A. H. Basher, J. Q. M. Almarashi, and S. A. Ouf, Applied Sciences 11, 3455 (2021)
  • Inhibitory effect of double atmospheric pressure argon cold plasma on spores and mycotoxin production of Aspergillus Niger contaminating date palm fruitsS. A. Ouf, A. H. Basher, and A‐A. H. Mohamed, Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture 95, 3204 (2015)
  • Generation of large volume atmospheric pressure air plasma, A-A. H. Mohamed, A. Al-Mashraqi, S. Shariff, M. Benghanem, A. H. Basher, and S. A. Ouf, IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science 42, 2488 (2014)

Professional Profile

  • 1/12/2021-Present: Postdoctoral Fellow (Computational Physics and Materials Science Lab), Division of Physical Science and Engineering, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal, Saudi Arabia.

  • 1/10/2020-30/11/2021: JSPS Postdoctoral (PD) Fellow (Hamaguchi Lab), Center for Atomic and Molecular Technologies, Osaka University, Osaka, Japan.

  • 1/04/2020-30/09/2020: JSPS Doctoral Course (DC) Fellow (Hamaguchi Lab), Center for Atomic and Molecular Technologies, Osaka University, Osaka, Japan.

  • 9/10/2017-31/03/2020: Research Assistant, Center for Atomic and Molecular Technologies, Osaka University, Osaka, Japan. 

  • 4/12/2016-2/10/2017: Projects manager, Roaa investment, Medina, Saudi Arabia.   

  • 5/8/2012-2/12/2016: Research Assistant, Science and Technology Unit, Taibah University, Medina, Saudi Arabia. 

  • 15/11/2009-13/5/2010: Teaching Assistant, Department of Applied Physics, Faculty of Applied Science, Taibah University, Medina, Saudi Arabia.

Scientific and Professional Membership

  1. American Vacuum Society (AVS). 

  2. Japan Society of Applied Physics (JSAP).

  3. American Physical Society (APS).


  • Nominated by Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University, for Inoue research award for young scientists 2022.
  • Awarded JSPS Fellowship for 2 years 2020. 
  • Finalist for Students Award (The 72nd Annual Gaseous Electronics Conference GEC), Collage Station-Texas, USA, Oct. 2019.
  • Finalist for the Coburn & Winters Awards (AVS 66th International Symposium & Exhibition), Columbus-Ohio, USA, Oct. 2019. 
  • Finalist for Students Award (SAPP XXII and the 11th EU-Japan Joint Symposium on Plasma Processing), Štrbské Pleso, Slovakia, Jan. 2019 
  • Nominated for the best young researcher DPS 40th 2018, Japan.
  • Awarded a PCoMS IPD fellow 2019. 
  • 2nd place of the best posters (ALD/ALE 2018 by AVS in Incheon, Korea, (2018).
  • 3rd place in the qualifying competition for the 6th scientific conference, science and engineering field of master level, Taibah University, (2015).
  • 1st place in the cultural competition, Taibah University, for two years (2007&2008).
  • Award of achieving the highest GPA in Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Taibah University, (2007). 

Research Interests Keywords

First-Principles Calculations Molecular Dynamics Atomic Layer Etching (ALE) Atomic Layer Processing (ALP) Nano-scale Devices Plasma Physics Quantum Computer Materials Plasma Surface Interactions