Student Thesis Spotlight: Yasser Albarakat


Yasser Albarakat, a senior KGSP student at the University of Colorado Boulder, recently completed his thesis and defended his dissertation on ‘Two-Photon Polymerization of Soft Matter Composites’. His thesis summarizes the results of one-and-a-half years of research under the supervision of Ivan Smalyukh, Associate Professor of Physics. Yasser joined the Smalyukh Group in Fall 2015 and received a research grant from the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) at the University of Colorado Boulder during the summer of his junior year.

Within his thesis, Yasser explains that, "Composite materials, as common as concrete, have been widely used and extensively engineered due to their capability of combining constituent materials with significantly different physical or chemical properties, generating new materials with novel and more desirable properties. With two-photon photo-polymerization, it is possible to design and produce composite materials with three-dimensional control and sub-micron precision, thanks to the highly localized nonlinear process of polymerization.”
Yasser’s thesis has been published on the University of Colorado Boulder Scholar’s website. To read more about his research findings, please visit:
Yasser received the Summa Cum Laude award, the highest honors designation, for his academic and research excellence. Yasser graduated with honors at the University of Colorado Boulder this May and will travel to KAUST later this summer to begin his master’s degree in Electrical Engineering. 


Yasser presenting his research at a Poster Fair at the University of Colorado Boulder

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Yasser defending his honor’s thesis