Mohamed Ebaid

Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 1 Cyclotron Rd., Berkeley, CA 94720, USA


Mohamed Ebaid is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in The Cooper Lab at JCAP-LBNL. He earned a PhD in Physics from Chonnam National University in 2015. His research is mainly focusing on the cost-effective synthesis and in-situ characterization of emerging nanomaterials for applications in solar hydrogen generation, CO2 reduction, thin-film technologies, and optoelectronic devices. He has extensive hands-on experience in nanomaterials synthesis, clean-room processing, electrochemical measurements, FIB/TEM microstructure measurements, and in-situ XRD/Raman characterizations. He also has deep understanding of design-of-experiments and data analysis as well as instrumentation design, troubleshooting, and maintenance. Mohamed has a strong track-record in cutting-edge research with four patent applications and over 50 technical journal publications and conference presentations.

Technical Skills

  • Materials Synthesis: MOCVD, PECVD, CVD, PE-MBE, ALD, E-beam evaporation, RF magnetron Sputtering, Electrochemical Deposition, Spray Pyrolysis, Spin Coating.
  • Materials Processing: RTA, Reactive Ion Etching, Wet Chemical Etching, Focused Ion Beam (FIB), Photolithography, Laser Interference Holography, 3D Printing.
  • Characterization: In-situ XRD, In-plane XRD, Pole Figure Measurements, XRR, 2D-XRD, TEM, SEM, AFM, EDX, XPS, UV/Vis Spectroscopy, In-situ Raman Spectroscopy, Gas-Chromatography, Mass-Spectrometry, X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy, Time-resolved Photoluminescence, Cryogenic Photoluminescence, Electrochemical characterization: OCV, LSV, CV, CA, IPCE, EIS, Mott-Schottky.
  • Computational Skills: Python, Origin Pro, IGOR Pro, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, SolidWorks.

Selected Publications

  1. Production of C2/C3 Oxygenates from Planar Copper Nitride-Derived Mesoporous Copper via Electrochemical Reduction of CO2
  2. Improved solar hydrogen production by engineered doping of InGaN/GaN axial heterojunctions
  3. Water Splitting to Hydrogen over Epitaxially Grown InGaN Nanowires on-Metallic Titanium/Silicon Template: Reduced Interfacial Transfer Resistance and Improved Stability to Hydrogen
  4. Unbiased Photoelectrochemical Solar Hydrogen Generation on Highly Stable, Ultrathin Organic Linker/Metal Ions-Treated InGaN Nanorods on Metal
  5. Enhanced solar hydrogen generation of high density, high aspect ratio, coaxial InGaN/GaN multi-quantum well nanowires
  6. Surface Passivation of GaN Nanowires for Enhanced Photoelectrochemical Water-Splitting
  7. Vertically aligned InGaN nanowires with engineered axial In composition for highly efficient visible light emission

Professional Experiences

Postdoctoral Fellow, Berkeley Lab, Berkeley CA, USA            (Oct 2018 – present)

  • Developing emerging transition metal nitride photocathodes for solar hydrogen generation and CO2 reduction; led to the realization of the first cost-effective photoactive Cu3N material.
  • Developing a new thermal nitridation/in-situ XRD combined system to understand the temperature-dependent crystalline phase evolutions.
  • Building in-situ Raman/electrochemistry cell to trace structural phase transformations on real-time.
  • Conducting morphological, optical, and photoelectrochemical characterization.
  • Performing advanced microstructure characterization by FIB milling and nano-scale TEM imaging.
  • Writing research proposals and mentoring junior-level researchers and graduate students.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, KAUST, Saudi Arabia        (March 2016 – Oct 2018)

  • Developed III-nitride nanowires integrated devices and systems for solar energy harvesting devices.
  • Built new photoelectrochemical water splitting research-level facility.
  • Developed InGaN-based photoanodes on metal substrates such as Ti and Mo for solar water oxidation.
  • Performed photo-electrochemical measurements and gas chromatography quantification.
  • Co-managed a USD 450K grant from Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC).
  • Supervised and trained several K-12, undergraduate, MS, and PhD students.

Graduate Student, Chonnam National University, Gwangju, South Korea        (Aug 2011 – Aug 2015)

  • Studied III-V semiconductor nanowires and nanowire heterostructures for optoelectronic devices and solar water splitting applications.
  • Operation and maintenance of Metalorganic Chemical Vapor Deposition (MOCVD) system.
  • Designed and built cryogenic photoluminescence experimental set up and a laser holography interference nanopatterning technique.
  • Performed clean-room nanofabrication including e-beam evaporation, sputter, PECVD, ICP-RIE, X-ray lithography, and RTA.


  • Ph.D. in Physics: Aug 2015 (GPA: 4.21/4.5)
    • Department of Physics, Chonnam National University, South Korea.
    • “Synthesis of III-V semiconductor nanowires and nanowire heterostructures by MOCVD for solar water splitting applications and optoelectronic devices”
  • M.Sc. in Experimental Physics: Nov 2010
    • Department of Physics, Beni-Suef University, Egypt. “Preparation and physical properties characterization of lanthanum-based oxide films”
  • B.Sc. in Physics: May 2005
    • Department of Physics, Beni-Suef University, Egypt.

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