Assistant Professor of Material Science and Engineering,

Dr. Pedro M. F. J. Costa is an Assistant Professor of the Materials Science and Engineering Program at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and Principal Investigator of the Laboratory for Carbon Nanostructures (KAUST).

Previously, he held an Adjunct Assistant Professor position at the University of Aveiro (UA), Portugal, and co-founded a start-up, Graphene Crystal, Saudi Arabia. Before that, he was a Junior Research Group Leader at UA while also collaborating has an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow with the IFW-Dresden, Germany. Dr. Costa worked as a post-doctoral research associate at the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan, and at the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy of the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom (UK). His graduate studies were carried out under the supervision of Prof. Malcolm L. H. Green FRS, at the Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory, University of Oxford, UK. He is a member of various acknowledged scientific societies such as the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), the Royal Microscopical Society and the Materials Research Society. He is an active committee member of the RSC Interest Group – Chemical Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. Dr. Costa has co-authored numerous scientific papers and communications and he is a regular reviewer for major scientific journals in matters related to electron microscopy and carbon nanostructures. He has received several awards such as the Japan Carbon Award for Young Researchers and an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researchers.

Presently, Dr. Costa’s research interests focus on carbon nanostructures, from synthesis to applications, and electron microscopy. He is engaged in understanding how to optimise the use of carbon-based materials in the fields of energy storage/conversion, gas uptake and civil engineering. Besides this, he also investigates metrology of carbon materials.