Osman M. Bakr holds a B.Sc. in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT (2003) as well as a M.S. and Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Harvard University (2009). He is currently an Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, SABIC Presidential Career Development Chair, at KAUST, Saudi Arabia. His research group focuses on the study of hybrid organic-inorganic nanoparticles and materials; particularly advancing their synthesis and self-assembly for applications in solar energy and optoelectronics.