Welcome to Professor Mario Lanza research group at KAUST !!

Our work focuses on enhancing the performance of silicon microchips and other integrated circuits by using two-dimensional (2D) layered materials, which have outstanding electronic, thermal, physical, chemical and optical properties. Silicon microchips are the key human invention of modern times, as they enabled the fabrication of all kinds of machines that improved the productivity and life quality of millions of persons around the world. We believe that the integration of 2D materials in silicon microchips could increase the computing speed, reduce the energy consumption and extend the lifetime of most of the electronic products that we use in our daily life. In the past few years, our work was published in Science, Nature Electronics and Advanced Materials (among others), and our recent progress on hybrid 2D/silicon microchips has attracted the interest of top semiconductor companies like TSMC, ASML and Samsung.

The King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is a technology-transfer-oriented university located on the shores of the gorgeous Red Sea, just 45 minutes driving from Jeddah International Airport, in Saudi Arabia. The environment is multicultural, as the university is the home of ~150 research groups with master, doctoral and postdoctoral researchers from all around the world — here we don't teach bachelors, we focus on research. We have top-notch subsidized laboratories and a team of expert scientists that provides deep technical advice, which enables us to carry out sophisticated experiments. According to the prestigious QS ranking, KAUST has been the world’s 1st university in citations per faculty every year since 2018. In this website you will find more information about our research, publications, team, and facilities.