Research Interests

​The major key of my research is to develop new human drugs and biosensor systems by combining machine learning and quantum chemistry, and carry out molecular descriptors, vacuum/solvent effects, thermodynamic and other different properties and deliver fundamental insights on drug formulation, stability, and bioscience materials.

Selected Publications

  • Ethers on Si(001): A prime example for the common ground between surface science and molecular organic chemistry
    Pecher L, Laref S, Raupach M, Tonner RE
    Angewandte Chemie International Edition, (2017)
  • Characterization of graphene–fullerene interactions: Insights from density functional theory.
    S Laref, AM Asaduzzaman, W Beck, PA Deymier, K Runge, L Adamowicz
    Chemical Physics Letters , (2013)
  • Nature of adhesion of condensed organic films on platinum by first-principles simulations.
    S Laref, Y Li, ML Bocquet, F Delbecq, P Sautet, D Loffreda
    Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics , (2011)
  • Theoretical elucidation of the selectivity changes for the hydrogenation of unsaturated aldehydes on Pt
    S Laref, F Delbecq, D Loffreda
    Journal of Catalysis, (2009)

Education Profile

2010 Ph.D. Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, University of Lyon, France

Professional Profile

2020–present: Research Scientist, King Abdullah University of Science & Technology, Saudi Arabia

2016–2020: Post-Doctoral Fellow, King Abdullah University of Science & Technology, Saudi Arabia

2013–2016: Post-Doctoral Fellow, Philipps–Universität Marburg, Germany

2011–2013: Research Associate, University of Arizona, USA

2010–2011: Research Engineering, Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives (CEA), Grenoble, France

Scientific and Professional Memberships

​Materials Research Society, American Chemical Society


​2007-2010 Ph.D. MONET, Marie–Curie fellowship at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon (ENS), France