Messaoud Bahoura

Professor and Director

Center for Renewable Energy and Advanced Materials




Dr. Bahoura received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in laser and matter from the University of Paris XI, Orsay, France, in 1993 and 1998, respectively. In 1998, Dr. Bahoura was awarded the National Research Council (NRC) Research Associateship Award to work at NASA-Langley Research Center (LaRC) in Hampton, VA. At NASA-LaRC, he worked on the development of a high-performance all-solid-state terahertz laser system using a novel phase-matching technique. In 2000, Dr. Bahoura joined Norfolk State University (NSU) as a research associate professor and worked on developing advanced laser powder materials. In 2010, Dr. Bahoura joined the engineering department at NSU where he is working on the design and development of renewable energy harvesting devices, energy storage devices, and energy-saving and low power devices and sensors. Professor Bahoura is the director and the principal investigator of two NSF Center: the NSF CREST Center for Renewable Energy and Advanced Materials (CREAM) and the NSF CREST Center for Nano and Bio-Inspired Materials and Devices (CNBMD).  Professor Bahoura is PI, Co-PI, and senior investigator on projects totaling funding nearly $30M from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Department of Defense (DoD).

Professor Bahoura graduated thirteen Doctoral and Master students in materials science and engineering and published over 200 scientific publications and invention disclosures. Professor Bahoura served as the graduate program coordinator for the Center for Materials Research at NSU from 2011-2014 and he is an online certified instructor. He is the faculty advisor of the Society Student Chapter of IEEE, Materials Science Society (MRS), National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) at NSU. Dr. Bahoura is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Innovative Technology and Creative Engineering (IJITCE) and peer- reviewer for the Applied Optics, Optics Express, IEEE-Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement Society Journal of IEEE Photonics Technology Letters, and IJITCE. He is a member of the Materials Research Society (MRS), IEEE Laser and Electro-Optics Society (LEOS), Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control Society (UFFC), Communications Society, Instrumentation & Measurements Society (I&M), Optical Society of America (OSA), American Physical Society (APS), and International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE).

Area of Interests

Research Project and Interests




  • Design and development of renewable energy harvesting devices, energy storage devices, and energy-saving and low power devices and sensors.
  • Development of multifunctional thin films for applications in environmental sensing.
  • Development of high-dielectric materials for high speed and high-power applications for low cost and secure computing and communication systems.
  • Development of novel nanomaterials for photovoltaic, sensor, and biomedical applications.


Research expertise & interests:

  • Epitaxial and multilayered thin film and nanostructure growth, smart optical materials, thermoelectrics, plasmonics, transition metal oxides, metal-insulator transitions; high-k dielectrics, wide bandgap semiconductors, MEMS, NEMS, and lithium-ion batteries.
  • 2D electronic devices, chalcogenides, dichalcogenides, dielectrics, ferroelectrics, electronic materials for energy applications, interfaces, oxide semiconductor materials, and/or oxide.
  • Synthesis of metal oxides and their composites for dye-sensitized/ photovoltaic solar cells and supercapacitor applications.
  • Synthesis and study of different mixed metal oxide nanostructures (e.g. metal molybdates, metal tungstates, and metal vanadates).