- Electrodeposition of metals with emphasis on controlling the morphology of deposits and understanding the deposition mechanism
- Ionic liquids and non-aqueous solvents for electrodeposition
- Surface sensitive electrochemical characterization of metals and alloys
- Electrochemical formation of ordered arrays of nanomaterials
Honors and Awards
- Cooper H. Langford Graduate Scholarship for Teaching Excellence
- Gold Project Award, BioMod international biomolecular design competition
- Queen Elizabeth II Doctoral Student Scholarship
- Nanolytica Best Poster Award
- Alberta Innovates Technology Futures Nano Scholarship
- NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship - Doctoral (PGS-D)
- NSERC Canadian Graduate Scholarship
- NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award
- University Gold Medal, University of Winnipeg
- 2013, 2014
- 2006, 2007
Selected (Recent) Publications
Ansah, E., Horwood, C., El-Sayed, H., Birss, V. and Y. Shi. A method for the formation of Pt metal nanoparticle arrays using nanosecond pulsed laser dewetting, Applied Physics Letters, 2015, (106), 203103.
El-Sayed, H., Horwood, C., Ansah, E., Shi, Y., and V. Birss. Gold nanoparticle array formation on dimpled Ta templates using pulsed laser-induced thin film dewetting, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 2015, (17), 11062-11069.
Horwood, C., El-Sayed, H. and V. I. Birss. Precise electrochemical prediction of short tantalum oxide nanotube length, Electrochimica Acta, 2014, (132), 91-97.
El-Sayed, H., Horwood, C., Abhayawardhana, A. and V. I. Birss. New insights into the initial stages of Ta oxide nanotube formation on polycrystalline Ta electrodes, Nanoscale, 2013, (5), 1494-1498.