Faculty & Staff - Department of Physics

Dr. Ali Hendaoui
Assistant Professor of Physics . Chair of the Physics Department
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Dr. Ali Hendaoui received his PhD in Process Engineering from the University of Paris 13 in 2008. During his studies, he worked on the optimization of innovative processes for the production of advanced materials at low cost. As a postdoctoral fellow at INRS (Canada), Dr. Hendaoui worked on the development of vanadium dioxide-based smart thin films and devices for miniaturized satellites. Later on, he worked as a research associate at INRS and was responsible of the activities related to advanced nanomaterials synthesis using plasma-based processes.

Dr. Hendaoui's interests include nanomaterials and their applications in energy (Harvesting, Efficiency). In particular, Dr. Hendaoui's work focuses on controlling the functional properties of nanomaterials through their composition and morphology for innovative energy-related applications. Smart materials (such as those experiencing reversible Metal-to-Insulator transitions) and novel advanced materials for energy applications (such as perovskites) are of a high interest.

Dr. Nouredine Zettilli
Professor of Physics
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Dr. Mohamed S Kariapper
Assistant Professor of Physics
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Dr. Mohamed S. Kariapper. Dr. Kariapper earned his PhD from University of Warwick, UK. His specialization is in Surface Science and he has employed a relatively novel technique of normal incidence X-ray standing Wave (NIXSW) to determine the surface adsorption structure on metal surfaces. He used high resolution soft X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (SXPS) to reveal two states of the adsorbed methanethiolate species formed on Cu(111) with different photoelectron binding energies. The interaction of alkane thiols with surfaces is of interest both from the point of view of desulphurisation catalysts and catalyst poisoning, and because these species form self-assembled monolayers which are of potential interest in molecular electronics. Results from his research work is published in high-impact journals including Physical Review Letters, Physical Review B, and Journal of Physics – Condensed Matter.

Dr. Kariapper has a keen interest in Physics Education Research (PER) and tries to implement those finding in the classroom and in the design and implementation of web-based instruction. He has authored an online courses for PHY101 (first year undergraduate physics – General Physics I) as the Principal Investigator funded by a grant awarded by Deanship of Academic Development, KFUPM (Dhahran, Saudi Arabia). And functioned as the team member of the PHY102 (General Physics II) online course. He has also been the coordinator of freshman labs in KFUPM and the key player in modernizing the labs and introducing online components into freshman physics.

Dr. Farid Amalou
Assistant Professor of Physics
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Dr. Farid Amalou has strong scientific and technical background in Microsystems design and manufacturing. He received his PhD in Micro-Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) in 2003. He is an expert in the development of fully automated and integrated bio-systems, with an extensive knowledge in micro-magnetics applied to bio-applications. He has actively contributed to life sciences related projects, which include the development of novel fully automated microfluidic platforms for synthetic biology applications at Heriot-Watt University. He has also introduced new manufacturing processes for miniaturized ultrasound devices for medical applications in collaboration with the University of Dundee. He has authored and co-authored several innovations and patents, and has published the results of his research in high-impact journals including Applied Physics Letters and Physical Review B. Farid is also Co-Founder of AccFluidics Ltd., a UK-based company that specializes in microsystems for life sciences applications, and has held the prestigious Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) Enterprise Fellowship that is aimed at entrepreneurial young scientists who wish to set up technology companies in Scotland.

Dr. Mohammed Benali Kanoun
Assistant Professor of Physics & Chemistry
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Dr. Mohammed Benali Kanoun received his PhD degree in materials science from University of Tlemcen – University of Grenoble 1 in 2004. He was appointed an assistant professor from 2005 to 2006 at University of Lille I and from 2006 to 2007 at University of Poitiers in France. He was awarded a post-doctorate funding by Namur University in 2008/2010. He joined KAUST, Saudi Arabia in 2010 as research fellow. He was a research scientist at Georgia Institute of Technology, USA until 2015. He has published more than 60 peer reviewed journal articles in high impact journals including Journal of Physical Chemistry C, Chemistry of Materials, ACS, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, RSC, Physical Review B, APS, Renewable Energy, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy and ChemCatChem (Catalysis). He has contributed with chapters in 4 books. He has received in excess of 880 citations with an H-index of 18. He is an associate reviewer of the frontiers edition since 2014. He was member of international scientific committee of Symposium, E-MRS spring meeting protective coatings and thin films, Strasbourg, France May, 2013
Dr. Kanoun's research centers on understanding the mechanism of semiconductors, ceramics, transition metals, diluted magnetic semiconductors, spintronics, molecular crystals and nano-structured materials as well as thin film, nanowires, heterojunctions of hybrid organic/inorganic and nanoparticles. He is involved in investigating electronic structures, magnetic, mechanical, optical, transport, nonlinear optical (NLO) properties using theoretical and computational methods as density functional theory (DFT), MD. Dr. Kanoun recent research activities are centred on the catalytic activities of metal nanoparticles, photo-catalysis, photovoltaic and solar cell conversion.

Dr. Souraya Goumri Said
Assistant Professor of Physics
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Souraya Goumri-Said was born in Toulouse, France. She received her PhD degree from the Bourgogne University in Dijon (France) on 2004. Souraya then spent one year in Val de Marne University as temporary assistant professor then joined the condensed matter group in physics department of technical university of Kaisterslautern on 2005. From 2006 to 2010, she was awarded different research fellows in France and Belgium as postdoctoral and assistant professor at Maine University (Le Mans, France) from 2006 to 2008. Then she worked as researcher at Namur University from 2008 to 2010. Souraya worked and co-managed an industrial project within Arcelor Mittal R&D in collaboration with 3 universities in Wallonie region. From July 2010, she was employed at KAUST University (Saudi Arabia) before joining Georgia Tech where she worked as research scientist within Prof. Jean-Luc Bredas group at the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Her main area of research is density functional theory applied to material science and modeling the physical properties of functionalized materials such as spintronics, ceramics, carbides, nitrides, and materials for hydrogen storage. She also specialized in modeling optical, photonic devices and nanostructures for photovoltaic applications. Souraya is an associate editor of the central European journal of physics, within springer Verlag edition since 2008. She edited her first book on 2006 about ab-initio methods applied to physical properties of semiconductors nitrides and perovskites. Souraya is author and co-author of more than 87 papers, 5 chapters and books with h-index=14. She was nominated in Nov. 2013 as associate editor of Frontiers in Interdisciplinary Physics section. Since Jan. 2015, she is acting as Editor at Journal of Nanoscience with Advanced Technology (Verizona). Souraya has joined Al Faisal University at Riyadh in August 2015, where she is working as assistant professor at physics department (COS). Overview of Dr. Souraya Goumri-Said publications: http://scholar.google.fr/citations?user=pq1RqksAAAAJ&hl=en

Majdi Mohammad Tawfi S. Khasawneh
Laboratory Instructor of Physics
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Sana Mumtaz
Laboratory Instructor of Physics
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