Mahmoud Abdel-Hafiez

Mahmoud Abdel-Hafiez

Harvard University


Dr. Abdel-Hafiez was born in EGYPT. He began his science career at the University of Fayoum in Egypt, undergraduate studies in physics. Then he moved to Germany and began his Ph D. work at Dresden University of Technology in the field of Condensed Matter Physics. Specializing superconductivity and magnetism in simple correlated materials.

He had several Postdoctoral Researcher appointments in several international groups in China, Belgium, Germany and Russia, where he gained strong background, both experimental and theoretical, in condensed matter and solid-state physics. His record of 66 publications in high-impact peer-reviewed journals, including: Nature materials, Nature communications, Phys. Rev. Lett. (1500 citations, 22 h-index), is complemented by 14 presentations in professional conferences. Currently, he is working at department of physics Harvard University as a Research Associate.

His research interest focuses on an interdisciplinary direction at the frontier between solid-state physics, materials science and solid-state chemistry that includes the materials preparation and characterization of strongly correlated electron / emergent materials under extreme conditions. He is aiming at discovering new materials with fascinating collective ground states to advance the knowledge of these emergent physical properties by investigations on single crystals with highest possible quality. His expertise covers both the growth of high-quality single crystals as well as the physical and chemical characterization of these crystals under high-pressure.



Materials science can help to transform our countries into a high-tech economy

Materials science and engineering is an interdisciplinary field. It explore the scientific fundamentals of materials, their design and their processing for real world applications. It apply the basic principles of chemistry and physics to understand the structure and properties of materials. It design processes to manipulate materials to meet the needs of modern technology. Perhaps the most critical problem in the next 50 years will also be the one most affected by the materials industry. Researchers in materials will be developing the next fuel cells, solar
cells, nuclear waste containers, batteries, supercapacitors, superconductor, and hydrogen storage to name a few of the possibilities.
Materials are used in all walks of life. For example; discovery of room-temperature superconductors would unleash umazing technolo-gies. Energy could be captured and stored indefinitely! With no resistance, a huge current could be passed through the superconducting wire and, in turn, produce mag-netic fields of incredible power. We will use them to levitate trains and produce astonishing accelerations, thereby revolutionizing the transport system. We can use them in power plants—replacing conventional methods which spin turbines in magnetic fields to generate electricity—and in quantum computers.