Alumni Project

Materials for Energy: Research on New Materials for Energy Technology

Materials have always been the basis and starting point for new technologies and profound changes in society. Future energy technologies will place increasing demands on materials performance. Therefore, this research area has great innovation potential for fields such as the development of alternative and sustainable technologies.

Current technologies are at the limit of their possible miniaturization. To further increase efficiency, alternatives to silicon-based electronics must be sought out. In this context, a fast-growing and promising field is spintronics, which uses elementary magnetic moments in magnetic materials for storage capacities. Another recently proposed concept is magnonics, which aims at using spin-waves for efficient information passage. These technologies rely on nanomaterials with dimensions smaller than the spin/magnon relaxation length.

Potential applications for these materials include: efficient electrical power generation, transmission, and storage; fast and secure communications; medical imaging and treatment; architectures for processing and caching quantum information; and compact solid-state devices, sensors and actuators.

Deciphering what causes the formation of quantum states of matter remains one of the most pressing challenges that modern physics is facing. The project will therefore provide valuable new insights into the superconducting order parameter and the interplay between competing phases in two families of unconventional superconductors: pnictides, TMDs and the group-IV covalent semiconductors.

The research will take place at Goethe University Frankfurt (Germany), the Hashemite University (Jordan), and the University of Fayoum (Egypt) at the newly established low temperature laboratory with a Physical Property Measurements System (PPMS). The laboratory is considered to serve as platform for future Arab-Arab-German collaborations. Additionally, the theoretical calculations and simulations will be carried out at Cairo University in order to contextualize the experimental results. In particular, the results on the superconducting gap values parameter symmetry are further explored by the team of AGYA alumnus Ahmad El-Guindy.

This research project results from previous AGYA projects on emerging materials.

Members in Charge

Mahmoud Abdel-Hafiez

Goethe University Frankfurt, Institute of Physics

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Ahmad El-Guindy

Cairo University Faculty of Science

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DATE and Venue of the project

Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany
University of Fayoum, Egypt
Cairo University, Egypt

Funding Scheme

Alumni Project

Countries Involved

Germany, Egypt, Jordan

Disciplines Involved

 Physics, Mathematics

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