Tandem Project

Functional Materials for Health


Advanced two-dimensional (2D) materials consists of a single-layer atom structure and have extraordinary physical properties, with respect to resistance of temperature, pressure, and/or mechanical deformation. These materials are therefore considered globally as the materials of the future that may pave the way for a multitude of applications and endless possibilities in various fields, such as nanoelectronics and biosensorics. One of the most important uses of advanced 2D materials are found in the medical field. Graphene, for example, has emerged as an innovative material in this sector due to its capability to treat some serious diseases such as cancer.
This project aims at studying the physicochemical and mechanical properties of advanced materials. In particular 2D materials (heterostructure crystals based on e.g., graphene, silicene, phosphorene, chalcogenides) subjected to several chemical and mechanical conditions, in order to evaluate their potential applications, particularly in the field of molecular biology using deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) with an ultimate goal of developing new tools for mutation detection. These tools would be of utmost significance if they replace the present standard techniques that are very costly and time consuming.
This interdisciplinary research project of AGYA members is conducted in close cooperation with the Goethe University in Frankfurt/M (Germany), the Pasteur Institute of Tunis (Tunisia), and the Mohammed V University in Rabat (Morocco). The results of this project will be published in at least one highly ranked scientific journal

Members in Charge

Mahmoud Abdel-Hafiez

Goethe University Frankfurt, Institute of Physics

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Lalla Btissam Drissi

Mohammed V University-Agdal Faculty of Science Department of Physics

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Olfa Messaoud

Human Genetics
University of Tunis El Manar, Institut Pasteur de Tunis, Laboratory of Biomedical Genomics and Oncogenetics

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DATE and Venue of the project

17 March – 31 December 2020
Goethe University, Frankfurt/M, Germany
Pasteur Institute of Tunis, Tunisia
Mohammed V University, Rabat, Morocco

Funding Scheme

Tandem Project & Alumni Project

Countries Involved

Germany, Tunisia, Morocco


Disciplines Involved

Physics, Human Genetics, Nanotechnology


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