Mahmoud Abdel-Hafiez

 Mahmoud Abdel-Hafiez
  • Physics,
  • Materials Science

Areas of Expertise:
Quantum materials; Magnetism and superconductivity

since 2018


Institute of Physics
Max-von-Laue-Str. 1
60438 Frankfurt am Main

Uppsala University

Department of Physics and Astronomy,
Ångströmlaboratoriet, 751 20 Uppsala

+49 69 798 472 58
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About me

My research interests are interdisciplinary, lying at the intersection of solid-state physics, materials science, and high-temperature superconducting systems/materials, with a particular focus on the preparation and characterization of strongly correlated electron materials under extreme conditions. Through my research, I seek to discover new materials with fascinating collective ground states and to advance our knowledge of these emergent physical properties by investigating single crystals of the highest possible quality. By investigating electronic phase transition, I aim to unveil new phenomena beyond the bulk response. As current understandings of these cooperative effects are far from clear, my research strives to achieve new insights through the use of different thermodynamic probes under extreme conditions, including very low temperatures, high magnetic fields, and significant applied pressure.

My current research focuses on designing new materials and devices that process information, and on advancing our understanding of electron-electron interaction in a variety of new systems, including materials based on metal oxides, metal chalcogenides, thin films, heterostructures, and nanostructures. Such interactions between electrons in solids are responsible for a large number of exciting physical phenomena, including ferromagnetism, anti-ferromagnetism, charge-density waves (CDW), spin-density waves (SDW), quantum critical point (QCP), and superconductivity.

As an AGYA member, I aim to significantly contribute to innovation, education, and technology development between Germany and the Arab countries.

My main goal as an AGYA member is to enhance and improve Arab-German research cooperation, particularly on topics like energy, new materials, and education infrastructure. With my strong background in the field of materials science, together with my diverse interdisciplinary research background, I aim to establish promising joint projects with partners in the Arab world.

Academic career
2021 - today Docent / Associate Professor of Physics, Uppsala University, Sweden
2018 - today Research Associate at the Department of Physics, Harvard University, USA
2015 - today Research Associate at the Institute of Physics, University of Frankfurt, Germany
2014 - 2017 Faculty member at the Center for High Pressure Science and Technology Advanced Research, Shanghai, China
2013 - 2014 Postdoctoral researcher at Liege University/Belgium
2012 - 2013 Postdoctoral researcher at Moscow State University/Russia
2008 - 2012 Ph.D. in Physics at Dresden University of Technology, Dresden, Germany
2007 - 2008 Visiting Student at Chemnitz University/Germany
2005 - 2007 Master Student at Fayoum University/Egypt