Samir Lounis

AGYA Alumni Jointly building bridges into the future

 Samir Lounis
  • Physics

Areas of Expertise:
Nanoscale properties of materials; Electronic structure theory; Quantum mechanics; Magnetism

2015 - 2020


Peter Grünberg Institute &
Institute for Advanced Simulation
52428 Jülich

+49 2461 61 4068
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About me

Through AGYA, I've been able to get a profound insight into the scientific landscape for nanomaterial research in Morocco and increase the international outreach of our work in Jülich.

AGYA has given me the opportunity to meet and interact with a diverse range of researchers from the Arab world and Germany. In this regard, my collaboration with Lalla Btissam Drissi has been particularly fruitful and rewarding. Our cooperation has not only led to common papers and exciting new research directions for both of us, but it has also allowed me to dive into the physics communities and research networks in Morocco and Tunisia.

Academic Career

2020 - today

Professor, Faculty of Physics, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany


European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant for ‘Dynasore’ Project – Dynamical magnetic excitations with spin-orbit interaction in realistic nanostructures, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany

2015 - 2020

Junior Professor in Theory of Nanospintronics, RWTH Aachen University, Germany

2011 - today

Leader of the Functional Nanoscale Structure Probe and Simulation Laboratory (Funsilab) at Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany

2010 - 2011

Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at University of California Irvine, USA

2007 - 2009

Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute for Solid State Physics, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany  
2003 - 2007 Ph.D. (summa cum laude), Forschungszentrum Jülich and RWTH Aachen University, Germany
2000 - 2002 Master’s Degree, Mouloud Mammeri University of Tizi Ouzou, Algeria


My Commitment to AGYA
Selection Committee 'New AGYA Members'

On a personal note

Must read in my discipline:
The Pleasure of Finding Things Out by Richard P. Feynman

Favourite novel:
The Story of My Life by Fadhma Ait Mansour Amrouche

Inspiring thinker/scientist from my country:
Jean el Mouhoub Amrouche