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.