Graphene Center of Excellence for Energy and Electronic Applications
Prof.Ahmed Abd El-Moneim(E-JUST)
The target of the project is to establish Graphene Center for Energy and Electronic Applications (GCEE) as a spot specialized in basic and applied research of graphene and its related materials (GRMs). One of the reasons for the incredibly fast progress of graphene research is the diverse and unique properties observed in graphene as a 2D crystal nanomaterial, as it holds a leading position in mechanical properties, electrical and thermal conductivity, surface area and optical activity as well as it is chemically inert, and impermeable to gases. This allows graphene to earn its place in the current and future technologies as a replacement for other strategic materials in existing applications such as silicon. Accordingly, graphene-based technologies have the chance to become the next disruptive technologies and spur innovators to develop new products and processes. The main strategic focus in GCEE is the activities built around the central challenge of flexible and solid energy conversion and storage systems and sensors, for which graphene and GRMs are a unique enabling platform. This will be achieved through the following themes: synthesis, processing, printing, designing and fabricating components for energy and sensors applications and finally integration of these components in prototype products. Our techniques will focus on the safe-handling, optimized dispersion and structuring of graphene into liquids, inks, polymer, semiconductors and their translation into components integrated in prototype products. The GCEE will serve as a hub connecting research activities across multiple disciplines and will propel Egypt forward in that field. As well as, it will permit meeting with our international partners from USA, Japan and Europe and effectively establish joint academic activities to promote knowledge transfer, innovative and adventurous research with an emphasis on applications. The GCEE will be established at E-JUST in accordance to business model lead to its sustainability and support the economic development. Finally, the GCEE will be steered by Egyptian graphene experts and approached to entrepreneurs and promoted to SMEs establishment via an industrial liaison office based at E-JUST.
An agreement has been initiated with a professional consultant agency (Middle East group for consultation & accreditation) in accreditation to direct the process of accreditation of the graphene center. The industry (Ezzsteel) will help in supporting the accreditation of the center believing in its merit. The accredited center will acquire credibility of the national and international society that will enhance the collaboration with the center.
Prof. Ahmed Abd El-Moneim, received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from Faculty of Science- Cairo University in 1989 and 1993, respectively. Received his Ph.D. degree from Faculty of Engineering, Tohoku University, Japan, 1998. He received Post-Doctoral fellowships from Japan and Germany during the period between 1999 and 2006. Since November 2010 to March 2017 he was the founding acting chair/chairperson of Materials Science and Engineering department at Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology (E-JUST). Since August 2018 till now, he is the Dean of Basic and Applied Sciences School (BAS) at E-JUST. Also, he is the founder of Graphene Centre for Electronic and Energy Applications at E-JUST.
He has registered 3 US, 1 JP and filled 2 Egy patents, published 93 International per-reviewed journal publications and 45 conference proceedings in the areas of materials science and engineering, and nanoscience. Supervising/supervised 31 M.Sc. and Ph.D. students. PI of 3 grants from the industry, 6 research grants from the STDF in collaboration with USA, Japan and EU. He was a materials consultant for International Worley Parsons, Energy. Member in the editorial board of African Corrosion Journal and Journal of Energy and Power Engineering, and national committee of Materials Science. He received several recognized national and international awards. He is also founding member in many scientific societies and NGO that contribute to public services and national awareness of science and technology.