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GUC Alumnus Dr. Islam Khalaf wins Otto-Hahn Medal from Max Planck - Institute

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Monday, August 6, 2018

GUC Alumnus Dr. Islam Khalaf wins Otto-Hahn Medal from Max Planck - Institute for solid state research in the Field of Chemistry, Physics, and Technology in Germany for introducing outstanding research in the field of electrical conductivity in topological wires. He received the prize during a celebration attended by the German Minister of Education and Scientific Research Anja Karliczek in Heidelberg city, Germany.


Dr. Islam Khalaf, said that he used the laws of quantum mechanics in his research to understand features of the topological materials. He asserted that his research would develop industry of electronics in the future, adding that the topological wires will fasten the processing capabilities of computers.


Khalaf has graduated in 2010 with a bachelor degree in Electronics, and in 2012 he received his master’s degree in physics from the University of Stuttgart and right after he started his PhD at the Max Planck Institute in Stuttgart where he graduated with distinction (summa cum laude) and won the Otto Hahn medal awarded by the Max Planck society for his PhD work.


In addition to that Dr. Islam was awarded a 3-year postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University parallel to being a postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute.


Quoting from Khalaf Words: “The GUC influenced my career in two major ways. First, the advanced level of education I received there played a major role in my academic success later, particularly, in making my transition from electronic engineering, which I studied at the GUC, to theoretical physics, on which I worked in my postgraduate studies, very smooth. Second, the academic excellence scholarships offered by the GUC, which enabled me to spend a 3-month internship and my 6-month bachelor project at German universities was crucial in helping me get integrated in the research system in Germany and giving me a head start in my research career on the postgraduate level.”



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