Meet Amalamal-profile

Name: Amal Al Ghaferi
Research interest: Materials Micro-characterisation Microscopy, Experience in X-ray diffraction (XRD), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM)




2011 – 2011 Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Executive Education, Women and Power : Leadership in a New World

2011 – 2011 Lehigh University

Lehigh Microscopy School, Electron Microscopy

2011 – 2011 MIT

Executive Education, Leadership Skills for Engineering and Science Faculty

2000 – 2006 University of Pittsburgh

PhD, Materials Science and Engineering

1995 – 2000 UAE University

Bachelors’ in Physics

Related Experience

  • January 2010 – Present : Assistant Professor , Masdar Institute of Science and Technology.
  • August 2010 – Present : Research Scholar , MIT.
  • January 2007 – January 2010: Assistant Professor , Physics Department, School of Science, UAE University.
  • August 2000 – January 2007: PhD student, Materials Scince and Engineering Department, University of Pittsburgh, USA
  • February 2000 – January 2007: Teaching Assistant, Physics Department, UAE University.

Professional Experience

  • Experience and strong background Materials Micro-characterization Microscopy, Experience in X-ray diffraction (XRD), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM).
  • Experience in combining experimental observations down to atomic level detail with the principles and practice of physical metallurgy and metal physics to study and explain the mechanical, magnetic and other physical properties of structural and functional materials, with an emphasis on intermetallic and metallic systems.
  • Experience in Magnetic Properties measurements like Vibrating sample Magnetometer (VSM) which characterize ‘ hard’ and ‘soft’ magnetic materials.
  • Experience in Theoretical Elastic Constants Calculation for different types of materials structure.
  • Experience in TEM Image Simulation software, Cu-Four.
  • Experience in interacting and dealing with students.

Honors, Awards and Research Funding

  •  2009 UK Prime Minister’s Initiative , PMI2, a Research Co-operation Funding program run by the British Council designed to grow high quality research co-operation between UK Higher Education Institutions and Higher Education Institutions in UK and selected countries worldwide. Co-operation between University of Durham , UK and UAE University, the fund is of £ 39,927.30 , the project title is : Organic Memory Devices Using Carbon Nanotubes as charge storage elements : structural analysis and electrical properties.
  • 2009 Women in Science and Technology Fellowship, April-June 2009 , from the USA Department of State at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
  • 2007 Sheikh Rashid Scientific Distinction Award for getting a PhD degree.
  • 2000-2007 UAE University Scholarship to get PhD Degree in Materials Science and Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, USA
  • 2000 Sheikh Rashid Scientific Distinction Award for graduating from UAEU with GPA 3.98

Institutional and Professional service

  • 2010,  Students Housing Committee, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology.
  • 2009, Designing Students Housing Committee, UAE University .
  • 2008, Students chaperon in Intensive English Language Course at University of Alabama , Tuscaloosa
  • 2007-2009,  Physics Club Coordinator, UAE University.
  • 2007-2009 , Physic s Department Research Committee, UAE University.

Selected Publications

(Further details on Amal’s ResearchGate profile page)

  • Elastic constants of equiatomic L10-ordered FePd single crystalsAl-Ghaferi, P. Müllner, H. Heinrich, G. Kostorz and J.M.K. Wiezorek,“Elastic constants of equiatomic L10-ordered FePd single crystals”, Acta Materialia (2006) Vol. 54, 881-889.
  • Microstructure-Property Evolution in Cold-Worked Equiatomic Fe-Pd During Isothermal Annealing at 500°C , A. Deshpande, A. Al-Ghaferi, H. Xu, H. Heinrich and J.M.K. Wiezorek (2003) in : Nano and Microstructural Design of Advanced Materials, 2003, : A commemorative volume on Prof.G. Thomas’seventieth birthday. London Elsevier; Pages 129-142.