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Michel Barsoum

  • Distinguished Professor
  • Department of Materials Science & Engineering
  • Email: barsoumw@drexel.edu

Prof. Michel W. Barsoum is Distinguished Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Drexel University. He is an internationally recognized leader in the area of MAX phases and more recently the 2D solids labeled MXenes derived from the MAX phases. Most recently he also discovered a new universal mechanism – ripplocation – in the deformation of layered solids. With over 500 refereed publications and a Google h index is 120, his work has been highly and widely cited. He was on the Web of Science’s highly cited researchers list in 2018, 2019 and 2020. In 2020, according to a recent Stanford University study, he had the highest c-index (combines citations and h-index) in the Materials Science subfield.  He is a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Society of Engineering Sciences, fellow of the American Ceramic Soc. and the World Academy of Ceramics. He is the author the books, MAX Phases: Properties of Machinable Carbides and Nitrides and Fundamentals of Ceramics, a leading textbook in his field. In 2020, he was awarded the International Ceramics Prize for basic science by the World Academy of Ceramics. This prize is awarded quadrennially and is one of the highest in his field. The prize was awarded for “…  outstanding contribution in opening new horizons in material research and specifically for your pioneering work in MAX phases and their derivatives.” 

Yury Gogotsi

  • Distinguished University and Charles T. And Ruth M. Bach Professor
  • Department of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Director, A.J. Drexel Nanomaterials Institute
  • Email: gogotsi@drexel.edu

Yury Gogotsi is Distinguished University Professor and Charles T. and Ruth M. Bach Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Drexel University. He also serves as Director of the A.J. Drexel Nanomaterials Institute. His research group works on 2D carbides, nanostructured carbons, and other nanomaterials for energy, water, and biomedical applications. He is recognized as a Highly Cited Researcher in Materials Science and Chemistry, and Citations Laureate by Clarivate Analytics. He has received numerous awards for his research including the MRS Medal, ACS Award in the Chemistry of Materials, Materials Today Innovation Award, Gamow Prize, European Carbon Association Award, and S. Somiya Award from IUMRS. He has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Science, Materials Research Society, American Ceramic Society, the Electrochemical Society, Royal Society of Chemistry, International Society of Electrochemistry, as well as the World Academy of Ceramics and the European Academy of Sciences. He holds honorary doctorates from several European universities.

Masoud Soroush

Masoud Soroush received his BS in chemical engineering from Abadan Institute of Technology, Iran, and his MS and PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he also earned an MS in electrical engineering. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he joined Drexel University where, in addition to his teaching and research, he directs the National-Science-Foundation-sponsored Research Experiences for Undergraduates Site focusing on smart manufacturing. He was a Visiting Scientist at DuPont Marshall Lab, Philadelphia, 2002–03 and a Visiting Professor at Princeton University in 2008. His research incorporates polymer membranes, polymers, process systems engineeing, functional safety, nanomaterials, cybermanufacturing, distributed manufacturing, and renewable power generation and storage systems. He has edited/co-edited and contributed to eight books and has documented his work in more than 400 publications, including over 215 widely cited articles. He is a Fellow of American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He represented AIChE on the American Automatic Control Council’s Board of Directors from 2010 to 2013. Among many honors, he received the national awards: the AIChE’s 2021 Institute Award for Excellence in Industrial Gases Technology, for addressing a series of industrial gas problems, and transferring his technologies; the U.S. National Science Foundation Faculty Early CAREER Award; and the O. Hugo Schuck Best Paper Award of American Automatic Control Council. He has supervised research projects of 20 Ph.D., 22 M.S., and 32 B.S. students, as well as 7 postdoctoral research associates.