MSE Professor Receives First Ever University Research/Scholarship Award

Published on Thursday June 7, 2007

Dr. Michel Barsoum, Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, has received the inaugural Drexel University Research/Scholarship Award for the discovery of kinking nonlinear elastic deformation of solids, a fully reversible deformation mode which is observed in a wide range of materials, including geological and ceramic materials, graphite and hexagonal metals. He was recognized for this accomplishment at a formal dinner held on May 30th, 2007, in Behrakis Grand Hall.

The Drexel University Research/Scholarship Award honors outstanding faculty for seminal accomplishments in research, scholarship, and creative works. More specifically, this award recognizes faculty members for specific work that has impacted a field in a way that significantly augmented thinking, understanding, or trends among other practitioners and scholars. The award includes a citation which summarizes the particular accomplishment and $10,000 to be placed in a designated account to further the goals of the work.

Dr. Barsoum, a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society and the World Academy of Ceramics, received his B.Sc. in Materials Engineering from the American University in Cairo, Egypt in 1977, his M.S. from University of Missouri-Rolla, Rolla, MO, in 1980, and his Ph.D. from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT in 1985. Dr. Barsoum and his research group were the first to fabricate and fully characterize an important new class of machinable ternary carbides and nitrides, the so-called MAX phases. Since 1996, Dr. Barsoum and his collaborators have published over 140 refereed papers on these ternary carbides and nitrides alone, including ones in Nature, Nature Materials, Science and Physical Review Letters

More recently, Dr. Barsoum and his collaborators have shown that some of the blocks in the Great Pyramids of Giza were cast of a reconstituted limestone concrete. This work has been widely publicized nationally and internationally. In addition, Dr. Barsoum is the author of the textbook, Fundamentals of Ceramics, (Institute of Physics, 2003). He has authored or co-authored over 180 refereed publications, that have been cited over 3000 times. He has nine U.S. patents awarded and five pending. In 2000, he was awarded a Humboldt-Max Planck Research Award for Senior U.S. Research Scientists and spent his sabbatical year at the Max Planck Institute in Stuttgart, Germany.

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