Novel Materials for Emerging Energy solutions Workshop – Team

Workshop Description

Biographies team members

Prof. Abdelilah Benyoussef received his “Doctorat d’état” degree from the Paris-Sud University in 1983. He is a permanent member of the Moroccan Hassan II Academy of Science and Technology, since 2006. He is associate professor in the materials and nanomaterials center of the Moroccan Foundation for Advanced Science, Innovation and Research. He is National coordinator of the Competences Pole of Condensed Matter and Systems Modeling. He is also an editor in chief of the Moroccan Journal of Condensed Matter. He is President of the Moroccan Society of Statistical Physics and Condensed Matter. He has been visiting professor in many research centers, laboratories and Universities in Belgium, Canada, Egypt, France, Germany, Japan, Spain, Tunisia, and United states. The main interest topics of Abdelilah Benyoussef are Ab initio calculation and Monte carlo method in modeling and simulation of new materials for renewable energy; Magnetism and phase transition in condensed matter; complex systems and critical self-organization in statistical physics. He is a co-author of more than 400 research publications and book chapters and about 100 conference presentations including numerous invited papers and talks. He has co-chaired or co-organized several international conferences. He holds a number of patents and supervised 40 postgraduate research candidates.


Prof. Mustapha Jouiad obtained his PhD in Materials Science and his Master degree in solid sate physics and physics of particles from University of Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France in 1996 and 1993 respectively. Prior Joining Materials Science program at Masdar Institute of Science and Technology as faculty and principal investigator, he worked at very prestigious universities such as University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC) and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) as well as in National Labs such as CNRS France and Lawrence Livermore National Lab (LLNL). His research interests are in Advanced Materials and Multiscale Characterization with applications in transport, energy and environment. His approach allows large probing of materials structure by means of various techniques such as Analytical Chemistry, Mechanical & Optical testing and Analytical Microscopy. The multiscale characterization provides with better correlation between the material microstructure at different scales (Mico & nano) and its respective macroscopic behavior. It gives also access to the relevant parameters influencing the material processing and its properties. The targeted achievement is to be able to predict material properties in order to optimize materials processing and design.
Recently, Dr. Jouiad’s research is focused on the development, modification and characterization of nanostructures, oxides and functionalized Nanoparticles that possess high optical, electrical and catalytic properties as well as in situ assessment of wettability alteration and 3D imaging. Dr. Jouiad is an accomplished & recognized Scientist in Advanced Materials & Characterization, he has authored and co-authored more than 70 publications in peer review journals and referred proceedings. He supervised and co-supervised several PhD and Masters students.


Prof. Tarik Chafik received his PhD in Catalytic engineering processes from university of Lyon France with Prof. D. Bianchi (1993). He was Post doc researcher at University of Patras (Greece) with Prof. Verykios (1994) than at National Institute for Resources and Environment (AIST, Tsukuba Japan) from 1995 to 1997. He was also awarded as Fulbright visiting researcher at University California Berkeley (USA) in 1999. Dr. Chafik currently works as Group leader and Full Professor at the Faculty of Sciences and Technique of Tangier (Morocco), where he is teaching Thermodynamic, Chemical engineering, catalysis and atmospheric pollution control. He is coordinator and member of several research projects dealing with sustainable development technologies such as those involving adsorbents and catalysts for air pollution control as well as materials for application in renewable energy. He holds 2 international patents and more 70 indexed publications (h index 19 by Google scholar).
He was appointed as invited Professor at Alma Mater University of Bologna for research and teaching assignments within European Master Advanced Spectroscopy in Chemistry (within Erasmus Mundus project) as well as University of Lille, France. He was several times invited lecturer at the universities in France, Spain, Portugal, Germany. He was nominated by the Moroccan ministry for expertise of National teaching curriculum proposals within LMD “licence, master, doctorate” and requested by CNRST (Morocco) for various research projects examination. He Served as guest editor and reviewer for many National and international journals as well as jury president and member of many PhD thesis including outside Morocco.


– Prof. Othmane Bouhali is a research professor and director of research computing at Texas A&M University at Qatar. He is the founder and director the Texas A&M Advanced Scientific computing (TASC) center. He was the head of the computing group at the High Energy Physics (HEP) institute of Brussels.  He took important computing and simulation responsibilities in HEP experiments, mainly in the area of scientific grid computing. Since 1994 he is a member of the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).

He was also a member of: the HERMES international collaboration at the Deutsche Electron Synchrotron DESY) in Hamburg and the Amanda/ICECUBE neutrino telescope at the South Pole.

His research interests include: high performance computing, radiation detectors development, medical physics and 3D scientific visualization. He has supervised more than 15 Phd and Master students.


 Prof. Ahmed Ennaoui is Physician and material scientist. Chairman of the scientific council of Institute for Research in Solar Energy and New Energies (IRESEN). He left Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) and he was Research Director of Solar Energy group at Qatar Environmental and Energy Research Institute (QEERI). Prior to joining QEERI, he was working at the Hahn-Meitner Institute-Berlin (HMI) conducting research for his Habilitation with professor Helmut Tributsch, in the “Abteilung Solare Energetik” working on new earth abundant materials for solar energy conversion. He then promoted senior scientist and project leader at Hahn-Meitner Institute-Berlin and Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB). During this time at HMI and HZB he developed state-of-the-art capabilities for processing thin films and related solar cells. He was promoted in 2000, to head research group and project leader pursuing research on several EU’s Framework programs and funding projects financed by the German Federal Ministry of Education. Meanwhile, he conducted successful feasibility studies financed by the industry (Siemens/Shell-Solar/Avancis, Solibro, Bosch, Atotech). Dr. Ahmed research interests are primarily focused on emerging thin film PV technology, from planar films to nanostructures including 2D Van der Waals (VdW) layered materials (WS2, MoS2, …), including the conversion of light into chemical and electrical energy, and photocatalysis of water splitting and reduction of surface state through of hydrogen terminated silicon for solar energy conversion.
At QEERI, he is managing research team, recruiting top scientists and developing novel methods allowing Drop on-Demand (D-O-D) patterning of materials with negligible materials waste and small environmental footprint such as inkjet printing technology. His published work on thin film solar cells with earth abundant materials for thin- film solar cells such as Kesterite Cu2ZnSn(SxSe1-x)4 (CZTSSe) and Cadmium free chalcopyrite Cu(In,Ga)(SxSe1-x)2 (CIGSSe) solar cells has been recognized with h-index 39. He granted several patents, he is author and co-author for more than 200 peer-reviewed journal articles including numerous conference contributions, and 4 special issues.
Dr. Ahmed is very active in academic teaching and tutorial work of advanced PV materials and innovative new solar cell concepts. He was involved in the evaluation of renewable energy seminar program for graduate students at Free University Berlin, Germany.
He was visiting professor at Osaka University/Japan. He taught several graduate courses and seminars on Advanced Thin Film materials for PV application at the Research Center for Solar Energy Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering Sciences of Osaka University. He serves as full professor of physics at University Mohamed V (Morocco) for almost 25 years.
Dr. Ahmed is permanently member of the editorial Board of Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, President of the Scientific Council of the Moroccan Solar Energy Institute “IRESEN”, member of International Solar Energy Society (ISES), member of IEEE and chair of the scientific technical committee for the International Renewable and Sustainable Energy Conference (IRSEC).


Prof. Abdelhafed Taleb is associate professor at University of Pierre & Marie Curie (UPMC) and the “Institut de recherche de Chimie Paris” (IRCP / ENSCP), where he is leading the “Elaboration and Modelling of Nanostructred Films” group. He received his PhD diploma in nanomaterials science under the supervision of Prof. Marie Paul Pileni from UPMC in Paris in 1998. During his PhD, he pointed out a new collective’s properties due to nanoparticles organization. In 2000, he joined the UPMC, where he worked on the synthesis of inorganic-organic hybrid nanomaterials and the development of new strategies to assemble them in different structures of coating. In 2005, he joined Jean Pierre Badiali’s group where he focused on the corrosion process simulation as a new way to prepare nanomaterials. Since 2009, he leads the group focusing on the design of nanostructured films with novel architectures and their applications in different areas such as electrochemical sensing, self-cleaning (superhydrophobic) coating, photovoltaic (DSSC), Li batteries, anticorrosion coating, magnetic storage supports etc … He has more than 18 years of experience in nanomaterial synthesis, characterizations, the study of their physical properties and their applications. He authored and co-authored a number of publications and patents on various topics, focusing on advanced materials and their applications.

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