Prof. Dr. Ahmed Abou-Kandil is a Senior Research Scientist in Egypt Nanotechnology Center (EGNC), Cairo University and Professor of Polymer Science and Nanotechnology at the Egyptian National Institute of Standards (NIS). Prof. Abou-Kandil designed and wrote the specifications and is currently responsible for some major equipment in the EGNC. These equipment include the High Resolution X-ray Diffraction (HR-XRD), the Magnetron Sputtering System, the Thermal Evaporator System, the Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR), the Quartz Crystal Microbalance with Dissipation (QCM-D). Prof. Abou-Kandil’s research interests range from soft and condensed matter and thin films to nanostructured materials, biosensors and solar cell development. Prof. Abou-Kandil has more than 50 Published US Patents and Papers in International peer reviewed journals. He presented his work in more than 50 national and international conferences all over the world.
Prof. Abou-Kandil worked at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center in USA for 2 years from 2009 – 2011 as a Research Staff Member (contractor) on developing amorphous silicon solar cells. Prof. Abou-Kandil was also as a Visiting Professor in Max-Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Germany, for 2 years from 2007 – 2008. He worked on developing platforms for bio-sensing applications. He developed several platforms for optical sensing using SPR, electrochemical and QCM-D techniques. He also spent 2 years as a Research Scientist – Assistant Professor Level – at Yousef Aljamil Research Center (YJRC) at the American University in Cairo (AUC) between 2005 and 2006.
Prof. Abou-Kandil obtained his PhD from the University of Cambridge and worked on Structure/Property relationships and development of micro and nanostructures of different polymers and polymer nanocomposites. One of his publications on the synthesis of Carbon Nanotubes and its structure elucidation receives a very high citation index until now. Prof. Abou-Kandil obtained his Bachelor of Science, with distinction and honors from Alexandria University. He received his Master Degree from Alexandria University in collaboration with Loughborough University (UK).
Prof. Abou-Kandil’s work on Polymer Adhesion at the National Institute of Standards (NIS) is highly recognized all over the world and he was invited by the Editor – in – Chief of the Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology to be the Guest Editor of a Special Issue on Polymer Adhesion. His work on the adhesion of rubber compounds to brass plated steel cords received interest from one of the top tire manufacturers, Pirelli, in order to commercialize the adhesive material.
Prof. Dr. Ahmed Abou-Kandil is a Member of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). He is currently a reviewer in more 10 top journals in the field of Polymer and Nano Sciences and Engineering. Prof. Abou-Kandil received several awards from the University of Cambridge. The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) recognized his overall scientific achievements and he was the winner of the “Excellent Leadership Award” twice in 2009 and 2015.
Prof. Abou-Kandil is teaching Photovoltaics I and II modules for the “Solar Energy Diploma (SOLEDA)” postgraduate students. He is also teaching Chemistry and Physics of Nanomaterials and Nano-Assembly and Functionalization for the “Excellence in Nanoscience Education for the MENA Region (XNEM)” MSc students. Both are TEMPUS funded projects with several European partners. He co-supervised several PhD and MSc theses in Cairo, Alexandria, Ain-Shams and Al-Azhar Universities.