Talaat Al-Kassab

Principal Investigator
Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Research Interests

​Dr. Al-Kassab‘s research focuses on experimental and theoretical investigations to reveal the link between the physical properties, such as hardness or magnetic behavior of a material and the arrangements of its constitutional different species at the atomic scale. His specific interest is directed toward topics including thermodynamics and phase separation in constitutional alloys and compounds, such as steels and superalloys; segregation effects along grain and interface boundaries particularly in nano-crystalline materials and thin film layers; internal oxidation and exploration of the metallic/nonmetallic (oxide, semiconductor) interface. His work utilizes ultra-high resolution analytical experimental methods, such as Transmission Electron Microscopy TEM and Atom Probe Tomography (APT) to explore these arrangements within a nanometer environment. In addition, Dr. Al-Kassab is interested in developing basic numerical computer algorithms to model these atomic arrangements and finally design novel prospective materials with predictable properties, which can be used to serve the community


  • Venia Legendi (Material Physics) Göttingen University, Germany, 2003
  • Ph.D., Physics, Göttingen University, Germany, 1992
  • M.S., Physics, Göttingen University, Germany, 1987
  • B.S., Physics and Chemistry, Kiel University, Germany, 1984

Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • Member, German Physical Society
  • Member, International Field Emission Society (IFES)
  • Elected Member of the International Steering Committee of the IFES (2002-2010)
  • Served as Secretary of the ISC-IFES (2004-2010)


  • Postdoctoral Fellow of the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), 1996
  • Poste Rouge (Directeure de Recherche 2em Class), Visiting Professor of the French Research Society (CNRS), 2006–2007