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Maher Harb

Maher Harb

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Disque 807

Ultrafast Structural Dynamics Group


  • PhD, Physics, University of Toronto
  • MS, Electrical Engineering, North Carolina A&T State University
  • BE, Electrical Engineering, American University of Beirut

Professional History

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Max-lab, Lund University
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Physics, Lund University
  • Co-founder, Insight Nanofluidics

Awards and Honors

  • National Research Council of Canada postdoctoral fellowship
  • Wenner-Gren Foundation postdoctoral fellowship


  1. M. Harb, H. Enquist, A. Jurgilaitis, F. T. Tuyakova, A. N. Obraztsov, and J. Larsson, “Phonon-Phonon Interactions in Photoexcited Graphite Studied by Ultrafast Electron Diffraction,” Physical Review B 93, 104104 (2016). 
  2. A. Jurgilaitis, H. Enquist, B. P. Andreasson, A. I. H. Persson, M. Borg, P. Caroff, K.A. Dick, M. Harb, H. Linke, R. Nüske, L. E. Wernersson, and J. Larsson, “Time-resolved x-ray diffraction reveals origin of low thermal conductivity in InSb nanowires,” Nano Letters, 10.1021/nl403596b (2014).
  3. C. Mueller, M. Harb, J. R. Dwyer, and R. J. D. Miller, “Nanofluidic Cells with Controlled Pathlength and Liquid Flow for Rapid, High-Resolution In Situ Imaging with Electrons,” J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 4, 2339 (2013).
  4. M.Harb, C. von Korff-Schmising, H. Enquist, A. Jurgilaitis, I. Maximov, P. V. Shvets, A. N. Obraztsov, D. Khakhulin, M. Wulff, and J. Larsson, "The c-axis thermal conductivity of graphite film of nanometer thickness measured by time resolved X-ray diffraction," Appl. Phys. Lett. 101, 233108 (2012).
  5. M. Harb, A. Jurgilaitis, H. Enquist, R. Nüske, C. v. Korff Schmisin, J. Gaudin, S. L. Johnson, C. J. Milne, P. Beaud, E. Vorobeva, A. Caviezel, S. O. Mariager, G. Ingold, and J. Larsson, "Picosecond Dynamics of Laser-Induced Strain in Graphite," Phys. Rev. B 84, 045035 (2011).
  6. R. J. D. Miller, R. Ernstorfer, M. Harb, M. Gao, C. T. Hebeisen, H. Jean-Ruel, C. Lu, G. Moriena, and G. Sciaini, "Making the molecular movie': first frames," Acta Cryst. A 66, 137 (2010).
  7. M. Harb, W. Peng, G. Sciaini, C. T. Hebeisen, R. Ernstorfer, M. A. Eriksson, M. G. Lagally, S. G. Kruglik, and R. J. D. Miller, "Excitation of longitudinal and transverse coherent acoustic phonons in nanometer free-standing films of (001) Si," Phys. Rev. B 79, 094301 (2009).
  8. G. Sciaini, M. Harb, S. G. Kruglik, T. Payer, C. T. Hebeisen, F.-J. M. zu Heringdorf, M. Yamaguchi, M. H. von Hoegen, R. Ernstorfer, and R. J. D. Miller, "Electronic acceleration of atomic motions and disordering in bismuth," Nature 458, 56 (2009).
  9. R. Ernstorfer, M. Harb, C. T. Hebeisen, G. Sciaini, T. Dartigalongue, and R. J. D. Miller, "Experimental Evidence for Electronic Bond Hardening in Gold," Science 323, 5917 (2009).
  10. M. Harb, R. Ernstorfer, C. T. Hebeisen, G. Sciaini, W. Peng, T. Dartigalongue, M. A. Eriksson, M. G. Lagally, S. G. Kruglik, and R. J. D. Miller, "Electronically Driven Structure Changes of Si Captured by Femtosecond Electron Diffraction," Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 155504 (2008).
  11. M. Harb, R. Ernstorfer, T. Dartigalongue, C. T. Hebeisen, R. E. Jordan, and R. J. D. Miller, "Carrier Relaxation and Lattice Heating Dynamics in Silicon Revealed by Femtosecond Electron Diffraction," J. Phys. Chem. B 110, 25308 (2006).
  12. J. R. Dwyer, C. T. Hebeisen, R. Ernstorfer, M. Harb, V. Deyirmenjian, R. E. Jordan, and R. J. D. Miller, "Femtosecond Electron Diffraction: 'Making the Molecular Movie'," Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A 364, 741 (2006).