Michel Barsoum

Michel W. Barsoum

Distinguished Professor
Materials Science and Engineering

Michel W. Barsoum

Distinguished Professor
Materials Science and Engineering


Prof. Michel W. Barsoum is an internationally recognized leader in the area of MAX phases and their 2D derivatives, MXenes. Most recently he also discovered a new mechanism – ripplocations - in the deformation of layered solids. With > 400 refereed publications and a h index > 75, his work has been highly cited. He is an International Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, Fellow of the American Ceramic Soc. and the World Academy of Ceramics. He is the author of two books, MAX Phases: Properties of Machinable Carbides and Nitrides and Fundamentals of Ceramics, a leading textbook in his field. In 2000, he was awarded a Humboldt-Max Planck Research Award for Senior US Research Scientists. Since 2008 he has been a visiting professor at Linkoping University in Sweden. He spent his last sabbatical year at Imperial College in London and the Grenoble Institute of Technology in France. In 2017, he was a recipient of a Chair of Excellence from the Nanosciences Foundation in Grenoble, France.

Degrees / Education

  • PhD, Ceramics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • MSc, Ceramic Engineering, University of Missouri, Rolla
  • BSc, Materials Engineering, American University in Cairo, Egypt

Research Areas

Research Interests

Energy Generation, Storage, (Re)use and Recovery

Areas of Study

Academic Distinctions

  • Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, 2016.
  • Editor, Materials Science Letters
  • Outstanding Career Scholarly Research Achievement Award, College of Engin. Drexel U. 2017.
  • Chair of Excellence, Nanosciences Foundation, Univ. Foundation Grenbole Alpes, France, 2016.
  • Elsevier Scopus, List of 300 most Cited Authors in Materials Science and Engineering, 2016.
  • Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professorship, Imperial College, London, UK; Fall 2015.
  • Outstanding Research Award, Dept. of Materials Science and Engin., Drexel Univ., 2013.
  • Ross Coffin Purdy Award 2013, American Ceramic Society.
  • Visiting Professor, University of Poitiers, Poitiers, France; Feb. 2012.
  • ISI’s Most Highly Cited Authors List 2009.
  • Visiting Professor, Linkoping University, Linkoping, Sweden, 2008 -
  • A. W. Grosvenor Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, 2009-2014.
  • Wheatly Scholar, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM, October 2008.
  • University Research/Scholarship Award, Drexel University, 2007 (Inaugural award).
  • Academician, World Academy of Ceramics, 2006.
  • Fellow, American Ceramic Society, 2005.
  • Alexander von Humboldt-Max Planck Society Prize for Senior US Scientists, 2000.

Select Publications

  • M. Ghidiu, M. Lukatskaya, M.-Q. Zhao, Y. Gogotsi and M. W. Barsoum, "Conductive Two-Dimensional Titanium Carbide 'Clay' with High Volumetric Capacitance", Nature, 516, 78-81 (2014).
  • M. W. Barsoum, MAX Phases: Properties of Machinable Carbides and Nitrides, Wiley VCH GmbH & Co. 2013.
  • M. W. Barsoum, Fundamentals of Ceramics, Taylor and Francis, London, 2003.
  • M. W. Barsoum, "The Mn+1AXn Phases: A New Class of Solids: Thermodynamically Stable Nanolaminates", Prog. Solid State Chem., 28, 201-281 (2000). This paper has been cited > 2000 times.
  • M. W. Barsoum and T. El-Raghy, “The MAX Phases: Unique New Carbide and Nitride Materials”, American Scientist, 89, 336-345 (2001).
  • J. Gruber, A. Lange, J. Griggs, M. Taheri, G. Tucker and M. W. Barsoum, "Evidence for Bulk Ripplocations in Layered Solids", Sci. Rep., 6, 33,451 (2016).
  • S. Kota, E. Zapata-Solvas, A. Ly, J. Lu, O. Elkassabany, A. Huon, W. E. Lee, L. Hultman, S. J. May and M. W. Barsoum, "Synthesis and Characterization of an Alumina Forming Nanolaminated Boride: MoAlB", Sci. Rep. 6, 26,475 (2016).
  • B. Anasori, Y. Xi, M. Beidaghi, J. Lu, B. Hosler, L. Hultman, P. Kent, Y. Gogotsi and M. W. Barsoum, "Two-Dimensional, Ordered, Double Transition Metal Carbides (MXenes)", ACS Nano, 9, 9507-9516 (2015). Editor's Choice and Cover.
  • M. Naguib, M. Kurtoglu, V. Presser, J. Lu, J. Niu, M. Heon, L. Hultman, Y. Gogotsi and M. W. Barsoum, "Two Dimensional Nanocrystals Produced by Exfoliation of Ti3AlC2", Adv. Mater. 23, 4207 (2011). First MXene paper.
  • M. Naguib, O. Mashtalir, J. Carle, V. Presser, J. Lu, L. Hultman, Y. Gogotsi and M. W. Barsoum, “Two-Dimensional Transition Metal Carbides”, ACS Nano, 6, 1322-1331 (2012). This paper won the Ross Coffin Purdy Award from the American. Ceramic Society for the “paper judged to have made the most valuable contribution to the ceramic technical literature in 2012”.

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