Maher Harb

Maher Harb

Assistant Professor
Materials Science and Engineering

Maher Harb

Assistant Professor
Materials Science and Engineering

Degrees / Education

  • PhD, Physics, University of Toronto, 2009
  • MS, Electrical Engineering, North Carolina A&T State University, 2000
  • BE, Electrical Engineering, American University of Beirut, 1997

Research Areas

Research Interests

Laser-matter interaction, time resolved x-ray diffraction, ultrafast electron diffraction, phase transformations induced by strong laser excitation, phase transformations in strongly correlated systems, generation and detection of coherent lattice vibrations, characterization of materials properties of graphene, few-layer-graphene, ultra-thin graphite & nanocrystalline diamond

Areas of Study

Featured Awards

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

Select Publications

  • J. R. Dwyer and M. Harb, “Through a window, brightly: A review of selected nanofabricated thin film platforms for spectroscopy, imaging, and detection,” Applied Spectroscopy 71(9) 2051 (2017)
  • 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”, Phys. Rev. B 93, 104104 (2016)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • M. Harb, W. Peng, G. Sciaini, C. T. Hebeisen, M. A. Eriksson, M. G. Lagally, S. G. Kruglik, and R. J. D. Miller, "Electronically Driven Structural Dynamics of Si Resolved by Femtosecond Electron Diffraction," Springer Series in Chemical Physics 92, 158 (2008).