Michel Barsoum, PhD, Named National Academy of Inventors Fellow


Michel W. Barsoum, PhD, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has been named a 2023 National Academy of Inventors (NAI) Fellow .

Election as an Academy Fellow is the highest professional distinction awarded to academic inventors. Fellows are selected for demonstrating “a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on the quality of life, economic development, and welfare of society.” Barsoum and the other new Fellows will be honored and presented their medals at the 13th Annual Meeting of the National Academy of Inventors on June 18, 2024 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

“Becoming a member of NAI is a great honor and is both thrilling and humbling,” Barsoum said. “This recognition is one I share with the talented, creative and inspired students I have taught over the years, Drexel University, and my colleagues in the States and abroad. I have always worked to be relevant in my quest to make discoveries that could improve our world in some small way, and I am thus grateful for this acknowledgement.”

Barsoum, an internationally recognized leader in MAX phases and MXenes materials research, has had profound impacts across materials science. With over 550 publications and over 100,000 citations, he has made seminal contributions like discovering the ripplocation deformation mechanism in layered solids and the MAX phases in 1996. The MAX phases are the precursors to MXene; without the former phases, there would be no MXenes. His PhD student, Michael Naguib, discovered MXenes in 2011. The latter are two-dimensional materials that have sparked a global research frenzy because of the myriad applications they are being considered for.

He is among the world's most highly cited researchers in Materials Science, evidenced by numerous honors including election as Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, Fellow of the American Ceramic Society, the 2020 International Ceramics Prize for basic science from the World Academy of Ceramics, and Clarivate Highly Cited Researcher.

The 2022 NAI Fellow class hails from 110 research universities, governmental and non-profit research institutions worldwide. They collectively hold over 5,000 issued U.S. patents. Among the new class of Fellows are members of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine; Fellows of AAAS; and other prestigious organizations; Nobel Laureates; other honors and distinctions as well as senior leadership from universities and research institutions. The full list of 2022 Fellows can be found here .

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