International Workshops

Invited Speakers

05/05/2009 21:00:00

Professor M. Samy El-Shall

Samy El Shall

Department of Chemistry,
Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, Virginia 23284-2006, USA

Samy El-Shallis a Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Cairo University in Egypt, and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry with Distinction from Georgetown University in 1986. He did postdoctoral research in nucleation and clusters at the University of California, Los Angeles from 1986-1989.

El-Shall’s research interests are in the general areas of molecular clusters, homogeneous, binary and ion-induced nucleation, gas phase and cluster polymerization, synthesis and properties of nanostructured materials, photoluminescence properties of nanoparticles and nanocatalysis. He has published over 180 papers in the most prestigious and widely read journals of Chemistry, Chemical Physics and Nanomaterials. Dr. El-Shall was awarded several US patents (7 issued, 4 pending) on the synthesis of nanoparticles, photoluminescence of silicon nanocrystals, magnetic intermetallic nanoparticles, nanoparticle catalysts, and nanoparticle additives for fuels and lubricants.

Dr. El-Shall received the Exxon Education Award in 1994 and 1995. He was the recipient of the Distinguished Scholar Award of the College of Humanities and Sciences at VCU in 1996. He has been selected as a VCU Board of Visitors Teaching Fellow in 1998. In 1999, he was honoured with the Outstanding Faculty Award of the State Council of Higher Education of Virginia (SCHEV), Virginia's highest faculty honour.

Dr. El-Shall has been a member of the Editorial Advisory Boards of the Journal of Physical Chemistry (2005-2008), the Journal of Photoenergy and the Physical Chemistry Reviews. He was the chairman of the “International Conference on Nanoparticles from the Vapor Phase Synthesis with Chemical and Biochemical Applications” in Davos, Switzerland, 2004. He also organized and chaired three US-Egypt workshops, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, on Advanced Materials (2000), Lasers in Chemistry and Biomedical Applications (2004) and Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology (2005). Dr. El-Shall organized and chaired the “First US-North Africa International Workshop on Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology” that was held in Tunis in March 2007. He was also the chairman of the “New Materials and Nanotechnology” conference of the 5th Congress of Scientific Research Outlook in the Arab World that was held in Fez-Morocco, October 26-30, 2008.

Dr. El-Shall’s research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, NASA, NIST, Petroleum Research Fund, Dreyfus Foundation, Jeffress Memorial Trust, Exxon, Dow Corning, Philip Morris, and Afton Chemical.