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Dr Mohamed Al-Hada

Associated academic
University Positions
Affiliated Lecturer
Specialising in
Material Science
Surface Science

Mohamed Al-Hada is an Affiliated Lecturer and scientist leading researches in XPSlab to explore the electronic structure of materials for catalytic and energy applications.

Academic interests

Mohamed Al-Hada's main research interest is in Nanotechnology Science in (Graphene, Nanoparticles and Lithium-Ion Batteries) using synchrotron light sources and other techniques such as lab XPS, HR-TEM, AFM and SEM. Due to the high performance, superb electronic and electrical conductivity, and excellent mechanical properties of graphene, Mohamed Al-Hada and his colleagues are working on understanding and improving graphene’s applications under near-ambient pressure environments. He is also interested in gaining further insight into the nature of the chemical surface of NMC positive electrodes for lithium-ion batteries (LIB), by means of in-situ and in-opernado XPS and X-ray tomography techniques, in various light sources facilities as well as via Lab XPS, XRD, EDX and Raman spectroscopy. 

Degrees obtained

  • Diploma in Physics, Leibniz University Hannover.
  • Dr rer nat, TU Berlin.


Mohamed Al-Hada obtained his PhD in Physics at TU Berlin using the third-generation synchrotron facility in Berlin – Electron Storage Ring BESSY II, Helmholtz Center Berlin for materials and energy (HZB). He moved to Amran University, Yemen, where he worked as an Assistant Professor until 2015. Between 2007 and 2015, he joined the workgroup of Prof Wolfgang Eberhardt at TU Berlin as a researcher on many scientific projects related to nanocluster physics. From 2015 to 2018, he moved to Italy to work at the ELETTRA Synchrotron Facility as a scientist, working on the ESCAmicroscopy beamline. Between August 2018 and September 2019, he headed the x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy facility at the Sir Henry Royce Institute in Cambridge, which contains state-of-the-art instruments with complementary functions to analyse the chemical composition and electronic structure of a variety of functional materials. In Jan 2020 he granted the title of Affiliated Lecturer at Cavendish Laboratory. He works with many scientific groups in Cambridge, UK’s research institutes, HZB and ELETTRA on optimising and fabricating 2D material membranes for operando near ambient pressure photoelectron spectroscopy and on characterising in-situ and in-operando the lithium-ion batteries cathode materials.

Other interests

Badminton, family.

Publications, links and resources

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