Michel W. Barsoum is Distinguished Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Drexel University. He is an internationally recognized leader in the area of MAX phases with over 200 papers on these phases alone including ones in top-tier journals such as Nature and Science. With a h index close to 50, his work has been highly and widely cited. He is on ISI’s most highly cited authors list. He is the author of two entries on the MAX phases in the Encyclopedia of Materials Science, and a forthcoming book, MAX Phases: Properties of Machinable Carbides and Nitrides. He is also the author of Fundamentals of Ceramics, a leading textbook in his field.
In 2000 Dr. Barsoum was awarded a Humboldt-Max Planck Research Award for Senior US Research Scientists and spent his sabbatical year at the Max Planck Institute in Stuttgart, Germany. He is a Fellow of The American Ceramic Society and the World Academy of Ceramics. In 2008 he spent his last sabbatical at Los Alamos National Laboratory as the prestigious Wheatly Scholar. Since 2008 he has been a visiting professor at Linkoping University in Sweden.