Prof. M. Maaza, an Algerian, holds undergraduate degrees in Solid State Physics and Photonics from the University of Oran, Algeria; and Paris VI, France. He holds a PhD in Neutron Optics from the University of Paris VI. He has about 20 years of experience in nanosciences with focus on nanophotonics applications. Previously, he investigated surface-interface phenomena, low dimensional systems and nanomaterials using optical based spectroscopies.
His scientific and technical fields of expertise are: (i) Nanosciences, nanotechnology & advanced materials, (ii) Renewable energy & smart devices for solar energy applications, (iii) Infrared and UV-VIS solar modulation systems, (iv) Photonics & laser based techniques, (v) Advanced & multifunctional materials & materials characterization techniques, (vi) Modeling of surface & interface phenomena, (vii) Neutron, X-rays scattering and nuclear techniques, (viii) Neutron research reactors & synchrotron radiations, (ix) Vacuum technologies & nano-synthesis techniques, (x) ICT based education, (xi) Marketing & S-T public awareness, African nanosciences S&T landscape and (xii) Public relations and technology marketing.
Prof. M. Maaza has published extensively and he is a regular peer reviewer for various APS and Elsevier journals. Among the recent outstanding contributions, one could quote (i) the development of the first tunable ultrafast nano-plasmonics: highlighted in SPIE newsroom section, 2006; and the Top 25 Hottest articles@ScienceDirect, 2nd/25 co-authored by S. Ekambaram & K.C.Patil in 2005. He is member of the editorial boards of the International J. of Nanotechnology and the African Physical Reviews.
Prof. M. Maaza has received the Cambridge award: Outstanding scientists of the 21st century in Nanophotonics; ABI proclamation award: Great Minds of the 21st Century in Nanosciences-Nanotech; the American International Scientist of the Year award in Nanosciences, Nanotechnonlogy Photonics; Global School for Advanced Studies-Global Nanotechnology Network Award by the GNN, and co-shared the Mellon, the Khambule & the Friedel Sellschop Awards.
He was elected a Fellow of the Islamic World Academy of Sciences in 2009