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Yahya Mahmoud Obeidallah Al-khatatbeh

Department of Communications Engineering
Princess Sumaya University for Technology


Dr. Yahya Al-Khatatbeh is currently employed as an Assistant Professor of Physics at PSUT’s Department of Basic Sciences. He received his PhD in Physics from New Mexico State University in August 2010 with a thesis entitled, “High-pressure behavior of transition-metal dioxides TiO2, ZrO2 and HfO2 as determined by synchrotron x-ray diffraction and density-functional theory”. Dr. Al-Khatatbeh’s previous positions include a Visiting Faculty and Research Associate in the Physics Department at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, a strong 4-year liberal arts college, located in Massachusetts, USA (2011-2013), and Visiting Research Scholar in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), New York, USA. In the year 2010-2011, Dr. Al-Khatatbeh worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Geology and Geophysics at Yale University, Connecticut, USA. His research interests mainly focus on investigating materials under high pressure/temperature conditions using both experiment (Diamond-Anvil-Cell and x-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy) and theory (density functional theory based ab-initio computations/VASP software). In addition, Dr. Al-Khatatbeh’s interests include studying the solidification textures in directionally-solidified alloys and the deformation mechanism of these alloys.

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  • Yahya Al-Khatatbeh, Michael I. Bergman, Daniel J. Lewis, Zachary Mason, Laura Zhu, and Sarita Rosenstock, Annealing of Directionally Solidified Alloys Revisited: No Loss of Texture during Translation of Earth’s Inner Core, Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors (PEPI) 223, 32-39 (2013).

  • Michael I. Bergman, Yahya Al-Khatatbeh, Daniel J. Lewis, and Margarita C. Shannon, Deformation of directionally solidified alloys: evidence for microstructural hardening of Earth’s inner core? Comptes Rendus Geoscience 346, 140-147 (2014).

  • Y. Al-Khatatbeh and K. K. M. Lee, From superhard to hard: A review of transition metal dioxides TiO2, ZrO2, and HfO2 hardness, Journal of Superhard Materials 4, 231-245 (2014).

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