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Dr. Altaf Karim

Associate Professor
Comsats Institute of Information Technology


Dr. Karim is a Condensed Matter Physicist and Material Scientist who holds a Ph.D. in Physics from Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, USA. Dr. Karim is experienced in developing cutting edge theoretical and experimental research techniques in the area of Nanoscience & Technology, Heterogeneous Catalysis for Alternative Fuel Production, Energy Storage & Conversion Materials, and Fuel Cells & Batteries for Hybrid Hydrogen Powered-Electric Vehicles. Before joining the CIIT, Islamabad, Dr. Karim worked at the Center for Functional Nanomaterials, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, New York and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley, USA. In addition to that, Dr. Karim has had the tremendous opportunity of being one of the co-workers of Professor Gerhard Ertl, 2007 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, at the Fritz Haber Institute of Max Planck Society, Berlin, Germany. In this regard, Dr. Karim employed his theoretical & computational framework based on hybrid Density Functional Theory-Kinetic Monte Carlo methods to understand the underlying atomistic mechanisms of Professor Ertl's experiments on heterogeneous catalysis.

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