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Mohammed Benali Kanoun

Assistant Professor
Alfaisal University
Saudi Arabia


r. Mohammed Benali Kanoun received his PhD degree in materials science from University of Tlemcen – University of Grenoble 1 in 2004. He was appointed an assistant professor from 2005 to 2006 at University of Lille I and from 2006 to 2007 at University of Poitiers in France. He was awarded a post-doctorate funding by Namur University in 2008/2010. He joined KAUST, Saudi Arabia in 2010 as research fellow. He was a research scientist at Georgia Institute of Technology, USA until 2015. He has published more than 60 peer reviewed journal articles in high impact journals including Journal of Physical Chemistry C, Chemistry of Materials, ACS, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, RSC, Physical Review B, APS, Renewable Energy, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy and ChemCatChem (Catalysis). He has contributed with chapters in 4 books. He has received in excess of 880 citations with an H-index of 18. He is an associate reviewer of the frontiers edition since 2014. He was member of international scientific committee of Symposium, E-MRS spring meeting protective coatings and thin films, Strasbourg, France May, 2013 Dr. Kanoun's research centers on understanding the mechanism of semiconductors, ceramics, transition metals, diluted magnetic semiconductors, spintronics, molecular crystals and nano-structured materials as well as thin film, nanowires, heterojunctions of hybrid organic/inorganic and nanoparticles. He is involved in investigating electronic structures, magnetic, mechanical, optical, transport, nonlinear optical (NLO) properties using theoretical and computational methods as density functional theory (DFT), MD. Dr. Kanoun recent research activities are centred on the catalytic activities of metal nanoparticles, photo-catalysis, photovoltaic and solar cell conversion.

Research Interest

R eaction mechanisms, catalytic activities, physical organic and coordination chemistry of metal nanoparticles, Investigating new materials related to photo - catalysis, photovoltaic and solar cell conversion, Energy Storage and Conversion, Catalysis for sustainable energy technologies, Photovoltaic heter ojunctions of hybrid organic/inorganic materials, Nano - structured materials as well as thin film, nanowires and metal nanoparticles, G raphene and like graphene, Spintronics materials


  • B. U. Haq, R. Ahmed, G. Abdellatif, A. Shaari, F. K. Butt, M. B. Kanoun , S Goumri - Said, Dominant ferromagnetic coupling over antiferromagnetic in Ni doped ZnO: First - principles calculations. Front. Phys. 11(3), 117101 (2016)

  • S. Goumri - Said, Rashid Ahmed and M. B. Kanoun , Density - functional theory study of high hydrogen content complex hydrides Mg(BH 4 ) 2 at low temperature . Renewable Energy , 90 114 – 119 (2016)

  • N. Shahzad, A. Hussain, N. Mustafa, N. Ali, M. B. Kanoun , S. Goumri - Said , First principles study of the adsorption and dissociation of H 2 S on TiO 2 anatase (001) surfaces . RSC Advances , 6 , 7941 - 7949 (2016).

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