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Mounir Nayfeh

Mounir Nayfeh

Sector : Science, Scientists

Personal Info

  • Country of residence: United States
  • Gender: Male
  • Born in: 1945
  • Age: 78
  • Curriculum vitae :


Munir Hassan Ahmed Nayfeh (December 13, 1945 - ) is a Palestinian nuclear scientist and physicist. He was born in the Palestinian city of Tulkarm. He is one of the most prominent nanotechnologists. He holds American and Jordanian nationalities. He holds a PhD from Stanford University in the field of atomic physics and laser sciences. He has dozens of books. Patents registered in the United States of America.

Education and educational attainment
Munir Hassan Ahmed Nayfeh was born on December 13, 1945 in the Shweika neighborhood of the Palestinian city of Tulkarm. He received his primary and preparatory education in the schools of his city, Tulkarm, and his secondary education in Jordan. He then went to Lebanon to obtain a bachelor's degree from the American University of Beirut in 1968, and then a doctorate, which he had already obtained in the field of atomic physics and laser science.

his personal life
The scientist Munir Nayfeh has three brothers who hold the title of Professor. They are respectively Ali Nayfeh, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Adnan Nayfeh, Professor of Mechanical and Aviation Engineering, and Tayseer Nayfeh, Professor of Industrial Engineering.

practical life
Nayfeh worked from 1977 to 1979 as a physicist in the UG-Rg coefficient at the University of Kentucky, then at the end of this period in 1979 he joined the University of Illinois, and in the same year he won the Industrial Research Award in the United States. Nayfeh has published more than 130 articles and scientific papers, and participated with others in preparing and authoring several books on laser, electrical and magnetic sciences.

Nano technology
The famous American scientist Richard Feynman, who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1965, is considered the founder of nanotechnology as we know it today through the hypotheses and ideas he put forward on this subject in the fifties of the last century, including his important lecture before the American Society of Physics in which he said: “If fission is The atom produced the nuclear bomb and nuclear energy, so what would happen if we were able to control the movement of these atoms or arrange their location within the material particles,” stressing that many physical concepts change at the atomic levels, so that gravity becomes less important and in return the surface tension force increases.

Feynman's questions remained mere theoretical ideas for several years due to the lack of sufficiently advanced technology to achieve effective control of atoms at that time, but after two decades the data began to change with a new generation of physicists, most notably the Palestinian-American atomic scientist Munir Nayfeh. He developed it by moving the atoms individually and arranging them in a studied, non-random manner. He was also able, as a doctoral student at Stanford University, to discover new physical data related to the difference in the behavior of matter at nanoscale levels, thanks to his research on the hydrogen atom that he conducted in the university laboratories.

Practical applications
Based on the observations and theoretical ideas reached by Professor Nayfeh in his research, he was able to manufacture ultra-small silicon granules with a diameter close to 1 nanometer, and some of them consist of only 29 atoms.

These granules can be used in industry and science by designing microscopic devices for many purposes. In the medical field, these granules can be used to manufacture ultra-small equipment that can be inserted into small structures in the human body, such as arteries, in addition to other industrial, agricultural, software and military applications. In other words, technologies have increased. Which Nayfeh created from the efficiency of machines thousands of times.

Munir Nayfeh wrote more than 180 articles and scientific papers, and participated with other scientists in preparing and authoring important scientific books in the field of lasers and electromagnetism in addition to nanotechnology and its branches. The research paved the way for him to obtain the Industrial Research Award in the United States of America in 1979, the same year he joined the University of Illinois, where he continued his research under the support and sponsorship of the university.

In addition to his unlimited support for research taking place in the Arab world and his communication with the most prominent Arab universities, Professor Nayfeh chairs the Diaspora Arab Scientists and Technologists Network, which is one of the famous gatherings of Arab immigrant scientists. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Arab Foundation for Science and Technology in Sharjah.


Achievements and Awards

Honors and awards
Professor Munir Nayfeh has received dozens of prestigious scientific awards, and his name has been immortalized in many encyclopedias of scientists and celebrities, such as the famous Encyclopedia Britannica. About him, Head of the Department of Physics at the University of Illinois Dale Harangen says: “Professor Munir Nayfeh is a really interesting scientist, as he discovered the importance of nanotechnology and focused on His research is on them and his main interest is on how to manufacture high-quality nanoparticles.”

On April 20, 2017, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas awarded him the Medal of the State of Palestine with the rank of the Star of Merit, in recognition of his high scientific standing and his contributions to the service of humanity.



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