Mohamed Bourham

Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor of Nuclear Engineering, Director of College of Engineering Master of Engineering Program

Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Dr. Mohamed Bourham’s interests are in Plasma-matter interaction, plasma propulsion and thrusters, fusion engineering, plasma surface modification, particle accelerators and electron beam irradiation systems, x-ray sources for medical and screening imaging, materials synthesis and coatings, shielding and radiation attenuation studies, nuclear and mixed waste disposal, drycasks and high-level waste packaging studies. In plasma matter-interaction it is from interaction with solids to liquids to energetic combustible materials to fabrics and micro-organisms. He is also interested in studies related to the use of electrothermal plasma launchers for hypervelocity applications and the acceleration of fuel pellets to velocities sufficient for the fusion fueling process with high repetition rates.

He also has research on atmospheric pressure plasma surface modification and functionalization with textile materials to provide enhanced properties such as sterilization, anti-microbial and insect repelling textiles.

Another research area is nuclear and mixed waste disposal and the studies to enhance performance of shielding of drycasks and waste packages. He works in the areas of experimental and computational high heat flux irradiation of materials, gamma ray and neutron attenuation in structure materials, radiation shielding in concretes, studies on multi-layered coatings and corrosion barriers for high level waste packages, and research on evaluation of materials’ corrosion using electrochemical techniques of cyclic potentiodynamic polarization.

Education

Ph.D. 1976

Electrical Engineering-Plasma Physics

Ain Shams University

M.S. 1969

Electrical Engineering-Plasma Physics

Cairo University

B.S. 1965

Electrophysics Engineering

Alexandria University

Research Description

Dr. Bourham's interests are in various areas with research diversity. Area of plasma science: he has interest in plasma-matter interactions, from interaction with solids to liquids to energetic combustible materials to fabrics and micro-organisms; and electrothermal plasmas for propulsion, thrusters and pellet injectors for fusion fueling. Area of materials synthesis and coatings: shielding and radiation attenuation studies, nuclear and mixed waste disposal, drycasks and high-level waste packaging, and evaluation of materials’ corrosion using electrochemical techniques.

Publications

Computational investigation of nonideal higher ionization carbon plasma under simulated high heat fluxes in fusion tokamak reactors
Khalafallah, N. M. E., El-Bakry, S. Y., Mohamed, B. F., & Bourham, M. A. (2017), Journal of Fusion Energy, 36(2-3), 100-111.
Mechanical and radiation shielding proprieties of mortars with additive fine aggregate mine waste
Gallala, W., Hayouni , Y., Gaied, M., Fusco, M., Alsaied, J., Bailey, K., & Bourham M. (2017), Annals of Nuclear Energy, 101, 600-606.
Surface modification of pet film via a large area atmospheric pressure plasma: an optical analysis of the plasma and surface characterization of the polymer film
Rezaei, F., Dickey, M. D., Bourham, M., & Hauser, P. J. (2017), Surface & Coatings Technology, 309, 371-381.
Surface Modification of PET Film via a Large Area Atmospheric Pressure Plasma: An Optical Analysis of the Plasma and Surface Characterization of the Polymer Film
Rezaei, F., Dickey, M., Bourham, M., & Hauser, P. (2017), Surface and Coatings Technology, 309, 371381.
Mechanical and radiation shielding properties of mortars with additive fine aggregate mine waste
Gallala, W., Hayouni, Y., Gaied, M. E., Fusco, M., Alsaied, J., Bailey, K., & Bourham, M. (2017), Annals of Nuclear Energy, 101, 600-606.
Impact of specialty glass and concrete on gamma shielding in multi-layered PWR dry casks
Waly, E. S. A., Fusco, M. A., & Bourham, M. A. (2017), Progress in Nuclear Energy, 94, 64-70.
An investigation of the secondary electron emission coefficient of aluminum and graphite disc electrodes
Radwan, S., & Bourham, M. (2016), Arab Journal of Nuclear Sciences and Applications, 49(4), 121-128.
Properties of cellulose-soy protein blend biofibers regenerated from an amine/salt solvent system
Boy, R., Bourham, M., & Kotek, R. (2016), Cellulose, 23(6), 3747-3759.
Radial profile of plasma flow parameters following evolution of electrothermal polycarbonate plasma into a large chamber simulating impurity expansion in fusion reactor vacuum vessel
Majumdar, R., & Bourham, M. A. (2016), Journal of Fusion Energy, 35(6), 795-806.
Surface ablation and melting of fusion materials simulated by transient high heat flux generated in an electothermal plasma source
Almousa, N. M., Gilligan, J. G., & Bourham, M. (2016), IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, 44(9), 1642-1648.

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Grants

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Nuclear Education Program Scholarship Proposal
US Nuclear Regulatory Commission(7/01/16 - 6/30/18)
Ablation Studies of Plasma-Facing Materials due to Edge Localized Modes and Hard Disruptions in Tokamak Fusion Reactors
US Dept. of Energy (DOE)(3/01/16 - 1/31/18)
EMN-15-S-S-03 Hydrophobic treatment of cellulose triacetate (CTA) films to reduce water absorption and water vapor transmission
Eastman Chemical Company(8/16/15 - 8/15/17)
North Carolina State University GAANN Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Nuclear Science and Engineering
US Dept. of Education (DED)(9/01/15 - 8/31/17)
Enhanced Shielding Performance of HLW Storage Packages via Multi-Component Coatings
US Dept. of Energy (DOE)(2/15/14 - 1/31/17)
New Course Development in Accelerator and Reactor Health Physics under the Duke University-North Carolina State University Health Physics Consortium
US Nuclear Regulatory Commission(4/01/12 - 3/31/14)
A New Light Weight Structural Material for Nuclear Structures
US Dept. of Energy (DOE)(10/25/11 - 10/25/15)
Challenges in Advanced Nanofiber Wound Dressings
US Dept. of Commerce (DOC)(5/01/10 - 4/30/12)
Enhanced Dye Adhesion on Cotton Fabric Using Atmospheric Pressure Plasmas
Hanesbrands, Inc.(5/01/10 - 10/31/11)
Dual Ion Beam Assisted Deposition (IBAD) System for Densification and Interface Modification of Nuclear Fuel Coatings and Innovative Energy-Related Materials
US Dept. of Energy (DOE)(9/01/10 - 12/31/12)