Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor of Nuclear Engineering, Director of College of Engineering Master of Engineering Program
Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Engineering
- Burlington Laboratory 1122
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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.
Electrical Engineering-Plasma Physics
Ain Shams University
Electrical Engineering-Plasma Physics
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.
- 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.
- 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)