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.


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.


Investigation of barium borate glasses for radiation shielding applications
Al-Buriahi, M. S., Sriwunkum, C., Arslan, H., Tonguc, B. T., & Bourham, M. A. (2020), APPLIED PHYSICS A-MATERIALS SCIENCE & PROCESSING, 126(1).
Borate multicomponent of bismuth rich glasses for gamma radiation shielding application
Sayyed, M., Kaky, K. M., Mhareb, M. H. A., Abdalsalam, A. H., Almousa, N., Shkoukani, G., & Bourham, M. A. (2019), RADIATION PHYSICS AND CHEMISTRY, 161, 77–82.
Erosion characterization of SiC and Ti3SiC2 on DIII-D using focused ion beam micro-trenches
Coburn, J., Unterberg, E., Barton, J., Rudakov, D., Bykov, I., Parish, C. M., … Bourham, M. (2019), NUCLEAR MATERIALS AND ENERGY, 19, 316–323.
Performance of Capillary Plasma Source With Combustible Materials
Almousa, N. M., & Bourham, M. (2019), IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON PLASMA SCIENCE, 47(11), 4873–4878.
Surface Erosion of Plasma-Facing Materials Using an Electrothermal Plasma Source and Ion Beam Micro-Trenches
Coburn, J. D., Gebhart, T. E., Parish, C. M., Unterberg, E., Canik, J., Barsoum, M. W., & Bourham, M. (2019), FUSION SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, 75(7), 621–635.
Desizing of PVA sized pet/cotton fabrics with atmospheric pressure plasma
Cornelius, C., McCord, M., Bourham, M., & Hauser, P. (2018), Cellulose, 25(1), 869–881.
Effect of Dimensional Changes on Plasma Characteristics in Electrothermal Capillary Discharges for Optimized Performance in Fusion Pellet Injection
Abd Al-Halim, M. A., & Bourham, M. A. (2018), PLASMA PHYSICS REPORTS, 44(9), 870–877.
Generation of noble and refractory metals plasma jets by electrothermal discharge for surface deposition applications
Abdel-kader, M. E., Abd Al-Halim, M. A., & Bourham, M. A. (2018), IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, 46(6), 2099–2107.
Shielding properties of glasses with different heavy elements additives for radiation shielding in the energy range 15-300 keV
Waly, E.-S. A., Al-Qous, G. S., & Bourham, M. A. (2018), RADIATION PHYSICS AND CHEMISTRY, 150, 120–124.
Ablation simulation of tungsten-alternative plasma-facing components due to edge localized modes and hard disruptions
Coburn, J., & Bourham, M. (2017), Fusion Science and Technology, 72(4), 692–698.

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Faculty Development Program in Nuclear Engineering at North Carolina State University, 2018
US Nuclear Regulatory Commission(7/30/19 - 7/29/22)
Nuclear Education Program Scholarships at NC State University
US Nuclear Regulatory Commission(8/09/19 - 8/08/21)
Enhancement of Material Characterization Capabilities at North Carolina State University for Supporting Nuclear Energy Related Studies
US Dept. of Energy (DOE)(10/01/19 - 9/30/21)
Evaluation of the Performance of ArmaKap Ceramic Cement as a Radiation Shielding Materials with Experiments and Simulations
ArmaKap Technologies(9/01/17 - 12/31/20)
High temperature embedded/integrated sensors (HiTEIS) for remote monitoring of reactor and fuel cycle systems
US Dept. of Energy (DOE)(10/01/17 - 9/30/21)
Advanced Nuclear Materials Laboratory Enhancements for Corrosion and Stress Corrosion Testing
US Dept. of Energy (DOE)(10/01/17 - 9/30/19)
Faculty Development Program in Nuclear Engineering at North Carolina State University, 2017
US Nuclear Regulatory Commission(6/30/17 - 6/29/20)
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 - 1/31/19)
North Carolina State University GAANN Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Nuclear Science and Engineering
US Dept. of Education (DED)(9/01/15 - 8/31/19)