My CV

Qualifications

  • Self-motivated individual with direct expertise in materials science: Confinement of biologically based active matter/ characterization of complex fluids/ directed assembly of micro- and nano-objects, biocolloids and living microorganisms, and their applications/ interfacial phenomena.
  • Extensive experience in device design and fabrication, big data analysis and modeling.
  • Creative problem-solver: devised original solutions to overcome challenging technical difficulties.
  • Strong teamwork aptitude: made significant contributions to research collaborations through international collaborations. My research is highlighted in more than 60 popular scientific media over the world including NSF and Nano.gov websites in USA.
  • Excellent communication skills: able to communicate complex scientific ideas through writing and oral presentations: 20 publications in high impact journals: 12 of them as first co-author with supervised students and postdocs. More than 25 oral contributions in international conferences and invited seminars: 14 presentations as invited speaker in plenary sessions or seminars. Winner of the NBIC Award and nominated for the International Liquid Crystal Early-Career Award in 2014.
  • Expertise in surface and compositional characterization/ nanoparticle synthesis and functionalization/ microfabrication and lithography.
  • Extensive experience in light scattering and x-ray techniques (XPCS, SAXS, WAXS).
  • Good programming skills for big data analysis, image processing and particle tracking.

Education                                           

  • Ph.D. in Physics of Condensed Matter with highest honors (10/2008-02/2012). University of Montpellier II (Montpellier, France)                                                   
  • Master’s Degree of Research in Physics of Soft Matter with highest honors (10/2007-02/2009). University of Science of Tunis (Tunis, Tunisia)
  • Maîtrise (Bachelor’s degree) in Fundamental Physics (09/2005-07/2007). University of Science of Tunis (Tunis, Tunisia)

  • DEUPC (Associate’s Degree) in Physics and Mathematics (09/2002-07/2005). University of Science of Tunis (Tunis, Tunisia) 

Certifications: 

  • Data Science Foundations, Level 1. Issued by IBM. Skills: Understanding of the possibilities and opportunities that data science, analytics and big data bring to new applications in any industry.
  • Big Data – Fundamentals. Issued by IBM. Skills: Big Data and Hadoop.

Honors and Awards

  • Selected for a lecturer position in Physics (Fall 2016): The Department of Physics, McGill University
  • NBIC Award (10/2014): NBIC Award for the best Artistic Image. The Nano/Bio Interface Center. University of Pennsylvania, USA. Team: I.B. Liu, Y. Luo, F. Serra, M.A. Gharbi, N.D. Bade, R.D. Kamien, S. Yang, and K.J. Stebe
  • Nominated for the International Liquid Crystal Society Early-Career Award (06/2014): The Michi Nakata Prize 
  • OIST Travel Award (06/2014): Workshop on “Dynamics at Interfaces”. The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST), Japan
  • Graduate Research Fellowship (10/2008-09/2011): Allocation Ministérielle de Recherche. French Ministry of Higher Education and Research
  • Teaching Fellowship (09/2009-09/2011): Allocation Ministérielle d’Enseignement: French Ministry of Higher Education and Research
  • CNRS Travel Award (01/2010): CNRS/GDR on Microfluidics. 2nd Advance School on microfluidics, Cent National de Recherche Scientifique, France
  • Teaching Fellowship (09/2007-08/2008): Contract SIVP: Tunisian Department of Vocational Training and Employment

Research Experience

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Physics. Brandeis University, USA: 01/2017-present. Supervisors: Prof. Seth Fraden and Prof. Zvonimir Dogic
  • Visiting Beamline Scientist, Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Labratory, USA: 11/2014, 03/2015, 08/2015, 11/2015. 
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Physics and the Department of Chemistry. McGill University, Canada: 08/2014-present. Supervisors: Prof. Mark Sutton (Physics) and Prof. Linda Reven (Chemistry)
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Physics & Astronomy (DRL), the Department of Chemical &  Biomolecular Engineering (CBE), and the Department of Materials Science & Engineering (LRSM). University of Pennsylvania, USA: 11/2011-07/2014. Supervisors: Prof. Randall D. Kamien (DRL), Prof. Kathleen J. Stebe (CBE), and Prof. Shu Yang (LRSM)
  • Graduate Research Assistant in the Laboratoire de Physique Charles Coulomb (L2C). University of  Montpellier II/ Centre National de Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), France: 10/2008-10/2011. Supervisors: Prof. Maurizio Nobili and Dr. Christophe Blanc
  • Undergraduate Research Assistant in the Laboratoire de Physique de la Matière Molle de Tunis (LPMMT). University of Science of Tunis, Tunisia: 10/2007-02/2009. Supervisor: Prof. Tahar Othman

Teaching Experience

  • Lecturer in Physics (Fall 2016): Department of Physics, McGill University, Canada. 
  • Guest Lecturer (01/2016): Department of Chemistry, McGill University, Canada. 
  • Guest Lecturer (04/2015): Department of Physics, McGill University, Canada. 
  • Specialized Tutor of Physics (Fall 2014): McGill Tutorial Service, McGill University, Canada
  • Guest Lecturer (02/2013 & 02/2014): Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, USA
  • Teaching Assistant of Physics (09/2009-09/2011): Department of Physics, University of Montpellier II, France. Teaching Fellowship (Allocation Ministérielle d’Enseignement): French Ministry of Higher Education and Research. 
  • Teacher of Physics and Chemistry (10/2007-09/2008): SMIDA School, Tunisia. Teaching Fellowship (Contract SIVP): Tunisian Department of Vocational Training and Employment

Invited Talks and Seminars

18- M.A. Gharbi. “Exploring imperfections in soft matter to direct assembly of biomaterials and functional nanomaterials”. Department of Physics, University of Texas El Paso. El Paso, USA. February 16, 2017.

17- M.A. Gharbi. “Imperfections in soft matter: A new toolkit to direct assembly of advanced materials”. Department of Physics, Clark University. Worcester, USA. February 08, 2017.

16- M.A. Gharbi. Exploiting imperfections in soft matter to direct assembly of advanced materials. The Institute of Physics, University of Amsterdam. Amsterdam, Netherlands. September 20, 2016.

15- M.A. Gharbi. Assembly of Gold Nanoparticles in Blue Phase Liquid Crystals: Towards New Generation of Soft Nanocrystals. 2016 Canadian Association of Physics (CAP) Congress. University of Ottawa. June 13, 2016 – June 17, 2016. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

14- M.A. Gharbi. Elasto-capillarity: A New Toolkit for Directed Assembly of Advanced Materials. Department of Physics. Brandeis University, USA. MRSEC Seminar Series. March 10, 2016.

13- M.A. Gharbi. Capillarity at Liquid crystal interfaces: A New Toolkit for Directed Assembly of Advanced Materials. Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Harvard University, USA. Widely Applied Mathematics Seminars. March 08, 2016.

12- M.A. Gharbi. Auto-assemblage de particules colloïdales aux voisinages des interfaces cristaux liquides. Department of Physics. Laval University, Canada. Physics Seminars. February 02, 2016.

11- M.A. Gharbi. Elasto-capillarity: A New Toolkit for Directed Assembly of Advanced Materials. Department of Physics. Syracuse University, USA. Physics Colloquium. January 29, 2016.

10- M.A. Gharbi. Energy Stored in Soft Matter: A New Toolkit for Directed Assembly of Advanced Materials. Department of Physics. University of Miami, USA. Physics Colloquium. January 13, 2016.

9- M.A. Gharbi. Directed assembly of colloidal particles at liquid crystal interfaces. Department of Physics. North Dakota State University (NDSU), USA. Physics Seminar Series. March 31, 2014.

8- M.A. Gharbi.  The “magic” of liquid crystals to guide the assembly of particles. Department of Physics. University of California, Merced, USA. Physics Seminar Series. February 25, 2014.

7- M.A. Gharbi. Self-assembly of solid particles at smectic membranes. MRSEC Workshop on Liquid Crystals & Particles 2013. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA (December 16).

6- M.A. Gharbi. Self-assembly of colloidal particles directed by liquid crystal. Department of Physics. McGill University, Canada. Condensed Matter Physics Seminar Series. December 02, 2013.

5- M.A. Gharbi. Colloidal particles trapped at liquid crystal interfaces. The Gordon Research Conference on Liquid Crystals 2013, University of New England, Biddeford, ME, USA (June 16-June 21).

4- M.A. Gharbi. Microbullet assembly in confined nematic liquid crystal. Penn LRSM‐COMPLOIDS Workshop on Soft Matter 2013. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA (April 17-April 19).

3- M. A. Gharbi. Topologically required defects in nematic liquid films over microposts or in contact with anisotropic particles. APS March Meeting 2013 (Plenary Session), Baltimore, USA (March 18-March 22). 

2- M.A. Gharbi. Self-assembly of bullet-like particles in confined nematic liquid crystal. Laboratoire de Physique de la Matière Molle de Tunis. University of Science of Tunis, Tunisia (December 2012).

1- M.A. Gharbi. Comportement de particules colloïdales aux voisinages des interfaces cristaux liquides. Laboratoire de Physique de la Matière Molle de Tunis. University of Science of Tunis, Tunisia (December 2010).

Organized Conferences and Chaired Sessions 

1- Chair of the Session R2-1 “Computational condensed matter” at the CAP 2016 Congress at the University of Ottawa. The Division of Condensed Matter and Materials Physics (DCMMP). Ottawa, Canada ( June 13, 2016June 17, 2016)

2- Liquid Crystal Journal Club co-founder and organizer for students and postdocs in physics and engineering departments. University of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, USA (2014-2015).

3- 88th ACS 2014 Colloid & Surface Science Symposium. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA (June 22-June 25). Session: Particles in interfaces, fields and liquid crystals. Co-organized with Prof. Tony Dinsmore (U. Massachusetts Amherst) and Prof. Chris Santangelo (U. Massachusetts Amherst).

4- Chair of the Session: Particles in interfaces, fields and liquid crystals at the 88th ACS 2014 Colloid & Surface Science Symposium. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA (June 22-June 25). 

5- Member of the jury of the best poster prize for the 88th ACS 2014 Colloid & Surface Science Symposium. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA (June 22-June 25).

Editorial Activity

  • Peer-reviewer for Soft Matter Journal
  • Peer-reviewer for RSC Advances Journal
  • Peer-reviewer for The European Journal of Physics E
  • Peer-reviewer for Langmuir journal
  • Peer-reviewer for Physical Review E Journal

Affiliation

  • Canadian Association of Physics (CAP)
  • American Physical Society (APS)
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
  • French Society of Physics (SFP)
  • Tunisian Society of Physics (STP)

Languages

I can speak, write and teach in English as well as in French. Arabic is my native language

Last update: 25/03/2016
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