Dr. Makhlouf is RGV STAR Professor at Manufacturing Engineering Dept., University of Texas - Pan American. Makhlouf’s research interests include preparation and characterization of coatings, corrosion, nanocomposite coatings, functional thin films, nanotechnology and advanced materials and polymers. He has recently published the following books: High performance coatings for automotive and aerospace industries, Nova Science Publishers, USA, 2010; Nanocoatings and ultra thin-films: technologies and applications, Woodhead Publishing Limited, Cambridge, UK, 2011; Handbook of smart coatings for materials protection, Woodhead Publishing Limited, UK, 2014; Handbook of nanoaspects of electrochemistry: electrochemical synthesis methods, properties and characterization techniques, Springer, to be ready 2014; Handbook of nano-ceramic and nano-composite coatings and materials, Elsevier, to be ready Dec. 2014; Handbook of practical cathodic corrosion protection, Springer, to be ready Dec. 2014; and Handbook of materials failure analysis, Elsevier, to be ready March 2015. Makhlouf has been coordinator of several Int'l projects with USA, France, Germany, Romania and Italy on applications of engineering materials, in particular their properties and performance in various service environments.
A multiple-award winner for his academic excellence: Makhlouf received several prestigious awards in Germany (Humboldt Research Award for Experienced Scientists at Max Planck Institute); USA (Fulbright Award, Department of Energy, and National Science Foundation); Canada (NSERC Postdoctoral); Belgium (Belgian Federal Science Research Fellowship); Arab League (Arab Youth Excellence Award in Innovation 2013), Jordan (Abdul Hameed Shoman Award in Engineering Science 2012); Egypt (National Prize of Egypt in Advanced Science and Technology 2006; Egyptian Prize of Excellence in Surface Technology and Corrosion 2006; and Egyptian Prize of Excellence and Innovation in Materials Science and their Applications 2009); and England (Top 100 Educators -2014, International Biographical Centre, Cambridge).
Strong impact with the international scientific communities: Makhlouf is an Expert Evaluator and Rapporteur at the FP7 program (EU). Evaluator for USA Fulbright visiting scholar program and for Int'l PhD S&T award in engineering. Evaluator for GERSS and GERLS scholarship programs, sponsored by DAAD, Germany. Expert Evaluator at the Common Call Management of ERAfrica, German Aerospace Center (DLR), European and Int'l Cooperation, Germany. Reviewer for NPRP and UREP programs Qatar National Research Fund. Reviewer for the Faculty Research Proposal, American Univ. of Sharjah, UAE. Reviewer for Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences. Consultant at Innosquared GmbH, Germany for a project on "Polymers for Electrical Insulation". Makhlouf is the Senior Editor: Nanotechnology Section in Insciences J., Switzerland; Associate Editor-in-Chief : Int'l J. Applied Sciences; Advisory Editor: for the books published by Elsevier in the area of advanced coatings and thin films, USA, Acquisitions Editor: Apple Academic Press Inc. USA, and a board member of 24 Int'l journals. Supervised 3 postdoctoral researchers, 8 PhD and master theses, and over 25 final projects for graduate students
Makhlouf has published 15 book-chapters, 2 US patents and 140+ publications in: Corrosion Science, Electrochimica Acta, Electrochemical and Solid-State Letters, Materials & Design, Thin Solid Films, Materials Performance NACE, Materials Chemistry and Physics, Surface & Coatings Technology, Materials Letters, Nuclear Materials, Progress in Organic Coatings, Int'l J. Electrochemical Sci., Int'l J. Nanomanufacturing, Materials Science, Surface and Interface Analysis, Applied Electrochemistry, Materials Processing Technology. Makhlouf has an invited expert voices column at European Coatings J., 2013. In addition, his article "Novel anti-corrosion nano-sized vanadia-based thin films prepared by sol-gel method for aluminum alloys”, J. Materials Processing Technology, Vol. 181, P.76, 2007 has been ranked the second among the Top 25 Hottest Articles in Materials Science, Elsevier, Oct. - Dec. 2006.
Makhlouf is a highly sought-after speaker worldwide and has held international scientific leadership as a chairman and organizer of several Int'l meetings/conferences in the USA, Germany, Canada, Spain and China. He is the chairman and organizer of the following symposia "Advances in smart and functional coatings and thin-films", MS&T14, USA; "Recent approaches and challenges in smart coatings", MS&T13, Canada; “Corrosion and coatings challenges in industry”, ACS 2007, USA. Makhlouf chaired the following sessions: Smart coatings, European Coatings Conference “Automotive Coatings”, Berlin 2011; and Environmentally friendly anticorrosion coatings, European Coatings Conference, Berlin 2007. Makhlouf has been an invited (keynote) speaker for over 25 Int'l meetings worldwide.