Ateyyah comes from Ta'if, a city on the western side of Saudi Arabia, not too far from Mecca. Having graduated from Umm Al-Qura University with a degree in physics, Ateyyah came to Sheffield in 2006 with a Saudi government scholarship to learn about nanotechnology (he did the Leeds-Sheffield degree in Nanoscale Science and Technology) and then do a PhD, which he started in January 2008. For some reason he chose to work with me, and so he is using fluorescence correlation spectroscopy to measure the diffusion of polymers in complex media (gels) and also to look at hyperbranched polymers which have been synthesized by Steve Rimmer's group in the Chemistry Department. (Actually Steve Carter was responsible for much of that work in the Rimmer group.) To that end neutron scattering has been performed on these polymers and we therefore hope to gain some insight into the dynamics of these temperature-responsive materials. On Monday December 12, 2011 Ateyyah successfully defended his thesis in a stamina-sapping 3.75 h examination by his examiners, Dr João Cabral (Imperial College London) and Professor Nigel Clarke (University of Sheffield). The above photo is taken a month after Ateyyah left Sheffield in his new (temporary) office at Ta'if University, where he has a permanent position as a member of academic staff.
Dr João Cabral's home page
A. M. AL-Baradi, S. Rimmer, S. R. Carter, J. P. de Silva, S. M. King, M. Maccarini, B. Farago, L. Noirez, and M. Geoghegan "Temperature-dependent structure and dynamics of highly-branched poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) in aqueous solution" Soft Matter 14 1482-91 (2018)
A. AL-Baradi, M. R. Tomlinson, Z. J. Zhang, and M. Geoghegan "Determination of the molar mass of surface-grafted weak polyelectrolyte brushes using force spectroscopy" Polymer 67 111-17 (2015)
A. M. AL-Baradi, M. Mears, R. A. L. Jones, and M. Geoghegan "The diffusion of dextran within poly(methacrylic acid) hydrogels" J. Polym. Sci. B: Polym. Phys. 50 1286-92 (2012).
A. M. AL-Baradi, O. O. Mykhaylyk, H. J. Blythe, and M. Geoghegan "Magnetic field dependence of the diffusion of single dextran molecules within a hydrogel containing magnetite nanoparticles" J. Chem. Phys. 134 094901 (2011).
Advanced Nano Materials 2010, Agadir, Morocco, September 2010.