Youmna Mouhamad is from Mayotte, which is French overseas department, located in the Indian ocean between Madagascar and Mozambique. It looks lovely, and we all want to go there. The beauty of Mayotte is unhindered by higher education, so she started her degree studies in Marseille (which is considerably less glamourous), but armed with very little English she decided to go to Leeds to study as an ERASMUS student, which seemed to go on far too long and so she ended up with a degree in physics from there. Youmna started in November 2009 to work on film formation in polymer mixtures. These include model polymer mixtures of polystyrene and poly(methyl methacrylate), but also materials used for photovoltaics. Some of the work will be in collaboration with Georges Hadziioannou of the Universite Bordeaux I, and some is in collaboration with Nigel Clarke of the Department of Physics and Astronomy in Sheffield, although when this work started, Nigel was in Durham. She is here photographed in San Francisco, during the MRS meeting where she gave an oral presentation. On Monday July 16, 2014, Youmna defended her thesis before her examiners, Professors Steve Yeates (University of Manchester) and Patrick Fairclough (University of Sheffield). Whilst busy writing up her corrections to her thesis and starting on her second paper, she has started postdoctoral work at Swansea University.
Y. Mouhamad, P. Mokarian-Tabari, N. Clarke, R. A. L. Jones, and M. Geoghegan "Dynamics of polymer film formation during spin coating" J. Appl. Phys. 116 123513 (2014)
UK Plastic Electronics Research Conference, Loughborough, December 2013.
Materials Research Society Spring meeting, San Francisco, USA, April 2012.
American Physical Society March meeting, Boston, USA, February 2012.