Drexel University, 3141 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA

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Prof. Michel W. Barsoum is Distinguished Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Drexel University. He is an internationally recognized leader in the area of MAX phases and more recently the 2D solids labeled MXenes derived from the MAX phases. Most recently he also discovered a new universal mechanism – ripplocation - in the deformation of layered solids. With over 500 refereed publications and a Google h index is 115, his work has been highly and widely cited. He was on the Web of Science’s highly cited researchers list in 2018, 2019 and 2020. In 2020, according to a recent Stanford University study, he had the highest c-index (combines citations and h-index) in the Materials Science subfield. He is a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Society of Engineering Sciences, fellow of the American Ceramic Soc. and the World Academy of Ceramics. He is the author the books, MAX Phases: Properties of Machinable Carbides and Nitrides and Fundamentals of Ceramics, a leading textbook in his field. In 2020, he was awarded the International Ceramics Prize for basic science by the World Academy of Ceramics. This prize is awarded quadrennially and is one of the highest in his field. The prize was awarded for “…  outstanding contribution in opening new horizons in material research and specifically for your pioneering work in MAX phases and their derivatives.”