Dr. Issam Qattan
Dr. issam qattan Associate Professor Physics

Contact Information
issam.qattan@ku.ac.ae +971 2 312 3529


Dr. Issam A. Qattan earned his Ph.D. in Physics and Astronomy from Northwestern University in 2005 where he carried out his research work at the Physics division at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), and Thomas Jefferson National Laboratory (JLAB). He was a member of the medium energy group at ANL, and a Department of Energy Research Fellow. He joined the Indiana University Cyclotron Facility (IUCF) in Indiana/Bloomington as a postdoctoral research fellow in 2006 where he carried out his research work at the Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). In 2008, he joined the Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) as an assistant professor of physics and engineering. In 2010, he joined Khalifa University (KU) as an assistant professor of physics, and later as an associate professor of physics in 2014.

He is the founding chair of the physics department at KU, and served as the interim chair of the department from 2017-2019. He worked on the establishment of the BSc Physics degree program at KU. In addition, during his chairmanship, he worked on the establishment of the Ph.D. Physics program at KU. His research interests span many research topics in experimental and theoretical nuclear, particle, and condensed matter physics such as: lepton-hadron scattering, electromagnetic spin structure of nucleons, materials synthesis and fabrication, and developing computational techniques in materials science using density and spin-density functional theory materials calculations with focus on optical, electronic, and magnetic properties of semiconductors and auxetic Penta and Hexagonal 2D materials and Graphene. 

  • PhD in Physics and Astronomy (2005)/Northwestern University

  • Electricity and Magnetism II (PHYS422)
  • Quantum Field Theory (PHYS706)
  • Advanced Electromagnetic Theory (PHYS704)

Affiliated Research Institutes/Centers

Research Interests
  • Theoretical, phenomenological, and experimental nuclear and particle physics.
  • Theoretical, computational, and experimental condensed matter physics with emphasis on DFT and ab-initio calculations.

Research Projects

Probing the Electromagnetic Structure of the Nucleon (Proton and Neutron) Utilizing Electron-Proton Scattering. Topics include: the nucleon electromagnetic form factors (FFs), phenomenological two-photon exchange corrections to electron-proton elastic scattering cross section, parton distributions, mesons FFs, and nucleon charge and magnetic radii.

Theoretical and Computational Condensed Matter Physics: First Principles ab-initio Density Functional Theory Investigation of Structural, Electronic, Optical, and Mechanical Properties of Auxetic Penta and Hexagonal 2D Materials and Graphene.

Additional Info


1) Argonne National Laboratory (Physics Division & Materials Science Division).

2) Thomas Jefferson National Laboratory.

3) Brookhaven National Laboratoty.