First Regional Virtual Symposium
on Physics Advances 2020

28-29 June 2020

Department of Physics, College of Science, University of Bahrain
Kingdom of Bahrain



About Symposium

University of Bahrain is pleased to host a virtual online symposium which will focus on “recent innovations and knowledge empowering progress in physics” within GCC region. This virtual symposium is an opportunity for Physics community across GCC countries to come together, show off what they’re working on, and learn about the research that others are doing.

  • This virtual symposium also includes Keynote presentations by prominent personalities from GCC countries in addition to both oral and poster presentations. We encourage distinguished professors, researchers and young scientists across GCC region to join this virtual symposium to utilize the expertise and novelties that brings a new era for innovations in the fields of physics.
  • It will provide a platform to exchange information on relevant issues, have open discussions, knowledge sharing and interactive sessions with field experts. Meanwhile, the Symposium creates an environment for extensive discussion and potential collaboration with researchers across GCC.
  • The symposium also aims to promote interactions among researchers in GCC to create avenue for collaborative research grants applications using all available GCC forums.

Major frontier topics in Physics are aimed to cover in this virtual symposium which  includes:

  • Theory and Simulation of Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Optics, Photonics and Lasers
  • Advances in Medical and Bio Physics
  • Advanced Functional Nanomaterials
  • Renewable and Sustainable Energy Resources
  • Meteorology
  • Collaborative Grants and Funding opportunities



Presentation Guidelines

Oral-papers presentation may be available in one of following format:

  1. PowerPoint slide show with author’s audio narration
  2. Video presentation

Poster presentation may be available in one of following format:

  1. One-pager PowerPoint or PDF file of the Poster with author’s narration
  2. Video presentation of one-pager Poster (Preferably in PowerPoint)



Symposium key Personalities

Symposium patron in Chief:

Prof Riyad Y Hamzah
   (President, UOB)

Symposium co-patron in Chief:

Prof Mohammed El-Hilo
   (Dean, College of Science, UOB)

Symposium Chairs:

  • Dr. Hanan M Albuflasa
       (Chairperson, Department of Physics, UOB)
  • Dr. Adnan Younis
       (Department of Physics, UOB)

Symposium Scientific Committee:

  • Dr. Jawad Alsaei
  • Dr. Habib Ashoor
  • Dr. Khalil Ebrahim
  • Dr. Hacene Manaa
  • Ms. Basma Al-Najar
  • Dr. Adnan Younis
  • Dr. Karim Ben Messai



Key Dates

  • Submission of Abstracts
    June 10, 2020 Closed
  • Registration Deadline
    June 25, 2020 Closed
  • Symposium
    June 28-29, 2020



Symposium Program

The symposium schedule is shown below.
**Minor changes are possible, and the schedule below will be continuously updated.

Day 1:
Sunday June 28, 2020


Opening Remarks
Prof. Riyad Y Hamzah
President of the Universty of Bahrain, Bahrain
8:30 – 9:00


Session 1: Funding Opportunities
Chair:  Dr. Hacene Manaa
09:00 – 9:40



Talk ID.



9:00 – 9:20


Prof. El-Hilo, Dean of College of Science, University of Bahrain, Bahrain 


9:20 – 9:40


Dr. Mohamed Redha (Dean of Scientific Research and Graduate Studies, University of Bahrain, Bahrain)


9:40 – 10:00



Session 2: Condensed Matter Physics
Chair: Mrs. Basma Alnajar
10:00 – 11:40


10:00 – 10:20


Low energy ion beam  Irradiation  induced modification in structural and physical properties of plymer
Speaker: A. Atta, Physics Department, College of Science, Jouf University,KSA


10:20 – 10:40


 Pr /Li codoped NiO ceramic for Giant dielectric properties
Speaker: Aqeel Dakhel, Department of Physics, University of Bahrain, Bahrain


10:40 – 11:00


Direct Band-gap Measurement on a NiMnSb Half-Heusler Alloy at Room Temperature
Speaker: Tariq F. Alhuwaymel, King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


11:00 – 11:20


Impurity effect on entanglement and spin relaxation in Heisenberg spin systems
Speaker: Noora Alameri, Sharjah Academy for Astronomy, UAE


11:20 – 11:40


Seeking functionality for solving challenging industrial problems
in condensed matter physics
Speaker: R. Neffati, King Khalid University, KSA


Session 3: Functional Nanomaterials
Chair: Dr. Adnan Younis
11:40 -14:40


11:40 – 12:00


Radon Detection Using Alpha Scintillation KACST Cell
Speaker: Ayman M. Abdalla, Najran University, KSA


12:00 – 12:20


Shape-controlled synthesis of nanostructured Co-doped ZnO thin films and their magnetic properties
Speaker: E. Abdeltwab, Al-Jouf University, KSA


12:20 – 13:20 


Poster1: Statistical physics modeling of water vapor adsorption isotherm into kernels of dates: Experiments, microscopic interpretation and thermodynamic functions evaluation
Presenter: Fatma Aouaini, Princess Norah bint Abdul Rahman University, KSA


13:20 – 13:40


Low Temperature Methane Sensor syntheszed via Co-Evaporated CuO-Doped In2O3 1D-Nanostructure: Stuctural Phase & Reversible Detection
Speaker: N.M. Shaalan, King Faisal University, KSA


13:40 – 14:00


Plasmonic Liquid Crystalline Materials for Smart Windows Applications
Speaker: Ghadah Sheetah, King Faisal University, KSA


14:00 – 14:20


The activity of zinc oxide nanoparticle synthesized by milling against human pathogenic microorganisms
Speaker: Imen Massoudi, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, KSA


14:20 – 14:40


Shape-controlled synthesis of ZnO complex nanostructures
Speaker: Fatema Taher, AlAzahr University (Egypt)


Session 4: Medical and Nuclear Physics
Chair: Dr. Habib Ashoor
14:40 -16:40


14:40 – 15:00


Using Imaging Techniques to Unlock Secrets in the Kidney and Help Rebuild it
Speaker: Peter Corridon, Khalifa University of Science and Technology, UAE


15:00 – 15:20


Simulation of the Temperature Distribution in a Liver due to Microwave Ablation
Speaker: Hafedh Belmabrouk, Majmaah University, KSA


15:20 – 15:40


Poster2: Glass materials and their utilization for radiation shielding applications
Presenter: H.O. Tekin, University of Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates


15:40 – 16:00


DCE-CT Perfusion Parametric Coloured Image Using Steepest Gradient Approach Based on Time Frame
Speaker: Habib Ashoor, University of Bahrain, Kingdom of Bahrain


16:00 – 16:20


An overview to Monte Carlo simulations for radiation transport and nuclear shielding studies in nuclear and medical physics: MCNPX experience
Speaker: H.O. Tekin, University of Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates


16:20 – 16:40


Nuclear Forensics
Speaker: Abdul-Wali Ajlouni, Umm Al-Qura University , KSA


Day 2:
Monday June 29, 2020


Key Note Talk
Prof. Waheeb Alnaser
Professor of Applied Physics
Vice President, University of Bahrain, Bahrain
08:30 – 09:00


Session 1: Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technologies
Chair: Dr. Hanan Albuflasa
09:00 – 10:20



Talk ID.



9:00 – 9:20


Development of Third Generation Economical and Proficient Solar Cells: Dye Sensitized and Single Crystals Perovskites
Speaker:  M.A.Gondal, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, KSA


9:20 – 9:40


Investigating the Impact of Soiling on the Performance of Various Solar Cell Technologies
Speaker: Hanan Albuflasa, University of Bahrain,  Bahrain


9:40 – 10:00


Electrochemical capacitors: A future of Sustainable and Clean Energy Storage Devices
Speaker: Adnan Younis, University of Bahrain,  Bahrain


10:00 – 10:20


Off-grid Solar Energy System (OSES)
Speaker: Yacouba Moumouni, Higher Colleges of Technology, United Arab Emirates


10:20 – 10:40


Poster1: Electrodeposition study of silver electrodeposits: Nucleation process & theoretical analysis
Presenter: Imen Massoudi, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, KSA


Session 2: Theory and Simulation of Materials
Chair: Dr. Abdullah Sarhan
10:40 – 12:40


10:40 – 11:00


Mystery of the formation of <100> loops in irradiated iron
Speaker: Qing Peng, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, KSA


11:00 – 11:20


Mechanical and Electronic Controllability of Electron transport in
NiO and SnO2 Oxide interfaces
Speaker: Abdulla Sarhan, University of Bahrain, Bahrain


11:20 – 11:40


Computational modelling and optimization of transmission coefficient in GaN and GaAs based resonant tunneling diodes using the transfer matrix method
Speaker: Azhar Aljaber, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, KSA


11:40 – 12:00


Modeling the Dipolar Interaction Field Distributions in Random Superparamagnetic Systems
Speaker: Layla S. Nasser, University of Bahrain, Bahrain


12:00 – 12:20


Controlled electronic and magnetic properties of two-dimensional MoTe2 by doping transition-metal atoms
Speaker: Mohammed Benali Kanoun, King Faisal University, KSA


12:20 – 12:40


Controlled Magnetic behaviour of Ni80Fe20 nanowire by a selection of nucleation pads
Speaker: Hadi R. AlQahtani, King Saud University, KSA


12:40 – 13:40 


Poster2: Hydrogen’s absorption isotherms in the metal hydrates LaNi3.55Mn0.4Al0.3(Co1−xFex)0.75 (0≤x≤1)
Presenter: R. Neffati, King Khalid University, KSA


Session 3: Optics and Optical Properties of Materials
Chair: Dr. Khalil Ebrahim
13:40 – 15:00


13:40 – 14:00


Optical constants of Dy2O3 layer studied by spectroscopic ellipsometry
Speaker: H. Saghrouni  & L. Beji , Qassim University, KSA


14:00 – 14:20


Size Dependent Nonlinear Absorption and Refractive Index Coefficients of PbS Quantum Dots Dispersed in Toluene
Speaker: Khalil Ebrahim, University of Bahrain, Bahrain


14:20 – 14:40


Physical investigations on Dy2O3 oxide deposited on p-Si substrate
Speaker: A. Cherif, Jouf University, KSA


14:40 – 15:00


Shielding, Structural, Physical and Optical features for sodium zinc borate Glass Modified with Different Concentrations of Barium Oxide
Speaker: Mohammad Hasan Abu Mhareb, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University (KSA)


15:00 – 15:20



Session 4: Astrophysics
Chair: Dr. Walid Azzam
15:20 – 16:20


15:20 – 15:40


Understanding Accretion in High Mass X-Ray Binaries
Speaker: Antonios Manousakis, University of Sharjah,  UAE


15:40 – 16:00


The Eiso-Ep,i Correlation for Short and Long Gamma-Ray Bursts
Speaker: Walid Azzam, University of Bahrain, bahrain


16:00 – 16:20


New Era of Space Sciences Research in the MENA World
Speaker: I. Fernini, Sharjah Academy for Astronomy, Space Sciences, and Technology, UAE


Closing Remarks
Dr. Hanan Albuflasa
Chair of Department of Physics, University of Bahrain
16:20 – 16:30



20 minutes have been reserved for each talk: 15 min for presentations and 5 min for discussions. We plan to video record all the talks and the recording will be available on request only. If you prefer that your talk is not recorded or stored, please let us know.

**To ensure smooth program, please send your presentation as a ppt-file latest on Wednesday, June 17th to the organizing committee on the email provided.





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