PhD 2016 (UCL)
Abdelaziz completed his Master’s degree in Physical Chemistry at the Graduate School of Chemistry, Biology and Physics of Bordeaux (France) in 2012.
Before completing his Master degree, Abdelaziz had the opportunity to improve his skills in computational chemistry by doing two internships. The first one was at IMS (Institute of Molecular Sciences – University of Bordeaux 1) where he studied the gas-surface interaction between H2g and Ws. That training allowed him to acquire solid knowledge in the field of Molecular Dynamic and DFT (Density Functional Theory) calculation. The second one was at CEA which is the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives). In that training period Abdelaziz studied the electronic structure of uranyl tri-sulfate (UO2(SO4)3)4- thanks to software Gaussian 03.
In October 2012 Abdelaziz joined University College London in order to start his PhD with Professor Nora de Leeuw. His research was on the electronic structure of Nickel-Zirconia interface for fuel cell application. Since passing his viva in November 2016, Abdelaziz is now working as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate for Professor Nora de Leeuw in Cardiff.
“Ni Deposition on Yttria-Stabilized ZrO2(111) Surfaces: A Density Functional Theory Study”, A. Cadi-Essadek, A.Roldan and N. H. de Leeuw, Journal of Physical Chemistry C – DOI: 10.1021/jp512594j
“Density functional theory study of the interaction of H2O, CO2and CO with the ZrO2 (111), Ni/ZrO2 (111), YSZ (111) and Ni/YSZ (111) surfaces”, A. Cadi-Essadek, A.Roldan and N. H. de Leeuw, Surface Science – DOI: 10.1016/j.susc.2016.06.008
“Density Functional Theory Study of Ni Clusters Supported on the ZrO2(111) Surface”, A. Cadi-Essadek, A.Roldan and N. H. de Leeuw, Fuel Cells – DOI: 10.1002/fuce.201600044