Rifa J. El-Khozondar

Rifa J. El-Khozondar

OWSD Palestine National Chapter Member
Al Aqsa University

Dr. Rifa J. El-Khozondar is an associate professor at the physics department, Al-Aqsa University.   She has earned her B.Sc. in physics from Bir Zeit University at Palestine in 1986. She has received her M.Sc. in physics in 1996 and her Ph. D. in computational material science in 2002 from New Mexico State University in the USA. The focus of her research works is on developing the Monte Carlo Potts model to investigate microstructural evolution of polycrystalline materials. She has developed the code to simulate the degeneration of lamellar structures formed upon eutectoid phase transformations. In addition, she adjusted the model to study microstructural evolution in three-phase polycrystalline materials. Moreover, she modified the model to simulate grain size distributions in two-phase polycrystalline materials. She also developed the model to simulate grain growth in liquid-phase sintered materials. She is doing now an important research work on investigating the dependence of PV cell maximum output power (MPP) on different parameters using MATLAB simulation. She also has a continuing interest in metamaterials and its applications to design new structures (e. g., isolators, sensors, liquid crystal, and photonic crystal). Additionally, she studied the Polarization rotation in optical fibers where the frame of reference in which polarization rotation in twisted optical fibers is described to be compatible with the modeling of fiber sensor applications. Further, she investigated the nonlinear transmission lines. Her research work constitutes a good balance between applied and fundamental research. 

She has attended several national and international conferences. She also has been awarded several scholarships including the regular associate award of ICTP, the DAAD short study visit, and the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung scholarship. She serves as a member of editorial board and a referee for several international journals.