Dr. Yousuf received his Ph.D. in Condensed Matter Physics from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 1985 and was a Visiting Professor in the The George Washington University, Department of Mechanical Engineering since 2001 to 2004. He has been teaching physics part-time at the university level since 1996. In 2001, he retired as Programme Leader of Advanced Materials Laboratory, ending a career of more than 25 years in condensed matter physics research. Dr. Yousuf has authored or co-authored over 250 publications, more than 150 of which are published in refereed scientific journals. He is a member emeritus of Indian Physical Society, AIRAPT International Conference on High Pressure Science and Technology and in 1987 was elected Fellow of the Indian Physical Society.
In 1985, he received the prestigious INSA Young Scientist Lecture Award, and in 1986, he received the prestigious IPS Young Scientist Award. In 2000, he was given Science and Technology Award for developing Diamond Anvil Cell, a device to generate megabar pressure on microgram sample. In 1998, Academic Press invited Dr. Yousuf to write a review article on the Diamond Anvil Cell.
Dr. Yousuf was a key member of the team that developed the Imaging plate system, a two dimensional X-ray and neutron detector. Undeterred by the peers' doubt and criticism that he would fail and thanks to the IGCAR management's unbound encouragement, at Kalpakkam, Dr. Yousuf set up a unique and world class high pressure X-ray laboratory that has a focused brilliance and intensity matching the synchrotron radiation source in that diamond anvil cell crystallography can be done to megabar pressure. In recognition to the realization of his novel idea and his efforts, in 1997, he was nominated for the S S Bhatnagar Award. Using crystallographic techniques, he has solved many complex structures. In 2003, Applied Physics Journal invited Dr. Yousuf to write a review article on clathrate hydrates of natural gases, a potential renewable source of energy, abundantly available in the sea-bed. His current interest is in discovering the scientific facts in the verses of the Glorious Qur'an, and presently he is writing a book: Qur'an and the musings of a scientist
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, 1985
Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Bombay, 1977
Bihar University, Muzaffarpur, 1976
University of Pondicherry, Spring 2000-2001
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