Mohammed Benali Kanoun

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interests

My present work concerns firstly the spintronic materials, namely the modeling of the diluted magnetic semi-conductors (Bulk, thin-films and nanowires structures) using theoretical methods. I am employing the Projector augmented wave (PAW) method as implemented in the VASP package and the all electron FP-(L)APW+lo method with Wien2k code. I investigate the structural, electronic and magnetic properties with a focus on the structure, formation energy and electronic band structure. The role of vacancies in presence of non-magnetic impurities is also studied.
My second project, is to use the Smeagol code to study the electronic transport properties of the magnetic nano-structures such as the magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs).  One of the important goal of my calculations will be to extract the spin-torque in systems based on oxides, such as Fe/MgO.

Selected Publications

Spin-polarization reversal at the interface between benzene and Fe(100)
S. Goumri-Said, M.B. Kanoun, A. Manchon, U. Schwingenschlogl
Journal of Applied Physics 113, 013905 (2013)​​​​​​​

Magnetism in Sc-doped ZnO with zinc vacancies: A hybrid density functional and GGA+U approaches
M.B. Kanoun, S. Goumri-Said, ​U. Schwingenschlogl, A. Manchon
Chemical Phys. Lett. 532, 96 (2012)​​​

NLO switching behavior in the solid state : A theoretical investigation on anils
A. Ségerie, F. Castet, M.B. Kanoun, A. Plaquet, V. Liégeois, and B. Champagne
Chem. Mater. 23, 3993–4001 (2011)

Ab initio investigation on the magnetic ordering in Gd doped ZnO
I. Bantounas, S. Goumri-Said, M. B. Kanoun, A. Manchon, I. Roqan and U. Schwingenschlögl
J. Appl. Phys. 109, 083929-083935 (2011)
Electrostatic modeling of the linear optical susceptibilities of 2-methyl-4-nitroaniline, m-nitroaniline, 3-methyl-4-nitropyridine N-oxide and 2-carboxylic acid-4-nitropyridine-1-oxide crystals
M.B. Kanoun, E. Botek, and B. Champagne
Chem. Phys. Lett. 487, 256–262 (2010)

First-principles investigations of physical properties of the magnesium nitridoboride
P. Hermet, S. Goumri-Said, M.B. Kanoun, and L. Henrard
J. Phys. Chem. C, 113, 4997–5003 (2009)
Structure and mechanical stability of molybdenum nitrides: A first principles study
M.B. Kanoun, S. Goumri-Said, and M. Jaouen
Phys. Rev. B 76, 134109 (2007)

Electronic properties of the binary noble metal nitride PtN : First-principles calculation
M.B. Kanoun and S. Goumri-Said
Phys. Rev. B 72, 113103 (2005)
X-ray Absorption near structure and valence state of Mn in (Ga,Mn)N
A. Titov, X. Biquard, D. Halley, S. Kuroda, E. Bellet-Amalric, H. Mariette, J. Cibert, A.E. Merad, M.B. Kanoun, E. Kulatov, Y. A. Uspenski
Phys. Rev. B 72, 115209 (2005)


2004 PhD in Materials Science 
University of Tlemcen, Algeria and University of Grenoble I, France

Scientific and Professional Memberships

Member of American Physical Society
Member of Royal Society of Chemistry, Belgium


2009-2010 Theoretical chemistry laboratory
Physics department of University of Poitiers, France

​2006 Assistant-Researcher and Teacher Awards
CERUNA project Award, from University of Namur, Belgium

2005 Assistant-Researcher and Teacher Awards
Institut d’Electronique de Microélectronique et de Nanotechnologie (IEMN) University of Lille I, France