Hebatalla Elnaggar

Hebatalla Elnaggar

Postdoctoral Fellow
Since: 2020
Email: H.M.E.A.Elnaggar@uu.nl
Room: 4.76

Research: RIXS dichroism on strongly correlated systems

The determination of the local orientation and magnitude of the magnetization in films and single crystals plays a pivotal role in understanding and harnessing magnetic properties for technological applications. My work focuses on employing the polarization dependence of resonant inelastic X-ray scattering (RIXS) to directly probe the spin ordering with chemical and site selectivity. Applied on the prototypical transition metal oxides, such as magnetite ([Fe3+ ]A [Fe3+ , Fe2+ ]B O4 ), I study how to quantify structural and magnetic parameters from detailed angular dependence measurements and theoretical simulations.


2019 – now
Postdoc with Prof. Frank de Groot, Debye institute for nanomaterials science, University of Utrecht

2014 – 2019
Ph.D., Debye institute for nanomaterials science, University of Utrecht,

  • Thesis Topic: X-ray RIXS dichroism of transition metal oxides.
  • Advisor: F. de Groot, Prof. Dr.


M.Sc., Materials science exploiting large scale facilities, Joint degree between University of Rennes 1, TU Munich and LMU Munich,

  • Thesis Topic: Magnetite thin films and colloidal nanoparticles: An x-ray absorption spectroscopic study
  • Advisors: W. Schmahl, Prof. Dr. and P. Glatzel, Ph.D
  • Accumilative Grade: A


B.Sc., Materials science and engineering, Double degree between TU Clausthal and Ain Shams University,

  • Thesis Topic: Study of the formability of steel/polymer/steel composites
  • Advisor: H. Palkowski, Prof. Dr.-Ing.
  • Accumulative Grade: A, distinguished with honours


Born in Cairo, Egypt

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