Anthony Nakhoul earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering in 2013 and 2015, respectively, from the University of Balamand in Lebanon. He discovered his passion for research after working as a production and R&D Engineer for three years. In 2018, he relocated to France to pursue a MSc at École des Mines de Saint-Etienne (EMSE) before enrolling in the PhD program. His MSc internship project with Manutech-SLEIGHT paved the way for his PhD, which was supported by the Graduate School. In 2019, Anthony began his thesis "MORPHOSURF" at Laboratoire Hubert Curien in collaboration with EMSE. After publishing several articles in peer-reviewed journals, he earned a PhD. in Materials Science & Engineering in 2022. During his thesis, he discovered the appearance of various types of self-organized nanostructures on metals induced by femtosecond laser, which paved the way for several projects, such as HyTex, on which Anthony is currently working as a postdoctoral fellow.


My internship with Manutech-SLEIGHT was a great opportunity to shed the light on the importance and evolution of ultrafast laser irradiation impacting the future of manufacturing processes. This opportunity has had opened the door for me to start my PhD thesis, MORPHOSURF, which concerned laser-surface interaction, but at nanometric scale! During this thesis, I was able to observe high aspect ratio nanostructures known as Nanopeaks on extremely small scales ranging from 20 to 100 nm. I believe that these kinds of structures have many potential applications. During my postdoctoral fellowship, HyTex, I will use all of my skills to design these novel nanostructures in order to investigate the effect of ultrafast laser texturing on hydrogen absorption and diffusion in metallic materials.