Atef Elkadime


Bio: Atef Elkadime, Administrative Director, SESAME, Jordan

Atef Elkadime joined Egyptian Atomic Energy Authority (EAEA) in 1986 as a demonstrator in chemistry. He has been awarded the degree of Bachelor of science (chemistry) in 1984 with Excellent with Honors order of merit. He was the highest-ranking student in chemistry department for the four years of study. He joined the Radiation Protection and Dosimetry Department at the Egyptian Atomic Energy Authority (EAEA) in 1986, then the M. Sc. in 1989 and Ph.D. in 1992 followed by promotion to Ass. Professor in 1998 and full Professor in Applied Radiation Chemistry in 2003. He has been promoted in different positions in EAEA starting from head of department on 2000 and ending with the highest post at EAEA as the Chairman of the Board for 8 years in the period 2012-2020 which is the maximum allowed period by the law. He has joined the Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East (SESAME) Center that is located in Jordan since February 1st, 2021 as the Administrative Director of the center.

He published 72 scientific papers in the international journals and supervised more than 25 M.Sc. and Ph.D. thesis.

Abstract: “SESAME: A Synchrotron Radiation Facility in the Middle East”

A. Elkadime, A. Lausi, S. Matalgah, M. Alzu’bi 

The Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East SESAME is a third-generation 2.5 GeV synchrotron radiation (SR) source in Allan, Jordan. It is the first major international research Centre in the Middle East and neighboring countries. As a user facility, SESAME hosts visiting scientists who use synchrotron techniques for advanced research. At SESAME, a series of accelerators raise the energy of electrons up to the 2.5 GeV used in the storage ring to provide the high brilliance sources for the Infrared Microspectroscopy, the Powder Diffraction and the X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy beamlines, all three already open to users. Very soon an X-ray Imaging (BEATS) and a Soft X-ray Spectroscopy (HESEB) beamline will come on stream. 

The high photon flux, small source size, and low divergence available at SR sources allow for advanced spectroscopy and imaging techniques, well suited for studying very complex and heterogeneous structures. Moreover, SR techniques are non-destructive, and as an SR facility gathers several beamlines around its accelerator, samples can easily be transferred and re-analyzed using complementary techniques. 

Data connectivity is crucial for the success of SESAME as it allow user communities worldwide to submit their proposals via the open CFP on SESAME User’s Portal (SUP), enable fast file transfer using an uncommercial reliable data connectivity to carry out the expected massive data generation from SESAME beamlines and enhance the communication platform between SESAME and the word class research labs. Thanks to ASREN and GEANT for supporting SESAME by providing a reliable high speed international connectivity.