Khawla Qamhieh


Professor of Physics


Physics Department, College of Science and Technology, Al-Quds University, Jerusalem, P.O. Box 20002, Palestine


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Chair of Physics department. Educated for B.Sc. in Physics, at Jordan University, Amman, Jordan, 1978, for Ph.D. in theoretical physics, at Clarkson University, NY, USA, 1990. Postdoctoral Fellow at Clarkson University, 1990-1991. DAAD award 2006, Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Science (FIAS)., Frankfurt, Germany. Fulbright scholar at University of Houston, USA, 2006-2007 and visiting fellow at Lund University, Lund, Sweden, summer,2003, 2007, 2008, 2009.

Research interests

  • Interparticle interactions in colloidal system
  • Computer simulation of colloidal suspensions.
  • Electrostatics in colloidal suspensions.
  • Structure and dynamics of charged colloid.
  • Microemulsion Phase behavior.
  • Stability and thermodynamics of DNA structures in solution and on surfaces both dielectric and metallic.
  • Interactions between DNA and cationic dendrimers.

Teaching activities

Undergraduate level

  • General physics
  • Medical physics
  • Modern physics
  • Computational physics
  • Optics
  • Electromagnetism
  • Computer graphics
  • Philosophy of science
  • critical thinking.
  • Graduate level:
  • Computational physics
  • Mathematical physics

Selected publications

  • Ibrahim Kayali , Khawla Qamhieh, Ulf Olsson, Microemulsion Phase Behavior of Aerosol-OT combined with a cationic hydrotrope in the dilute region, Journal of Dispersion Science and Technology,2010,2,183 - 187
  • Khawla Qamhieh, Tommy Nylander, and Marie-Louise Orberg, Analytical model study of Dendrimer-DNA complexes, Biomacromolecules, 2009, 10, 1720-1726.
  • Khawla Qamhieh, Ka-Yiu Wong, Gillian C. Lynch, and B. Mongomery Pettitt, The Melting mechanism of DNA tethered to a surface, International journal of numerical analysis and modeling, 2009, 6, 3, 474-488.
  • Ibrahim Kayali, Khawla Qamhieh, B. Lindman, Effect of type of fragrance compounds on their location in hexagonal liquid crystal, Dispersion of science, 27,1151-1155, 2006.
  • Khawla Qamhieh, Per Linse, Effect of discrete macroion charge distribution in solution of like-charged macroions, J. chemical Physics, 2005, 10490
  • Lobaskin Vladimir, Khawla Qamhieh, Stability of highly asymmetric electrolytes under various salt conditions, J. Physical Chemistry B, 2003, 32, 8022-8029.