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Hacene Boukari, PhD

Professor, Division of Physics, Engineering, Mathematics, and Computer Science
Director, OSCAR Imaging Facility
Associate Director, NASA-DESG Consortium
PI, NIH URISE program
Delaware State University
Dover, DE 19901
hboukari [at] desu.edu


  • Ph.D 1992: Chemical Physics, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland.
  • M.Sc 1986: Chemical Physics, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland.
  • Diplome d’Etudes Superieures 1983: Universite d’Annaba, Annaba, Algeria.

Research Interests

  • Soft Matter Physics and Biophysics;
  • Biotransport Phenomena in Complex Systems;
  • Phase Transitions and Critical Phenomena;
  • Optical Physics: Scattering (light, X-ray, neutron); Fluorescence; FTIR; LIBS; Raman; Imaging.
  • Applications of Machine Learning in STEM disciplines.

Selected Publications

  1. L. W. Simpson, G. L. Szeto, H. Boukari, T. A. Good, and J. B. Leach, “Collagen Hydrogel Confinement of amyloid-b Accelerates Aggregation and Reduces Cytotoxic Effects” Acta Biomaterialia 112, 164-173 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actbio.2020.05.030.
  2. A. Bhat, K. Huan, T. Cooks, H. Boukari, and Q. Lu. “Probing Interactions between AuNPs/AgNPs and Giant Unilamellar Vesicles (GUVs) Using Hyperspectral Dark-field Microscopy,” Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2018, 19(4), 1014; doi:10.3390/ijms19041014.
  3. DM. Surmick, H. Boukari, J. Woodward, AC Stowe, and N. Melikechi. “Uncertainty of Integrated Intensity Following Line Profile Fitting of Multiline Spectra,” Appl Spectrosc. (2018) 1:3702818756652. doi: 10.1177/0003702818756652; PMID 29336588.
  4. H. Boukari, D. Sackett, and R. Nossal. ” Diffusion of fluorescent Poly(vinyl-alcohol) linear chains in semi-dilute Poly(vinyl-alcohol) polymeric solutions,” Proceedings Volume 10504, Biophysics, Biology and Biophotonics III: the Crossroads; 105040H (2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2291001.
  5. E. Jhamba, Z. M’Rah, and H. Boukari, “Rotational and Translational Diffusion of Low-Molecular Nanoprobes in Ficoll Solutions,” Current Nanoscience 13 (3), 262-273 (2017). DOI: 10.2174/1573413713666170110110938.
  6.  F. Boukari, S. Makrogiannis, R. Nossal, and H. Boukari, “Imaging and Tracking HIV-Viruses in Human Cervical Mucus,” J. Biomed. Opt. 21(9), 096001 (09/2016). doi:10.1117/1.JBO.21.9.096001.
  7. H. Boukari and D. L. Sackett “Tubulin Nanorings,” MRS Advances 1(08), 553–558 (2016). DOI:10.1557/adv.2016.79.
  8. S. P. Zustiak, J. Riley, H. Boukari, H. A. Gandjbakhche, R. Nossal, “Effects of Multiple Scattering on Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy Measurements of Particles Moving within Optically Dense Media”, Journal of Biomedical Optics 17(12), 125004-125004 (2012).
  9. H. Boukari, B. Brichacek, P. Stratton, S. F. Mahoney, J. D. Lifson, L. Margolis, and R. Nossal, “Movements of HIV-virions in human cervical mucus”, Biomacromolecules 10, 2482-2488 (2009).
  10. A. Michelman-Ribeiro, F. Horkay, R. Nossal, and H. Boukari, “Probe diffusion in linear Poly(Vinyl) Alcohol polymer solutions by Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy” BioMacromolecules 8(5), 1595-1600 (2007).
  11. H. Boukari, R. Nossal, D. L. Sackett, and P. Schuck, “Hydrodynamics of nanoscopic tubulin rings in dilute solutions,” Phys. Rev. Letters 93, 98106 (2004).