Abdelhamid MAALI  est membre de l’équipe Matière Molle & Biophysique, thématique Nano-physique des fluides aux interfaces.

Abdelhamid Maali is Senior Scientist at the CNRS (Directeur de Recherche), head of the group Nanophysics of fluids at interfaces « NAFfI » at the LOMA.



  • Application of atomic force microscopy to the study of the rheological properties of confined liquid.
  • Hydrodynamics at the nanoscale: application of AFM to study the slip length of water on solid surfaces.
  • Study the confined air flow and measurement of the slip length.


  • Prof. Bharat Bhushan,   Nanotribology Laboratory for Information Storage and MEMS/NEMS (NLIM), USA.
  • Prof. Stéphane COLIN, Institut Clément Ader (ICA),  Toulouse.
  • Prof. Yuliang Wang, Beihang University, China.




List of my publications in Hal Archiv

Publications since 2006-2014 :

  1. Z. Zhang, V. Bertin, M. Arshad, E. Raphael, T. Salez, A. Maali,  Direct measurement of the elastohydrodynamic lift force at the nanoscale, Phys. Rev. Lett. 124, 054502
  2. A. Maali, R. Boisgard, H. Chraibi, Z. Zhang, H. Kellay, A. Würger, Viscoelastic drag forces and crossover from no-slip to slip boundary conditions for flow near air-water interfaces, Phys. Rev. Lett. 118, 084501
  3. Y. Wang, B. Zeng, H. T. Alem, Z. Zhang, E. Charlaix, A. Maali, Viscocapillary response of gas bubbles probed by thermal noise atomic force measurement, Langmuir 2018, 34, 4, 1371–1375
  4. A.Maali , T. Cohen-Bouhacina, C. Jai, , C. Hurth, R. Boisgard, , J.P. Aimé , D. Mariolle, F. Bertin, Reduction of the cantilever hydrodynamic damping near a surface by ion-beam milling, J. Appl. Phys. Vol 99, (2006) 024908
  5. A.Maali , T.Cohen-Bouhacina, G. Couturier, J.P.Aimé, Oscillatory Dissipation of a Simple Confined Liquid, Phys. Rev. Lett. 96, 086105(2006).
  6. A. Maali, C. Hurth, T. Cohen-Bouhacina, G. Couturier, J.P.Aimé, Improved acoustic excitation of atomic force microscope cantilevers in liquids, Appl.Phys.Lett. 88, 163504 (2006).
  7. A. Maali, T. Cohen-Bouhacina, “Maali and Cohen-Bouhacina Reply”:, Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 179602 (2006).
  8. C. Hurth, C. Tassius, J.C. Talbot, A. Maali, C. Moskalenko, P. Minard, J.P. Aimé, F. Argoul “Enzymatic activity of immobilized yeast phosphoglycerate kinase” Biosens Bioelectron. Volume 22, Issue 11, 15 May 2007, Pages 2449-2455.
  9. C. Jai, T. Cohen-Bouhacina, A. Maali « Analytical description of the motion of an acoustic-driven atomic force microscope cantilever in liquid” , Appl.Phys.Lett . 90, 113512,(2007).
  10. A.Maali, T.Cohen-Bouhacina, H.Kellay, ” Measurement of the slip length of water flow on graphite surface”. Appl. Phys. Lett. 92, 053101 (2008).
  11. D.Lasne,A.Maali, Y.Amarouchene, L.Cognet, B.Lounis, H.Kellay ” Velocity profiles of water flowing past solid glass surfaces using fluorescent nanoparticles and molecules as velocity probes”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 214502(2008).
  12. A.Maali, B.Bhushan “Slip Length Measurement of Confined Air Flow Using Dynamic Atomic Force Microscopy”, Phys. Rev. E. 78, 027302(2008).
  13. A.Maali , B. Bhushan “Nanorheology and boundary slip in confined liquids using atomic force microscopy”, J. Phys. Condens. Matter. 20, 315201 (2008).
  14. B. Bhushan, Y. Wang, and A. Maali “Nanobubble Imaging and Coalescence Observed Using Tapping Mode AFM and Their Viscoelastic Analysis” J. Phys: Condens. Matter. 20, 485004 (2008).
  15. B. Bhushan, Y. Wang, and A. Maali “Boundary slip study on hydrophilic, hydrophobic and superhydrophobic surfaces with dynamic atomic force microscopy » Langmuir. 25, 8117 (2009).
  16. B. Bhushan, Y. Wang, and A. Maali “AFM measurement of boundary slip on hydrophilic, hydrophobic and superhydrophobic surfaces” Journal of vacuum and science technology J. Vac. Sci. Technol.A27, 754 (2009).
  17. A. Maali, Y. Wang, B. Bhushan “Evidence of the no-slip boundary condition of water flow between hydrophilic surfaces using atomic force microscopy” Langmuir. 25, 12002, (2009).
  18. J-C Talbot, A. Dautant, A. Polidori, B. Pucci, T. Cohen-Bouhacina, A. Maali, B. Salin, D. Brèthes, J. Velours and M-F Giraud “Hydrogenated and fluorinated surfactants derived from Tris(hydroxymethyl)-acrylamidomethane allow the purification of a highly active yeast F1-F0 ATP-synthase with an enhanced stability” J. Bioenerg. Biomembr. 41, 349 (2009).
  19. A. Maali, Y. Pan, B. Bhushan, and E. Charlaix  “Hydrodynamic drag-force measurement and slip length on microstructured surfaces”. Phys. Rev. E 85, 066310 (2012).
  20. A. Maali and  B. Bhushan, “Measurement of slip length on superhydrophobic surfaces” Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A vol. 370 no. 1967 2304-2320 (2012)
  21. I. Dufour, A. Maali, Y. Amarouchene, C. Ayela, B. Caillard, A. Darwiche, M. Guirardel, H. Kellay, E. Lemaire,  F. Mathieu, C. Pellet, D. Saya, M. Youssry, L. Nicu, and A. Colin ,“The Microcantilever: A Versatile Tool for Measuring the Rheological Properties of Complex Fluids” , Journal of Sensors Volume 2012 Article ID 719898 (2012).
  22. Abdelhamid Maali and Rodolphe Boisgard ,”Precise damping and stiffness extraction in acoustic driven cantilever in liquid” Journal of Applied Physics 114, 144302 (2013)
  23. Abdelhamid Maali and Bharat Bhushan, “Nanobubbles and their role in slip and Drag » J. Phys.: Condens. Matter, 25 184003 (2013)
  24. Yunlu Pan, Bharat Bhushan   and Abdelhamid Maali “Slip Length Measurement of Confined Air Flow on Three Smooth Surfaces” Langmuir, 29, 4298 (2013)
  25. A. Darwiche, F. Ingremeau, Y. Amarouchene, A. Maali, I. Dufour, and H. Kellay “Rheology of polymer solutions using colloidal-probe atomic force microscopy”Phys.Rev.E. 87, 062601 (2013)

Book chapters :

  1. T. Cohen-Bouhacina and A. Maali « AFM Imaging in physiological environment: from biomolecules to living cells» Chapitre 5 – Volume IV « Imaging and Manipulation Techniques » of books entitled « Soft Matter: Scattering, Imaging and Manipulation », KLUWER, 2008.
  2. A. Maali , T. Cohen-Bouhacina, , C. Hurth, C. Jai, R. Boisgard, , J.P. Aimé, ” Dynamic AFM in liquids: Viscous damping and applications to the study of confined liquids”. Chapiter 15- Volume XII Applied Scanning Probe Methods XII, editors B.Bhushan and H. Fuchs, Spring-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2009.
Curriculum vitae

Curriculum vitae

Name: Maali


Date of birth: 23-01-1970

Nationality: French.

Family situation: Married, three children.

Address: Laboratoire Onde et Matière d’Aquitaine (LOMA), CNRS UMR 5798, 351 cours de la libération, 33405 Talence Cedex

Current position : Directeur de Recherches (2eme classe) CNRS Appointments


2012 : Coordinator with Lionel Bureau of the GDR liquids at interfaces

2011 : Senior CNRS researcher (Directeur de recherches CNRS).

2009 : Habilitation (HDR Universite Bordeaux1).

1997 : CNRS researcher (Charge de Recherche au CNRS), CPMOH, Bordeaux

1993-1996 : PhD in quantum physics at l’Ecole Normale Superieure de Paris under the supervision of S. Haroche and J. M. Raimond «  Oscillations de Rabi quantiques: Test Direct de la Quantification du Champ dans une cavite. »



Abdelhamid MAALI

Laboratoire Ondes et Matière d’Aquitaine (LOMA)
351 cours de la libération
33405 Talence Cedex, France

Phone : + 33 (0)5 40 00 83 65
Fax : + 33 (0)5 40 00 69 70
E-mail: abdelhamid.maali@u-bordeaux.fr