Elsayed Mousa, Swerim

Swerim researcher on international top list of influential researchers

9 October, 2023

Elsayed Mousa, senior researcher at the metals research institute Swerim , is for the third time on Stanford University's list of the most influential researchers in the world. When the list was published in October, he was in 39th place!

It is an extraordinary feeling! It is of course a great honor and proof of what I have been able to contribute to when it comes to metallurgical research. The recognition from such a prestigious institute as Stanford is not only a confirmation for me personally, but also for the research collective we have at Swerim and of course also the collaboration we have with industry and academia. The confirmation inspires! I would like to take the opportunity to express my great gratitude to all research funders, both nationally and internationally, as well as to collaboration partners in industry. It is their support and trust that enables us to deliver research at the level we do in metallurgy.

There are 100,000 on the list and you are in place 39! What do you think is the most important thing you have been involved in and contributed to?

Ranking among the top influential researchers on the list is a remarkable accomplishment. I put dedication into all my research, but this ranking is probably mainly about three topics: next-generation H2-based ironmaking and steelmaking technology, biocarbon utilization in the metal industry, and recycling of spent Li-ion batteries to maximize the resource efficiency have been particularly important. These efforts align with the global goals of sustainability and carbon footprint reduction, making a positive impact on both economic and environmental aspects. Collaborating with a talented national and international team of researchers from the academy and industry, we have developed innovative approaches at Swerim, conducted groundbreaking research from the lab, technical to industrial scale, and published influential papers that have shaped the field and garnered attention from the scientific community.

How would you describe your own drive as a researcher?

My drive stems from a deep-rooted passion for pushing the boundaries of knowledge and making a tangible difference in the world. Curiosity fuels my drive, as I constantly seek to explore new ideas, methodologies, and technologies. I strive for innovation and creativity in my research endeavors, aiming to develop sustainable solutions with practical applications and real-world impact.

What is your advice to a newly graduated researcher?

Embrace curiosity and never stop learning. Research is a continuous journey of exploration and discovery, and it is essential to remain open-minded and receptive to new ideas and perspectives. Seek opportunities to collaborate with experts in your field and actively engage in scientific discussions and conferences. Networking and building strong connections within the scientific community and industry are invaluable, as they can open doors to new opportunities and collaborations. Perseverance is key; research often presents challenges and setbacks, but maintaining resilience and a determined mindset will help overcome obstacles and drive progress. Finally, always remember the significance of your work and the potential positive impact it can have on society. Stay focused, passionate, and driven, and never underestimate the transformative power of your research contributions.