Dr Karim Zantout

Postdoctoral Researcher

I work in the group of Dr Jacob Schewe at Research Department 3 - Transformation Pathways on the interplay of international human migration and Climate Change.
Based on stochastic approaches I investigate new strategies to model this multi-faceted and complex relation and develop migration scenarios for the future. This research is part of the HABITABLE project.

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Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
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  • PhD | 2021 | Goethe University Frankfurt, Institute for Theoretical Physics
  • M. Sc. in Physics | 2016 | Goethe University Frankfurt
  • B. Sc. in Mathematics | 2021 | Goethe University Frankfurt
  • B. Sc. in Physics | 2014 | Goethe University Frankfurt

Work experience

  • Data science | 04/2021 - 04/2022 | emsys grid services GmbH

Awards and Scholarships

  • Walter-Greiner award | 2022
  • Stummel-Stiftung advancement award | 2021
  • "Distinguished personality with migration background" | 2018
  • Philip-Siedler science award | 2017
  • Hans-Böckler Foundation scholarship | 2011-2016
  • Erasmus+ scholarship | 2014

Research articles

  • K. Zantout, S. Backes, A. Razpopov, D. Lessnich, R. Valenti,
    Improved effective vertices in the multi-orbital Two-Particle Self-Consistent method
    from Dynamical Mean-Field Theory,
    Phys. Rev. B 107, 235101 (2023)
    arXiv:2211.01400 (2022)
  • K. Zantout, S. Backes, R. Valenti,
    Two-Particle Self-Consistent method for the multi-orbital Hubbard model,
    Annalen der Physik (2021) 2000399
    arXiv:2008.08098 (2020)
  • S. Bhattacharyya, K. Björnson, K. Zantout, D. Steffensen, L. Fanfarillo, A. Kreisel, R. Valenti, B. M. Andersen, P. J. Hirschfeld,
    Non-local correlations in Iron Pnictides and Chalcogenides,
    Phys. Rev. B 102, 035109 (2020)
    arXiv:2003.01638 (2020)
  • J. M. Pizarro, S. Adler, K. Zantout, T. Mertz, P. Barone, R. Valenti, G. Sangiovanni, T. O. Wehling,
    Deconfinement of Mott Localized Electrons into Topological and Spin-Orbit Coupled Dirac Fermions,
    npj Quantum Materials 5, 79 (2020)
    arXiv:2001.04102 (2020)
  • K. Zantout, S. Backes, R. Valenti,
    Effect of non-local correlations on the electronic structure of LiFeAs,
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 123, 256401 (2019)
    arXiv:1906.11853 (2019)
  • T. Mertz, K. Zantout, R. Valenti,
    Statistical Analysis of the Chern Number in the Interacting Haldane-Hubbard Model,
    Phys. Rev. B 100, 125111 (2019)
    arXiv:1905.02218 (2019)
  • T. Mertz, K. Zantout, R. Valenti,
    Self-Energy Dispersion in the Hubbard Model,
    Phys. Rev. B 98, 235105 (2018)
    arXiv:1806.09645 (2018)
  • K. Zantout, M. Altmeyer, S. Backes, R. Valenti,
    Superconductivity in correlated BEDT-TTF molecular conductors: Critical temperatures and gap symmetries,
    Phys. Rev. B 97, 014530 (2018)
    arXiv:1711.09630 (2017)


HABITABLE - Linking Climate Change, Habitability and Social Tipping Points: Scenarios for Climate Migration