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Mahshid Ahmadi

Assistant Professor


Dr. Mahshid Ahmadi received her PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore in 2013 with focus on development of low cost materials for energy applications. She graduated with B. Sci. (2004) and M. Sci. (2007) in Materials Science and Industrial Metallurgy from Shiraz University, Iran. Prior to joining UTK, she worked as a research and technology consultant in a start-up solar cell company in Dallas, TX. She then moved to UT as a postdoctoral researcher in 2015 and as a research assistant professor in 2017. Currently she works on synthesis and development of hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites for high radiation energy sensors, study electronic and ionic charge transport and probing unusual defects in this class of materials. She has active research collaborations with scientists in Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Charles University, Prague and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Nuclear Engineering at UTK. She has authored and co-authored around 30 peer-reviewed articles. Her recent project on development of hybrid perovskites for dual gamma-neutron detectors was covered in the spring edition, Tennessee Engineer (2018).


  • Laboratory robotics
  • High throughput synthesis and characterization for materials discovery and design with focus on hybrid perovskites
  • Dynamic materials and devices: Tuning physicalfunctionalities via light and electrochemistry
  • Probing time-resolved dynamics with nanoscale spatial information of charge transport phenomena in optoelectronic devices
  • Dynamic Materials and Devices: Tuning physical functionalities via light and electrochemistry
  • Synthesis and development of solution processable hybrid materials
  • Electronic and ionic transport in semiconductors
  • Probing time-resolved dynamics with nanoscale spatial information of charge transport phenomena
  • Development of novel materials for high energy radiation sensors


Ph.D., Nanyang Technological, Singapore

Professional Service

  • Member, Materials Research Society (MRS)
  • Member, American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)

Awards and Recognitions

2021 National Science Foundation (NSF) Early Career Award ,“Guiding Automated Synthesis of Hybrid Perovskites Towards Stability via Knowledge of Nanoscale Ionic Mechanisms”

2018 NSF Travel Award for Women in Engineering, IEEE-ISAF 2018, Hiroshima, Japan

2008–2012 Recipient of SINGA scholarship (Singapore International Graduate Award), Singapore 

2007 Nanotechnology Initiative Award (INI) for Master Thesis, Shiraz University, Iran 

2007 Nanotechnology Initiative Award (INI) for publication, Shiraz University, Iran 

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