Mohammadi, Reza


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M. Reza Mohammadi is a Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Dundee. He joined the School of Science and Engineering in 2020, and prior to that held the following positions.

2019-2020: Visiting Professor, Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, University of Waterloo

2018-2019: Visiting Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Waterloo

2012-2018: Associate Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Sharif University of Technology

2008-2011: Visiting Scientist, Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge

2007-2012: Assistant Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Sharif University of Technology

2006-2007: Researcher, Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge


Dr. Mohammadi’s research encompasses the physics, materials chemistry and materials science and engineering of nanomaterials for sustainable and renewable energy systems, particularly solar cells and biomedical systems.

Sustainable and Renewable Energy Systems: Solar Cells

His current research focuses on mesoscopic perovskite and nanostructured dye-sensitized solar cells (PSCs and DSCs, respectively). He has invented a low-cost aqueous paste for deposition of nanostructured and mesoscopic TiO2 films. He demonstrated using new titania-based nanostructures as the light absorber and scattering materials, including TiO2-CNT and TiO2-rGO hybrids, corn-like nanowires, dandelion-like particles, hollow spheres, skein-like nanotubes, and nanocubes. These advances showed that the properties of these nanomaterials are superior, so that they can reveal their novel properties for operation in solar cells. DSC device with efficiency over 10% was developed through band gap tuning and engineering of charge transport and light scattering using the nanostructures. Highly stable quasi-solid-state DSC was also presented by a new gel polymer electrolyte. Novel configurations of PSCs have been designed through energy level matching and introduction of new hole-transporting materials (HTMs), electron transporting material (ETMs) and buffer layers including metallic phthalocyanine, graphene oxide (GO) and its derivatives. HTM-free PSCs based on fully printable components (i.e., carbon-based PSCs) with long-term stability was also developed.

Biomedical Systems

He has developed hydroxyapatite (HA)-based systems in the forms of scaffolds and coatings on titanium alloy implants with good mechanical property and improved cell attachment and bone regeneration. BiodegradableHA-reinforced polycaprolactone nanocomposites composed of either HA nanoparticles or HA nanorods have been fabricated for orthopaedic applications and maxillofacial surgery. The enhanced bone regeneration and mechanical properties of the nanocomposites raised by a new in-situ fabrication method. A new Ti–6Al–4V implant containing HA-CNT coating has been presented for excellent cell adhesion and bone growth process.  

Research interests

  • Nanomaterials and functional materials manufacturing
  • Renewable energy systems: Solar cells
  • Biomaterials
  • Materials chemistry

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy


  • QC Physics
  • Materials Science & Engineering
  • Nanomaterials
  • Photovoltaic Solar Cells


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