Omid Akhavan received his B.S. degree in physics from the Urmia University, Urmia, Iran in 1996 as honor student. After obtaining the 12th rank in National Physics Olympiad in Iran, he joined the Department of Physics of the Sharif University of Technology (SUT), Tehran, Iran in 1996. From 1996 to 1998, he worked on the physics of thin films in his M.S. thesis. From 2000 to 2003, he was a Research Assistant at the Institute for Studies in Theoretical Physics and Mathematics (IPM), Tehran, Iran. Akhavan received the Ph.D. degree from the SUT in 2003, and immediately afterwards, he was invited to join the SUT where he is currently an Associate Professor. His current research interests include nanoscience and nanotechnology, physics of thin films, surface physics, material sciences, carbon nanostructures (CNTs and graphene), nanostructured photocatalysts, biophysics, antibacterial materials, and SPM nanolithography. He is the author or coauthor of 66 publications that have appeared as ISI journal papers. Furthermore, in 2009, he reported the first successful synthesis of graphene in Iran. In addition, cytotoxicity of graphene nanowalls through direct contact mechanism resulting in cell-wall membrane damage was reported for the first time by him in ACS Nano in 2010. In 2006, Akhavan was selected by the Iran Nanotechnology Initiative Council as one of the best young researchers in nanotechnology. He also received the Awards of the Best Researcher and the Best Teacher of SUT in 2010.
Biography Updated on 7 February 2011