Zahra Fakhraai

Assistant Professor of Chemistry and
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CBE)

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Research Expertise: Physical Chemistry | Materials Chemistry | Nanoscale Science

Our group is interested to study the effect of nano-confinement on structure, dynamics and other properties of materials. Materials behave differently on surfaces, interfaces or small length scales compared to their bulk properties. Understanding such differences are crucial in many technological applications where materials are constrained in nanometer size spaces, such as organic electronics, polymer applications and drug delivery. One can take advantage of such difference to produce novel materials, such asexceptionally stable glasses or harvest light for various applications. In biological systems, most of the dynamics happens in nanometer size proximity of surfaces and interfaces, and understanding the properties in confinement is a key in predicting function. We focus our efforts on understanding the origins of such modified properties on a fundamental level as well as possible application of such phenomena in producing novel materials or experimental tools.

Education:
B.Sc. in Physics from Sharif University of Technology - Iran 1999
M. Sc. in Physics from Sharif University of Technology - Iran 2001
Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Waterloo 2007

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