Research area of school of Chemistry
1. Analytical Chemistry
- Making new chemical (optical/electrochemical) sensors, nanosensors, biosensors, nanobiosensors, biomimetic sensors for determination of ions, molecules, drugs and poisons
- Studies on separation and determination of environmental pollutants using electro-membrane, nanosorbent-LC-MS, nanosorbent-ICP techniques
- Synthesis of nanomaterials by chemical and electrochemical methods and using them in determination of inorganic and organic species by advanced electrochemical methods, and also using them in designing new super-capacitors
- Using spectroscopic techniques (Fluorescence, Chemiluminescence, Electrochemiluminescence, and Time resolved fluorescence, ...) in analysis of biomolecules (DNA, microRNA, Proteins, ...) and environmental pollutants
- Study on diabetes and osteoporosis and early diagnosis of some cancers
- Bioinformatics and Chemoinformatics;
- Molecular Dynamics Simulations and Experimental Studies of Nanoparticles in Drug Delivery and Separation and Preconcentration of Multicomponent Systems;
- Using of Statistical Methods in Multidimensional Chemical Space Characterization; Classification and Pattern Recognition in Chemistry;
- Chemometric Methods in Analytical Chemistry;
- Computational Drug Design and Analysis;
- Computational Chromatography;
- Experimental Design and Optimization in Life Science
- Design and construction new optical or electrochemical sensors, biosensors or nanosensors based on new selectophores and nanomaterials
- Molecular luminescence spectroscopy
- Electronic Tongue
Research within the Shemirani Group focuses on all areas of separation science and sample preparation. We are specifically interested in employing and understanding the role that ionic liquids (ILs) and ferrofluid play in separations . In addition, we are interested in synthesizing nanoparticles and applications within the fields of analytical and bioanalytical chemistry. Since the majority of nanoparticles and ferrofluids we employ in our studies are not readily commercially available, developing synthetic approaches to produce these materials is a major thrust within our group. Some of our recent projects are described in below.
- Solid phase microextraction
- Liquid phase extraction
- Use of ferrofluid in sample preparation
- Synthesis of nanoparticles and application in preconcentration
- Use of ionic liquids in extraction
Dr Parviz Norouzi
My research area is in electrochemical measurement system, which focuses on the development of electrochemical instruments and techniques. These systems are used for detection of molecules, ions and biomolecules. Other research areas are energy storage (battery, nano-based supercapacitor), application of nano-based modified electrodes which could be used in flow analysis and chromatography.
- Electrochemical sensors design and fabrication based on biomimetic recognition elements
- Design and fabrication of Electronic nose and electronic tongue
- Electrocatalysis and photoelectrocatalysis based on new materials: application in solar and fuel cells
- Development of extraction methods,
- Designing optical sensors,
- Development of chromatographic techniques
2. Applied Chemistry
3. Inorganic Chemistry
Dr. Kamran Akhbari
- Crystal engineering of coordination polymers and supramolecular compounds.
- Solid-state and solution-state structural transformations.
- Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) and their potential applications as energy storage materials, separation and catalyses.
- Nano chemistry, synthesis and characterization of nano-scale materials.
Dr. Ali Nemati Kharat
Research interests involve synthesis and assembly of heterogeneous & homogeneous catalysis and functional materials with particular interest in precious metal based catalysts and supported metal oxides, zeolites and mesoporous materials. Zeolites and mesoporous materials (e.g. MCM-41, SBA-15) are used as support materials for catalyst preparation. The approach in our research is to combine the outcome of several techniques into a unifying picture of the complex nanomaterials. Improved methodologies for preparing catalysts, including novel processes such as supercritical methods for preparing high activity and greener catalysts are interested. Major catalytic studies involve selective hydrogenations, hydroformylation and amination reactions.
Dr. Janet Soleimannejad
Dr. Soleimannejad's research focuses on the construction of inorganic supramolecular compounds in solid state (crystal engineering) which involves the self-assembly of metal ions with speciﬁc directionality and organic ligands with appropriate functional groups. To study the intermolecular interactions, X-ray crystallography is used extensively alongside computational methods that helps them reinforce and support the experimental efforts. Recently, a new orientation has been approached by her research group which is the synthesis of nano- supramolecular compounds i.e. nano-coordination polymers, and the study of their applications e.g. in medicine.
Dr Alireza Abbasi
- Nanoporous materials: Coordination polymers, Metal-organic frameworks(MOFs) and their functionalizations,
- MOF Nanocomposite, Inorganic-organic hybrid materials based on polyoxometalates (POMs)
- Catalytic applications, Gas adsorption/desorption and drug delivery
Dr Ahmad Amiri
- Synthesis, Characterization and Spectral Studies of Carboxamide and imine Complexes of M(III) and M(II) Metal Ions.
- Inorganic Electrochemistry and Spectroelectrochemistry: (The Study of Structural Effects on Electrochemical Properties of Metal complexes).
- Elctrocatalytic Reduction of CO2 by Carboxamide and imine M(II) and M(III) Complexes.
- Metal Complexes Cocrystals
- Free Solvent Synthesis of Carboxamide Compounds
4. Organic Chemistry
Prof. Parviz Rashidi
Organic Chemistry: Host- Guest interactions, Supramolecule synthesis and structure elucidation, Crystal Engineering, Drug design and synthesis, Stereochemistry, Conformational analysis
Computational Chemistry: Computer aided drug design (modeling and structure-activity relationship) Molecular mechanics, Semi empirical, Ab initio and DFT calculations, Molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo simulations
Nano Chemistry: Theoretical (carbon nano tubes, Fullerene type structure, metal clusters, …) and experimental ( supramolecular structure design and synthesis; palladium and cupper supported nano catalyst, …)
Applied Chemistry: Synthesis and scale up, up to P&ID (known drugs, fine chemicals, additives, non ionic surfactants), Upgrading of Crude Oils (collaboration with RIPI) (Asphaltene, Gasification, Hydrotreating catalyst),…
Biotechnology (collaboration with Uni of Boras, Sweden, UT Kish campus and Biotech department): Bioethanol, Biomass conversion, metabolites of plants and bacteria ( Phytochemistry), Modified Chitosan (affinity chromatography, delivery systems, super absorbents), Gene expression and modifications, Proteins structure and function, …
Prof. Mehdi Ghandi
Dr. Farnaz Jafarpour
Our group is focused on evaluating some transition-metal-catalyzed transformations. In this regard synthesis of condensed heterocycles specially those with interest to the pharmaceutical industry via palladium-catalyzed reactions are investigated. Furthermore, C-H functionalizations via metal-catalyzed reactions for regioselective direct installment of various functionalities on arenes and heteroarenes are of our particular interest.
Next, as a greener approach to construction of interesting biologically active compounds we are focused on metal-free procedures. This protocol is an alternative to metal-catalyzed reactions in attempt to reduce toxic reagents.
Dr Ebrahim Kianmehr
Research in our group is aimed toward the development of catalytic reactions and methods for organic synthesis. We are interested in developing new C-C bond forming reactions and in particular our research focuses on the C-H bond activation and functionalization catalyzed by transition metals such as palladium, ruthenium, copper and nickel.
5. Physical Chemistry
Dr. Ali Maghari
- Scattering Properties of Systems via Nonlocal and Absorbing Potentials
- Ab Initio Calculations for Potential Energy Surfaces
- Non-Equilibrium & Equilibrium Molecular Dynamics Simulations of nanosystems
- Thermophysical Properties of Dense Fluids
- Interfacial Properties of vapor-liquid, vapor-solid and liquid-solid phases
Dr Majid Hamzehloo
- Experimental: Thermo physical properties for liquids and gases ; Phase diagram (Solid , Liquid, vapor); Surface phenomena ; for pure and Mixtures; Heat of Combustion ; Heat of reaction,... .
- Kinetic of reactions.
- Theoretical: Equation of state and Thermo physical properties.
- Applied Chemistry: drug , scale up lab to pilot plant , Enameling.
Dr. Masoumeh Foroutan
Our research is centered around the molecular dynamics simulation of systems containing nano-structures such as carbon nanotubes, graphene, graphene dioxide and nano-particles. Our group is interested in understanding confinement effects of graphene and graphene oxide on the structure and dynamics of some fluids such as water and ionic liquids and also on liquid–solid phase transition of fluids. Also, we are using computational methods to study of the permeability and selectivity of graphene sheets with designing sub nanometer pores. We are engaged in understanding the molecular origin of smart surfaces and also investigations on wetting, separation, adsorption and interfacial phenomena.
Other Research Interests
- Study of dispersion of carbon/boron nitride nanotubes in surfactant/polymer aqueous solutions by MD simulation
- Investigation of interfacial binding between carbon nanotubes/boron nitride nanotubes and polymers by MD simulation
- Thermodynamics of solutions
6. Polymer Chemistry
Dr. Hossein Mahdavi (Full Prof.)
- Preparation and applications of polymeric membranes (Nanofiltration, Ultrafiltration gas separation).
- Synthesis and Studies of Functional Polymers
- Synthesis and Studies of polymeric phase-transfer catalyst
- Microstructure studies of polymers (especially polyolefins)
Dr. Speideh Khoei (Full Prof.)
- Polymer synthesis
- Synthesis and application of polymeric drug delivery systems
- Polymer nanotechnology
Dr. Alireza Shakeri (Associat Prof.)
- Modification and application of natural polymers
- Chemistry and technology of polymeric composites and nanocomposites
Dr. Nasser Sharifi Senjani (Associat Prof.)
- Chemistry and technology of polymeric composites and nanocomposites