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Ahmadi Honored as a Rising Star in Materials Science

Assistant Professor Mahshid Ahmadi has been selected a 2024 Rising Star in Materials Science by ACS Materials Au.

The publication recognizes early career materials researchers who are pushing scientific boundaries, conducting research at the forefront of fundamental, or applied research at the interface between materials and other disciplines.

Ahmadi’s research lab harnesses the power of automated synthesis to revolutionize the way society approaches the world’s energy challenges. Ahmadi focuses on leveraging the potential of cutting-edge automated synthesis to unlock transformative solutions for the global energy landscape. The lab’s automated experimental workflows lead to accelerated discoveries and processing optimizations in multifunctional materials.

Ahmadi was nominated for the Rising Star honor by a senior colleague. She will be contributing a peer-reviewed article, letter, perspective, or review to the journal. ACS Materials AU will be releasing a special issue showcasing the 2024 Rising Stars in Materials Science class later this year. The inaugural class in 2022 had 17 members.

“I am very excited about this because this is going to bring more attention to our university for all the great work that is being done here,” Ahmadi said. “I am very proud of being recognized. It was really a good surprise.”

ACS Publications, which produces ACS Materials Au, is a division of the American Chemical Society that supports researchers through journals, eBooks, scientific programs, and the news magazine Chemical & Engineering News.

Founded in 1876 and chartered by the US Congress, ACS is one of the world’s largest scientific organizations with more than 200,000 individuals across 140 countries.

Ahmadi graduated with bachelor and master’s degrees in Material Science and Industrial Metallurgy from Shiraz University in Iran. She received her PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore in 2013 with a focus on the development of low-cost materials for energy application.

Ahmadi joined UT’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering in 2015 as a postdoctoral researcher and was named an assistant professor in 2019. Prior to arriving at UT, she worked as a research and technology consultant in a start-up solar cell company in Dallas, Texas.


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