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Amir Ghasemi

Research Postgraduate - Advanced Materials and Electronic Devices Node

Research Postgraduate - Advanced Materials and Electronic Devices Node in the Department of Engineering


Amir is a PhD student in the Next Generation Materials and Microsystems research group in the engineering department. He has been an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA) since 2023. He received his BSc and MSc. in Materials Science and Engineering from Sharif University of Technology (SUT). His master thesis focused on the fabrication and characterization of biopolymer to propose eco-friendly solutions for packaging, the healthcare industry, etc. Besides, during his MSc. program, he conducted collaborative work on the fabrication and characterization of novel smart drug delivery systems. Following his passion for materials science, he joined the engineering department of Durham University in 2020, and he has been working on his PhD project under the supervision of Prof. Dagou Zeze and Dr Mehdi Keshavarz-Hedayati.

Research Project

Amir's PhD research focuses on the design and fabrication of mechanically tunable optical metasurfaces. For the design and optimisation, he is developing a comprehensive machine learning-based algorithm for the forward and inverse design of nanophotonic structures. This model navigates the infinite design space (materials and geometry) to propose the device to achieve on-demand optical properties. The objective of the project is to develop an active metasurface with optical responses across the visible frequencies for various applications like pressure sensors, tunable optical filters, and multi-resonance plasmonic biosensors.


• Best Poster Award, Biophysical Science Institute Town Hall, Durham University, UK, October 2023

• IOP Early Career Researchers Fund | Institute of Physics (IOP), UK, October 2023

• Best Poster Award, Faculty of Science PGR Away Day, UK, September 2023

• Travel Grant for Research Student | The Armourers & Brasiers Gauntlet Trust, UK, August 2023

• Research Student Conference Fund, Institute of Physics (IOP), UK, July 2023

• Best Poster Award, Ustinov College Annual Conference, UK, June 2023

• Travel Grant, Waves in Time-Varying Media Conference, New York, US, March 2023

• Ustinov College Travel Grant, Durham University, UK, March 2023

• Research Grant, Royal Society of Chemistry, UK, March 2023

• Best Poster Award, Department of Engineering, UK, March 2023

• Young Scientist Award, Metamaterials Conference 2022, Italy, September 2022

• Best Poster Award, UK Metamaterials Network, UK, August 2022

• Researcher Development Grant, Royal Society of Chemistry, UK, June 2022

• Student Art Prize of Durham University, UK, February 2022

• ONR and NFS Student Grant of 15th International Congress on Artificial Materials, USA, August 2021

• Durham Doctoral Scholarship, Durham University, October 2020

• Membership of Iran’s National Elites Foundation• 4th top student in M.Sc. degree among 26 students, Class of 2014

• Awarded for the excellent organization of the "Advanced Polymer Compounds Conference" by the director of the conference

• Ranked among the top 1 percent in the National University Entrance Exam, competing with more than 400,000 participants, Iran


Books / Book Chapters

1- A.Ghasemi, E. Pesaran, L. Farhang, R. Bagheri. “Chapter 19: Polypropylene/Plant Based Fiber Biocomposites and Bionanocomposites”, 2019, Wiley & Sons Publishing.

2- A.Simchi, H. Simchi, A. Azarnia, A. Ghasemi, A. Ranjbar, P. Sahandi, A. Aslani, " Nanobioelectronics: Principles and Applications", 2015, Sharif University of Technology Publishers, 2016. ISBN: 978-964-208-158-5

3- M. Karimi, A. Ghasemi, P. Sahandi, and M. R. Hamblin. "Smart Internal Stimulus-Responsive Nanocarriers for Drug and Gene Delivery" Morgan & Claypool Publishers, 2015. ISBN: 978-1-6817-4257-1

4- M. Karimi, A. Ghasemi, P. Sahandi, and M. R. Hamblin. "Smart External Stimulus-Responsive Nanocarriers for Drug and Gene Delivery" Morgan & Claypool Publishers, 2015. ISBN: 978-1-6817-4202-1

Peer Reviewed Journals

1- H. Zare, S. Ahmadi, A. Ghasemi, M. Ghanbari, N. Rabiee, M. Bagherzadeh, M. Karimi, T. J Webster, MR. Hamblin, E. Mostafavi, “Carbon Nanotubes: Smart Drug/Gene Delivery Carriers”, Int. J. Nanomedicine, 16, (2021).

2- F. Farjadian, S. Abbaspour, M. Abdolahi Sadatlu, S. Mirkiani, A. Ghasemi, M. Hoseini, Na. Mozaffari, M. Karimi, MR Hamblin, “Recent developments in graphene and graphene oxide: Properties, synthesis, and modifications: A review”, ChemistrySelect, 5, no. 33, (2020).

3- M. Hoseini, S. Mirkiani, N. Mozaffari, M. Abdolahi, A. Ghasemi, S. Abbaspour, M. Akbarian, F. Farjadain, M. Karimi, “Applications of Graphene and Graphene Oxide in Smart Drug/Gene Delivery: Is the World Still Flat?”, Int. J. Nanomedicine, 15, (2020).

4- N. Rabiee, M. Bagherzadeh, A. Ghasemi, H. Zare, S. Ahmadi, Y. Fatahi, R. Dinarvand, M. Rabiee, S. Ramakrishna, M. Shokouhimehr, R. S Varma, “Point-of-use rapid detection of sars-cov-2: nanotechnology-enabled solutions for the COVID-19 pandemic”, Int J. of molecular sciences, 21, no. 14 (2020).

5- F. Farjadian, A. Ghasemi, O. Gohari, A. Roointan, M. Karimi, M. R Hamblin, “Nanopharmaceuticals and nanomedicines currently on the market: challenges and opportunities”, Nanomedicine, 14, no. 1, (2019).

6- N. Khodabandehlou, S. Mostafaei, A. Etemadi, A. Ghasemi, A. Kazemnejad, M. Moghoofei, “Human Papilloma Virus and Breast Cancer: the Role of Inflammation and Viral Expressed Proteins”, BMC cancer, 19, no. 1, (2019).

7- F. Farjadian, M. Moghoofei, S. Mirkiani, A. Ghasemi, N. Rabiee, S. Hadifar, A. Beyzavi, M. Karimi, M.R. Hamblin, “Nanopharmaceuticals and Nanomedicines Currently on the Market: Challenges and Opportunities”, Nanomedicine, 14, no. 1, (2018).

8- F. Farjadian, A. Ghasemi, O. Gohari, M. Karimi, M.R. Hamblin, “Bacterial components as naturally inspired nano-carriers for drug/gene delivery and immunization: Set the bugs to work?”, Biotechnology Advances, 36, no. 4, (2018).

9- A. Ghasemi, N. Rabiee, S. Ahmadi, F. Lolasi, A. Kalbasi, B. Nasseri, A. Dezfuli, A. Aref, M. Karimi, M.R. Hamblin, “Optical Assays Based on Colloidal Inorganic Nanoparticles”, Analyst, 143, no. 14, (2018).

10- A.Etemadi, S. Mostafaei, K. Yari, A. Ghasemi, H.M. Chenar, M. Moghoofei, “Detection and a possible link between parvovirus B19 and thyroid cancer”, Tumor Biology39, no. 6, (2017).

11- M. Karimi, A. Ghasemi, P. Sahandi, R. Rahighi, S. M. Moosavi, H. Mirshekari, M. Amiri et al. "Smart micro/nanoparticles in stimulus-responsive drug/gene delivery systems." Chemical Society Reviews 45, no. 5 (2016): 1457-1501.

12- M. Karimi, P. Sahandi, A. Ghasemi, M. Amiri, M. Bahrami, H. Malekzad, H. Ghahramanzadeh et al. "Temperature-responsive smart nanocarriers for delivery of therapeutic agents: applications and recent advances." ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 8, no. 33 (2016): 21107–21133

13- M. Karimi, N. Solati, A.R. Aref, E. Mohamed, M. Asghari Estiar, P. Kiani, M. Hashemkhani, A. Ghasemi , A. Saeidi, M. Taheri, M.R. Hamblin, “Carbon Nanotubes Part I: Preparation of a novel and versatile drug-delivery vehicle”, Expert opinion on drug delivery 12, no. 7 (2015): 1071-1087.

14- M. Karimi, N. Solati, A. Ghasemi, A.R. Aref, E. Mohamed, M. Asghari Estiar, P. Kiani, M. Hashemkhani, A. Saeidi, M. Taheri, P. Avci, , M.R. Hamblin, “Carbon nanotubes Part 2: a remarkable carrier for drug and gene delivery”, Expert opinion on drug delivery 12, no. 7 (2015): 1089-1105.

15- M. Rafie, A. Ghasemi, H. Pouraliakbar, M. R. Jandaghi. "On the Al/Cu Dissimilar Joints Produced Through Simple Cold Compression." Transactions of the Indian Institute of Metals 68, no. 5 (2015): 991-998.

16- M. Amiri, A. Ghasemi, M.A. Pourbabaei, Z. Mahdieh, R.Bagheri, "The Reinforcing Effect of Montmorillonite on Thermoplastic Starch/Low Density Polyethylene Matrix Nanocomposites", Accepted by Nanocomposite Research, 2014.


A. Ghasemi, R. Bagheri, B. Jahanaray, “Cellulose Nanofiber-reinforced Polymer Nanocomposites”, Iran, (A-89 016378).

Conference Articles

1- M. Jamali, O. Dadgari, A. Ghasemi, R.Bagheri, "Correlating Scratch Visibility with Mechanical Properties of TPO Compounds", SPE® Automotive TPO Engineered Polyolefins Global Conference, Shanghai, China, 2016, (Oral)

2- A. Ghasemi, M. Amiri, A. Aslani, R.Bagheri, "Physical and Mechanical Properties of Bagasse Fiber/ Thermoplastic Starch Biocomposites", 4th International Conference on Composites: Characterization, Fabrication and Application; Tehran, Iran, 2014. (Oral)

3- A. Aslani, A. Ghasemi, R.Bagheri, "The Influence of Antimony Trioxide on Flammability and Mechanical Properties of Polypropylene Filled with Chloroparaffin", 4th International Conference on Composites: Characterization, Fabrication and Application; Tehran, Iran, 2014. (Oral)

4- M. Amiri, A. Ghasemi, R.Bagheri, M.A. FaghihiSani, "Effects of Organomodified Nanoclay on Mechanical Properties of LDPE/ Thermoplastic Starch blends in Presence of PE-g-MA", 5th International Conference on Nanostructures (ICNS5); Kish Island, Iran, 2014.

5- A.Ghasemi, M. Rafie Azad, M. Moazeni, H. Pouraliakbar, K. RahimiMamaghani, "The Influences of Heat Treatment and Deformation on Shear Strength of Al-Cu Cold Welds Produced by Static Compression", International Conference on Materials Heat Treatment (ICMH); Isfahan, Iran, 2013. (Oral)

6- M. Amiri, A. Ghasemi, M.A. FaghihiSani, A. Bashirgonbadi, R. Bagheri, "Preparation and Mechanical Properties Of Thermoplastic Starch/ LDPE/ Organo-Modified Clay Nanocomposite", Composites Week Symposium; Leuven, Belgium, 2013.