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Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering+44 (0) 191 33 44300


Email: mehdi.keshavarz-hedayati(at)

Telephone: +44 (0)191 33 44300

Member of Advanced Materials, Electronics & Communications Research Challenge


Dr Hedayati has been serving as an Associate Professor in the department of Engineering since 2023, focusing on the application of Artificial Intelligence for materials discovery. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Metallurgical Engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic). Subsequently, he pursued advanced studies at Christian Albrechts University of Kiel in Germany, completing both his Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Materials Science. Prior to assuming the role of Assistant Professor at Durham University, he served as a Marie-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU).


If you are interested in joining my team, please write an email (mehdi.keshavarz-hedayati(at) with details outlined below and use either "PhD applicant" or "Postdoc applicant" as the title of your email. The deadline for PhD applications is November-December each year. 

Current Research Topics
  • Inverse Design of Metamaterials
  • Biomedical Application of AI
  • Machine Learning for Materials/Metamaterials Design
  • Pattern Transfer/ Nano-printing
  • Flexible Optical Sensor
  • Wearable Electronics
  • Metasurface Structural Colour
  • Nanoimprint Lithography
  • Plasmonic Materials

Please note that if you are applying for PhD studentship, you have to consult first the following link. Please make sure to include the following materials in your email:

  • The GPA of your BSc, and MSc (and PhD grade for postdoc applicants)
  • A CV including a list of publications, and awards
  • Your source of funding (if any)
  • Your 1-page research proposal
Research Grant

2019- The Royal Society: Research Grants - Project Title: Smart materials: Development of nanostructures with real-time structural tunability (RGS\R1\191345)

Awards and Prizes

2016 - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship, European Commission

2016- Reach. Out! 2016, European Materials Research Society (E-MRS), Spring meeting 2016, Lille, France

2015- Researcher Grant, The 9th International Congress on Advanced Electromagnetic Materials in Microwaves and Optics – Metamaterials 2015, Oxford, UK

2015- KiNSIS prize for nano-engineering (Best PhD dissertation), Kiel Nano, Surface and Interface Science, Kiel, Germany

2014- German Materials Society Youth Award (DGM-Nachwuchspreis), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Materialkunde e.V., Frankfurt, Germany

2013- Khwarizmi Youth Award, The 15th Khwarizmi Youth Festival, The Iranian Research Organization for Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran

2013- Best Student Poster Award, The 7th International Congress on Advanced Electromagnetic Materials in Microwaves and Optics, Bordeaux, France

2011- SPP5 Student Travel Grant, The 5th International Conference on Surface Plasmon Photonics, BEXCO, Busan, South Korea

2009- Excellent Master Thesis Award, Institute for materials science, Faculty of engineering, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Kiel, Germany

2008- Excellent Bachelor Thesis Award, The 8th student conference of Materials science and Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran

Courses Taught

Lecturer: Photonics 4, Durham University, UK

Lecturer: Materials 3, Durham University, UK

Lecturer: Nanolithography (Graduate Course), Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

Tutor: Fabrication of Micro- and Nano Structures (Undergraduate), Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

Lecturer: Polymer Chemistry (Undergraduate), University of Kiel, Germany

Lecturer: Polymer-based smart and multi-functional devices, University of Kiel

Lecturer: Nanochemistry for Nanoengineering (Graduate Course), University of Kiel, Germany

Lecturer: (Advanced) Metals ((Graduate course), University of Kiel, Germany

  1. A. Kristensen, C. Zhou, M.K. Hedayati, U. Levy, Whole blood hemolysis optical sensors (pending)
  2. M. Elbahri, M. K. Hedayati, V. Zaporojtchenko, T. Strunskus, F. Faupel, Absorberschicht für den VIS- und/oder NIR-Spektralbereich, German Patent DE102011113571.
  3. M. Elbahri, M. K. Hedayati, V. Zaporojtchenko, T. Strunskus, F. Faupel, Metall-Komposit-Beschichtung mit hoher optischer Transmissivität im visuellen Spektrum, German Patent DE102010050110.


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