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Amir-Abbas Haghighirad

Dr Amir-Abbas Haghighirad

Research Fellow


University of Oxford

Research summary

Scientific discipline and field of work

Experimental physics (solid state physics), Materials research

Over the last several years (2003-2013) I have been working in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics having explored the crystal growth and physical properties of correlated electron systems.

I have fully designed and constructed a multianvil high pressure apparatus for crystal growth, which has been put up in crystal growth laboratory at the University of Frankfurt am Main (Germany).

Furthermore, I have got a project funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG) in frame of a priority programme “High-temperature superconductivity in iron pnictides” from 2010 to 2013. Since 2013, I hold an International Newton Fellowship hosted by the University of Oxford. I’m extending the field of crystal growth and materials preparation in the Clarendon Laboratory mainly for exploring novel frustrated quantum materials.

Research topics

The focus of my research plan rests on the following main topics:

a) Crystal growth and properties of novel highly frustrated quantum materials

b) High-temperature superconductivity in iron-pnictides with the special emphasis on the synthesis, crystal growth, characterization and thermodynamic properties. Understanding the principles that govern the behaviour of electrons in complex materials is a key prerequisite to develop functional materials for future new technologies, so the UK technology economy may benefit long term from the results of the fundamental research proposed here. UK has made a large investment in national research facilities (ISIS pulsed neutron source, Diamond xray facility) with state of the art capabilities in probing microscopically the electronic states, however a crucial requirement in making best use of those facilities to discover new science and understand how materials work at thequantum level is the availability of high-quality single crystal materials.

Grants awarded

Synthesis and properties of novel highly frustrated quantum materials

Scheme: Newton International Fellowships

Dates: Jan 2013 - Dec 2014

Value: £101,000