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Dr Hatef Sadeghi

Senior Research Associate - Leverhulme Fellow

Hatef Sadeghi

Physics Building



Tel: +44 1524 594750

Research overview

Hatef is a Leverhulme Fellow at Lancaster University and a member of the Materials Science Institute MSI and the theory of molecular-scale transport research group since Oct. 2011. His main research area is theoretical nano and molecular electronics. He is co-licence holder, co-author and manager of a next generation quantum transport simulation tool, Gollum. He was awarded the Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship in June 2017.

He was within the EU Innovative Training Network ITN: NanoCTM "Nanoelectronics: Concepts, Theory and Modeling" as Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher. He won Physics Department Best International PhD Student Award in July 2015 and finished his PhD in July 2016. He was with Quantum Effects in Electronic Nanodevices EPSRC platform grant between Jan 2016 and May 2018.

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Research Interests

At the level of fundamental science, it was demonstrated recently that molecular wires can mediate long-range phase-coherent tunnelling with remarkably low attenuation over distances of few nanometer, even at room temperature. This creates the possibility of using quantum and phonon interference to engineer electron and phonon transports for a wide range of applications such as molecular switches, sensors, thermoelectricity and thermal management. To understand transport properties of such devices, it is crucial to calculate their electronic and phononic transmission coefficients. Our aim is to study transport properties of nanoscale junctions for various applications such as molecular electronic building blocks, sensors, molecular spintronic, thermoelectric, piezoelectric and optoelectronic devices.

Read more on how to model electron, phonon and spin transport through nanoscale quantum devices in the following tutorial article: Hatef Sadeghi, Theory of electron, phonon and spin transport in nanoscale quantum devices, 2018, Nanotechnology, 29, 373001.


Research area

1- Nanoscale materials modelling

- Quantum, phonon and spin transport

- Environmental effects

2- Molecular electronics

- Quantum and phonon interference

- Thermoelectricity

- Biological sensing

- Spintronic

- Optoelectronics

- Molecular electronic building blocks

- Piezoelectric

3- Two dimensional materials

- van-der Waals heterostructures

- Graphene electrodes

- Edge functionalised graphene nanoribbons


Keywords: Nano-electronics, Single-Molecule Electronics, Quantum Transport, Electrical and Thermal Propeties of the Molecules and Semiconductors, Electron, Phonon and Spin Transport, Quantum and Phonon Interference, Energy Harvesting, Thermoelectricity, Piezoelectricity, Transistors and Sensors, 2D materials,  Graphene, Silicene, MoS2, van der Waals Heterostructures, DNA Sequensing, Electro-burnt Graphene Nanojunctions, Self-assembled Monolayers, Solid State Physics, Computational Quantum Chemistry, Non-equilibrium Green's Function (NEGF), Density Functional Theory (DFT), Molecular Dynamics (MD), Code development

Professional Role

Guest Editor of Nanomaterials

Special Issue "Nanoelectronics: Concepts, Theory and Modeling"


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PhD Supervisions Completed

PhDs Examined

Dr Eman Almutib, PhD internal examiner, 2016

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