Reza Shahbazian-Yassar

Reza Shahbazian-Yassar


Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Adjunct Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

  • PhD, Washington State University


Dr. Shahbazian-Yassar's current research is focused on electrical energy storage and in particular Li-ion, Na-ion, and Li-Sulfur batteries. His research group has developed a nanoscale battery testing device that allows the researchers to visualize the battery reactions during charge/discharge in real time and space with unprecedented resolution.

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Nanotechnology for Electrochemical Energy Storage (Batteries and Supercapacitors)
  • Nanogenerators and Piezotronic Sciences
  • Nanoscale Degradation of Fuel Cell Materials
  • Nanoscale Properties of Low Dimensional Materials for Thermoelectrics and Nanoelectronics
  • Mechanics of Bio and Nano Materials and Composites
  • In-Situ Transmission Electron Microscopy

Recent Publications

  • C. Lilley, R.S. Yassar, Cu Silicide Nanowires: Characterization and Application to Li-ion Batteries in: Nanoelectronic Device Applications Handbook, Editors: James E. Morris and Krzysztof Iniewski, CRC Press, ISBN: 978-1-4665-6523-4 (Estimated publication date: July 2013).
  • A. Pakzad, R.S. Yassar, Mechanics of Cellulose Nanocrystals and their Polymer Composites in: New Frontiers of Nanoparticles and Nanocomposite Materials: Novel Principles and Techniques, ed. A. Oechsner and A. Shokuhfar, Springer LLC, ISBN 978-3-642-14696-1 (2013) (doi: 10.1007/8611_2010_38)
  • R. Shahbazian-Yassar, Equipment Funding Opportunities and Strategies for Success (Part 2), Microscopy Today, 2012, pp. 18-19, DOI: 10.1017/S1551929512000727
  • A. Asthana, T. Shokuhfar, Q. Gao, P.A. Heiden, C. Friedrich, R.S. Yassar, Deformation-Driven Electrical Transport in Amorphous TiO2 Nanotubes, Applied Physics A, 2012, DOI: 10.1007/s00339-012-7040-1
  • K. Momeni, Y.K. Yap, R.S. Yassar, Structural Inhomogeneity and Piezoelectric Enhancement in ZnO Nanobelts, Applied Physics A, 2012, DOI: 10.1007/s00339-012-7081-5
  • K. Momeni, G. Odegard, R.S. Yassar, Finite Size Effect on Piezoelectric Properties of ZnO Nanobelts: A Molecular Dynamics Approach, Acta Materialia, 60 (2012), 5117–5124
  • A. Pakzad, J. Simonsen, P. A. Heiden, R. S. Yassar, Observation of Size Scale Effect in Cellulose Nanocrystals, Journal of Materials Research, 27 (2012), 528-536.
  • N. Parikh, J. Allen, R.S. Yassar, Microstructural Investigations of Gas Diffusion Layer in PEM Fuel Cells, Fuel Cells (DOI:10.1002/fuce.201100014)
  • H.M.S. Ghassemi, C.H. Lee, Y.K. Yap, R.S. Yassar, Field Emission and Strain-Engineering of Electronic Properties in Boron Nitride Nanotubes, Nanotechnology, 23 (2012), 105702
  • K. Davami, H.M.S. Ghassemi, R.S. Yassar, J.-S. Lee, M. Meyyappan, A Computational and Experimental Investigation of the Mechanical Properties of Single ZnTe Nanowires, Nanoscale, 4 (2012), 897–903
  • A. Pakzad, J. Simonsen, P. A. Heiden, R. S. Yassar, Elastic Properties of Thin Poly(vinyl alcohol)-Cellulose Nanocrystal Membranes, Nanotechnology, 23 (2012), (in print)
  • A. Pakzad, J. Simonsen, P. A. Heiden, R. S. Yassar, Quantitative Nanomechanical Characterization of the Interphase in Poly(vinyl alcohol)-Cellulose Nanocrystal Composites, Composites Science and Technology, 72 (2012) 314–319
  • K. Davami, H.M.S. Ghassemi, R.S. Yassar, J.-S. Lee, M. Meyyappan, Thermal Breakdown of ZnTe Nanowires, ChemPhysChem, 13 (2012), 347–352