Welcome to Prof. Salehi’s Research Group!

 Prof. Amin Salehi-Khojin named among Foreign Policy 100 leading global thinkers


  • Coverage adapted from FP. 
  • Introductory video by CCTV covering  ‘Artificial leaf’ solar cell project. Our “artificial leaf” solar cell which converts carbon dioxide to burnable fuel using only sunlight for energy has been covered by hundreds of U.S. and international news organizations, including Times, the Guardian, the New York Post, Huffington Post, the Daily Mail, Forbes, Christian Science Monitor, Midwest Energy News, Chicago Tribune, The Electrochemical Society, and American Society of Civil Engineers.  The story has been liked and shared on social media more than 200,000 times.
We are an interdisciplinary research group with the mission to advance the state of the knowledge at the boundary of science and engineering where there are lots of wonderful opportunities. We pursue fundamental research in the field of advanced materials synthesis, energy recovery and transport at micro/nano-sacle. Our special interests are to:
  • synthesize new materials for thermoelectric applications
  • study thermal and electrical transports in 2D nanomaterials
  • discover new sensing modalities for chemical and biological applications
  • develop novel catalysts for carbon dioxide reduction and battery applications
  • design artificial leaves for energy applications
Specifically, we are interested in electrical and thermal properties of graphene, molybdenum disulfide and their hybrid structures. We are also focused to gain a deeper understanding in the atomic characteristics of grain boundaries and their use in the advanced micro/nano thermo-electronic applications. The key challenges include atomic-scale structural analysis of individual grain boundaries and fabrication of nano-scale devices. We are also developing novel catalyst for the energy recovery system via electrochemical conversion of carbon dioxide into energy rich chemicals like syngas. Syngas can be used either directly as fuel in for example gas turbine, or as an intermediate for synthesis of higher-energy density fuels (e.g. diesel and gasoline). Conversion of carbon dioxide into fuels is of particular interest as it provides energy while shrinking the carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere. Excess amount of energy fed in this process, due to high stability of carbon dioxide molecules is a key problem to be solved. Our group is carrying out research to develop novel, highly efficient and inexpensive catalysts to make carbon dioxide conversion process more energy and cost efficient. We are also working on the chemistry of advanced metal air batteries. More updates will be posted soon. Currently, our group consists of one postdoctoral fellow, six graduate students and four undergraduates. We are always looking for highly self-motivated and interested master, PhD and postdoctoral candidates. Interested visiting research scholars are also welcome to join our group. For more information please contact to Prof. Salehi (salehikh@uic.edu).


  • Nanostructured transition metal dichalcogenide electrocatalysts for CO2 reduction in ionic liquid Science. 353 (6298), 467-470.2016.2016. Mohammad Asadi, Kibum Kim,Cong Liu, Aditya Venkata Addepalli, Pedram Abbasi, Poya Yasaei, Patrick Phillips, Amirhossein Behranginia, José M. Cerrato, Richard Haasch, Peter Zapol, Bijandra Kumar, Robert F. Klie, Jeremiah Abiade, Larry A. Curtiss, Amin Salehi-Khojin
  • A lithium–oxygen battery based on lithium superoxide. Nature. 529, 377–382, 2016. Jun Lu, Yun Jung Lee, Xiangyi Luo, Kah Chun Lau, Mohammad Asadi, Hsien-Hau Wang, Scott Brombosz, Jianguo Wen, Dengyun Zhai, Zonghai Chen, Dean J. Miller, Yo Sub Jeong, Jin-Bum Park, Zhigang Zak Fang, Bijandra Kumar, Amin Salehi-Khojin, Yang-Kook Sun, Larry A. Curtiss & Khalil Amine.
  • A Cathode based on Molybdenum Disulfide Nanoflakes for Lithium–Oxygen Batteries. ACS Nano 10 (2), pp 2167–2175. 2016 Mohammad Asadi, Bijandra Kumar, Cong Liu, Patrick Phillips, Poya Yasaei, Amirhossein Behranginia, Peter Zapol, Robert F. Klie , Larry A. Curtiss, Amin Salehi-Khojin
  • Bimodal Phonon Scattering in Graphene Grain Boundaries. Nano Letters. 15 (7), 4532 4540, 2015. P. Yasaei, A. Fathizadeh, R. Hantehzadeh, A. K. Majee, A. El-Ghandour, D. Estrada, C. Foster, Z. Aksamija, F. Khalili-Araghi, and A. Salehi-Khojin.
  • High Quality Black Phosphorus Atomic Layers by Liquid Phase Exfoliation. Advanced Materials. 27 (11), 1887 1892, 2015. P. Yasaei, B. Kumar, T. Foroozan, C. Wang, M. Asadi, D. Tuschel, J. Ernesto. Indacochea, R. Klie, A. Salehi-Khojin.
  • Robust Carbon Dioxide Reduction on Molybdenum Disulfide Edges. Nature Communications, 5, 10.1038/ncomms5470. M. Asadi, B. Kumar, A. Behranginia, B. Rosen, D. Pisasale, A. Baskin, N. Repnin, P. Phillips, W. Zhu, R. Haasch, R. Klie, P. Kral, J. Abiade, A. Salehi-Khojin.
  • Chemical sensing with switchable transport channels in graphene grain boundaries. Nature Communications, 5, 10.1038/ncomms5911. P. Yasaei, B. Kumar, R. Hantehzadeh, M. Kayyalha, A. Baskin, N. Repnin, C. Wang, R. F. Klie, Y. P. Chen, P. Kral, A. Salehi-Khojin.
  • Renewable, Metal-Free and Non-precious Carbon Nanofiber Catalysts For CO2 Conversion. Nature Communications, 4, 10.1038/ncomms3819, 2013. B. Kumar, M. Asadi, D. Pisasale, S. Sinha-Ray, B. Rosen, R. Haasch, J. Abiade, A. L. Yarin, A. Salehi-Khojin.
  • The Role of External Defects in Chemical Sensing of Graphene Field-Effect Transistors.NanoLetters, 13 (5), 1962 1968, 2013. B. Kumar, K. Min, M. Bashirzadeh, A. Barati-Farimani, M.-H. Bae, D. Estrada, , Y. D. Kim, P. Yasaei, Y. D. Park, E. Pop, N. R. Aluru, A. Salehi-Khojin.
  • Carbon Nanotubes Throw Their Heat AroundNature Nanotechnology, 7, 280-281, 2012.A. Salehi-Khojin, W. Zhu, and R. I. Masel.
  • Ionic Liquid Mediated Selective Convertion of CO2 to CO at Low Overpotentials. Science, 334 (6056), 643-644, 2011. B. A. Rosen, A. Salehi-Khojin, M. R. Thorson, W. Zhu, D. T. Whipple, P. J.A. Kenis, R. I. Masel.
  • Non-Thermal Current Stimulated Desorption of Gases from Carbon Nanotubes. Science, 329 (5997), 1327-1330, 2010.A. Salehi-Khojin, K. Y. Lin, C. R. Field, R. I. Masel.


  1. Prof. Salehi’s research on carbon dioxide conversion to fuel using artificial leaves has received extensive media coverage including Times, Guardian, Forbes, New York Post, Daily Mail, Huffington Post and etc.
  2. Congratulations to Mohammad and Kibum for their recent paper on CO2 reduction published in Science Magazine.
  3. Prof. Amin Salehi Khojin, Received UIC College of Engineering Faculty Research Award, 2015.
  4. Congratulation to Mohammad for his successful Doctoral defense and  his recent paper accepted for publication in Nature!
  5. Congratulation to Aditya for his successful Master’s defense and Job in Intel.
  6. Congratulation to Poya for being named as the finalist for prestigious Materials Research Society Award.
  7. Prof. Amin Salehi as the principal investigator (PI), in collaboration with 4 co-PIs from MIT, UMass Amherst and UIC received a prestigious $2M EFRI award from National Science Foundation to study Thermal Transport in 2D Materials for Next Generation Nanoelectronics.
  8. Prof. Amin Salehi has received chancellor’s award for research on Li-Air battery. He has received two of these very competitive awards in less than three years after joining UIC.
  9. Prof. Salehi’s groundbreaking research on CO2 reduction was awarded by National Science Foundation.
  10. Congratulation to Poya and Reza for their paper published in Nanoletters on direct thermal transport measurement across an individual graphene grain boundary. This work has received widespread media coverage e.g., Science daily, Nanotechnology World Association, Chem Europe, Nano Werk, NCSA/Illinois.
  11. Our research on chemical sensing through graphene grain boundaries has been featured in more than 100 news including DOE front page and NSF
  12. Our recent paper about reducing carbon dioxide using Molybdenum Disulfide catalyst has received significant publicity. This work was highlighted in Science Magazine, NERSC/Berkeley Lab, Yahoo News, Science Daily, NSF and many other prominent websites.
  13. Congratulation to Mohammad and Bijandra for their article published in Nature Communications on “CO2 reduction”.
  14. Congratulation to Poya for his recent “chemical sensing at graphene grain boundaries” paper published in Nature Communications journal.
  15. Our research in carbon dioxide reduction has been featured in Dean’s Update.
  16. Congratulation to Reza for his successful master’s defense and job in Intel.
  17. Our recent work on carbon dioxide reduction published in Nature Communications has been highlighted in more than 100 news outlets including Science Daily, Yahoo NewsMIT Technology Review and Nature World News.
  18. Prof. Amin Salehi has received prestigious UIC Chancellor’s Innovation Fund spring-2013.
  19. Our work on Chemical Sensing published in Nano Letters has been highlighted in Science DailyPhys.Org, IEEE Spectrum, Nanowerk, etc.