Reza Shahbazian-Yassar, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Research Interests: Energy Nanosystems for Harvesting/Conversion/Storage, Nanoelectronics, and Bio-Nano Materials


    • Ph.D., 2002-2005, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
    815 R.L. Smith Building
    1400 Townsend Dr
    Michigan Technological University
    Houghton, MI 49931
    Phone: (906) 487-3581
    Fax: (906) 487-2822

Research Team

    MTU Students Group Photo, May 2013

    From Left Standing: John Spaulding, Nishith Parikh, Reza, Jacob Kolar, Yu Zhao, Yifei Yuan, Qi Gao. From Left Sitting: Bryan Turner

    Bowling Night and Farewell for Hessam and Anahita, December 2011

    From Left: Reza, Anjana, Qi, Hessam, Hessam'wife, Anahita, Hasti, and Tolou

    Research Group, January 2011

    (Back row-left to right) Nishith Parikh, Daniel Polovich, John Sand, Reza Yassar, Hessam Ghassemi, Keivan Davami, Qi Gao, (Front row-left to right) Ana Pakzad, Hasti Asayesh (Not shown: Anjana Asthana and Nitin Jadhav)

    Anmin Nie, Post-Doctoral Research Associate

    Current Research: In-Situ Electrochemistry in TEM for Nanobattery Research

    Yu Zhao (Joey), Post-Doctoral Research Associate/Research Engineer

    Current Research: Fuel Cell Materials Characterization

    Fei Long, Post-Doctoral Research Associate

    Current Research: Liquid AFM Studies of Biological Structures

    Nishith Parikh, PhD Candidate

    Current Research: Nanoscale Characterization of Mechanical and Electrical Degradation of Membrane Electrode Assembly in Aged PEM Fuel Cells

    Wentao Yao, PhD Student

    Current Research: In Situ TEM

    Hasti Asayesh, PhD student

    Current Research: Metal-Insulator Transition in VO2 Nanowires

    Jacob Kolar, PhD Student

    Current Research: In Situ TEM

    John Spaulding, PhD student

    Current Research: In-Situ TEM

    Yifei Yuan, PhD Student

    Current Research: In Situ TEM

    Kun He, Visiting Research Scholar from Shandong University

    Current Research: In Situ Liquid-TEM

    Bryan Turner, Undergraduate Researcher

    Current Research: Atomic Force Micorscopy of Nanogenerators

    George Castle, Undergraduate Student

    Current Research: Atomic Force Microscopy for Biomimetics


    Qi Gao, PhD Candidate

    Current Research: Self-Assembled TiO2 Nanotube Anodes for Li-Ion Batteries

    Anjana Asthana, Postdoctoral Research Associate

    Current Position: Research Assistant Professor
    Postdoc Research: In-Situ Electro-Mechanical Analysis of ZnO Nanowires

    Anahita Pakzad, PhD (Dec 2011)

    PhD Thesis: Mechanics of Cellulose Nanocrystals and Nanocomposites
    Current Position: Application Scientist, Gatan Inc., Pasadena, CA

    Hessam Ghasemi, PhD (Dec 2011)

    PhD Thesis: In-Situ Electrochemistry and Electromechanical Coupling in Nanoscale Materials
    Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

    PhD (Aug 2011)

    PhD Thesis: Energy Harvesting in ZnO Nanomaterials

    Varun Goutham, MSc (Aug 2009)

    Thesis: Fabrication of BioMEMS Devices for in-situ Mechanical Testing of Single Living Cells
    Current Position: Design Engineer, Baker Hughes Inc., Houston, TX

    Animish Dande, MSc (May 2010)

    Project: Microstructure-Mechanical Property Relationships in Miniscus Knee

    Daniel Polovich, Undergraduate Researcher

    Research Topic: Characterization of Cathodes in PEM Fuel Cells

    John Sand, Undergraduate Researcher

    Current Research: Membrane Electrode Assembly Characterization in PEM Fuel Cells

    Keivan Davami, Visiting Research Scholar from Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH)

    Current Research: Thermoelectric ZnTe Nanowires: In Situ TEM Electrical and Thermal Conductivity Measurments

    Chris Cudney, MICUP Undergraduate Student, Grand Rapids Community College

    Research Topic: Nanoscale Characterization using Atomic Force Microscopy