Ashkan Salamat

Assistant Professor of Physics
Expertise: Physics, Chemistry


Ashkan Salamat is an assistant professor of physics at the Department of Physics & Astronomy. Salamat is also a part of UNLV’s High Pressure Science and Engineering Center, a multidisciplinary group that explores fundamental experimental, computational, and engineering problems of materials under high pressure.

Salamat’s research focuses on identifying the precise makeup of metal superhydrides – extremely hydrogen-rich materials – and techniques to readily synthesize them. Prior to joining UNLV, Salamat was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University, researching warm dense hydrogen. In 2019, Salamat was one of just 46 university professors nationwide – and the first from UNLV – to earn an Early Career Award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.

Salamat currently manages the Salamat Lab at UNLV, exploring the high energy density landscape of light elemental (H-C-N-O) systems and their related compounds, which are relevant for Fundamental and Applied sciences.


  • Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, University College London, UK
  • M.Sci, Chemistry, Imperial College, UK

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October 20, 2020
The long-sought goal of finding a superconductor that works at room temperature has been achieved, showing promise for future applications in personal electronics and other technologies, researchers say.
KSNV-TV: News 3
October 19, 2020
It’s the kind of discovery scientists wait a lifetime for. The kind that, with a little - or a lot - more work, could completely change the world as we know it.
October 16, 2020
EVER SINCE DUTCH PHYSICIST HEIKE ONNES DISCOVERED SUPERCONDUCTIVITY IN 1911, scientists have strived for its perfect formulation.
Pahrump Valley Times
October 16, 2020
Physicists from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the University of Rochester have made a breakthrough in the long sought-after quest for a room-temperature superconductor, what they call the “holy grail” of energy efficiency.

Articles Featuring Ashkan Salamat

UNLV professor Ashkan Salamat in his lab on UNLV's campus
ResearchOctober 14, 2020
The discovery, reported in the journal Nature, opens door for reimagining the energy grid, technology, society
Portrait of Physics and astronomy professor Ashkan Salamat in red light.
PeopleMay 26, 2020
Pressure — the highest pressure imaginable — is the name of the game for this physics professor.
Physicist standing over table with green laser beams
ResearchSeptember 17, 2019
Physicist Ashkan Salamat one of just 46 university professors nationwide – and the first from UNLV – selected for competitive award, which is now in its 10th year.