Ashkan Salamat

Assistant Professor of Physics
Expertise: Physics, Chemistry

Biography

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.

Education

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

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Ashkan Salamat In The News

Physics World
December 17, 2020
The Physics World 2020 Breakthrough of the Year goes to Elham Fadaly, Alain Dijkstra and Erik Bakkers at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands, Jens Renè Suckert at Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena in Germany and an international team for creating a silicon-based material with a direct band gap that emits light at wavelengths used for optical telecommunications.
Science Mag
December 17, 2020
In March, when cases of COVID-19 began to overwhelm hospitals in the United States, I told my 90-year-old mother that she had to shelter in place. She lives alone in Los Angeles, and to keep her company, I FaceTimed her every night. In the role reversal that happens with time, I became the forever-worried, nagging parent, and she was the ever-doubting, defiant child.
Physics World
December 10, 2020
One of the highlights in the Physics World calendar is the announcement of our Breakthrough of the Year, which will be made this year on Thursday 17 December.
Motherboard
December 1, 2020
From ultra-fast bullet trains to new-age medical equipment, superconductors could fundamentally change society. In the U.S. alone, about six percent of electricity passing through a typical power grid in a year is lost and becomes heat, which costs billions of dollars.

Articles Featuring Ashkan Salamat

Professor Ashkan Salamat in his lab at UNLV
Research | December 29, 2020
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Campus News | December 10, 2020
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Campus News | November 5, 2020
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UNLV professor Ashkan Salamat in his lab on UNLV's campus
Research | October 14, 2020
The discovery, reported in the journal Nature, opens door for reimagining the energy grid, technology, society