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

New Scientist
July 4, 2019
We might need to rethink our understanding of water, both on Earth and other planets. New experiments with water ice at high pressures has revealed unexpected behaviour, which could upend our assumptions about the makeup of icy exoplanets.

Articles Featuring Ashkan Salamat

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.