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U-M Aero postdoc Dr. Mohammad Malakooti receives Outstanding Fellow Award

Malakooti’s research is focused on the additive manufacturing of piezoelectric materials and the development of advanced multifunctional composites. | Short Read
IMAGE:  Aerospace Engineering Postdoctoral Researcher Dr. Mohammad Malakooti

Congratulations to Dr. Mohammad Malakooti for receiving the 2017 Outstanding Postdoctoral Fellow Award!

Dr. Malakooti is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow under Dr. Henry Sodano in the Aerospace Engineering Department. He was one of 10 researchers out of 1300 at the University of Michigan to receive this honor. Honorees were selected by the Rackham Graduate School for their demonstration of “breadth of excellence in all areas of research, teaching, mentoring, service, and leadership.”

About Dr. Mohammad Malakooti

As a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Aerospace Department at U-M, Dr. Malakooti’s research is focused on the additive manufacturing of piezoelectric materials and the development of advanced multifunctional composites.  He received his Ph.D. (2015) and M.Sc. (2013) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida.  Prior to his graduate studies at the University of Florida, he obtained a M.Sc. (2010) in Aerospace Engineering and a B.Sc. (2008) in Mechanical Engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology.  Dr. Malakooti’s multidisciplinary research interests exist at the intersection of solid mechanics, nanotechnology, materials science, and manufacturing.  Since 2013, his contributions in these areas have led to 50 publications consisting of 23 peer-reviewed articles published in high impact journals.  In addition, he has received several professional honors and awards including ASME’s 2016 Best Paper Award in Energy Harvesting.  He is a regular reviewer for more than 15 international journals including Composites Science and Technology, Applied Physics Letters, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, Sensors, etc.

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The electrons absorb laser light and set up “momentum combs” (the hills) spanning the energy valleys within the material (the red line). When the electrons have an energy allowed by the quantum mechanical structure of the material—and also touch the edge of the valley—they emit light. This is why some teeth of the combs are bright and some are dark. By measuring the emitted light and precisely locating its source, the research mapped out the energy valleys in a 2D crystal of tungsten diselenide. Credit: Markus Borsch, Quantum Science Theory Lab, University of Michigan.

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