Mahdiar Taheri

Research Fellow

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Materials science and engineering, ceramics, composites, nanomaterials, characterisation.


Dr Taheri works in the field of concentrated solar power, including as the principal investigator on the projects Materials compatibility with molten sodium for energy storage systems and Novel materials for water desalination: metal organic frameworks as adsorbents. His PhD investigated green and scalable synthesis methods to produce metal organic frameworks (in particular zeolitic imidazolate frameworks) for water remediation, Li-ion batteries and oxygen evolution reactions.


Dr Mahdiar Taheri is currently a research fellow at Australian National University, under the supervision of Associate Professor Joe Coventry. He received his PhD in the field of nanomaterials at ANU under the supervision of Associate Professor Takuya Tsuzuki. In 2016, Dr Taheri was awarded two scholarships to commence his PhD, and has co-supervised six honours students since. He received his BSc and MSc degree in Materials Engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology (IUST), Tehran, Iran and ranked 1st among the undergraduate students. After graduating from his MSc in 2013, he worked as a research assistant at IUST, advising on industrial and MSc/BSc thesis projects in relation to ceramic manufacturing and composites. Mahdiar has co-authored more than 30 peer reviewed papers.

Activities & Awards

  • First prize in the Centre for Advanced Microscopy Image competition, 2019
  • Finalist in the best poster award, 6th Nano-Today conference, Lisbon, Portugal, 2019
  • ANU HDR Fee Merit Scholarship and ANU PhD Scholarship (International), 2016
  • Selected as Elite by Iranian National Foundation of Elites, 2013
  • Winner of a distinguished student scholarship for studying MSc in the Material Eng. Dept. Iran University of Science and Technology, 2010
  • Ranked 1st among the under-graduate students of the Material Eng. Dept. Iran University of Science and Technology, 2010

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