Dr Sheida Faraji


Email: sheida.faraji@manchester.ac.uk

I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Organic Materials Innovation Centre (OMIC), University of Manchester, UK. My research interests include high-k nanocomposites and ferroelectric dielectrics, organic electronics, low-voltage organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs), solution-based deposition of organic semiconductors and dielectrics and large-area (bio)chemical sensors for various industrial applications.

I completed my PhD at the University of Manchester in 2014 under supervision of Dr. Leszek A. Majewski. The project was focused on development of a new class of solution processable dielectric materials using high-k ferroelectric nanoparticles and high-k polymeric matrices to realise low-voltage operation in OTFTs. A number of journal articles and a patent are published on the developed nanocomposite dielectrics. I obtained my MPhil in Paper Science and MSc in Electrical Power Engineering at the University of Manchester in 2009 and 2007 respectively.

I am currently working within the iPESS project at the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Large-Area Electronics (CIMLAE), on large-area production of low-power, flexible sensors for various applications, such as in food spoilage, health and environmental pollution monitoring. Characterisation of OTFT-based sensors upon exposure to various analytes is carried out at School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science, University of Manchester.

Previously, I have worked on a collaborative project with Manchester Synthetic Biology Research Centre (SYNBIOCHEM) at Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (MIB) on development of trough recombinant silk fibres with added graphene for protective clothing. I also have experience of working with aqueous inks of 2D materials such as graphene and dichalcogenides for fabrication of photodetectors and transistors at Nanoscience and Spectroscopy Lab under supervision of Prof. Casiraghi Casiraghi.

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