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Zahra Fakhraai

Zahra Fakhraai

Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry
University of Pennsylvania

fakhraai@sas.upenn.edu
215.746.8436

[Curriculum Vitae]

 Education

  • NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2009-11.
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto, 2007-08.
  • Ph.D. Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Waterloo,2003- 07.
  • M.Sc. Department of Physics, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran,1999-2001.
  • B.Sc. Department of Physics, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran,1995- 1999.

Awards and Scholarships

  • NSF CAREER award, 2014-2019
  • NSERC Post-Doctoral Scholarship,2009- 2011.
  • Frank J. Padden Award, American Physical Society,2007.
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology,2006-2007.
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship,2005.

Short Biography

Zahra received her B.Sc. and M.Sc. in physics from Sharif University of Technology in Iran. In 2003, she joined Jamie Forrest’s group in university of Waterloo and studied the dynamics of polymers in thin films and on their surfaces. She received her PhD in Physics from the university of Waterloo in 2007, for which she received the American Physical Society’s Padden award. From 2007 to 2008  Zahra worked in the Gilbert Walker’s group at the university of Toronto and studied the structure and chemical composition of block copolymers and protein aggregates using near-field infrared imaging. Subsequently, Zahra moved to Mark Ediger’s group at the university of Wisconsin-Madison (2009-2011) with an NSERC post-doctoral fellowship
from the Canadian government.  She joined Penn Chemistry in 2011, completing her transition from physicist to chemist.  

She identifies herself as a material scientist interested in materials properties in small length scales and extremely slow dynamics, and accepts both physics and chemistry graduate students into her research group.