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Dr Sima Aminorroaya Yamini



I joined Sheffield Hallam University in 2017 as a Senior Lecturer in Materials Engineering and was promoted to Reader in 2018.

My main research expertise is design, fabrication and characterisation of functional materials for advanced manufacturing applications by correlating the structure and chemistry of materials to their properties.

  • About

    I was awarded a PhD in Materials Science from University of Wollongong in 2009. I have a BSc. and MSc. in Materials Science and Engineering from Isfahan University of Technology.

    I joined the Faculty of Engineering, University of Queensland, as an associate research fellow in 2008. In June 2009, I joined the Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials, UOW as a research fellow, studying synthesis and characterization of materials for energy conversion and storage.

    Between January and July 2012, I was a research fellow at the Applied Physics and Materials Department, California Institute of Technology (Caltech) to study thermoelectric materials. In 2013, I was awarded ARC- Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA) fellowship and promoted to senior research fellow in 2015. I was a thermoelectric team leader at University of Wollongong.

    I have published more than 60 papers (mainly as a first and corresponding author) and delivered several conference presentations including keynote and invited speaker presentations. I has also been successful in obtaining competitive research grants to support her research activities.

    I have also been an editorial Board member for Scientific Reports, Nature Publishing Group since 2015, since 2018 and a guest editor for special issue of “Thermoelectric Energy Harvesting”, Energies, MDPI, 2015.

    I am a reviewer of journals in my field and a reviewer for several research funding organizations including:
    • Australian Research Council (ARC)
    • Marseden Fund, New Zealand, since 2018
    • National Research Foundation (NRF), Research and Innovation Support and Advancement, South Africa
    • Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization (ANSTO)

    I am a member of:

    • International Thermoelectric Society (ITS)
    • European Thermoelectric society (ECT)
    • American Chemical Society (ACS)
    • The Institute of Engineers Australia (IEAUS)
    • Australian Research Network for Advanced Materials (ARNAM)
    • The Institute of Materials Engineering Australasia (Materials Australia)

    Specialist areas of interest:

    • Energy conversion and storage
    • Advanced characterization techniques including Advanced Electron Microscopy
    • Kinetics and thermodynamics of functional materials
    • Physical and Mathematical simulation of engineering processes
    • Nano materials and technology

    Specialist areas of interest:

    • Energy conversion and storage
    • Advanced characterization techniques including Advanced Electron Microscopy 
    • Kinetics and thermodynamics of functional materials
    • Physical and Mathematical simulation of engineering processes
    • Nano materials and technology

  • Teaching

    Department of Engineering and Mathematics

    Science, Technology and Arts

    Subject area/group: Materials engineering


    • Engineering Materials
    • Engineering Metallurgy
    • Materials and Manufacturing Engineering
    • Composite Materials
    • Fundamentals of Materials and Manufacturing
    • Applied Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics

  • Research

    • Materials and Engineering Research Institute

    Current projects:

    - 2016 - Present: Sima Aminorroaya, Takao Mori, Shi Xue Dou, “Developing magnetic intrigued thermoelectric materials”, UOW-NIMS collaborative grant.
    - 2017-2019: H Li, C Lu, L. Fletcher, L. Su, F. Barbaro, L. Kuzmikova, S, Aminorroaya, A. Gazder, “Improving Baosteel’s competitiveness in the supply of thick walled line pipe”, BaoSteel-Australia joint R&D centre.

    Selected projects:

    - 2013-2017: Sima Aminorroaya - Nanoengineered cost-effective Pb Chalcogenides will boost the thermoelectric performance of midrange temperature thermoelectric materials- Australian Research Council (ARC)- Discovery early Career Researcher Award.
    - 2015: Sima Aminorroaya, David Mitchell, Maxim Avdeev, “Neuron diffraction study of multiphase quaternary Pb-chalcogenide thermoelectric materials”, Neutron Diffraction beamtime, Echidna Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization (ANSTO),.
    - 2012-2017: S.X, Dou, S, Li, C. Zhang, S, Aminorroaya - New generation thermoelectric materials and modules for waste heat recovery in steelworks - Australian Research Council (ARC)- Linkage Project.
    - 2012: Sima Aminorroaya, Endeavour Post-doctoral Fellowship Award, Department of Education, Science and Technology (DEST), Australia, 2012.

    Collaborators and Sponsors

    Australia: University of Sydney, University of Wollongong, University of Adelaide.
    USA: North Western University, North Carolina State University
    Japan: MANA, National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)
    Netherlands: University of Groningen
    Poland: AGH University of Science and Technology
    UK: Cardiff University
    China: Tongji University, Beihang University

  • Publications

    Key Publications

    Aminorroaya Yamini, S., Li, T., Mitchell, D.R.G., & Cairney, J.M. (2016). Elemental distributions within multiphase quaternary Pb chalcogenide thermoelectric materials determined through three-dimensional atom probe tomography. Nano Energy, 26, 157-163.

    Journal articles

    Manettas, A., Santos, R., Ferreres, X.R., & Aminorroaya Yamini, S. (2018). Thermoelectric performance of single phase p-type quaternary (PbTe)0.65–x(PbSe)0.35(PbS)x alloys. ACS Applied Energy Materials, 1 (5), 1898-1903.

    Talebi, T., Ghomashchi, R., Talemi, P., & Aminorroaya Yamini, S. (2018). Suspension characteristics and electrophoretic deposition ofp-Type Bi2Te3Films for thermoelectric applications. Journal of The Electrochemical Society, 165 (9), D364-D369.

    Ferreres, X., & Aminorroaya Yamini, S. (2018). Rapid fabrication of diffusion barrier between metal electrode and thermoelectric materials using current-controlled spark plasma sintering technique. Journal of Materials Research and Technology.

    Aminorroaya Yamini, S., Mitchell, D.R.G., Wang, H., Gibbs, Z.M., Pei, Y., Dou, S.X., & Snyder, G.J. (2015). Origin of resistivity anomaly in p-type leads chalcogenide multiphase compounds. AIP Advances, 5, 053601.

    Aminorroaya Yamini, S., Wang, H., Ginting, D., Mitchell, D.R.G., Dou, S.X., & Snyder, G.J. (2014). Thermoelectric performance of n -type (PbTe) 0.75 (PbS) 0.15 (PbSe) 0.1 composites. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 6 (14), 11476-11483.

    Jalili, R., Aboutalebi, S.H., Esrafilzadeh, D., Shepherd, R.L., Chen, J., Aminorroaya Yamini, S., ... Wallace, G.G. (2013). Scalable one-step wet-spinning of graphene fibers and yarns from liquid crystalline dispersions of graphene oxide: Towards multifunctional textiles. Advanced Functional Materials, 23 (43), 5345-5354.

    Yu, Z., Wang, X., Du, Y., Aminorroaya Yamini, S., Zhang, C., Chuang, K., & Li, S. (2013). Fabrication and characterization of textured Bi2Te3 thermoelectric thin films prepared on glass substrates at room temperature using pulsed laser deposition. Journal of Crystal Growth, 362 (1), 247-251.

    Ranjbar, A., Aminorroaya Yamini, S., Guo, Z.P., Cho, Y., Liu, H.K., & Dahle, A. (2011). Comparison of hydrogen storage properties of Mg-Ni from different preparation methods. Materials Chemistry and Physics, 127 (1-2), 405-408.

    Cho, Y.H., Aminorroaya Yamini, S., Liu, H.K., & Dahle, A.K. (2011). The effect of transition metals on hydrogen migration and catalysis in cast Mg-Ni alloys. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 36 (8), 4984-4992.

    Aminorroaya Yamini, S., Ranjbar, A., Cho, Y.-.H., Liu, H.K., & Dahle, A.K. (2011). Hydrogen storage properties of Mg-10 wt% Ni alloy co-catalysed with niobium and multi-walled carbon nanotubes. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 36 (1), 571-579.

    Aminorroaya Yamini, S., Liu, H.K., Cho, Y., & Dahle, A. (2010). Microstructure and activation characteristics of Mg-Ni alloy modified by multi-walled carbon nanotubes. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 35 (9), 4144-4153.

    Conference papers

    Aminorroaya, S., Dippenaar, R., & Reid, M. (2007). Modelling of the concentric solidification technique using DICTRA™. In AIST Steel Properties and Applications Conference Proceedings, Combined with Ms and T'07, Materials Science and Technology 2007, 657-668.

    Aminorroaya, S., Dippenaar, R., & Reid, M. (2006). In-situ observation of sulfide precipitation in a low-carbon, titanium alloyed steel. In AISTech - Iron and Steel Technology Conference Proceedings, 2, 319-326.


    Aminorroaya yamini, S. (2010). Effect of titanium additions to low carbon, low manganese steels: On sulphide precipitation. VDM Verlag Dr. Müller

  • Postgraduate supervision

    Completed supervision

    • Xavier Ferreres, PhD student, Principal supervisor, Fabrication and characterization of high temperature PbTe-based thermoelectric modules for waste heat recovery applications, University of Wollongong, awarded in 2018.
    • Rafael Santos, PhD student, Principal supervisor, Developing environmentally friendly materials for thermoelectric applications, University of Wollongong, awarded in 2018.
    • Jacob Byrnes, MPhil student, Principal supervisor, Advanced Electron microscopy study of multiphase thermoelectric materials, University of Wollongong, awarded in 2017.
    • Vaughan Patterson, MPhil student, Principal supervisor, Band Gap Study of Lead Chalcogenide Alloys, University of Wollongong, awarded in 2017.

    Current supervision:

    • Andrew Manetas, PhD student, Associate supervisor, Development of cost-effective high efficient lead chalcogenides, University of Wollongong.
    • Tahereh Talebi, PhD student, Associate supervisor (supervised by A/Prof. Reza Ghomashchi, Dr. Pejman Talemi), Fabrication, characterization and evaluation of thermoelectric coating, University of Adelaide.
    • Jumlat Ahmed, PhD student, Associate supervisor, Efficiency Improvement of Thermoelectric Module using Appropriate Electrode and Fabrication Process for Power Generation Application, University of Wollongong.

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