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Dr Sima Aminorroaya Yamini PhD, MSc., BSc., FHEA

Reader & Departmental Research Leada


Summary

I am a reader in Materials Science and Engineering, and the Departmental Research Lead, joined Sheffield Hallam University in 2017. 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 am a materials scientist with expertise in metallurgy, advanced characterisation techniques, advanced electron microscopy and energy materials including thermoelectric materials and devices.

I held Australian Research Council-Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) fellowship (2013-2016) at the University of Wollongong, where I led the Thermoelectric Research Group. I was awarded a PhD in Materials Science from the University of Wollongong in 2009, BSc. and MSc. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Isfahan University of Technology. I did postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Queensland, University of Wollongong and California Institute of Technology between 2009-2012.

I have successfully attracted over £750K of research funding and published in numerous leading journals (c. 60 articles, h-index:18) as well as invited keynotes and guest lectures.

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

Business, Technology and Enterprise

Subject Area

Chemical and Materials Engineering Subject Group.

Courses

BEng Materials Technology, MSc. Advanced Materials Engineering, MEng Materials Engineering, BEng Mechanical Engineering.

Modules

Competitive Materials Technology, Microstructural Engineering of Materials, Advanced Manufacturing and Microstructural Engineering, Engineering Metallurgy, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering, Engineering Materials, Applied Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics.

Research

Current projects:

- Developing magnetic intrigued thermoelectric materials.
- Developing high performance multiphase thermoelectric materials.
- Fabrication and characterisation of 2 dimensional materials.

Relevant Projects

- Developing magnetic intrigued thermoelectric materials
- Structural study of multiphase thermoelectric materials using Neuron diffraction
- Developing high performance multiphase thermoelectric materials
- Fabrication and characterisation of 2 dimensional materials
- New generation thermoelectric modules for waste heat recovery in steelworks
- Structural and mechanical properties studies of metallic materials
- sustainable metal manufacturing processes

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

I have professional collaborations with experts in the materials science, physics, chemistry, advanced microscopy and electronic engineering fields in Australia, USA, Japan, Netherland and China.

Publications

Key Publications

Vaney, J.B., Aminorroaya Yamini, S., Takaki, H., Kobayashi, K., Kobayashi, N., & Mori, T. (2019). Magnetism-mediated thermoelectric performance of the Cr-doped bismuth telluride tetradymite. Materials Today Physics, 9, 100090. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.mtphys.2019.03.004

Ferreres, X.R., Casillas, G., Aminorroaya-Yamini, S., & Gazder, A.A. (2019). Multiphase identification in Ni–PbTe contacts by EBSD and aberration-corrected STEM. Materials & Design, 185, 108252. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.matdes.2019.108252

Byrnes, J., Mitchell, D.R.G., & Aminorroaya Yamini, S. (2020). Thermoelectric performance of thermally aged nanostructured bulk materials—a case study of lead chalcogenides. Materials Today Physics, 13. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.mtphys.2020.100190

Aminorroaya Yamini, S. (2021). Influence of microalloying elements (Ti, Nb) and nitrogen concentrations on precipitation of pipeline steels—A thermodynamic approach. Engineering Reports, 3 (7). http://doi.org/10.1002/eng2.12337

Journal articles

Gharleghi, A., Hossain Polash, M.M., Malekfar, R., Yamini, S.A., & Vashaee, D. (2020). Influence of the order of fabrication sequences on the thermoelectric properties of skutterudite CoSb3–Cu0.6Ni0.4 nanocomposites. Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 845. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jallcom.2020.156188

Salehidoost, R., Mansouri, A., Amini, M., Aminorroaya Yamini, S., & Aminorroaya, A. (2020). Diabetes and all-cause mortality, a 18-year follow-up study. Scientific reports, 10 (1), 3183. http://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-60142-y

Alijanvand, M.H., Aminorroaya, A., Kazemi, I., Amini, M., Yamini, S.A., & Mansourian, M. (2020). Prevalence and predictors of prediabetes and its coexistence with high blood pressure in first-degree relatives of patients with type 2 diabetes: A 9-year cohort study. Journal of Research in Medical Sciences, 25 (1). http://doi.org/10.4103/jrms.JRMS_472_18

Jalaly, M., Khosroshahi, B.K., Gotor, F.J., Sayagués, M.J., Yamini, S.A., Failamani, F., & Mori, T. (2019). Mechanically induced combustion synthesis and thermoelectric properties of nanostructured strontium hexaboride (SrB6). Ceramics International, 45 (11), 14426-14431. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ceramint.2019.04.163

Hadi Alijanvand, M., Aminorroaya, A., Kazemi, I., Aminorroaya Yamini, S., Janghorbani, M., Amini, M., & Mansourian, M. (2019). Cross-sectional and longitudinal assessments of risk factors associated with hypertension and moderately increased albuminuria comorbidity in patients with type 2 diabetes: a 9-year open cohort study. Diabetes Metab Syndr Obes, 12, 1123-1139. http://doi.org/10.2147/DMSO.S189726

Shaabani, L., Blake, G.R., Manettas, A., Keshavarzi, S., & Aminorroaya Yamini, S. (2019). Thermoelectric Performance of Single-Phase Tellurium-Reduced Quaternary (PbTe)(0.55)(PbS)(0.1)(PbSe)(0.35). ACS Omega, 4 (5), 9235-9240. http://doi.org/10.1021/acsomega.9b00686

Kianpour, M., Aminorroaya, A., Amini, M., Feizi, A., Aminorroaya Yamini, S., & Janghorbani, M. (2019). TSH serum levels and risk of spontaneous abortion: A prospective population–based cohort study. Clinical endocrinology. http://doi.org/10.1111/cen.13979

Kianpour, M., Aminorroaya, A., Amini, M., Feizi, A., Janghorbani, M., Shokri, S., ... Gharib, H. (2019). Reference intervals for thyroid hormones during the first trimester of gestation: A report from an area with a sufficient iodine level. Hormone and metabolic research, 51 (03), 165-171. http://doi.org/10.1055/a-0855-7128

Karimi Fard, M., Aminorroaya, A., Kachuei, A., Salamat, M.R., Hadi Alijanvand, M., Aminorroaya Yamini, S., ... Amini, M. (2018). Alendronate improves fasting plasma glucose and insulin sensitivity and decreases insulin resistance in prediabetic osteopenic postmenopausal women: a randomized triple-blind clinical trial. Journal of Diabetes Investigation. http://doi.org/10.1111/jdi.12944

Talebi, T., Ghomashchi, R., Talemi, P., & Aminorroaya Yamini, S. (2018). Fabrication of n-type Bi2Te3 film using electrophoretic deposition for thermoelectric applications. Surface and Coatings Technology, 343, 127-130. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.surfcoat.2017.10.017

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. http://doi.org/10.1149/2.0301809jes

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. http://doi.org/10.1021/acsaem.7b00174

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. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmrt.2018.01.008

Salehidoost, R., Mansouri, A., Aminorroaya Yamini, S., & Aminorroaya, A. (2018). Body mass index and the all-cause mortality rate in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Acta Diabetologica. http://doi.org/10.1007/s00592-018-1126-y

Talebi, T., Ghomashchi, R., Talemi, P., & Aminorroaya Yamini, S. (2018). Thermoelectric performance of electrophoretically deposited p-type Bi2Te3 film. Applied Surface Science. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.apsusc.2018.02.237

Byrnes, J., Gazder, A., & Aminorroaya Yamini, S. (2018). Assessing phase discrimination via the segmentation of an elemental energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy map: A case study of Bi2Te3 and Bi2Te2S. RSC Advances, 8 (14), 7457-7464. http://doi.org/10.1039/c7ra08594j

Santos, R., Aminorroaya Yamini, S., & Dou, S.X. (2018). Recent progress in magnesium-based thermoelectric materials. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 6 (8), 3328-3341. http://doi.org/10.1039/C7TA10415D

Ferreres, X., Gazder, A., Manettas, A., & Aminorroaya Yamini, S. (2018). Solid-state bonding of bulk PbTe to Ni electrode for thermoelectric modules. ACS Applied Energy Materials. http://doi.org/10.1021/acsaem.7b00010

Shaabani, L., Aminorroaya Yamini, S., Byrnes, J., Akbar Nezhad, A., & Blake, G. (2017). Thermoelectric performance of Na-doped GeSe. ACS Omega, 2 (12), 9192-9198. http://doi.org/10.1021/acsomega.7b01364

Santos, R., Dou, S.X., Vashaee, D., & Aminorroaya Yamini, S. (2017). Effect of the fabrication technique on the thermoelectric performance of Mg-based compounds—A case study of n-Type Mg2Ge. ACS Omega, 2 (11), 8069-8074. http://doi.org/10.1021/acsomega.7b01389

Aminorroaya Yamini, S., Patterson, V., & Santos, R. (2017). Band-Gap Nonlinearity in Lead Chalcogenide (PbQ, Q = Te, Se, S) Alloys. ACS Omega, 2 (7), 3417-3423. http://doi.org/10.1021/acsomega.7b00539

Santos, R., Nancarrow, M., Dou, S., & Aminorroaya Yamini, S. (2017). Thermoelectric performance of n-type Mg2Ge. Scientific Reports, 7, 3988. http://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-017-04348-7

Talebi, T., Ghomashchi, R., Talemi, P., & Aminorroaya Yamini, S. (2017). Preparation of n-type Bi2Te3 Films by ElectrophoreticDeposition. International Journal of Chemical, Molecular, Nuclear, Materials and Metallurgical Engineering, 11 (4). http://waset.org/publications/10006753/preparation-of-n-type-bi2te3-films-by-electrophoretic-deposition

Talebi, T., Ghomashchi, R., Talemi, P., & Aminorroaya Yamini, S. (2017). Electrophoretic Deposition of p-Type Bi2Te3 for Thermoelectric Applications. International Journal of Chemical, Molecular, Nuclear, Materials and Metallurgical Engineering, 11 (4). https://www.waset.org/abstracts/54830

Aminorroaya Yamini, S., Mitchell, D.R.G., & Avdeev, M. (2016). In situ characterisation of nanostructured multiphase thermoelectric materials at elevated temperatures. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 18 (48), 32814-32819. http://doi.org/10.1039/c6cp05232k

Jalili, R., Aminorroaya Yamini, S., Benedetti, T.M., Aboutalebi, S.H., Chao, Y., Wallace, G.G., & Officer, D.L. (2016). Processable 2D materials beyond graphene: MoS2 liquid crystals and fibres. Nanoscale, 8 (38), 16862-16867. http://doi.org/10.1039/c6nr03681c

Ferreres, X.R., Aminorroaya Yamini, S., Nancarrow, M., & Zhang, C. (2016). One-step bonding of Ni electrode to n-type PbTe - A step towards fabrication of thermoelectric generators. Materials and Design, 107, 90-97. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.matdes.2016.06.038

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. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.nanoen.2016.05.019

Aminorroaya Yamini, S., Mitchell, D.R.G., Gibbs, Z.M., Santos, R., Patterson, V., Li, S., ... Jeffrey Snyder, G. (2015). Heterogeneous Distribution of Sodium for High Thermoelectric Performance of p-type Multiphase Lead-Chalcogenides. Advanced Energy Materials, 5 (21). http://doi.org/10.1002/aenm.201501047

Aminorroaya Yamini, S., Brewis, M., Byrnes, J., Santos, R., Manettas, A., & Pei, Y.Z. (2015). Fabrication of thermoelectric materials-thermal stability and repeatability of achieved efficiencies. Journal of Materials Chemistry C, 3 (40), 10610-10615. http://doi.org/10.1039/c5tc02210j

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. http://doi.org/10.1063/1.4913992

Aminorroaya Yamini, S., Wang, H., Gibbs, Z.M., Pei, Y., Mitchell, D.R.G., Dou, S.X., & Snyder, G.J. (2014). Thermoelectric performance of tellurium-reduced quaternary p-type lead-chalcogenide composites. Acta Materialia, 80, 365-372. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.actamat.2014.06.065

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. http://doi.org/10.1021/am502140h

Aminorroaya Yamini, S., Williams, A.Z., Attard, D., Shi Xue Dou, G., & Jeffrey Snyder, G. (2014). Thermoelectric properties and microstructure studies of spinodally decomposed PbTe0.38S0.62 alloy. Science of Advanced Materials, 6 (7), 1453-1459. http://doi.org/10.1166/sam.2014.1816

Aboutalebi, S.H., Jalili, R., Esrafilzadeh, D., Salari, M., Gholamvand, Z., Aminorroaya Yamini, S., ... Wallace, G.G. (2014). High-performance multifunctional Graphene yarns: Toward wearable all-carbon energy storage textiles. ACS Nano, 8 (3), 2456-2466. http://doi.org/10.1021/nn406026z

Aminorroaya Yamini, S., Wang, H., Gibbs, Z.M., Pei, Y., Dou, S.X., & Snyder, G.J. (2014). Chemical composition tuning in quaternary p-type Pb-chalcogenides-a promising strategy for enhanced thermoelectric performance. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 16 (5), 1835-1840. http://doi.org/10.1039/c3cp54493a

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. http://doi.org/10.1002/adfm.201300765

Aminorroaya Yamini, S., Ikeda, T., Lalonde, A., Pei, Y., Dou, S.X., & Snyder, G.J. (2013). Rational design of p-type thermoelectric PbTe: Temperature dependent sodium solubility. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 1 (31), 8725-8730. http://doi.org/10.1039/c3ta11654a

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. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcrysgro.2012.05.045

Chidembo, A., Aboutalebi, S.H., Konstantinov, K., Salari, M., Winton, B., Aminorroaya Yamini, S., ... Liu, H.K. (2012). Globular reduced graphene oxide-metal oxide structures for energy storage applications. Energy and Environmental Science, 5, 5236-5240. http://doi.org/10.1039/c1ee02784k

Aboutalebi, S.H., Aminorroaya Yamini, S., Nevirkovets, I., Konstantinov, K., & Liu, H.K. (2012). Enhanced hydrogen storage in graphene oxide-MWCNTs composite at room temperature. Advanced Energy Materials, 2 (12), 1439-1446. http://doi.org/10.1002/aenm.201200154

Aminorroaya Yamini, S., Zhang, C., Wang, X., & Nevirkovets, I. (2012). Crystal structure, electronic structure and thermoelectric properties of n-type BiSbSTe2. Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 45 (12), 125301. http://doi.org/10.1088/0022-3727/45/12/125301

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. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.matchemphys.2011.02.033

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. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhydene.2010.12.090

Aminorroaya Yamini, S., Reid, M., & Dippenaar, R. (2011). Simulation of microsegregation and the solid/liquid interface progression in the concentric solidification technique. Modelling and Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering, 19 (2), 025003. http://doi.org/10.1088/0965-0393/19/2/025003

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. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhydene.2010.08.103

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. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhydene.2010.02.078

Aminorroaya Yamini, S., & Dippenaar, R. (2008). TEM analysis of centreline sulphide precipitates modified by titanium additions to low carbon steel. Journal of Microscopy, 232 (1), 123-129. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2818.2008.02085.x

Aminorroaya Yamini, S., & Dippenaar, R. (2007). A novel approach to simulate segregation at the centreline of continuously cast steel using laser-scanning confocal microscopy. Journal of Microscopy, 227 (2), 87-91. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2818.2007.01792.x

Aminorroaya Yamini, S., & Dippenaar, R. (2007). TEM characterization of precipitates in the segregated regions of a low-carbon, low-manganese, titanium-added steel. Journal of Microscopy, 227 (2), 92-97. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2818.2007.01793.x

Conference papers

Jalili, R., Aboutalebi, S.H., Esrafilzadeh, D., Shepherd, R.L., Chen, J., Aminorroaya-Yamini, S., ... Wallace, G.G. (2013). Wet-Spinning of multifunctional graphene fibers using graphene oxide liquid crystals. Fiber Society Spring 2013 Technical Conference.

Aminorroaya, S., Ranjbar, A., Cho, Y., Liu, H., & Dahle, A. (2011). Structural study and hydrogen sorption kinetics of ball-milled Mg-10 wt%Ni alloy catalysed by Nb. Ceramic Transactions, 224, 17-24. http://doi.org/10.1002/9781118019467.ch2

Aminorroaya, S., & Liu, H.K. (2010). Hydrogen storage properties of Mg-Ni alloy catalysed by multi-walled carbon nanotubes. Materials Science Forum, 654-656, 2843-2846. http://doi.org/10.4028/www.scientific.net/MSF.654-656.2843

Aminorroaya, S., Dippenaar, R., & Reid, M. (2007). Modelling of the concentric solidification technique using DICTRA™. 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. (2007). Modelling of the concentric solidification technique using DICTRA™. Materials Science and Technology Conference and Exhibition, MS and T'07 - "Exploring Structure, Processing, and Applications Across Multiple Materials Systems", 6, 3560-3571.

Aminorroaya, S., Azari, K., Edris, H., & Dippenaar, R. (2006). Basic tundish powder evaluation for continuous casting of clean steel. AISTech - Iron and Steel Technology Conference Proceedings, 2, 529-536.

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

Books

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

Other activities

- Editorial Board member for Scientific Reports, Nature Publishing Group since 2015.
- Guest editor for special issues for "Energies", MDPI in 2015 and "Materials", MDPI in 2020.
- Grant reviewer for the Australian Research Council, South African National Research Foundation, New Zealand Marseden Fund, and Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation.
- Reviewer for specialist journals and external examiner for PhD theses.

Postgraduate supervision

I have supervised 5 PhD and 6 master students to completion, and mentored research fellows.

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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