Dr. Maryam Ebrahimi

Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Low-Dimensional Nanomaterials
Assistant Professor
+1 807-343-8010ext. 8381
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Mon-Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Academic Qualifications: 
  • Research Associate, Technical University of Munich, Germany (2018-2019)
  • Research Associate/Group Leader, Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique-Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications (INRS-EMT), Canada (2014-2018)
  • PDF, University of California-Riverside, USA (2011-2013)
  • PDF, University of Toronto (Nobel Laureate Prof. John Polanyi's group), Canada (2009-2011)
  • PhD (Physical Chemistry-Surface Science), University of Waterloo, Canada (2004-2009)
Date joined Lakehead: 
June, 2019
Previous Teaching/Work: 

Undergraduate courses:

CHEM 2411 - Physical Chemistry I

CHEM 2412 - Physical Chemistry II 

Undergraduate/graduate (cross-linked) courses:

CHEM 4411/CHEM 5490 - Physical Chemistry IV (Special Topics - Frontiers of Surface and Nanoscale Science)

CHEM 4413/CHEM 5413/CHMS 5511 - Surface Science and Heterogenous Catalysis

CHEM 4414/CHEM 5414 - Frontiers of Surface and Nanoscale Science

Research Interests: 

The scope of our research is the rational design, fabrication, and atomic-scale characterization of a range of low-dimensional nanomaterials with engineered chemical, physical, and electronic properties. 

  • On-surface synthesis of 1D and 2D polymers, covalent organic frameworks, metal-organic networks, organometallic structures, low-dimensional quantum materials
  • Self-assembled molecular networks 
  • Templated low-dimensional catalysts and the corresponding reaction kinetics
  • Our UHV-based experimental (scanning probe microscopy, surface spectroscopy, and surface characterization) techniques include: Scanning Tunneling Microscopy, Atomic Force Microscopy, X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy, Low Energy Electron Diffraction.
  • Simulations of surface phenomena by theoretical calculations, using Density Functional Theory, Nudged Elastic Band, Charge simulations, Molecular Dynamics.

We acknowledge the financial supports which we have received from the following funding agencies and programs: Canada Research Chair Program, NSERC Discovery Grant, Canada Foundation for Innovation - John R. Evans Leaders Fund (CFI-JELF), Tri-agency New Frontiers in Research Fund-Exploration, CFI - Innovation Fund (CFI - IF); and Compute Canada for providing computational resources.

Applicants with competitive GPA, and academic and research background in surface science, physical chemistry, soft condensed matter physics, or materials science are invited to apply to our group. If you are interested to join our group, please e-mail me your complete applications (C.V., transcripts, publications). We accept domestic (Canadian and Permanent Resident) students to both MSc (Physics, Chemistry, Environmental Engineering) and PhD (Chemistry and Materials Science) programs. For international applicants, due to the funding arrangement, we can offer full scholarship only to PhD applicants (and NOT MSc).

Please note that ONLY selected candidates will be contacted for interview.

In the News:

July 14, 2022

Lakehead researcher recognized with Early...

Dr. Maryam Ebrahimi has received a 2022 Early Researcher Award of $140,000 from the Government of...