University of Calgary

Samira Siahrostami

  • Assistant Professor
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Theoretical Chemistry


Dr. Samira Siahrostami joined the Department of Chemistry at University of Calgary as an Assistant Professor in October 2018. Prior to joining University of Calgary, Samira was a Research Engineer (2016-2018) and  a postdoctoral researcher (2014-2016) at the SUNCAT Center for Interface Science and Catalysis, Department of Chemical Engineering in Stanford University. She received her PhD in Physical Chemistry from Shiraz University, Iran in 2011 and worked as postdoctoral researcher (2011-2013) at the Center for Atomic-scale Material Design (CAMd) at the Technical University of Denmark. Dr. Siahrostami holds several U.S. and European patents and has published more than fifty publications in peer reviewed journals.

Selected Publications

For full list of publications please visit: my google scholar profile here.

1) Baek, J. H.; Gill, T. M.; Abroshan, H.; Park, S.; Shi, X.; Nørskov, J.; Jung, H. S.; Siahrostami, S.; Zheng, X. Selective and Efficient Gd-Doped BiVO4 Photoanode for Two-Electron Water Oxidation to H2O2. ACS Energy Lett. 2019, 4, 720–728.

2) Chen, S.; Chen, Z.; Siahrostami, S.; Higgins, D.; Nordlund, D.; Sokaras, D.; Kim, T. R.; Liu, Y.; Yan, X.; Nilsson, E.; et al. Designing Boron Nitride Islands in Carbon Materials for Efficient Electrochemical Synthesis of Hydrogen Peroxide. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 7851–7859.

3) Lu, Z.; Chen, G.; Siahrostami, S.; Chen, Z.; Liu, K.; Xie, J.; Liao, L.; Lin D.; Liu, Y.; Jaramillo, T.F.; Nørskov, J. K.; Cui, Y.Oxidized Carbon Materials for High-efficient Oxygen Reduction to Hydrogen Peroxide, Nature Catalysis 2018, 1, 156–162.

4) Kulkarni, A.; Siahrostami, S.;Patel A., Nørskov, J. K.Understanding Catalytic Activity Trends in the Oxygen Reduction Reaction, Chemical Reviews 2018, 118, 2302–2312.

5) Jiang, K.; Siahrostami, S.; Zheng, T.; Hu, Y.; Hwang, S.; Stavitski, E.; Peng, Y.; Dynes, J.; Gangisetty, M.; Su, D.; et al. Isolated Ni Single Atoms in Graphene Nanosheets for High-Performance CO2 Reduction. Energy Environ. Sci. 2018, 11 (4), 893–903.

6) Kirk, C.; Chen, L. D.; Siahrostami, S.; Karamad, M.; Bajdich, M.; Voss, J.; Nørskov. J. K.; Chan, K. Theoretical Investigations of the Electrochemical Reduction of CO on Single Metal Atoms Embedded in Graphene, ACS Central Science 2017, 3, 1286–1293.

7) Siahrostami, S.; Li, G.-L.; Viswanathan, V.; Nørskov, J. K. One- or Two-Electron Water Oxidation, Hydroxyl Radical, or H2O2 Evolution, J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2017, 8, 1157–1160.

8) Shi, X.; Siahrostami, S.; Li, G.; Zhang, Y.; Chakthranont, P.; Studt, F.; Jaramillo, T.F.; Zheng, X.; Nørskov, J. K. Understanding Activity Trends in Electrochemical Water Oxidation to Form Hydrogen Peroxide, Nature Communications2017, 8 (1), 701.

9) Siahrostami, S.; Verdaguer-Casadevall, A.; Karamad, M.; Deiana, D.; Malacrida, P.; Wickman, B.; Escudero-Escribano, M.; Paoli, E. a; Frydendal, R.; Hansen, T. W.; et al. Enabling Direct H2O2 Production through Rational Electrocatalyst Design, Nature Materials. 2013, 12 (12), 1137–1143.

10) Siahrostami, S.; Vojvodic, A. Influence of Adsorbed Water on the Oxygen Evolution Reaction on Oxides, Journal of  Physical Chemistry C. 2015, 119 (2), 1032–1037.

Catalysis for Sustainable Energy

Dr. Siahrostami’s interests are in the area of catalysis for application in clean energy technologies including fuel cells, electrolyzers and batteries, which will all be important components of a sustainable energy economy. The overall objective of her research program is to use computational framework to gain atomic scale insight of the frontiers of existing catalyst materials toward reactions of importance for clean energy processes and ultimately designing more efficient catalysts for energy conversion and chemical production.

SLAC NEWS, Title: New Device Produces Hydrogen Peroxide for Water Purification, March 31st, 2017.

SCIENCE DAILY NEWS, Title: Converting CO2 into Useable Energy, March 1st, 2018.

STANFORD NEWS, Title: A Solar Purifier Creates its Own Disinfectant from Water and Sunlight, June 22nd, 2018.

Available Research Opportunities

Dr. Siahrostami’s research group is looking for enthusiastic undergraduate and graduate students interested in atomic scale modeling of the reactions at catalyst surfaces. Immediate graduate (MSc and PhD) positions and summer project for undergraduates are available. Interested applicants please send your CV, transcripts, and contact information for two references to Postdoctoral researchers eligible for external funding are welcome to contact the PI for opportunities.

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