University of Calgary

Samira Siahrostami

  • Associate Professor
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Theoretical Chemistry


Dr. Samira Siahrostami joined Department of Chemistry at the University of Calgary as an Assistant Professor in October 2018. Her previous professional appointments include:

-Research Engineer (2016-2018), SUNCAT Center for Interface Science and Catalysis, Department of Chemical Engineering,Stanford University working with Professor Jens Nørskov,

-Postdoctoral Researcher (2014-2016), SUNCAT Center for Interface Science and Catalysis, Department of Chemical Engineering,Stanford University working with Professor Jens Nørskov,

-Postdoctoral Researcher (2011-2013), Center for Atomic-scale Material Design (CAMd), Technical University of Denmark, working Professor Jan Rossmeisl.

Selected Publications

For full list of publications please visit Dr. Siahrostami’s Google Scholar

1- 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. Nature Materials 2013, 12 (12), 1137–1143. [DOI]

2- Shi, X.; Siahrostami, S.; Li, G.; Zhang, Y.; Chakthranont, P.; Studt, F.; Jaramillo, T.F.; Zheng, X.; Nørskov, J. K. Nature Communications 2017, 8 (1), 701. [DOI]

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. Nature Catalysis 2018, 1, 156–162. [DOI]

Catalysis for Sustainable Energy

Dr. Siahrostami’s group is part of Global Research Initiative (GRI) in Sustainable Low Carbon Unconventional Resources with the mission to improve hydrocarbon recovery, while reducing harmful emissions and energy intensity. Her research focus is on the area of computational catalysis for application in clean energy technologies including fuel cells, electrolyzers and batteries, which will all be important components of a sustainable energy economy. Her group uses ab initio computational framework such as density functional theory (DFT) togain atomic scale understanding 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.

Related Stories

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: Asolar Purifier Creates its own Disinfectant from Water and Sunlight, June 22nd, 2018.

Available Research Opportunities

Dr. Siahrostami’s group is looking to fill several PhD, master and postdoctoral positions to apply ab initio DFT calculations for mechanistic understanding and designing materials for catalyzing reactions such as

- oxygen reduction reaction for fuel cell application,

- oxygen evolution reactions for hydrogen production,

- CO2 reduction reaction for producing value-added chemicals,

- electrochemical synthesis of hydrogen peroxide for water treatment

All of which are important reactions for application in renewable energy technologies and environmental protection.

Interested applicants please send your CV, transcripts, and contact information for two references to Postdoctoral positions are available.

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