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Dr Reza Kashtiban

PhD, MPhys (Hons)

Assistant Professor




I am an experimental physicist and material scientist with particular interest on the study of structural and compositional properties of nanomaterials by means of advanced Transmission Electron Microscopy. I have extensive experience in applying Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy (EELS) technique both in Plasmon and core loss regimes to study compositional properties of nanostructured materials. I also specialise in phase restoration by Exit Wave Reconstruction of Focal Series.

My current research involves structural and compositional characterisation of nanostrucured carbon based materials, carbon nanotubes and atomically thin confined extreme nanowires. I have also expertise on the study of porous materials, graphene, functionalised graphene and other 2D materials, complex oxides, metal organic frameworks (MOFS), phase change memory devices and thermoelectric materials using various advanced aberration corrected electron microscopy techniques.

I have been working as a named material scientist and electron microscopist within a number EPSRC funded programme grants.

>Nanocrystals As a Route to Silicon Optics (NCRSO)

>Silicon Emission Technologies Based on Nanocrystals (SETBN)

>Warwick Centre for Analystcal Science (WCAS)

>Complex Nanostructures by Supercritical Fluid Electrodeposition (SCFED)

>Advanced Devices by ElectroPlaTing (ADEPT)

>Crystallography and Functional Evolution of Atomically Thin Confined Nanowires (CRAFTINNANO)


I have collaborated with several research groups, worldwide: For Er-doped Si nanocrystals structure Dr Andy Knight, McMaster University (Canada), Dr Russell Gwilliam University of Surrey, Prof. Matthew Halsall the University of Manchester. In the study of InAs/GaAs quantum dots Prof. Mohamed Missous, the University of Manchester and SuperSTEM team. For the gallium nitride-based materials Prof. David Mowbray the University of Sheffield and Dr Anabela Rolo University of Minho in Portugal for the Ge and SiGe nanocrystals in alumina and silica systems.


Teaching in Midland Physics Alliance Graduate School (MPAGS). I also teach part of the physics “Introduction to Microscopy” course.


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alternating fluorinated graphene

phase of chair-C2F

Pd/TiO2 catalysts

Pd catalysts particls on TiO2

ewr-of-graphene.pngReconstructed phase of experimental HRTEM of graphen


STEM-ADF image of Perovskites La0.5Sm0.5CrO3


STEM-ABF image of Perovskites La0.5Sm0.5CrO3

Unzipping graphene sheet under electron beam in an AC-TEM

EELS core loss

strain map

EELS plasmon


Reza Kashtiban
Department of Physics
University of Warwick
Gibbet Hill Road
Coventry CV4 7AL

telephone +44 (0)2476 5 22054