Reza Montazami

Reza Montazami

Assistant Professor


PhD, Materials Science and Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2011
MS, Materials Science and Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2009
BS, Physics and Astronomy, Virginia Tech, 2007


Lab Website

Areas of Interest

Smart Materials and Structures
Functional Thin-Films (Energy Harvesting, Sensors and Actuators)
Polymer-Metal Nanocomposites (Green Energy)
Nature-Inspired Soft Microrobotics (Biomedical Devices and Military Applications)

Selected Publications

  • R. Montazami, D. Wang, J.R. Heflin, “Influence of -ionic polymer-metal composite structure on the electromechanical performance of ionic electroactive polymer actuators”, Journal of Smart and Nano Materials, Invited, (to appear).
  • R. Montazami, C. Spillmann, J. Naciri, B. Ratna, “Enhanced mechanical properties of a nematic liquid crystal elastomer doped with gold nanoparticles”, Sensors and Actuators A: Physical, (to appear).
  • R. Montazami, S. Liu, Y. Liu, D. Wang, Q. Zhang, J.R. Heflin, “Thickness dependence of curvature, strain, and response time in ionic electroactive polymer actuators fabricated via layer-by-layer assembly”, Journal of Applied Physics, 109, 104301 (2011).
  • R. Montazami, V. Jain, J.R. Heflin, “High contrast asymmetric solid state electrochromic devices based on layer-by-layer deposition of Polyaniline and Poly(aniline sulfonic acid)”, Electrochemica Acta, 56, 990-994 (2010).
  • S. Liu*, R. Montazami*, Y. Liu, V. Jain, M. Lin, X. Zhou, J.R. Heflin, Q.M. Zhang, “Influence of the conductor network composites on the electromechanical performance of ionic polymer conductor network composite actuators”, Sensors and Actuators A: Physical, 157, 267-275 (2010).*Equal Contributors
  • Y. Liu, S. Liu, J. Lin, D. Wang, V. Jain, R. Montazami, J. Heflin, J. Li, L. Madsen, Q. Zhang, “Ion transport and storage of ionic liquids in ionic polymer conductor network composites”, Applied Physics Letters, 96, 223503:1-3 (2010).
  • N. Hashemi, R. Montazami, “Basins of attraction of tapping mode atomic force microscopy with capillary force interactions”, Applied Physics Letters, 94, 251902:1-3 (2009).
  • S. Liu*, R. Montazami*, Y. Liu, V. Jain, M. Lin, J. Heflin, Q. Zhang, “Layer-by-layer self-assembled conductor network composites in ionic polymer metal composite actuators with high strain response”, Applied Physics Letters, 95, 023505:1-3 (2009). *Equal Contributors
  • V. Jain, R. Sahoo, S.P. Mishra, J. Sinha, R. Montazami, H.M. Yochum, J.R. Heflin, A. Kumar, “Synthesis and characterization of regioregular water-soluble 3,4-Propylenedioxythiophene derivative and its application in the fabrication of high-contrast solid-state electrochromic devices”, Macromolecules, 42, 135-140 (2009).
  • V. Jain, M. Khiterer, R. Montazami, H. Yochum, K. Shea, J. Heflin, “High-contrast solid-state electrochromic devices of Viologen-Bridged Polysilsesquioxane nanoparticles fabricated by layer-by-layer assembly”, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 1, 83-89 (2009).
  • B. Alfeeli, S. Ali, V. Jain, R. Montazami, J. Heflin, M. Agah, “MEMS-based gas chromatography columns with nano-structured stationary phases”, 2008 IEEE Sensors, 728-731, (2008).
  • V. Jain, H.M. Yochum, R. Montazami, J.R. Heflin, L.B. Hu, G. Gruner, “Modification of single-walled carbon nanotube electrodes by layer-by-layer assembly for electrochromic devices”, Journal of Applied Physics, 103, 074504:1-5 (2008).
  • V. Jain, H. Yochum, R. Montazami, J. Heflin, “Millisecond switching in solid state electrochromic polymer devices fabricated from ionic self-assembled multilayers”, Applied Physics Letters, 92, 033304:1-3 (2008).
  • V. Jain, R. Sahoo, J.R. Jinschek, R. Montazami, H.M. Yochum, F.L. Beyer, A. Kumar, J.R. Heflin, “High contrast solid state electrochromic devices based on Ruthenium Purple nanocomposites fabricated by layer-by-layer assembly”, Chemical Communications, 3663-3665 (2008).
  • V. Jain, H. Yochum, H. Wang, R. Montazami, M.A.V. Hurtado, A. Mendoza-Galvan, H.W. Gibson, J.R. Heflin, “Solid-state electrochromic devices via ionic self-assembled multilayers (ISAM) of a polyviologen”, Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics, 209, 150-157 (2008).

Reza Montazami

Assistant Professor
2094 Black Engineering
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011