We are studying the electronic structures of new and advanced materials. We are using synchrotron radiation to perform soft x-ray emission and absorption spectroscopy of systems like biomaterials, superconductors and transition metal compounds.

Niloofar Ketabi

Amy Gryba


  • University of Isfahan, Iran
    B.Sc. Physics (2006)

  • Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman,Iran
    M.Sc. Physics

  • University of Tehran,Iran
    Ph.D. Biophysics

  • University of Saskatchewan

Current Research

I received my bachelors degree in physics in 2006 and continued my masters research studying a theoretical model to point the propagation of cosmic ray particles in a simulated fractal medium. I then started my PhD at the Institute of Biophysics and Biochemistry in University of Tehran, Iran. My major research focus during my PhD was to determine the effects of electromagnetic radiation in UHF frequency range on nano pore forming channels substituted in an artificial lipid membrane. Currently I am working as a postdoctoral fellow in the Physics and Engineering Physics department at the University of Saskatchewan. My research involves the studying of a two-dimensional carbon structure, Graphene, both theoretically and experimentally using synchrotron radiation.

Growing the usage of graphene for technological, medical and industrial purposes brought a great demand to probe its electrical and atomic structure. Another current project is the study of Graphdiyne, which is a carbon allotrope containing sp and sp2 hybridized carbon atoms. The goal is to measure the band gap and to characterize the electronic structure of these materials in order to classify materials with a tunable band gap. Furthermore, knowledge of the characteristics of these materials using a precise method of X-ray absorption and emission is both necessary and beneficial to the design, modeling, and optimization of their practical aspects.