“ I am now trying to understand which position is a good fit for me and my career goals and is located in a place where I enjoy spending time. This is indeed a very tough decision to make," says Nooshin Mortazavi who currently works at the Division of Materials Microstructure at the Department of Physics at Chalmers.
One choice is a grant from the Wenner-Gren Foundation to carry out research on "High Temperature Thermoelectrics Based on Natural Superlattice Oxides" in John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Science at Harvard University, Boston, USA. The project that Nooshin Mortazavi has proposed to carry out at Harvard comes with an ambitious goal: conversion of large amounts of waste heat to electricity using an intriguing but poorly characterized class of still-developing high-temperature ceramics, known as natural superlattices (NSLs).
In this program, she will spend up to three years abroad, followed by two years of research at Chalmers. This fellowship is the Wenner-Gren Foundation’s most exclusive program where only five candidates are chosen in Sweden from different fields of research.
Nooshin Mortazavi has also been selected as one of the Wallenberg’s fellows of a postdoctoral scholarship program at Stanford University, California, USA. This grant supports her to make an impact on the solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) research in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University. In this program she will spend two years at Stanford, followed by two years of research at Chalmers.
"I plan to expand my research horizon from metallic materials to ceramics with various applications in emerging renewable energy technologies such as thermoelectric materials and SOFCs. It is a privilege to be in a situation where I can choose, even though it is hard to decide. Apparently, it is not possible to perform two projects in the east and west coast of the US simultaneously…"
In August 2018 Nooshin Mortazavi was also granted a scholarship of 135 000 SEK from the Barbro Osher Foundation. The grant will help cover research costs.
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Nooshin Mortazavi defended her doctoral thesis at the Department of Physics at Chalmers on 21 December 2017. Read the abstract here.
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