Dr. Ashkan Salamat


The central theme of my research has been to utilize unique thermodynamic pathways to unlock remarkable new chemistries or drive physical phenomenon that would be unachievable by any other means, leading to materials that do not exist naturally in nature. This is often achieved in the laboratory by utilizing extreme scales of pressure, temperature and time. Much of my interests originate from my background as a chemist and extending this into understanding the fundamental physics of such systems. I am committed to tackling global issues such as climate change by designing novel materials that have the potential to completely revolutionize materials science and to completely change the world. My work on high-temperature superconductivity is supported by a 2019 Early Career award from the Department of Energy, a first for the state of Nevada.

I joined the Department of Physics and Astronomy here at UNLV at the end of 2015 having completed my second postdoc position at Harvard University, under the mentorship of Isaac Silvera, working on warm dense hydrogen. I completed my Ph.D. at the University College London in 2010 under the supervision of Paul F. McMillan, where I was introduced to the world of high-pressure science.


Condensed Matter; Crystallography; Spectroscopy; High Temperature Photonics; Synchrotron Techniques


Postdoctoral Researcher, Harvard University, MA

Postdoctoral Researcher, European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, Grenoble, FR

Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, University of College London, London, UK

MSci., Chemistry, Imperial College, London, UK