Ali Mostaed

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Ali has been working on the characterization of materials in the atomic and sub-atomic scale by advanced (scanning) transmission electron microscopy, (S)TEM. He joined the University of Oxford in Feb 2020 as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Quantitative (S)TEM and Phasing Methods. He is working with Prof. Angus I Kirkland and Prof. Peter D Nellist. Ali is carrying out research in the development of advanced (S)TEM quantification and phasing methods within the framework of a large European project (ESTEEM3). He will also support the experimental programs of external users in the David Cockayne Centre for Electron Microscopy (DCCEM) and the National electron Physical Sciences Imaging Centre (ePSIC) who have been awarded instrument time through transnational access.

Prior to joining Oxford, Ali was working with Prof. Ian M Reaney as a Research Associate in Advanced Transmission Electron Microscopy of Tunable Materials and Devices at the University of Sheffield, UK. Ali completed his PhD in Physics under supervision of Prof. Richard Beanland at the University of Warwick, UK. Prior to his PhD studies, he also completed his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees both in Materials Science and Engineering in Iran at Isfahan University of Technology and K.N. Toosi University of Technology, respectively.


Research interests: Atomic resolution (S)TEM/EELS/EDS, quantitative STEM, Ptychography, defects and interfaces.


Peer Reviewed Journals

  • Related to aberration corrected STEM:
  1. Characterizing oxygen atoms in perovskite and pyrochlore oxides using ADF-STEM at a resolution of a few tens of picometers, Acta Materialia 208, 116717 (2021).
  2. Atomic structure study of the pyrochlore Yb2Ti2O7 and its relationship with low-temperature magnetic order, Physical Review B 95, 094431 (2017).
  3. Electron-irradiation induced defects in Yb2Ti2.05O7, Acta Materialia 143, 291 (2018).
  4. Atomic structure and interface chemistry in a high-stiffness and high-strength Al–Si–Mg/TiB2 nanocomposite, Materials Science and Engineering A 763, 138072 (2019).
  • Others:
  1. Improved biocompatibility of Zn–Ag-based stent materials by microstructure refinement, Acta Biomaterialia 145, 416-426 (2022).
  2. Enhanced cryogenic and ambient temperature mechanical properties of CoCuFeMnNi high entropy alloy through controlled heat treatment, Journal of Alloys and Compounds 910, 164810 (2022).
  3. High discharge energy density in novel K1/2Bi1/2TiO3-BiFeO3 based relaxor ferroelectrics, Journal of the European Ceramic Society 42, 7381-7387 (2022).
  4. Ultrahigh energy density in short-range tilted NBT-based lead-free multilayer ceramic capacitors by nanodomain percolation, Energy Storage Materials 38, 113-120 (2021).
  5. Origin of improved tunability and loss in N2 annealed barium strontium titanate films, Physical Review Materials 4, 094410 (2020).
  6. Superior energy density through tailored dopant strategies in multilayer ceramic capacitors, Energy & Environmental Science 13, 2938-2948 (2020).
  7. Fatigue resistant lead-free multilayer ceramic capacitors with ultrahigh energy density, Journal of Material Chemistry A 8, 11414-11423 (2020).
  8. Towards revealing key factors in mechanical instability of bioabsorbable Zn-based alloys for intended vascular stenting, Acta Biomaterialia 105, 319-335 (2020).
  9. Wear induced ripplocation during dry sliding wear of TiC-based composite, Wear 444-445, 203121 (2020).
  10. Synthesis and microstructural evolution in ternary metalloceramic Ti3SiC2 consolidated via the Maxthal 312 powder route, Ceramics International 46, 15342-15356 (2020).
  11. Tailoring the mechanical and degradation performance of Mg-2.0Zn-0.5Ca-0.4Mn alloy through microstructure design, JOM 72, 1880-1891, (2020).
  12. High quality factor cold sintered Li2MoO4BaFe12O19 composites for microwave applications, Acta Materialia 166, 202-207 (2019).
  13. High electromechanical response in the non morphotropic phase boundary piezoelectric system PbTiO3-Bi(Zr1/2Ni1/2)O3, Physical Review B 97, 224109 (2018).
  14. High strain (0.4%) Bi(Mg2/3Nb1/3)O3‐BaTiO3‐BiFeO3 lead‐free piezoelectric ceramics and multilayers, Journal of the American Ceramic Society 101, 5428-5442 (2018).
  15. Fabrication, mechanical properties and in vitro degradation behavior of newly developed Zn-Ag alloys for degradable implant applications, Materials Science and Engineering C 77, 1170-1181 (2017).
  16. Novel Zn-based alloys for biodegradable stent applications: Design, development and in vitro degradation, Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials 60, 581-602 (2016).
  17. Effect of reinforcing particle type on morphology and age-hardening behavior of Al–4.5 wt.% Cu based nanocomposites synthesized through mechanical milling, Materials Characterization 76, 76-82 (2013).
  18. Investigation on preparation of Al–4.5%Cu/SiCp nanocomposite powder via mechanical milling, Powder Technology 221, 278-283 (2012).
  19. Preparation of nanostructured Al-4.5wt%Mg powder via mechanical alloying process, Journal of Nano Research 13, 1-5 (2011).
  20. Effects of milling time and impact force on the mutual diffusion of Cu and Fe during synthesis of nanostructured Fe-50%Cu alloy via mechanical alloying process, Defect and Diffusion Forum 297-301, 1262-1266 (2010).
  21. The Influence of milling time and impact force on the mutual diffusion of Al and Cu during synthesis of Al-4.5wt%Cu alloy via mechanical alloying, Defect and Diffusion Forum 283-286, 494-498 (2009).
  22. Effect of SiC particles volume fraction on the mutual diffusion of Al and Cu during fabrication of Al-4.5wt%Cu/SiC via mechanical alloying, Defect and Diffusion Forum 283-286, 499-503 (2009).


PhD Thesis


  • Spectroscopy with the (S)TEM



  • EDS in SEM in "Advanced Characterization of Materials" module

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