Maral Aminpour, PhD

“In Science, it is impossible to open up new territories unless one is prepared to leave the safe anchorage of established doctrine and run the risk of a hazardous leap.” – Werner Heisenberg

LinkedInResearch gatePersonal website

Maral is a research associate at Ingenuity Lab working on computational modeling and simulation of biological systems and Nano bio-inorganic hybrid interfaces. At Ingenuity Lab, she has the opportunity to collaborate closely with her experimental colleagues to obtain a better understanding of the biological systems under study.

Maral obtained her PhD in Physics from University of Central Florida in 2013. Her background is on computational condensed matter physics focusing on the analysis of electronic, dynamic, geometric and transport properties of nanostructures on surfaces.

In her free time, she enjoys doing yoga, watching movies, and spending time with her family and friends.


  • PhD., Physics, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, 2013. Dissertation Title: Theoretical Studies of Nanostructure Formation and Transport on Surfaces
  • MSc., Physics, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, 2010
  • MSc., Physics, University of Kashan, (joint research with Nanoparticles and Coating Lab, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran), 2006
  • BSc., Physics, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran, 2002


Research Associate (April 2015 – Present)

Dept. of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada

Supervisor: Dr. Carlo Montemagno

  • Postdoctoral Fellow (September 2014 – April 2015)

Dept. of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada

Supervisor: Dr. Carlo Montemagno

  • Graduate Research Assistant (January 2008 – December 2013)

Dept. of Physics, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, USA

Advisor: Dr. Talat S. Rahman

  • Instructor (June 2005-December 2007)

Dept. of Physics, Azad University of Karaj, Karaj, Iran

  • Graduate Researcher (September 2003-May 2005)

Dept. of Physics, University of Kashan, Kashan, Iran

Advisor: Dr. Mostafa Zahedifar/Dr. Nima Taghavinia

Research Interests:


  • Computational Nano Biophysics, Condensed Matter Physics.
  • Predictive modeling of functional materials.
  • Surface and hybrid interface characterization.
  • Structure and function of membrane proteins.
  • Analysis of electronic and geometric properties of nanostructures.
  • Chemisorption and Physisorption of organic molecules on surfaces.
  • Vibrational dynamics of the surfaces, nanostructures, complex systems.
  • Atomic and molecular scale electronic transport.
  • Surface diffusion and growth on flat, stepped and heteroepitaxial metal thin-films.

Research Techniques:

  • Molecular dynamics and molecular static based calculations.
  • Ab initio based (mainly on the density functional theory) calculations.
  • Non-equilibrium Green’s function (NEGF) based calculations.


  1. Hosna Jabbari, Maral Aminpour and Carlo Montemagno; “Computational Approaches to Nucleic Acid Origami,” ACS Comb. Sci., 17 (10), 535–547 (2015).
  2. M. Alcántara Ortigoza, M. Aminpour and T. S. Rahman; “Revisiting the surface properties of Mg(0001) thin films and their effect on the adatom binding energy and self-diffusion,” Surface Science 632, 14-19 (2015). 
  3. M. Alcántara Ortigoza, M. Aminpour and T. S. Rahman; “Friedel oscillations responsible for stacking fault of adatoms: The case of Mg(0001) and Be(0001),” Phys. Rev. B 84 91, 115401 (2015).
  4. D. Le, D. Sun, W. Lu, M. Aminpour, C. Wang, Q. Ma, T. S. Rahman, and L. Bartels, “Growth of aligned Mo6S6 nanowires on Cu(111),” Surface Science, 611, 1-4, 2013.
  5. D. Sun, W. Lu, D. Le, Q. Ma, M. Aminpour, M. Alcántara-Ortigoza, S. Bobek, J. Mann, J. Wyrick, T. S. Rahman, and L. Bartels, “An MoSx structure with high affinity for adsorbate interaction,” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 51, 10284 (2012).
  6. D. Le, M. Aminpour, A. Kiejna, and T. S. Rahman, “The role of van der Waals interaction in the tilted binding of amine molecules to the Au(111) surface,” J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 24, 222001 (2012). (IOPSELECT)
  7. M. Aminpour, O. Trushin and T. S. Rahman, “Effect of misfit dislocation on surface diffusion,” Phys. Rev. B 84, 035455 (2011).
  8. D. T. Restrepo, K. E. Giesler, R. A. Penabe, M. Aminpour, D. Le, T. S. Rahman, and R. G. Blair. “Heterogeneous metal-free hydrogenation over defect hexagonal Boron nitride,” (third revision in Science Journal-2014)
  9. Z. Chromcová, M. Hupalo, M. C. Tringides, M. Aminpour, M. Alcántara-Ortigoza, T. S. Rahman, and Z. Chvoj, “Controllable Mg film morphologies: DFT, kinetic Monte Carlo simulations and experiments on Mg films on stepped W(110) surfaces,” (submitted to Surface Science)
  10. M. Aminpour, O. Trushin, and T. S. Rahman, “Effect Anisotropy in surface diffusion due to proximity to misfit dislocation,” (first revision in IOP- J. Phys.: Condens. Matter-2014)
  11. M. Alcántara-Ortigoza, M. Aminpour, and T. S. Rahman, “Vibrational spectrum and stability of the long-debated models for the (√7×√7)R19 Phase of S/Cu(111),” (in preparation)
  12. M. Aminpour, D. Le, M. Alcántara-Ortigoza, and T. S. Rahman, “First-principle investigation of the stability and vibrational spectrum of MoSx nanostructures grown on Cu(111),” (in preparation)