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Amir Sheikhi

Assistant Professor

Affiliation(s):

  • Chemical Engineering

413 Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Building

sheikhi@psu.edu

814-863-7564

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Research Areas:

Biotechnology and Synthetic Biology; Energy and Environment; Interfaces and Surfaces; Materials and Nanotechnology; Separations and Transport

Interest Areas:

Micro- and nanoengineered soft materials for medicine and the environment; microfluidic-enabled biomaterials for tissue engineering and regeneration; living materials; next-generation bioadhesives, tissue sealants, and hemostatic agents; hydrogels for minimally invasive medical technologies; self-healing and adaptable soft materials; smart coatings; hairy nanocelluloses as an emerging family of advanced materials

 
 

 

Education

  • BSc, Chemical Engineering, University of Tehran, 2008
  • MSc, Chemical Engineering, University of Tehran, 2010
  • PhD, Chemical Engineering, McGill University, 2015
  • PDF, Chemistry, McGill University, 2016
  • PDF, Engineering in Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology, 2017
  • PDF, Bioengineering, The University of California, Los Angeles, 2019

Publications

Book, Chapters

  • Amir Sheikhi, 2019, Emerging cellulose-based nanomaterials and nanocomposites, Elsevier, pp. 307--351
  • Hasan Jafari, Amir Sheikhi and Rahmat Sotudeh-Gharebagh, 2017, Sequential-based process modelling of a circulating fluidized bed reactor, Elsevier, pp. 109--114

Journal Articles

  • Elham Davoodi, Hossein Montazerian, Reihaneh Haghniaz, Armin Rashidi, Samad Ahadian, Amir Sheikhi, Jun Chen, Ali Khademhosseini, Abbas S Milani, Mina Hoorfar and others, 2020, "3D-Printed Ultra-Robust Surface-Doped Porous Silicone Sensors for Wearable Biomonitoring", ACS Nano
  • Nureddin Ashammakhi, Anwarul Hasan, Outi Kaarela, Batzaya Byambaa, Amir Sheikhi, Akhilesh K Gaharwar and Ali Khademhosseini, 2019, "Advancing frontiers in bone bioprinting", Advanced healthcare materials, 8, (7), pp. 1801048
  • Mayuko Uehara, Xiaofei Li, Amir Sheikhi, Nooshin Zandi, Brian Walker, Bahram Saleh, Naima Banouni, Liwei Jiang, Farideh Ordikhani, Li Dai and others, 2019, "Anti-IL-6 eluting immunomodulatory biomaterials prolong skin allograft survival", Scientific reports, 9, (1), pp. 1--13
  • Nureddin Ashammakhi, Anwarul Hasan, Outi Kaarela, Batzaya Byambaa, Amir Sheikhi, Akhilesh K Gaharwar and Ali Khademhosseini, 2019, "Bone Bioprinting: Advancing Frontiers in Bone Bioprinting (Adv. Healthcare Mater. 7/2019)", Advanced Healthcare Materials, 8, (7), pp. 1970030
  • Samson Afewerki, Amir Sheikhi, Soundarapandian Kannan, Samad Ahadian and Ali Khademhosseini, 2019, "Gelatin-polysaccharide composite scaffolds for 3D cell culture and tissue engineering: Towards natural therapeutics", Bioengineering \& translational medicine, 4, (1), pp. 96--115
  • Nureddin Ashammakhi, Samad Ahadian, Mohammad Ali Darabi, Mario El Tahchi, Junmin Lee, Kasinan Suthiwanich, Amir Sheikhi, Mehmet R Dokmeci, Rahmi Oklu and Ali Khademhosseini, 2019, "Hall of Fame Article: Minimally Invasive and Regenerative Therapeutics (Adv. Mater. 1/2019)", Advanced Materials, 31, (1), pp. 1970005
  • Amir Sheikhi, Donatella Di Lisa, Joseph de Rutte, Outman Akouissi, Dino Di Carlo and Ali Khademhosseini, 2019, "Microengineered Emulsion-to-Powder Technology for the High-Fidelity Preservation of Molecular, Colloidal, and Bulk Properties of Hydrogel Suspensions", ACS Applied Polymer Materials, 1, (8), pp. 1935--1941
  • Amir Sheikhi, Joseph de Rutte, Reihaneh Haghniaz, Outman Akouissi, Alireza Sohrabi, Dino Di Carlo and Ali Khademhosseini, 2019, "Microfluidic-enabled bottom-up hydrogels from annealable naturally-derived protein microbeads", Biomaterials, 192, pp. 560--568
  • Nureddin Ashammakhi, Samad Ahadian, Mohammad Ali Darabi, Mario El Tahchi, Junmin Lee, Kasinan Suthiwanich, Amir Sheikhi, Mehmet R Dokmeci, Rahmi Oklu and Ali Khademhosseini, 2019, "Minimally invasive and regenerative therapeutics", Advanced Materials, 31, (1), pp. 1804041
  • Amir Sheikhi, Joseph de Rutte, Reihaneh Haghniaz, Outman Akouissi, Alireza Sohrabi, Dino Di Carlo and Ali Khademhosseini, 2019, "Modular microporous hydrogels formed from microgel beads with orthogonal thermo-chemical responsivity: Microfluidic fabrication and characterization", MethodsX, 6, pp. 1747--1752
  • Amir Sheikhi, Joel Hayashi, James Eichenbaum, Mark Gutin, Nicole Kuntjoro, Danial Khorsandi and Ali Khademhosseini, 2019, "Recent advances in nanoengineering cellulose for cargo delivery", Journal of controlled release, 294, pp. 53--76
  • Reza Mohammadinejad, Hajar Maleki, Larra\~neta, Eneko, Fajardo, Andr\'e R, Amirala Bakhshian Nik, Amin Shavandi, Amir Sheikhi, Mansour Ghorbanpour, Mehdi Farokhi, Praveen Govindh and others, 2019, "Status and future scope of plant-based green hydrogels in biomedical engineering", Applied Materials Today, 16, pp. 213--246
  • Ehsan Shirzaei Sani, Ahmad Kheirkhah, Devyesh Rana, Zhongmou Sun, William Foulsham, Amir Sheikhi, Ali Khademhosseini, Reza Dana and Nasim Annabi, 2019, "Sutureless repair of corneal injuries using naturally derived bioadhesive hydrogels", Science advances, 5, (3), pp. eaav1281
  • Amir Sheikhi, Ashok Kakkar, Van De Ven and Theo GM, 2018, "Biomimetic scale-resistant polymer nanocomposites: towards universal additive-free scale inhibition", Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 6, (22), pp. 10189--10195
  • Amir Sheikhi, van de Ven and Theo GM, 2018, "Colloidal starch and cellulose nanocrystals unite to improve the mechanical properties of paper: From enhanced coatings to reinforced nanocomposites", ACS Applied Nano Materials, 1, (4), pp. 1841--1852
  • Amir Sheikhi, Samson Afewerki, Rahmi Oklu, Akhilesh K Gaharwar and Ali Khademhosseini, 2018, "Effect of ionic strength on shear-thinning nanoclay--polymer composite hydrogels", Biomaterials science, 6, (8), pp. 2073--2083
  • Amir Sheikhi, 2018, "More than my publications", Science, 362, (6410), pp. 118--118
  • Amir Sheikhi, Ashok Kakkar, Van De Ven and Theo GM, 2018, "Nanoengineering colloidal and polymeric celluloses for threshold scale inhibition: towards universal biomass-based crystal modification", Materials Horizons, 5, (2), pp. 248--255
  • Amir Sheikhi, Adam LJ Olsson, Nathalie Tufenkji, Ashok Kakkar, Van De Ven and Theo GM, 2018, "Overcoming Interfacial Scaling Using Engineered Nanocelluloses: A QCM-D Study", ACS applied materials \& interfaces, 10, (40), pp. 34553--34560
  • Amir Sheikhi, Na Li, Mejls\oe, S\oren Leth, Enzo Bomal, Van De Ven, Theo GM and Ashok Kakkar, 2018, "Rational design of molecularly engineered biomimetic threshold scale inhibitors", Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 6, (47), pp. 24058--24065
  • Amir Sheikhi, van de Ven and Theo GM, 2017, "Colloidal aspects of Janus-like hairy cellulose nanocrystalloids", Current Opinion in Colloid \& Interface Science, 29, pp. 21--31
  • Elizabeth Ladd, Amir Sheikhi, Na Li, Van de Ven, Theo GM and Ashok Kakkar, 2017, "Design and synthesis of dendrimers with facile surface group functionalization, and an evaluation of their bactericidal efficacy", Molecules, 22, (6), pp. 868
  • Amir Sheikhi and TGM Van de Ven, 2017, "Squishy nanotraps: hybrid cellulose nanocrystal-zirconium metallogels for controlled trapping of biomacromolecules", Chemical Communications, 53, (62), pp. 8747--8750
  • Kan Yue, Xiuyu Li, Karsten Schrobback, Amir Sheikhi, Nasim Annabi, Jeroen Leijten, Weijia Zhang, Yu Shrike Zhang, Dietmar W Hutmacher, Travis J Klein and others, 2017, "Structural analysis of photocrosslinkable methacryloyl-modified protein derivatives", Biomaterials, 139, pp. 163--171
  • Amir Sheikhi, Ashok Kakkar, Van De Ven and Theo GM, 2016, "A leaf out of nature’s book: hairy nanocelluloses for bioinspired mineralization", Crystal Growth \& Design, 16, (8), pp. 4627--4634
  • Van De Ven, Theo GM and Amir Sheikhi, 2016, "Hairy cellulose nanocrystalloids: a novel class of nanocellulose", Nanoscale, 8, (33), pp. 15101--15114
  • Amir Sheikhi, H Yang, MN Alam and TGM van de Ven, 2016, "Highly Stable, Functional Hairy Nanoparticles and Biopolymers from Wood Fibers: Towards Sustainable Nanotechnology.", Journal of visualized experiments: JoVE, (113)
  • Amir Sheikhi and Reghan J Hill, 2016, "Hydrogel--colloid interfacial interactions: a study of tailored adhesion using optical tweezers", Soft matter, 12, (31), pp. 6575--6587
  • Han Yang, Amir Sheikhi, Van De Ven and Theo GM, 2016, "Reusable green aerogels from cross-linked hairy nanocrystalline cellulose and modified chitosan for dye removal", Langmuir, 32, (45), pp. 11771--11779
  • Amir Sheikhi, Van De Ven and Theo GM, 2016, "Trapping It Softly: Ultrasoft Zirconium Metallogels for Macromolecule Entrapment and Reconfiguration", ACS Macro Letters, 5, (8), pp. 904--908
  • Amir Sheikhi, Salman Safari, Han Yang, Van De Ven and Theo GM, 2015, "Copper removal using electrosterically stabilized nanocrystalline cellulose", ACS applied materials \& interfaces, 7, (21), pp. 11301--11308
  • Amir Sheikhi, Na Li, van de Ven, Theo GM and Ashok Kakkar, 2015, "Macromolecule based platform for developing tailor made formulations for scale inhibition", Environmental Science: Water Research \& Technology
  • Homa Hasanzadeh Shahrivar, Amir Sheikhi and Rahmat Sotudeh-Gharebagh, 2015, "On the flow direction effect in sequential modular simulations: A case study on fluidized bed biomass gasifiers", International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 40, (6), pp. 2552--2567
  • Hamid Asadi-Saghandi, Amir Sheikhi and Rahmat Sotudeh-Gharebagh, 2015, "Sequence-based process modeling of fluidized bed biomass gasification", ACS Sustainable Chemistry \& Engineering, 3, (11), pp. 2640--2651
  • Amir Sheikhi, van de Ven and Theo GM, 2015, "Sustainable synthesis of vaterite using a forest nano-product", Journal of Science \& Technology for Forest Products and Processes, pp. 62
  • Salman Safari, Amir Sheikhi, van de Ven and Theo GM, 2014, "Electroacoustic characterization of conventional and electrosterically stabilized nanocrystalline celluloses", Journal of colloid and interface science, 432, pp. 151--157
  • Amir Sheikhi, Rahmat Sotudeh-Gharebagh, Navid Mostoufi and Reza Zarghami, 2013, "Experimental investigation on the hydrodynamics of a gas--liquid--solid fluidized bed using vibration signature and pressure fluctuation analyses", International journal of heat and fluid flow, 42, pp. 190--199
  • Amir Sheikhi, Rahmat Sotudeh-Gharebagh, Navid Mostoufi and Reza Zarghami, 2013, "Frequency-based characterization of liquid--solid fluidized bed hydrodynamics using the analysis of vibration signature and pressure fluctuations", Powder technology, 235, pp. 787--796
  • Amir Sheikhi, Rahmat Sotudeh-Gharebagh, Reza Zarghami, Navid Mostoufi and Mehrdad Alfi, 2013, "Understanding bubble hydrodynamics in bubble columns", Experimental thermal and fluid science, 45, pp. 63--74
  • Amir Sheikhi, Rahmat Sotudeh-Gharebagh, Mehrdad Alfi, Navid Mostoufi and Reza Zarghami, 2012, "Hydrodynamic characterisation of liquid--solid two--phase fluidised beds: Vibration signature and pressure fluctuations analyses", The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering, 90, (6), pp. 1646--1653
  • Ali Eslami, Abolhasan Hashemi Sohi, Amir Sheikhi and Rahmat Sotudeh-Gharebagh, 2012, "Sequential modeling of coal volatile combustion in fluidized bed reactors", Energy \& fuels, 26, (8), pp. 5199--5209
  • Amir Sheikhi, Rahmat Sotudeh-Gharebagh, Ali Eslami and Abolhasan Hashemi Sohi, 2012, "Sequential modular simulation of ethanol production in a three-phase fluidized bed bioreactor", Biochemical engineering journal, 63, pp. 95--103
  • Abolhasan Hashemi Sohi, Ali Eslami, Amir Sheikhi and Rahmat Sotudeh-Gharebagh, 2012, "Sequential-based process modeling of natural gas combustion in a fluidized bed reactor", Energy \& fuels, 26, (4), pp. 2058--2067
  • S Soltanali, Y Ziaie-Shirkolaee, Gh Amoabediny, H Rashedi, Amir Sheikhi and P Chamanrokh, 2009, "Hydrodynamics and mass transfer performance of rotating sieved disc contactors used for reversed micellar extraction of protein", Chemical engineering science, 64, (10), pp. 2301--2306
  • AMIR SHEIKHI, ABEDINI GH AMOU, Hamid Rashedi, SHIRKOLAEI Y ZIAEI, ALI S SOLTAN and HAGHANI Z SHAMS, 2008, "Influence of fungal enzyme pre-treatment on totally chlorine-free (TCF) bleaching of dimethyl formamide bagasse pulp"
  • Hasan Jafari, Amir Sheikhi and Rahmat Sotudeh-Gharebagh, , "Sequential modular simulation of circulating fluidized bed reactors", The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering

Conference Proceedings

  • Ehsan Shirzaei Sani, Ahmad Kheirkhah, Devyesh Rana, William Foulsham, Afsaneh Amouzegar, Amir Sheikhi, Ali Khademhosseini, Reza Dana and Nasim Annabi, 2018, "Engineering an adhesive hydrogel for corneal sealing and regeneration", pp. 38--40
  • Rahmat Sotudeh-Gharebagh, Jamal Chaouki and Amir Sheikhi, 2012, "Environmentally Feasible Natural Gas Combustion in Fluidized Beds", 43

Other

  • Amir Sheikhi, 2014, "Colloidal particle-hydrogel interfacial interactions"

Research Projects

Honors and Awards

  • UNIFOR Global Research Fellow, Awarded by the Institute of International Education, Inc. (IIE), 2019
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2016 - 2019
  • Highlighted by Materials Today and Materials Science News-Elsevier: Beaded GelMA hydrogel outperforms bulk material, 2018
  • Featured on PHYS.ORG, ScienceDaily, EurekAlert! (American Association for the Advancement of Science, AAAS), eScience News, NANO Magazine, Technology Breaking News, myScience.org, Nanowerk, Technology-Nano, Technology.org, TMR Blog, McGill Newsroom, Genesis Nanotech, Science and Technology Research News, Techno-Science.net, Industrial WaterWorld, Vaaju, Water Technology magazine, and R&D magazine: Hairy nanotechnology provides green anti-scaling solution, 2018
  • Conference Presentation Awards (4 awards for best presentations), 2012 - 2017
  • Fonds de Recherche du Québec-Nature et Technologies (FRQNT) Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2016
  • The Marcus Wallenberg Delegate Award. Selected as one of the three Canadian delegates to attend the prestigious Marcus Wallenberg Prize (Informally known as the "Nobel Prize for Forestry") Ceremony, Young Researchers Symposium, and the Gala with the King and Queen of Sweden, including a travel award, 2016
  • McGill Engineering Doctoral Award, 2010 - 2014
  • McGill International Doctoral Awards, 2010 - 2014
  • The Lorne Trottier Engineering Graduate Fellow, 2010 - 2014
  • McGill Graduate Excellence Fellowship, 2010 - 2014
  • Best Doctorate Graduate Seminar Prize, 2013
  • McGill Graduate Excellence Award, 2012
  • Top graduate (top GPA) among all (about 100) M.Sc. students, 2010
  • IAChE (Iranian Association of Chemical Engineering) National Honor, 2009
  • Top 2% among all (about 100) B.Sc. students, 2008
  • F.O.E. (Faculty of Engineering) Top Student Award, 2008

Service

Service to Penn State:

  • Organizing Conferences and Service on Conference Committees, 2019

Service to External Organizations:

  • External Reviewer of Ph.D. Theses, 2019
  • Guest Editor of Special Issues for Peer-Reviewed Journals, 2017 - 2019
  • Conference Session Chair/Co-Chair, 2015 - 2019
  • Conference Organizer, 2014 - 2019
  • Peer reviewer of >30 Scientific Journals, 2012 - 2019
  • Member of American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), Materials Research Society (MRS), Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC), Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering (CSChE), Chemical Institute of Canada, Institute of Physics (IOP), Pulp and Paper Technical Association of Canada (PAPTAC), Sigma Xi McGill (The Canadian Interdisciplinary Research Society), 2010 - 2019
 


 

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