Anasori Research Laboratory 

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis


Principal Investigator


Babak Anasori, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
email: banasori[at]


About Dr. Anasori: 

Dr. Babak Anasori received his PhD at Drexel University in 2014 in the Materials Science and Engineering Department, the birthplace of MXenes. Before joining Purdue School of Engineering & Technology, he was a Research Assistant Professor at the A.J. Drexel Nanomaterials Institute and Materials Science and Engineering at Drexel University from 2016 to 2019. Babak is one of the inventors of a family of MXenes, ordered double-transition metal MXenes, as a result of his postdoctoral research, which was featured as one of the 2015's "biggest moments in chemistry" by the American Chemical Society.

Dr. Anasori's current research focuses on the synthesis and characterizations of novel MXenes and their metal and ceramic composites. He is one of the top five trending authors in the field of Materials Science and Nanotechnology in the world (Microsoft Academic) and among the Global Highly Cited Researchers 2019, 2020, and 2021 recognized by the Web of Science. Dr. Anasori has received several national and international awards and recognition for his research and artistic way of presenting science, including NSF/Science Visualization Challenge in 2011 and 2013, Diamond ranking in ACerS Graduate Excellence in Materials Science (GEMS) in 2012, Materials Research Society (MRS) Postdoctoral Award in 2016, Emerging Leaders of 2020 by the Journal of Physics, Condensed Matter, and Drexel Forty-under-Forty in 2021. [Honors and Awards]

Dr. Anasori has originated and organized multiple international student competitions, including NanoArtography and Science in Video (SciVid) in the MRS Fall Meetings. He is currently the chair of the Early Careers Subcommittee of the Materials Research Society (MRS).

Ph.D. Students


Kartik Nemani

StudyingPhD in Mechanical Engineering

Education: M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, The University of Toledo


email: snemani[at]



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Brian Wyatt

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellow

Studying: PhD in Mechanical Engineering

Education: Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

email: bcwyatt[at]


Visiting Ph.D. Students


Syedah Afsheen Zahra

Studying: PhD in Physics

email: azsyedah[at]

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Mostafa Dadashi Firouzjaei

Studying: Studying: PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Alabama

Education: M.S. in Environmental Engineering, University of Alabama

M.S. in Material Science and Engineering, Sharif University of Technology

Bachelor of Science in Material Science & Engineering, Iran University of Science & Technology

email: mdfirouzjaei[at]



Undergraduate Students

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Harpreet Kaur

Studying: Bachelor of Science in Biology, Minor: Chemistry


email: hk79[at]

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Yooran Im

Studying: Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Minor: Mathematics and Business


email: yooim[at]

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Wyatt Highland 

Studying: Bachelor of Science in Energy Engineering


email: whighlan[at]

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Krista Pulley

Studying: Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

                    Bachelor of Science in Biology 


email: kkpulley[at]

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Karis Bernstein 

Studying: Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering



email: kqdavis[at]

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Annabelle Harding

Studying: Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering



email:  annhardi[at]

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Edwin Quiñones Cruz

Studying: Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering



email: edquinon[at]