Alireza Z. Moshfegh received his Ph.D. in Physics (Experimental Surface Physics) from the University of Houston, Texas (USA) in 1990. After two years postdoc. work at Texas Center for Superconductivity at the University of Houston (TCSUH), he joined Physics Department at the Sharif University of Technology (SUT) in Tehran, Iran. He became full professor in Physics in 2005 and then was elected as chairman of Physics Department at SUT from 2006 to 2009. He is a key founder, President/vice president of several national societies namely Vacuum Science and Technology, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Surface Science and Technology as well as Condensed Matter of Physics Society of Iran. Professor Moshfegh became the top outstanding physics researcher of Iran in 2011. He has established a group called NEST ( in the Sharif University of Technology in 2011. NEST represents his group activities on the following multidisciplinary fields namely: Nano, Energy, Surface and, Thin films with the emphasis on Solar Energy conversion and applications of efficient nanostructured materials.

He was elected as the first Chair of Surface and Interface Physics in Iran by National Science Foundation in 2015. He has been also elected as a distinguished professor of the Sharif University of Technology in 2018. His current research interests focus on the synthesis, characterization and application of nanostructures and post-graphene low-dimensional materials in particular novel 2D transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) and graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4) for clean energy production, such as H2 via photoelectrochemical water splitting reaction, and environmental remediation, including photodegradation of toxic wastes and industrial dyes as well as CO2 reduction to useful chemicals by applying solar energy radiation. In recent years, his group also involves designing appropriate photocatalyst materials for the mentioned reactions using band structure calculations by Density Functional Theory (DFT). He has published about 140 research articles and several review papers and book chapters with about 3800 citations as well as co-edited a book entitled "Physics and Technology of Thin Films" published by World Scientific in 2004.