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QIS profile: Ali Passian

Ali Passian studies the physics of sensing and imaging. In this role, Ali explores how new or better sensors can be developed to enable higher sensitivity, detection limit, and resolution for studying complex materials. This field of study applies to a broad class of materials of current interest such as biomass, bacteria, and environmental gases and chemicals.     

Substantial institutional investments in equipment and facilities, as well as  recent increases in federal funding from the Department of Energy and other agencies, have positioned Ali and his colleagues for rapid growth and success.

Prior to joining ORNL in 2000, Ali had worked at Fysikum at Stockholm University. He earned his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. His other research interests and focus areas include computational physics.

In his spare time, Ali enjoys spending time with family and visiting relatives and friends.

Read more about Ali’s career and research here.

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