Mohammad Amdad Ali

Mohammad Amdad Ali
Mohammad Amdad Ali
Research Scientist
(217) 244-3407
148 Seitz Materials Research Lab


  • B.S. Chemistry, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh (2008)
  • M.S. Advanced Materials Engineering, Kookmin University, South Korea (2010)
  • Ph.D. Materials Chemistry, University of Queensland, Australia (2015)

Academic Positions

  • 2019 – Present MRL Staff, Illinois Materials Research Lab, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 2015 – 2019 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 2012 – 2015 Graduate Research Assistant, Centre for Organic Photonics & Electronics, University of Queensland, Australia
  • 2011 – 2012 Lecturer in Chemistry, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Bangladesh
  • 2008 – 2010 Graduate Research Assistant, Center for Materials and Processes of Self-Assembly, Kookmin University, South Korea

Research Statement

My research interests are focused on the things that happen at interfaces between molecules and how molecules pack into thin films. I have extensive experience to probe and model the diffusion of small molecules or ions within thin films and elucidate the diffusion coefficient. I mostly work with stimuli-responsive soft materials (e.g. polymers, colloids, and gels) system. To gain spatial correlations between local structure and material properties, I perform various characterization techniques, such as spectroscopic (ellipsometry, UV-Vis, Raman, FTIR, DRIFTS, ATR, fluorescence), x-ray analysis (XPS, XRD, XRF, SAXS), thermal analysis (TGA, DSC), light scattering (zetasizer) and mechanical analysis (DMA, rheology). This structure-property relationship of materials is crucial to guide the design of emergent soft materials.

Selected Articles in Journals

  • M. A. Ali, T. H. Tsai, P. V. Braun. Amplified Detection of Chemical Warfare Agents using 2D Chemical Potential Gradients. ACS Omega 3 (2018) 14665
  • M. A. Ali, K. H. Wu, J. E. McEwan, J. G. Lee. Translated structural morphology of conductive polymer nanofilms synthesized by vapor phase polymerization. Synthetic Metals 244 (2018) 113
  • T. H. Tsai, M. A. Ali, Z. Jiang and P. V. Braun. “Dynamic gradient directed molecular transport and concentration in hydrogel films” Angewandte Chemie International Edition 56 (2017) 5001
  • M. A. Ali, S. Shoaee, S. Q. Fan, P. L. Burn, I. R. Gentle, P. Meredith, P. E. Shaw “Detection of explosive vapours with a porous polymer film: the roles of vapour and exciton diffusion” ChemPhysChem 17(2016)3350 (received cover profile and cover page)
  • M. A. Ali, Y. Geng, H. Cavaye, P. L. Burn, I. R. Gentle, P. Meredith, P. E. Shaw “Molecular versus exciton diffusion in fluorescence-based explosive vapour sensors” Chemical Communications 51 (2015) 17406
  • K. H. Wu, H. H. Cheng, M. A. Ali, I. Blakey, K. Jack, I. R. Gentle, D. W. Wang “Electron-beam writing of deoxygenated micro-patterns on graphene oxide film” Carbon 9 (2015) 738
  • Y. Geng, M. A. Ali, A. J. Clulow, P. L Burn, I. R. Gentle, P. Meredith, P. E. Shaw “Selectively detection of explosives using fluorescent dendrimer” Nature Communications 6:8240 (2015)
  • M. A. Ali, S. S. Y. Chen, H. Cavaye, A. R. G Smith, P. L. Burn, I. R. Gentle, P. Meredith, P. E. Shaw. Diffusion of nitroaromatic vapours (explosive) into fluorescent dendrimer films for explosives detection. Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical 210 (2015) 550
  • M. A. Ali, M. R. Idris, M. E. Quayum. Fabrication of ZnO nanoparticles by solution-combustion method for the photocatalytic degradation of organic dye. Journal of Nanostructure in Chemistry 3:36 (2013) 1
  • M. A. Ali, M. R. Rahman, and A. M. S. Alam. Use of EDTA-grafted anion-exchange resin for the separation of selective heavy metal ions. Analytical Chemistry Letters 3:3 (2013) 199
  • M. A. Ali, H. H. Kim, C. Y. Lee, H. S. Nam, J. G. Lee. Effects of iron(III) p-toluenesulfonate hexahydrate oxidant on the growth of conductive poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) nanofilms by vapor phase polymerization. Synthetic Metals 161 (2011) 1347
  • M. A. Ali, H. H. Kim, K. H. Jeong, H. S. Soh, J. G. Lee. Effects of solvents on poly(3,4- ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) thin films deposited on a (3-aminopropyl) trimethoxysilane (APS) monolayer by vapor phase polymerization. Electronic Materials Letters 6 (2010) 17
  • M. A. Ali, H. H. Kim, K. H. Jeong, H. S. Soh, H. S. Nam, J. G. Lee, E. G. Lee. Application of tosylatedoped poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) films into bottom contact pentacene organic thin film transistors (OTFTs). Thin Solid Films 518 (2010) 6315
  • M. A. Ali, H. H Kim, C. H. Lee, H. S Soh, J. B Lee. Effects of the FeCl3 concentration on the polymerization of conductive poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) thin films on (3-aminopropyl) trimethoxysilane monolayer-coated SiO2 surface. Metals and Materials International 15 (2009) 977


  • P. V. Braun and M. A. Ali “Potential Gradient Amplified Detection of Chemical Agents". U.S. Patent No. US 10,775,337 B2, Sep 15, 2020


  • University of Queensland Centennial Scholarship awarded by University of Queensland (2012)
  • International Postgraduate Research Scholarship awarded by Australian Government (2012)
  • Korea Science and Engineering Foundation fellowship awarded by Ministry of Science and Technology, Republic of Korea (2008)