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Personal profile


I received my B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and a PhD in Electronics Engineering-Nanotechnology. I am a Lecturer at the School of Engineering, Ulster University, UK since January 2019. Before joining the Ulster University, I worked at the Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid - ICMM - CSIC from 2012 to 2015, Department of Physics at Durham University from 2016 to 2018 and Department of Engineering, University of Bristol from 2018 to 2019. My research interests include dynamic Atomic Force Microscopy, NEMS and MEMS, Surface Science, Sensors/Actuators, Electromechanical Systems and Applied Nonlinear Control.


My Main Research Fields

Developing new experimental techniques and theoretical understanding of how the micro/nano mechanical sensor (especially microcantilevers) interacts (nonlinear dynamics of vibrations) with the sample surface at nanoscale (micro/nano scale modeling, simulation and characterization). Study the interfacial dynamics of solid-liquid interfaces, viscoelastic and morphological dynamics of cells, membranes, proteins and molecules. In-situ observation of fatigue and corrosion evolution at nano/micro scale.

In the field of Mechatronics systems, I have focused on design, modeling and control of electromechanical systems by considering the scale effect from macro (such as electrical drives and machines) to micro (such as MEMS devices) and Nano (NEMS).


Prospective Students

Candidates interested in a PhD in the following topics may directly email their CV.

1-  Atomic Force Microscopy


3-  Bio-Sensors/Actuators

4-  Nano & Biomechanics

5-  Surface Science & Materials Characterization

6- Modeling, Analysis and Control of Mechatronics system



I am currently the unit director for the Mechatronics II and Electronics II modules. I am also supervising final year BEng & MEng research projects.



- Editor's Highlights:

  1. C. Cafolla, A.F.Payam, K. Voïtchovsky, A non-destructive method to calibrate the torsional spring constant of atomic force microscope cantilevers in viscous environments, Journal of Applied Physics 124 (2018), 154502.
  2. A. F. Payam,  D. M.  Jimenez,  R.  Garcia, Force reconstruction  from  tapping mode force microscopy experiments, Nanotechnology 26 (2015), 185706.

- Awarded for the best innovative idea of the second international R&D award of Iran (2012).

- Distinct graduate student of University of Tehran

- Scholarship for visiting study in the Instituto de Microelectronica de Madrid (2010).

- M.Sc. first class student among 15 students.





Fingerprint Dive into the research topics where Amir Farokh Payam is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

atomic force microscopy Physics & Astronomy
liquids Physics & Astronomy
MEMS Engineering & Materials Science
microscopes Physics & Astronomy
Liquids Engineering & Materials Science
Electrostatic actuators Engineering & Materials Science
Closed loop control systems Engineering & Materials Science
Fatigue testing Engineering & Materials Science

Research Output 2006 2019

Development of Fatigue Testing System for in-situ Observation of Stainless Steel 316 by HS-AFM & SEM

Farokh Payam, A., Payton, O., Picco, L., Moore, S., Martin, T., Warren, A. D., Mostafavi, M. & Knowles, D., 1 Oct 2019, In : International Journal of Fatigue. 127, p. 1-9 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Fatigue testing
Atomic force microscopy
Stainless steel
Scanning electron microscopy
Fatigue of materials
1 Citation (Scopus)
Open Access
Q factors
friction measurement

Application of Atomic Force Microscopy to Study Metal–Organic Frameworks Materials and Composites

Farokh Payam, A., 27 Sep 2018, Springer Nature. p. 37-73

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Atomic force microscopy
Composite materials
Metal ions
2 Citations (Scopus)

Determining the spring constant of arbitrarily shaped cantilevers in viscous environments

Farokh Payam, A., Trewby, W. & Voitchovsky, K., 19 Feb 2018, In : Applied Physics Letters. 112, 8

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
atomic force microscopy
23 Citations (Scopus)

Mapping Elastic Properties of Heterogeneous Materials in Liquid with Angstrom-Scale Resolution

Amo, C. A., Perrino, A. P., Farokh Payam, A. & Garcia, R., 3 Aug 2017, In : ACS Nano. 11, 9, p. 8650 8659 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
modulus of elasticity
elastic properties
spatial resolution
Elastic moduli