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Aida Ebrahimi

Assistant Professor


  • School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering

111-J Electrical Engineering West


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Research Areas:

Biomedical Devices; Electronic Materials and Devices

Interest Areas:

Electrical and Electrochemical spectroscopy, Biochemical sensors, Low-dimensional material systems, Microbiology, and Biophysics




  • MS, Electrical Engineering, University of Tehran, 2009
  • Ph D, Electrical Engineering, Purdue University, 2017


Journal Articles

  • Derrick Butler, Joshua Robinson and Aida Ebrahimi, 2021, "Facile Post-Deposition Annealing of Graphene Ink Enables Ultrasensitive Electrochemical Detection of Dopamine", ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
  • Adam Bolotsky, Ritvik Muralidharan, Derrick Butler, Keren Zhou, Kayla Root and Aida Ebrahimi, 2021, "Organic Redox-Active Crystalline Layers for Electrochemical Antibacterial Susceptibility Testing (ORACLE-AST)", Biosensors and Bioelectronics
  • Andrew W. Simonson, Matthew R. Aronson, Agustey S. Mongia, John Alumasa, Dennis C. Chan, Adam Bolotsky, Aida Ebrahimi, Elizabeth Proctor, Kenneth C. Keiler and Scott H. Medina, 2021, "Pathogen-specific de novo antimicrobials engineered through membrane porin biomimicry", Nature Biomedical Engineering
  • Keren Zhou, Chen Zhou, Anjali Sapre, Jared Pavlock, Ashley Weaver, Ritvik Muralidharan, Joshua Noble, Jasna Kovac, Zhiwen Liu and Seyedehaida Ebrahimi, 2020, "Dynamic Laser Speckle Imaging meets Machine Learning to enable Rapid Antibacterial Susceptibility Testing (DyRAST)"
  • Yu Lei, Derrick Butler, Michael Lucking, Fu Zhang, Tunan Xia, Kazunori Fujisawa, Tomotaroh Granzier-Nakajima, Rodolfo Cruz-Silva, Morinobu Endo, Humberto Terrones, Mauricio Terrones and Aida Ebrahimi, 2020, "Single-Atom Doping of MoS2 with Manganese Enables Ultrasensitive Detection of Dopamine: Experimental and Computational Approach", Science Advances, 6, (32)
  • Ritvik Muralidharan, Vinay Chandrasekhar, Derrick Butler and Aida Ebrahimi, 2020, "A Smartphone-Interfaced, Flexible Electrochemical Biosensor based on Graphene Ink for Selective Detection of Dopamine", IEEE Sensors
  • Aida Ebrahimi, Kehao Zhang, Chengye Dong, Shruti Subramanian, Derrick Butler, Adam Bolotsky, Lindsey Goodnight and Joshua Robinson, 2019, "FeSx-Graphene Heterostructures: Nanofabrication-Compatible Catalysts for Ultra-Sensitive Electrochemical Detection of Hydrogen Peroxide", Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, 285, pp. 631-638
  • Derrick Butler, Nishit Goel, Lindsey Goodnight, Srinivas Tadigadapa and Aida Ebrahimi, 2018, "Detection of Bacterial Metabolism in Lag-Phase using Impedance Spectroscopy of Agar-integrated 3D Microelectrodes", Biosensors and Bioelectronics
  • Aida Ebrahimi and Muhammad A. Alam, 2017, "Droplet-based non-faradaic impedance sensors for assessment of susceptibility of Escherichia coli to ampicillin in 60 min", BIOMEDICAL MICRODEVICES, 19, (2)
  • Aida Ebrahimi and Muhammad Ashraful Alam, 2016, "Evaporation-induced stimulation of bacterial osmoregulation for electrical assessment of cell viability", PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 113, (26), pp. 7059-7064
  • Aida Ebrahimi and Muhammad A. Alam, 2015, "Time-resolved PCA of 'droplet impedance' identifies DNA hybridization at nM concentration", SENSORS AND ACTUATORS B-CHEMICAL, 215, pp. 215-224
  • Piyush Dak, Aida Ebrahimi and Mohammad A Alam, 2014, "Non-faradaic impedance characterization of an evaporating droplet for microfluidic and biosensing applications", LAB ON A CHIP, 14, (14), pp. 2469-2479
  • Aida Ebrahimi, Piyush Dak, Eric Salm, Susmita Dash, Suresh V. Garimella, Rashid Bashir and Muhammad A. Alam, 2013, "Nanotextured superhydrophobic electrodes enable detection of attomolar-scale DNA concentration within a droplet by non-faradaic impedance spectroscopy", LAB ON A CHIP, 13, (21), pp. 4248-4256
  • Sara Darbari, Yaser Abdi, Aida Ebrahimi and Shamsoddin Mohajerzadeh, 2011, "Fabrication of Silicon-Based Actuators Using Branched Carbon Nano-Structures", IEEE SENSORS JOURNAL, 11, (7), pp. 1535-1540
  • Yaser Abdi, Aida Ebrahimi, Shamsoddin Mohajerzadeh and Morteza Fathipour, 2009, "High sensitivity interdigited capacitive sensors using branched treelike carbon nanotubes on silicon membranes", Applied Physics Letters, 94
  • Aida Ebrahimi, Amirabbas Pirouz, Yaser Abdi, Soheil Azimi, Adam Bolotsky and Shams Mohajerzadeh, , "Selective deposition of CuO/SnO2 sol–gel on porous SiO2 suitable for the fabrication of MEMS-based H2S sensors", Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical
  • Adam Bolotsky, Derrick Butler, Chengye Dong, Katy Gerace, Nicholas Glavin, Chris Muratore, Joshua A Robinson and Seyedehaida Ebrahimi, , "Two-dimensional Materials in Biosensing and Healthcare: from in vitro Diagnostics to Optogenetics and Beyond", ACS Nano, 13, pp. 9781-9810

Conference Proceedings

  • Keren Zhou, Cassandra Nunez, Varasiddhi Jayasuryaa Govindraj and Aida Ebrahimi, 2021, "In Situ, Label-Free Study of the Correlation Between Mg2+ Uptake Proteins and Motility of Salmonella Typhimurium using Time-Resolved Dynamic Laser Speckle Imaging", Biophysical Journal, Biophysical Society Annual Meeting, 120, pp. 156a-157a
  • Aida Ebrahimi and Muhammad A. Alam, 2015, "Incubation-free detection of bacteria cells by using droplet-based impedance sensing", 2015 73RD ANNUAL DEVICE RESEARCH CONFERENCE (DRC), pp. 227-228
  • Aida Ebrahimi and Muhammad A. Alam, 2013, "Evaporation-Enhanced Impedance Sensing for Highly-Sensitive Differentiation of dsDNA from ssDNA", 2013 71ST ANNUAL DEVICE RESEARCH CONFERENCE (DRC), pp. 159-160
  • Sara Darbari, Yaser Abdi, Aida Ebrahimi, Narges Doostani and Shamsoddin Mohajerzadeh, 2011, "Fabrication and Modeling of a Novel SAW-Like Transducer Device Based on Branched Carbon Nanotubes", ECS
  • Aida Ebrahimi, Shamsoddin Mohajerzadeh, Amir Alihosseinzadeh, AbbasAli Khodadadi and Yadollah Mortazavi, 2011, "Preferential Oxidation of CO Based on Electro-Thermally Assisted Catalytic Ni/Cu Nanostructures on Si Micro-Grass", ECS
  • Aida Ebrahimi, Yaser Abdi, Shamsoddin Mohajerzadeh and Sarah Paydavosi, 2009, "Interdigital Capacitive Array of tree-like Carbon Nanotubes on Silicon-based Membranes for Sensor Applications", MRS Proceedings, Cambridge University Press (CUP), 1179
  • Ashkan Behnam, Saber Haji, Farshid Karbassian, Shams Mohajerzadeh, Aida Ebrahimi, Yaser Abdi and Michael D. Robertson, 2007, "Nano-crystalline silicon thin film transistors on PET substrates using a hydrogenation-assisted metal-induced crystallization technique", Amorphous and Polycrystalline Thin-Film Silicon Science and Technology 2006, 910, pp. 441-446
  • Nishit Goel, Chengye Dong, Joshua A Robinson, Srinivas Tadigadapa and Seyedehaida Ebrahimi, , "Gel-integrated impedimetric biosensors based on Au-Ni microelectrodes enable in situ detection of E. coli metabolism", Elsevier
  • Chengye Dong, Donna Deng, Kehao Zheng, Ritvik Muralidharan, Joshua Robinson and Aida Ebrahimi, , "Highly Sensitive Detection of Ascorbic Acid using Electronic Devices based on 2D MoS2", Biomedical Engineering Society, Annual Meeting
  • Ritvik Muralidharan, Joshua Noble, Chen Zhou, Zhiwen Liu and Aida Ebrahimi, , "Point-of-Care Detection of Bacterial Viability using Dynamic Laser Speckle Imaging", Biomedical Engineering Society, Annual Meeting


  • Piyush Dak, Aida Ebrahimi, Vikhram Swaminathan, Carlos Duarte-Guevara, Rashid Bashir and Muhammad A. Alam, 2016, "Droplet-based Biosensing for Lab-on-a-Chip, Open Microfluidics Platforms", BIOSENSORS-BASEL, 6, (2)
  • Chengye Dong, Derrick Butler, Rui Zhao, Yonghong Cheng, Joshua A. Robinson and Seyedehaida Ebrahimi, , "2D Materials Matter: A Perspective on Biosensing Applications", Technical reports series by Millipore Sigma

Research Projects

Honors and Awards

  • Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship Award, Purdue University, August 2015 - August 2016
  • Rising Star in EECS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, November 2015
  • Meissner Fellowship Award, Purdue University, August 2011 - August 2014


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