Faculty - Sabirianov

Dr. Renat Sabirianov

Dr. Renat Sabirianov, Associate Professor
Physics Department - UNO
University of Nebraska-Omaha
125 Durham Science Center, 60th & Dodge
Omaha, NE 68182-0266
Office: 402-554-3720

Research Interests

  • Magnetic and transport properties of heterostructures of nanoscale size.
    a)     Transport properties of nanowires, nanocontacts, and ferroelectric (molecular) tunnel junctions.
    b)     Transition metal clusters embedded in nonmagnetic matrix: magnetization, cluster-cluster interactions, anisotropy.
  • Simulation of the growth of self-organized magnetic nanostructures. Modeling of the diffusion processes and growth on strained surfaces. Strain assisted phase segregation on the surface.
  • Micromagnetic studies of nanostructured magnetic thin films.
  • Surface properties of TM oxides (ZrO2, TiO2 etc.) Superhydrophilic/hydrophobic surfaces.
  • Molecular Electronics.
  • Magnetic Semiconductors.

Research topics include:

  • Piezomagnetic antiperovskite materials and heterostructures. In collaboration with Kirill Belaschenko (UNL).
  • Electron and spin transport in magnetic nanowires and nanocontacts. In collaboration with E. Tsymbal and A. Sokolov (UNL).
  • Electroresistive properties of Metal-Insulator heterostructures. In collaboration with A. Sokolov (UNL).
  • Ferroelectric properties of thin films.  In collaboration with E. Tsymbal (UNL), W. N. Mei (UNO)
  • Surface properties of TM oxides (ZrO2, TiO2) Superhydrophilic/hydrophobic surfaces.  The objective is to develop surfaces of materials with good wear (tough and with low friction) for orthopedic implants. In collaboration with Fereydoon Namavar (UNMC).
  • Adatom diffusion and growth processes on metal surfaces.  In collaboration with K.J. Cho, (UT Dallas).
  • Finite temperature properties of magnetic materials: Ab-initio Monte Carlo simulations.
  • Theory of magnetic properties of rare earth compounds: current studies are focused on the parameters controlling interface coupling in exchange spring magnets. In collaboration with Qiming Zhang and Ping Liu (UT, Arlington, TX).
  • Magnetic properties of 3d metals and their alloys, exchange interactions, spin density excitations and waves.
  • Magnetic properties of nanostructures: The effects of the size of the nanoparticles and surface termination are examined using first-principle methods in combination with finite temperature classical Heisenberg model Monte Carlo simulations. In collaboration with Hao Zeng (SUNY Buffalo, NY).


  • P. Lukashev, J.-H. Kim, S. Yang, J.-S. Kim, X. Chen, G. Rojas, J. Honolka, R. Skomski, A. Enders and R. F. Sabirianov “Magnetic phases of cobalt atomic clusters on tungsten”, J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 25, 036003, (2013)
  • N. Al-Aqtash, F. Apostol, W.-N. Mei, R. F. Sabirianov “Electronic and optical properties of TaO1−xN1+x-based alloys”, J. of Solid State Chemistry 198, 337–343, (2013)
  • N. Al-Aqtash, H. Li, L. Wang, W.N. Mei,  R.F. Sabirianov, Electromechanical switching in graphene nanoribbons. Carbon 51, 102-109  (2013)
  • H. Li, N. Al-Aqtash, L. Wang, R. Qin, Q. Liua, J. Zhenga, W.-N. Mei, R.F. Sabirianov, Z. Gaoa, J. Lu, “Electromechanical Switch in Metallic Graphene Nanoribbons via Twisting”, Physica E: Low-dimensional Systems and Nanostructures, 44, 2021-2026 (2012).
  • P. Lukashev, N. Horrell, and R. F. Sabirianov, “Tailoring Magnetocrystalline Anisotropy of FePt by external strain”, J. Appl. Phys. 111, 07A318 (2012); http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.3673853
  • P. Kharel, Y. Huh, V. R. Shah, X. Z. Li, K. Tarawneh, N. Al-Aqtash, R. F. Sabirianov, R. Skomski, E. S. Krage and D. J. Sellmyer “Structural and magnetic properties of Mn2+δTiSn Alloy”, J. Appl. Phys. 111, 07B101 (2012); http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.3672395 (3 pages)
  • P. Kharel, X. Z. Li, V.R. Shah, K. Tarawneh, N. Al-Aqtash, R. Sabirianov, R. Skomski, and D.J. Sellmyer “Structural, magnetic and electron transport properties of MnBi:Fe thin films” J. Appl. Phys. 111, 07E326 (2012); http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.3675615 (3 pages)
  • Fereydoon Namavar, Alexander Rubinstein, Renat F. Sabirianov, Geoffrey M. Thiele, J. Graham Sharp, Utsav Pokharel, Roxanna M. Namavar and Kevin L. Garvin “Engineered Nanostructured Coatings for Enhanced Protein Adsorption and Cell Growth”, MRS Proceedings 2012 1418 : mrsf11-1418-mm02-04 (7 pages) DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1557/opl.2012.394 (About DOI)
  • Gen Long, Da Li, Hongwang Zhang, Renat Sabirianov and Hao Zeng,” Magnetic Anisotropy and Coercivity of Fe3Se4 Nanostructures”, Chem. Mater., 2011, 23 (16), pp 3769–3774 DOI: 10.1021/cm201610k
  • Gen Long, Hongwang Zhang, Da Li, Renat Sabirianov, Zhidong Zhang, and Hao Zeng, “Magnetic anisotropy and coercivity of Fe3Se4 nanostructures”, Appl. Phys. Lett. 99, 202103 (2011)
  • Gonghua Wang, Guangfu Luo, Yun Liang Soo, Renat F. Sabirianov, Hong-Ji Lin, Wai-Ning Mei, Fereydoon Namavar and Chin Li Cheung “Phase stabilization in nitrogen-implanted nanocrystalline cubic zirconia”, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2011, 13, 19517-19525
  • P. Lukashev, K. Belashchenko, R. Sabirianov, “Magnetoelectric effect in ferroelectric/piezomagnetic multilayers”, Phys. Rev. B 84, 134420 (2011) [6 pages]
  • R. F. Sabirianov, A. Rubinstein and F. Namavar, “Enhanced initial protein adsorption on engineered nanostructured cubic zirconia”, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 13, 6597-6609, DOI: 10.1039/c0cp02389b, 2011
  • P. Kharel, P. Thapa, P. Lukashev, R. F. Sabirianov, E. Y. Tsymbal, D. J. Sellmyer, and B. Nadgorny, “Transport Spin Polarization of High-Curie Temperature MnBi Films”, Phys. Rev. B 83, 024415 (2011) [6 pages]
  • P. Kharel, R. Skomski, P. Lukashev, R. Sabirianov and D. J. Sellmyer, “Spin Correlations and Kondo Effect in a Strong Ferromagnet”, Phys. Rev. B 84, 014431 (2011) [5 pages]
  • A.Rubinstein, R. F. Sabirianov, W. N. Mei, F. Namavar and A. Khoynezhad. Effect of the ordered interfacial water layer in protein complex formation: a non-local electrostatic approach. Phys. Rev. E, 82, 021915(2010) and September 1, 2010 issue of Virtual Journal of Biological Physics Research.
  • P. Lukashev, R. Sabirianov, “Flexomagnetic effect in frustrated triangular magnetic structures”, Physical Review B, vol. 82, 094417 (2010)
  • P. Lukashev, R. Sabirianov, “Spin density in frustrated magnets under mechanical stress: Mn-based antiperovskites”, J. of Applied Physics 107, 09E115 (2010)
  • R. F. Sabirianov, F. Namavar, X.C. Zeng, J. Bai, W.N. Mei, “Mechanical Properties of Nanostructured hard coating of ZrO2”, in Mechanical Behavior at Small Scales —  Experiments and Modeling, edited by J. Lou, E. Lilleodden, B. Boyce, L. Lu, P.M. Derlet, D. Weygand, J. Li, M.D. Uchic, E. Le Bourhis (Mater. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc. 1224, Warrendale, PA, 2010), Paper #1224-FF05-11
  • “Biocompatibility of Engineered Nanostructures: Does Electrostatic and Steric Complementarity Between Designer Surface and Cells Enhance Adhesion and Growth?” Namavar, Fereydoon; Sabirianov, Renat F.; Rubinstein, Alexander; Jackson, John D.; Sharp, J. Graham; Namavar, Roxanna M.; Haider, Hani; Fehringer, Edward V.; Garvin, Kevin, in Surface-Reactive Biomaterials as Scaffolds and Coatings, Edited by Ravaglioli, A. and Krajewski, A. National Research Council ( CNR ) ISBN 978-88-8080-111-5, Italy, December 2009, p.34-43.
  • Andrei Sokolov, Renat Sabirianov, Ildar Sabirianov, Bernard Doudin, “Voltage-induced switching with magneto-resistance signature in magnetic nano-filaments” J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 21, (2009) 485303.
  • C. L. Cheung,  A.I. Rubinstein, E.J. Peterson, A. Chatterji, R.F. Sabirianov, W.-N. Mei, T. Lin,  J. E. Johnson and J.J. DeYoreo, “Steric and Electrostatic Complementarity in the Assembly of Two-Dimensional Virus Arrays”, Langmiur 26 (5), pp 3498–3505, DOI: 10.1021/la903114s
  • N. Wu, Y.B. Losovyj, Z. Yu, R.F. Sabirianov, W. N. Mei, N. Lozova, J.A. Colón Santana, and P.A. Dowben “The Surface Relaxation and Band Structure of Mo(112)”, J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 21 (2009) 474222.
  • N. Wu, R F Sabirianov, W N Mei, Ya B Losovyj, N Lozova, M Manno, C Leighton and P A Dowben “The minority spin surface bands of CoS2(001)”, 2009 J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 21 295501
  • J. Koch, R. Sabirianov, “Surface finite size effect in shell nanoparticles”, J. Magn. Magn. Mater., 321, 1137–1141 (2009).
  • A. L. Wysocki, R. F. Sabirianov, M. van Schilfgaarde, and K. D. Belashchenko, “First-principles analysis of spin-disorder resistivity of Fe and Ni”, Phys. Rev. B 80, 224423 (2009).
  • C.-G. Duan, J. P. Velev, R. F. Sabirianov, W. N. Mei, S. S. Jaswal, E. Y. Tsymbal, “Tailoring magnetic anisotropy at the ferromagnetic/ferroelectric interface”, Appl. Phys. Letters 92, 122905 (2008)
  • Y. L. Soo, P. J. Chen, S. H. Huang, T. J. Shiu, T. Y. Tsai, Y. H. Chow, Y. C. Lin, S. C. Weng, S. L. Chang, G. Wang, Chin Li Cheung, R. F. Sabirianov, W. N. Mei, F. Namavar, H. Haider, K. L. Garvin, J. F. Lee, H. Y. Lee, and P. P. Chu “Local Structures Surrounding Zr in Nanostructurally Stabilized Cubic Zirconia: Structural Origin of Phase Stability”, JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSICS 104, 113535 (2008)
  • Chun-Gang Duan, Julian P. Velev, R. F. Sabirianov, Ziqiang Zhu, Junhao Chu, S. S. Jaswal, and E.Y. Tsymbal “Surface Magnetoelectric Effect in Ferromagnetic Metal Films”, PRL 101, 137201 (2008).
  • P. Lukashev, R. Sabirianov, K. Belashchenko, “Theory of the piezomagnetic effect in Mn-based antiperovskites”, Physical Review B, vol. 78, Issue 18, id. 184414 (2008).
  • C Westman, S Jang, C Kim, S He, G Harmon, N Miller, B Graves, N Poudyal, R Sabirianov, H Zeng, M DeMarco, and J P Liu “Surface induced suppression of magnetization in nanoparticles”, J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 41 225003 (2008).
  • N. Wu, R.F. Sabirianov, C.-G. Duan, W. N. Mei, D. Wisbey, Ya. B. Losovyj, M. Manno, C. Leighton, E. Cai, J. Zhang and P. A. Dowben, “The Surface Stability of CoS2(100)”, J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 20 215231 (2009).
  • G. Wang, J.R. Brewer, F. Namavar, R. F. Sabirianov, H. Haider, K.Garvin and C.L. Cheung, “Structural Study of Titanium Oxide Films Synthesized by Ion Beam-Assisted Deposition”, SCANNING 30, 59–64 (2008)
  • G. Li, R. F. Sabirianov, J. Lu, X. C. Zeng and W. N. Mei, “Electronic and Magnetic Properties of Endohedrally Doped Fullerene Mn@C60: a total energy study”, J. Chem. Phys. 128, 074304 (2008). And Virtual journal of nanoscience and technology, March 3 (2008).
  • F. Namavar , C. L. Cheung, R. F. Sabirianov, W.-N. Mei, X. C. Zeng, G. Wang, H. Haider and K. L. Garvin, "Lotus Effect in Engineered Zirconia", NanoLetters, 8, 988-996 (2008)  
  • D. Wu, Q. Zhang, J.P. Liu, R.F. Sabirianov, “First-principles study of interface exchange coupling in SmCo5/Co nanocomposite materials”, Journal of nanoscience and nanotechnology 8(6):3036-9 (2008)
  • F. Namavar, G. Wang, C. L. Cheung, R. Sabirianov, X. C. Zeng, W.N. Mei, J. Bai, J. R. Brewer, H. Haider and K.L. Garvin, “Thermal stability of nanostructurally stabilized zirconium oxide”, Nanotechnology 18, 415702  (2007)
  • J. D. Burton, R. F. Sabirianov, J. P. Velev, O. N. Mryasov, and E. Y. Tsymbal, “Effect of Tip Resonances on Tunneling Anisotropic Magnetoresistance in Ferromagnetic Metal Break-Junctions: A First-Principles Study”, Phys. Rev. B 76, 144430 (1-6) (2007).
  • C.-G. Duan, R. F. Sabirianov, W.N. Mei, P.A. Dowben, S.S. Jaswal, E. Tsymbal, “Electronic Magnetic and transport properties of rare-earth monopnictides”, Invited Paper for the Journal of Physics Condensed Matter (JPCM) special issue devoted to the subject of "HALF-METALLIC FERROMAGNETS" 19, 315220 (2007)
  • R. F. Sabirianov, W. N. Mei,  Jing Lu,  Y. Gao, X. C. Zeng, R.D. Bolskar, P. Jeppson, Ning Wu, A.N. Caruso, and P. A. Dowben “Correlation effects and Electronic Structure of Gd@C60”, J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 19, 082201 (2007).
  • J. Snodgrass, G. Kennedy, W.N. Mei, R. F. Sabirianov, “Nonvolatile Two-Terminal Molecular Memory”, Mater. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc. Vol. 961 (2007) 0961-O03-07


  1. A. Kashyap, R.F. Sabiryanov, S.S. Jaswal, “Spin Polarized Electronic Structure”, in Advanced Magnetic Nanostructures , Ed. D. Sellmyer, and R. Skomski, Springer 2006.
  2. R. F. Sabirianov, S.S. Jaswal, “Magneto-optics: Inter- and Intraband transitions, Microscopic models of”, in “Encyclopedia of Materials: Science and Technology”, Elsevier, 2002, pp.1-5.
  3. ”Biocompatibility of Engineered Nanostructures: Does Electrostatic and Steric Complementarity Between Designer Surface and Cells Enhance Adhesion and Growth?” Namavar, Fereydoon; Sabirianov, Renat F.; Rubinstein, Alexander; Jackson, John D.; Sharp, J. Graham; Namavar, Roxanna M.; Haider, Hani; Fehringer, Edward V.; Garvin, Kevin, in Surface-Reactive Biomaterials as Scaffolds and Coatings, Edited by Ravaglioli, A. and Krajewski, A. National Research Council ( CNR ) ISBN 978-88-8080-111-5, Italy, December 2009, p.34-43.