“Ali Naji ”

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IPM Positions

Faculty Member , School of Nano Science
(2021 - Present )

Head, School of Nano Science
(2020 - Present)

Past IPM Positions

Acting Vice Chair, School of Physics
(2019 - 2020)
Faculty Member , School of Physics
(2011 - 2021)


Research Interests

Soft Matter, Biological and Statistical Physics (theoretical and computational) - specifically, Coulomb Fluids, Disordered Charged Systems, Strongly Coupled Soft Matter such as highly charged Colloids, Polymers and Membranes, Electrostatics of DNA, DNA Complexes and Virus-Like Nano-Capsids, Casimir Effect, Disordered Liquid Crystals; more recently, Dynamics of Self-Propelled Particles such as Colloidal and Bacterial Swimmers; previously, Diffusion on Ruffled Elastic Membranes, Charged Polymer Brushes, Electrophoresis of DNA

Research Activities

Soft Matter, Biological and Statistical Physics

Related Papers

1. Y. Koohsarian and A. Naji
Bandgap tunability in graphene via bag boundary conditions on Dirac quasispinors
JPCM (Preprint) [abstract]
2. L. Javidpour, A. Božič, A. Naji and R. Podgornik
Electrostatic Interactions between the SARS-CoV-2 Virus and a Charged Electret Fibre
Soft Matter 17 (2021), 4296   [abstract]
3. M. Sebtosheikh and A. Naji
Noncentral forces mediated between two inclusions in a bath of active Brownian rods
Scientific Reports 11 (2021), 23100   [abstract]
4. A. Torrik, A. Naji and M. Zarif
Dimeric colloidal inclusion in a chiral active bath: Effective interactions and chirality-induced torque
PHYSICAL REVIEW E 104 (2021), 064610   [abstract]
5. M. Zarif and A. Naji
Confinement-Induced Alternating Interactions between Inclusions in an Active Fluid
PHYSICAL REVIEW E 102 (2020), 032613   [abstract]
6. M. Sebtosheikh and A. Naji
Effective interactions mediated between two permeable disks in an active fluid
Scientific Reports 10 (2020), 15570  [abstract]
Code: IPM/P-2020/060
7. Z. Fazli and A. Naji
Active particles with polar alignment in ring-shaped confinement
 (Preprint) [abstract]
Code: IPM/P-2020/046
8. F. Karimi Pour Haddadan, A. Naji and R. Podgornik
Surface alignment disorder and thermal Casimir forces in smectic-A liquid crystalline films
J. Physics: Condens. Matter 32 (2020),   [abstract]
Code: IPM/P-2020/042 Note: Published 15 May 2020
9. M.R. Shabanniya and A. Naji
Active dipolar spheroids in shear flow and transverse field: Population splitting, cross-stream migration, and orientational pinning
J. Chem. Phys. 152 (2020), 204903  [abstract]
Code: IPM/P-2020/038 Note: Published Online: 26 May 2020
10. F. Karimi Pour Haddadan, A. Naji and R. Podgornik
Casimir-like interactions and surface anchoring duality in bookshelf geometry of smectic-A liquid crystals
Soft Matter 15 (2019), 2216-2222   [abstract]
Code: IPM/P-2019/075 Note: Submitted: 14 Nov 2018. Accepted: 01 Feb 2019. First published: 06 Feb 2019
11. L. Javidpour, A. Lošdorfer Božič, R. Podgornik and A. Naji
Role of metallic core for the stability of virus-like particles in strongly coupled electrostatics
Scientific Reports 9 (2019), 3884   [abstract]
Code: IPM/P-2017/064
12. A. Naji, K. Hejazi, E. Mahgerefteh and R. Podgornik
Charged Nanorods at Heterogeneously Charged Surfaces
The Journal of Chemical Physcis 149 (2018), 134702   [abstract]
13. M. Mohammadi-Arzanagh, S. Mahdisoltani, R. Podgornik and A. Naji
Hydrodynamic stress correlations in fluid films driven by stochastic surface forcing
Phys. Rev. Fluids 3 (2018), 064201  [abstract]
arXive.org link: 1712.05051 [ abs, src, ps, others], cited by
Code: IPM/P-2018/094 Note: Published 29 June 2018
14. H. Nili and A. Naji
Re-entrant bimodality in spheroidal chiral swimmers in shear flow
Scientific Reports 8 (2018), 8328  [abstract]
arXive.org link: 1803.02801 [ abs, src, ps, others], cited by
Code: IPM/P-2018/093 Note: Published: 29 May 2018
15. T. Jamali and A. Naji
Active fluids at circular boundaries: swim pressure and anomalous droplet ripening
Soft Matter 14 (2018), 4820-4834  [abstract]
Code: IPM/P-2018/038
16. . Zaeifi-Yamchi and A. Naji
Effective Interactions Between Inclusions in an Active Bath
The Journal of Chemical Physcis 14 (2017), 194901   [abstract]
17. H. Nili, M. Kheyri, J. Abazari, A. Fahimniya and A. Naji
Population Splitting of Rodlike Swimmers in Couette Flow
Soft Matter 13 (2017), 4494   [abstract]
18. C. Monahan, M. Mohammadi-Arzanagh, A. Naji, B.-S. Lu and R. Podgornik
Secondary fluctuation-induced forces in a compressible thermally conducting fluid film
 (Preprint) [abstract]
Code: IPM/P-2017/084
19. M. Mohammadi-Arzanagh, S. Mahdisoltani, R. Podgornik and A. Naji
Hydrodynamic fluctuation stresses mediated across a randomly driven fluid film
 (Preprint) [abstract]
Code: IPM/P-2016/060
20. B.-S. Lu, A. Naji and R. Podgornik
Pseudo-Casimir Stresses and Elasticity of a Confined Elastomer Film
Soft Matter 12 (2016), 4384  [abstract]
Code: IPM/P-2016/018
21. B.-S. Lu, A. Naji and R. Podgornik
Van der Waals Interaction between Polymers with Sequence-Specific Polarizabilities: Stiff polymers and Gaussian coils
Int. J. Mod. Phys. A 31 (2016), 1641035  [abstract]
arXive.org link: 1509.01996 [ abs, src, ps, others], cited by
Code: IPM/P-2016/002
22. C. Monahan, A. Naji, R.R. Horgan, B. S. Lu and R. Podgornik
Hydrodynamic fluctuation-induced forces in confined fluids
Soft Matter 12 (2016), 441  [abstract]
Code: IPM/P-2016/001
23. B. S. Lu, A. Naji and R. Podgornik
Molecular Recognition by Van der Waals Interaction between Polymers with Sequence-Specific Polarizabilities
J. Chem. Phys. 142 (2015), 214904  [abstract]
arXive.org link: 1503.05486 [ abs, src, ps, others], cited by
Code: IPM/P-2015/074
24. M. Ghodrat, A. Naji, H. Komaie-Moghaddam and R. Podgornik
Ion-Mediated Interactions between Net-Neutral Slabs: Weak and strong disorder effects
J. Chem. Phys. 143 (2015), 234701  [abstract]
arXive.org link: 1509.01744 [ abs, src, ps, others], cited by
Code: IPM/P-2014/024
25. M. Ghodrat, A. Naji, H. Komaie-Moghaddam and R. Podgornik
Strong coupling electrostatics for randomly charged surfaces: Antifragility and effective interactions
Soft Matter 11 (2015), 3441   [abstract]
arXive.org link: arXiv:1412.6799 [ abs, src, ps, others], cited by
Code: IPM/P-2014/023
26. D.S. Dean, J. Dobnikar, A. Naji and R. Podgornik (Eds)
Electrostatics of Soft and Disordered Matter
 (Books) [abstract]
Code: IPM/P-2014/030
27. A. Naji, M. Ghodrat, H. Komaie-Moghaddam and R. Podgornik
Asymmetric Coulomb fluids at randomly charged dielectric interfaces: Anti-fragility, overcharging and charge inversion
J. Chem. Phys. 141 (2014), 174704   [abstract]
arXive.org link: arXiv:1409.2609 [ abs, src, ps, others], cited by
Code: IPM/P-2014/022
28. A. Basu, A. Naji and R. Pandit
Structure-function Hierarchies and von-Karman-Howarth Relations for Turbulence in Magnetohydrodynamical Equations
Phys. Rev. E 89 (2014), 012117  [abstract]
Code: IPM/P-2013/052
29. F. Karimi Pour Haddadan, A. Naji, A.Kh. Seifi and R. Podgornik
Pseudo-Casimir Interactions across Nematic Films with Disordered Anchoring Axis
J. Physics: Condens. Matter 26 (2014), 075103  [abstract]
arXive.org link: arXiv:1310.8501 [ abs, src, ps, others], cited by
Code: IPM/P-2013/050
30. F. Karimi Pour Haddadan, A. Naji, N. Shirzadiani and R. Podgornik
Fluctuation-Induced Interactions in Nematics with Disordered Anchoring Energy
J. Physics: Condens. Matter 26 (2014), 505101  [abstract]
arXive.org link: arXiv:1407.1382 [ abs, src, ps, others], cited by
Code: IPM/P-2014/052
31. H. Boroudjerdi, A. Naji and R.R. Netz
Global Analysis of the Ground-State Wrapping Conformation of a Charged Polymer on an Oppositely Charged Nano-Spheres
Eur. Phys. J. E 37 (2014), 21  [abstract]
arXive.org link: arXiv:1311.5384 [ abs, src, ps, others], cited by
Code: IPM/P-2013/048
32. R.R. Horgan, D.S. Dean, V. Démery, T.C. Hammant, A. Naji and R. Podgornik
Aspects of One-Dimensional Coulomb Gases (contributed chapter in the book: Electrostatics of Soft and Disordered Matter)
 (Books) [abstract]
arXive.org link: arXiv:1209.3514 [ abs, src, ps, others], cited by
Code: IPM/P-2012/045
33. D.S. Dean, A. Naji, R.R. Horgan, J. Sarabadani and R. Podgornik
Coulomb Interactions between Disordered Charge Distributions (contributed chapter in the book: Electrostatics of Soft and Disordered Matter)
 (Books) [abstract]
arXive.org link: arXiv:1209.3515 [ abs, src, ps, others], cited by
Code: IPM/P-2012/044
34. A. Naji, M. Kanduc, J. Forsman and R. Podgornik
Perspective: Coulomb fluids-Weak coupling, strong coupling, in between and beyond
J. Chem. Phys. 139 (2013), 150901  [abstract]
arXive.org link: arXiv:1307.5130 [ abs, src, ps, others], cited by
Code: IPM/P-2013/053
35. L. Javidpour, A. Losdorfer Bozic, A. Naji and R. Podgornik
Multivalent Ion Effects on Electrostatic Stability of Virus-Like Nano-Shells
J. Chem. Phys. 139 (2013), 154709  [abstract]
arXive.org link: arXiv:1212.0731 [ abs, src, ps, others], cited by
Code: IPM/P-2013/047
36. L. Javidpour, A. Losdorfer Bozic, A. Naji and R. Podgornik
Electrostatic Stability and Encapsidation of Charged Nano-Droplets
Soft Matter 9 (2013), 11357  [abstract]
arXive.org link: arXiv:1308.1942 [ abs, src, ps, others], cited by
Code: IPM/P-2013/046
37. A. Naji, J. Sarabadani, D.S. Dean and R. Podgornik
Sample-to-Sample Torque Fluctuations in a System of Coaxial Randomly Charged Surfaces
Eur. Phys. J. E 35 (2012), 24  [abstract]
arXive.org link: arXiv:1112.2263 [ abs, src, ps, others], cited by
Code: IPM/P-2012/043
38. V. Rezvani, J. Sarabadani, A. Naji and R. Podgornik
Electromagnetic Fluctuation-Induced Interactions in Randomly Charged Slabs
J. Chem. Phys. 137 (2012), 114704  [abstract]
arXive.org link: arXiv:1207.4573 [ abs, src, ps, others], cited by
Code: IPM/P-2012/042
39. D.S. Dean, T.C. Hammant, R.R. Horgan, A. Naji and R. Podgornik
Wrapping Transition and Wrapping-Mediated Interactions for Discrete Binding along an Elastic Filament: An Exact Solution
J. Chem. Phys. 137 (2012), 144904  [abstract]
arXive.org link: arXiv:1207.4576 [ abs, src, ps, others], cited by
Code: IPM/P-2012/041
40. M. Kanduc, A. Naji, J. Forsman and R. Podgornik
Attraction between Neutral Dielectrics Mediated by Multivalent Ions in an Asymmetric Ionic Fluid
J. Chem. Phys. 137 (2012), 174704  [abstract]
arXive.org link: arXiv:1208.3579 [ abs, src, ps, others], cited by
Code: IPM/P-2012/040
41. M. Kanduc, A. Naji, J. Forsman and R. Podgornik
Dressed Counterions: Polyvalent and Monovalent Ions at Charged Dielectric Interfaces
Phys. Rev. E 84 (2011), 011502  [abstract]
arXive.org link: arXiv:1101.1362 [ abs, src, ps, others], cited by
Code: IPM/P-2011/023
42. H. Boroudjerdi, A. Naji and R.R. Netz
Salt Modulated Structure of Polyelectrolyte-Macroion Complex Fibers
Eur. Phys. J. E 34 (2011), 72  [abstract]
arXive.org link: arXiv:1101.5760 [ abs, src, ps, others], cited by
Code: IPM/P-2011/022
43. J. Sarabadani, A. Naji, R. Asgari and R. Podgornik
Many-Body Effects in Van Der Waals-Casimir Interaction between Graphene Layers
Phys. Rev. B 84 (2011), 155407  [abstract]
arXive.org link: arXiv:1105.4241 [ abs, src, ps, others], cited by
Code: IPM/P-2011/015
44. M. Neek-Amal, N. Abedpour, S.N. Rasuli, A. Naji and M.R. Ejtehadi
Diffusive Motion of C60 on a Graphene Sheet
Phys. Rev. E 82 (2010), 051605   [abstract]
Code: IPM/P-2010/052
45. A. Naji, David S. Dean, J. Sarabadani, Ron R. Horgan and R. Podgornik
Fluctuation-Induced Interaction between Randomly Charged Dielectrics
Phys. Rev. Lett. 104 (2010), 060601  [abstract]
arXive.org link: arXiv:0908.1337 [ abs, src, ps, others], cited by
Code: IPM/P-2009/030
46. David S. Dean, Ron R. Horgan, A. Naji and R. Podgornik
The Effects of Dielectric Disorder on Van Der Waals Interactions in Slab Geometries
Phys. Rev. E 81 (2010), 051117  [abstract]
arXive.org link: arXiv:0907.3113 [ abs, src, ps, others], cited by
Code: IPM/P-2009/029
47. M. Kanduc, A. Naji, Y.S. Jho, P.A. Pincus and R. Podgornic
Role of Multipoles in Counterion-Mediated Interactions between Charged Surfaces: Strong and Weak Coupling
J. Physics: Condens. Matter 21 (2009), 424103  [abstract]
arXive.org link: arXiv:0905.3322 [ abs, src, ps, others], cited by
Code: IPM/P-2009/028
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