Ali Aliev

Research Professor - Nanotech Institute
Tags: Nanotechnology

Professional Preparation

Doctor of Science - Physics (Solid State Physics)
Heat Physics Department of Uzbek Academy of Science, USSR - 1992
Ph.D. - Physics (Molecular and Thermal Physics)
Heat Physics Department of Uzbek Academy of Science, USSR - 1984
B.S.- M.S. - Electrical Engineering
National University of Radio-Electronics, Kharkov, Ukraine - 1977

Research Areas

Nanoscience and nanotechnology
Superconductivity in nanostructured transient metal oxides
Negative refraction in photonic crystals.
Thermoacoustic sound generation: in air and underwater.
  • Energy conversion efficiency of open and closed thermoacoustic systems
  • Nanostructured materials for thermophones
  • Encapsulated thermoacoustic projectors: Search for high power and high efficiency
  • Underwater thermoacoustic projectors


Shaping Nanomaterials by Short Electrical Pulses  2020 - Journal Article
New mechanism of plasmons specific for spin-polarized nanoparticles 2019 - Journal Article
Intelligently Actuating Liquid Crystal Elastomer‐Carbon Nanotube Composites 2019 - Journal Article
Torsional refrigeration by twisted, coiled, and supercoiled fibers 2019 - Journal Article
Highly efficient thermophones based on freestanding single-walled carbon nanotube films 2019 - Journal Article
Thermoacoustic sound projector: exceeding the fundamental efficiency of carbon nanotubes 2018 - Journal Article
Sequentially bridged graphene sheets with high strength, toughness, and electrical conductivity  2018 - Journal Article
Subwoofer and nanotube butterfly acoustic flame extinction 2017 - Journal Article
Carbonized Electrospun Nanofiber Sheets for Thermophones 2016 - Journal Article
New twist on artificial muscles 2016 - Journal Article


Research Professor
University of Texas at Dallas, Alan G. MacDiarmid Nanotech Institute [2004–Present]
Research Scientist
University of California, Los Angeles, Electrical Engineering Department [2003–2004]
Multi-University Research Initiative (MURI) Program on “Electrochromic Adaptive Infrared Camouflage”. PI - E. Yablonovitch
Visiting Researcher
University of Texas at Dallas, Nanotech Institute [2002–2003]
DARPA project: “Thermal Conductivity Enhancement by Optical Phonon Sub-band Engineering of Nanostructures Based on C and BN nanotubes" P.I. Ray H. Baughman
Invited Professor
LG-Electronics, Institute of Technology LG-Elite, Seoul, Korea [1998–2001]
PI of project: “Electrochromic Matrix Addressable Flat Panel Display”. Project was supported by Display Division of LG-Electronics.
Senior Researcher
Uzbek Academy of Sciences, Heat Physics Department, Tashkent, Uzbekistan [1984–2004]
The leading research investigator of project "Advanced superionic conductors" supported by Uzbek Academy of Sciences
Research Scientist
Uzbek Academy of Sciences, Heat Physics Department, Tashkent, Uzbekistan [1978–1983]
Institute of Electronics, Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan, Tashkent [1977–1978]
Development of high-temperature carbide materials for space shuttle


Phonon engineering in low-dimensional nanostructures
Superconductivity in oxide materials

Thermo-Acoustic sound generation in air and underwater: New materials; High-Power Density Projectors, Efficiency consideration.

News Articles

Vanishing Act Creates a Stir in the Nanotech World
Dr. Ali Aliev, a research professor at UT Dallas, and his colleagues recently demonstrated that transparent carbon nanotube sheets, which can have the density of air and the specific strength of steel, can be used to make objects invisible.

This invisibility for light oblique to the nanotube sheets is caused by the mirage effect, in which a thermally generated refractive index gradient bends light array from a hidden object. The paper was published in the journal Nanotechnology.
Nanotech Speakers Hold Promise for Sonar Uses
UT Dallas researchers have found that carbon nanotube sheets excel as underwater sound generators and noise-canceling speakers, two highly desirable traits for submarine sonar and stealth capabilities. The latest study from the UT Dallas Alan G. MacDiarmid NanoTech Institute, reveals that nanoscience speakers perform as well underwater as they do on land, and that one day they could replace traditional submarine sonar arrays.
UT Dallas researchers create fridges with a twist
By twisting small fibers, a new device produces changes in temperature. Years from now, it could change the way we cool things down.

An international team led by researchers at The University of Texas at Dallas and Nankai University in China has discovered a new technology for refrigeration that is based on twisting and untwisting fibers.  In research published in the Oct. 11 issue of the journal Science, they demonstrated twist-based refrigeration using materials as diverse as natural rubber, ordinary fishing line and nickel titanium wire. 


Acquisition of PSV-500 Compact Scanning Laser Vibrometer Grant number: N00014-19-1-2685
$384,000 - Office of Naval Research, U.S. NAVY [2019/01–2020/07]
Thermoacoustic Carbon Nanotube Sound Projectors with Enhanced Efficiency and Broad-band Acoustic Spectra. Grant number: N00014-17-1-2521 URL:
$360,000 - Office of Naval Research, U.S. NAVY [2017/04–2020/06]
High-Power Density, High-Efficiency Carbon Nanotube Thermo-Acoustic Projectors Grant number: N00014-14-1-0152
$360,000 - Office of Naval Research, U.S. NAVY [2014/01–2017/12]
Lightweight Thermoacoustic Device Using Novel Materials for Noise Cancellation of Military Vehicles Contract # W911NF-15-P-0023
$48,000 - U.S. Army-STTR Phase I [2015/07–2015/12]
Lightweight Thermoacoustic Device Using Novel Materials for Noise Cancellation of Military Vehicles Contract # W911NF-15-P-0023
$335,000 - U.S. Army-STTR Phase II [2016/09–2018/08]