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Pedram Khalili

Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering


Tech M393
2145 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

847-467-1035Email Pedram Khalili


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PERLab (Physical Electronics Research Laboratory)


Electrical and Computer Engineering


PhD Program in Applied Physics


Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), Delft, Netherlands

B.Sc. Electrical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran


Pedram Khalili-Amiri (LinkedInGoogle Scholar) works on developing the computing systems of the future, starting from novel nano-scale devices/materials that enable systems with unprecedented performance and energy efficiency. Much of his work involves devices that use both the spin and charge of electrons, also referred to as spintronics. Previously Pedram was an adjunct assistant professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering at UCLA from 2013-2017, where he co-led the memory program within the NSF TANMS center, focusing on development of electric-field-controlled magnetic memory with unprecedented energy efficiency. During 2009-2014, at UCLA he was project manager of two DARPA multi-institution programs, focusing on the development of spin-transfer-torque magnetic random access memory (STT-MRAM) and non-volatile logic (NVL), working with several major industry and university partners. These programs resulted in the world’s fastest and lowest-power magnetic memory technologies at the time. In addition, since 2012 he has been co-founder of Inston Inc., a startup company pioneering voltage-controlled MRAM for high-performance computing applications, where he also served as board member and chief technology officer  for five years. His professional activities have included serving as a guest editor for Spin, and serving on the technical program committee of the Joint MMM/Intermag Conference.

Research Interests

Nanoelectronics, nano-magnetism and spintronics, nonvolatile memory and logic, magnetic tunnel junctions, spin waves, microwave magnetic devices, circuits and computing architectures enabled by emerging nano-devices.

Selected Publications

  • Y. Shao, P. Khalili Amiri, "Progress and Application Perspectives of Voltage-Controlled Magnetic Tunnel Junctions",
  • Advanced Materials Technologies, Vol. 8, p. 2300676, 2023.
  • Y. Shao, V. Lopez-Dominguez, N. Davila, Q. Sun, N. Kioussis, J.A. Katine, P. Khalili Amiri, "Sub-volt switching of nanoscale voltage-controlled perpendicular magnetic tunnel junctions",
  • Communications Materials, Vol. 3, p. 87, 2022.
  • S. Arpaci, V. Lopez-Dominguez, J. Shi, L. Sánchez-Tejerina, F. Garesci, C. Wang, X. Yan, V.K. Sangwan, M.A. Grayson, M.C. Hersam, G. Finocchio, P. Khalili Amiri, "Observation of current-induced switching in non-collinear antiferromagnetic IrMn3 by differential voltage measurements",
  • Nature Communications, Vol. 12, p. 3828, 2021.
  • Z. Zheng, Y. Zhang, V. Lopez-Dominguez, L. Sánchez-Tejerina, J. Shi, X. Feng, L. Chen, Z. Wang, Z. Zhang, K. Zhang, B. Hong, Y. Xu, Y. Zhang, M. Carpentieri, A. Fert, G. Finocchio, W. Zhao, P. Khalili Amiri, "Field-free spin-orbit torque-induced switching of perpendicular magnetization in a ferrimagnetic layer with a vertical composition gradient",
  • Nature Communications, Vol. 12, p. 4555, 2021.
  • J. Shi , V. Lopez-Dominguez , F. Garesci , C. Wang , H. Almasi , M. Grayson , G. Finocchio, P. Khalili Amiri, "Electrical manipulation of the magnetic order in antiferromagnetic PtMn pillars",
  • Nature Electronics, Vol. 3, pp. 92-98, 2020.
  • C. Li, G.C. Lau, H. Yuan, A. Aggarwal, V. Lopez-Dominguez, S. Liu, H. Sai, L.C. Palmer, N.A. Sather, T.J. Pearson, D.E. Freedman, P. Khalili Amiri, M. Olvera de la Cruz, S.I. Stupp, "Fast and programmable locomotion of hydrogel-metal hybrids under light and magnetic fields",
  • Science Robotics, Vol. 5, p. 9822, 2020.
  • B. Fang, M. Carpentieri, X. Hao, H. Jiang, J.A. Katine, I.N. Krivorotov, B. Ocker, J. Langer, K.L. Wang, B. Zhang, B. Azzerboni, P. Khalili Amiri, G. Finocchio, Z. Zeng, “Giant spin-torque diode sensitivity in the absence of bias magnetic field”,
  • Nature Communications, Vol. 7. pp.11259/1-7, 2016.
  • G. Yu, P. Upadhyaya, Y. Fan, J.G. Alzate, W. Jiang, K.L. Wong, S. Takei, S.A. Bender, L.T. Chang, Y. Jiang, M. Lang, J. Tang, Y. Wang, Y. Tserkovnyak, P. Khalili Amiri, K.L. Wang, "Switching of perpendicular magnetization by spin–orbit torques in the absence of external magnetic fields",
  • Nature Nanotechnology, Vol. 9, No. 7, pp. 548–554, 2014.