Carnegie Mellon University

Sajjad Dadashi Silab

Sajjad Dadashi Silab

Graduate Student, Chemistry

Carnegie Mellon University
4400 Fifth Avenue
Mellon Institute
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Sajjad is a fifth-year graduate student in the Matyjaszewski group working on photochemical ATRP techniques.


  • PhD in Chemistry (2016-Present)
    Department of Chemistry, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh
    Supervisor: Prof. Krzysztof Matyjaszewski

  • MSc in Chemistry (2013-2015)
    Department of Chemistry, Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul
    Supervisor: Prof. Yusuf Yagci

  • BSc in Polymer Engineering (2007-2012)
    Department of Polymer Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran
    Supervisor: Prof. Hormoz Eslami


  • Polymer Chemistry
  • Controlled Radical Polymerizations
  • Photochemistry
  • PhotoATRP


  1. N. J. Shah, S. Dadashi-Silab, M. D. Galluzzo, S. Chakraborty, W. S. Loo, K. Matyjaszewski, N. P. Balsara, Effect of Added Salt on Disordered Poly(ethylene oxide)-Block-Poly(methyl methacrylate) Copolymer Electrolytes, Macromolecules, 202154, 1414–1424 [link]
  2. F. Lorandi, S. Lathwal, M. R. Martinez, S. Dadashi-Silab, G. Szczepaniak, J. Cuthbert, Reflection on the Matyjaszewski Lab Webinar Series and the Rise of Webinars in Polymer Chemistry, ACS Macro Lett., 2021, 10, 54–59 [link]
  3. G. Szczepaniak, M. Łagodzińska, S. Dadashi-Silab, A. Gorczyński, K. Matyjaszewski, Fully Oxygen–Tolerant Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization Triggered by Sodium Pyruvate, Chem. Sci., 2020, 11, 8809–8816 [link]
  4. S. Dadashi-Silab,* I.-H. Lee,* A. Anastasaki, F. Lorandi, B. Narupai, N. D. Dolinski, M. L. Allegrezza, M. Fantin, D. Konkolewicz, C. J. Hawker, K. Matyjaszewski, Investigating Temporal Control in Photoinduced Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization, Macromolecules, 2020, 53, 5280–5288 [link]
  5. W. Yan, S. Dadashi-Silab, K. Matyjaszewski, N. D. Spencer, E. M. Benetti, Surface-Initiated Photoinduced ATRP: Mechanism, Oxygen Tolerance, and Temporal Control during the Synthesis of Polymer Brushes, Macromolecules, 2020, 53, 2801–2810 [link]
  6. S. Dadashi-Silab, K. Matyjaszewski, Iron Catalysts in Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization, Molecules, 2020, 25, 1648 (invited review) [link]
  7. M. R. Martinez, J. Sobieski, F. Lorandi, M. Fantin, S. Dadashi-Silab, G. Xie, M. Olszewski, X. Pan, T. G. Ribelli, K. Matyjaszewski, Understanding the Relationship between Catalytic Activity and Termination in photoATRP: Synthesis of Linear and Bottlebrush Polyacrylates, Macromolecules, 2020, 53, 59–67 [link]
  8. S. Dadashi-Silab, G. Szczepaniak, S. Lathwal, K. Matyjaszewski, Iodine-Mediated PhotoATRP in Aqueous Media with Oxygen Tolerance, Polym. Chem., 2020, 11, 843–848 [link]
  9. S. Dadashi-Silab, K. Matyjaszewski, Iron-Catalyzed Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization of Semifluorinated Methacrylates, ACS Macro Lett., 2019, 8, 1110–1114 [link]
  10. Y. Wang, S. Dadashi-Silab, F. Lorandi, K. Matyjaszewski, Photoinduced Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization in ab initio Emulsion, Polymer, 2019, 165, 163–167 [link]
  11. S. Dadashi-Silab, F. Lorandi, M. Fantin, K. Matyjaszewski, Redox-Switchable Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization, Chem. Commun., 2019, 55, 612–615 [link]
  12. Y. Wang, S. Dadashi-Silab, K. Matyjaszewski, Photoinduced Miniemulsion Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization, ACS Macro Lett., 2018, 7, 720–725 [link]
  13. S. Dadashi-Silab, K. Matyjaszewski, Temporal Control in Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization Using Zerovalent Metals, Macromolecules, 2018, 51, 4250–4258 [link]
  14. S. Dadashi-Silab, X. Pan, K. Matyjaszewski, Photoinduced Iron-Catalyzed Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization with ppm Levels of Iron Catalyst under Blue Light Irradiation, Macromolecules, 2017, 50, 7967–7977 [link]
  15. Z. Wang, X. Pan, J. Yan, S. Dadashi-Silab, G. Xie, J. Zhang, Z. Wang, H. Xia, K. Matyjaszewski, Temporal Control in Mechanically Controlled Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization Using Low ppm of Cu Catalyst, ACS Macro Lett., 2017, 6, 546–549 [link]
  16. S. Dadashi-Silab, X. Pan, K. Matyjaszewski, Phenyl Benzo[b]phenothiazine as a Visible Light Photoredox Catalyst for Metal-Free Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization, Chem. Eur. J., 2017, 23, 5972–5977 [link]
  17. X. Pan, N. Malhotra, S. Dadashi-Silab, K. Matyjaszewski, A Simplified Fe-Based PhotoATRP Using Only Monomers and Solvent, Macromol. Rapid Commun., 2017, 38, 1600651 [link]
  18. S. Dadashi-Silab, S. Doran, Y. Yagci, Photoinduced Electron Transfer Reactions for Macromolecular Syntheses, Chem. Rev., 2016, 116, 10212–10275 [link]
  19. S. Dadashi-Silab, Y. Yagci, Copper(II) Thioxanthone Carboxylate as a Photoswitchable Photocatalyst for Photoinduced Click Chemistry, Tetrahedron Lett., 2015, 56, 6440–6443 [link]
  20. M. Kara, S. Dadashi-Silab, Y. Yagci, Phenacyl Ethyl Carbazolium as a Long Wavelength Photoinitiator for Free Radical Polymerization, Macromol. Rapid Commun., 2015, 36, 2070–2075 [link]
  21. S. Dadashi-Silab, C. Aydogan, Y. Yagci, Shining a Light on an Adaptable Photoinitiator: Advances in Photopolymerizations Initiated by Thioxanthones, Polym. Chem., 2015, 6, 6595–6615 [link]
  22. O. S. Taskin, S. Dadashi-Silab, J. Weber, B. Kiskan, Y. Yagci, Highly Efficient and Reusable Microporous Schiff Base Network Polymer as Heterogeneous Catalyst for CuAAC Click Reaction, Macromol. Chem. Phys., 2015, 216, 1746–1753 [link]
  23. O. Yetiskin,* S. Dadashi-Silab,* S. B. Khan, A. M. Asiri, Y. Yagci, Visible-Light-Induced Copper(I)-Catalyzed Azide-Alkyne Cycloaddition Initiated by Zinc Oxide Semiconductor Nanoparticles, Asian J. Org. Chem., 2015, 4, 442–444 [link]
  24. S. Dadashi-Silab, Y. Yar, H. Y. Acar, Y. Yagci, Magnetic Iron Oxide Nanoparticles as Long Wavelength Photoinitiators for Free Radical Polymerization, Polym. Chem., 2015, 6, 1918–1922 [link]
  25. S. Dadashi-Silab, B. Kiskan, M. Antonietti, Y. Yagci, Mesoporous Graphitic Carbon Nitride as a Heterogeneous Catalyst for Photoinduced Copper(I)-Catalyzed Azide-Alkyne Cycloaddition, RSC Adv., 2014, 4, 52170–52173 [link]
  26. S. Dadashi-Silab, M. A. Tasdelen, Y. Yagci, Photoinitiated Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization: Current Status and Future Perspectives, J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem., 2014, 52, 2878–2888 [link]
  27. S. Dadashi-Silab,* H. Bildirir,* R. Dawson, A. Thomas, Y. Yagci, Microporous Thioxanthone Polymers as Heterogeneous Photoinitiators for Visible Light Induced Free Radical and Cationic Polymerizations, Macromolecules, 2014, 47, 4607–4614 [link]
  28. S. Dadashi-Silab, A. M. Asiri, S. B. Khan, K. A. Alamry, Y. Yagci, Semiconductor Nanoparticles for Photoinitiation of Free Radical Polymerization in Aqueous and Organic Media, J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem., 2014, 52, 1500–1507 [link]
  29. S. Dadashi-Silab, M. A. Tasdelen, B. Kiskan, X. C. Wang, M. Antonietti, Y. Yagci, Photochemically Mediated Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization Using Polymeric Semiconductor Mesoporous Graphitic Carbon Nitride, Macromol. Chem. Phys., 2014, 215, 675–681 [link]
  30. S. Dadashi-Silab, M. A. Tasdelen, A. M. Asiri, S. B. Khan, Y. Yagci, Photoinduced Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization using Semiconductor Nanoparticles, Macromol. Rapid Commun., 2014, 35, 454–459 [link]

    * Co-first authors

Research Experience

2013-2015   Research Assistant, Yagci Polymer Research Group, Istanbul Technical University

  • Photoinduced Conventional and Controlled Radical Polymerization
  • Semiconducting Heterogeneous Photocatalysis in Polymerizations
  • Photoinduced Click Chemistry

Supervisor: Prof. Yusuf Yagci

2011-2012   Undergraduate Research Assistant, Polymer Research Laboratory, Amirkabir University of Technology

  • Dispersion Polymerization and the Synthesis of Polymeric Particles with Various Shapes

Supervisor: Prof. Hormoz Eslami

Awards and Professional Activities

Awards and fellowships:

Service and outreach:


  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • ACS Polymer (Poly) and Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE) Divisions
  • Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)