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 second-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. Dadashi-Silab S., Pan X., Matyjaszewski K., Photoinduced Iron-Catalyzed Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization with ppm Levels of Iron Catalyst under Blue Light Irradiation, Macromolecules, 2017, DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.7b01708
  2. Wang Z., Pan X., Yan J., Dadashi-Silab S., Xie G., Zhang J., Wang Z., Xia H., Matyjaszewski K., Temporal Control in Mechanically Controlled Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization Using Low ppm of Cu Catalyst, ACS Macro Lett., 2017, 6, 546–549
  3. Dadashi-Silab S., Pan X., Matyjaszewski K., Phenyl Benzo[b]phenothiazine as a Visible Light Photoredox Catalyst for Metal-Free Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization, Chem. Eur. J., 2017, 23, 5972-5977
  4. Pan X., Malhotra N., Dadashi-Silab S., Matyjaszewski K., A Simplified Fe-Based PhotoATRP Using Only Monomers and Solvent, Macromol. Rapid Commun., 2017, DOI: 10.1002/marc.201600651
  5. Dadashi-Silab S., Doran S., Yagci Y., Photoinduced Electron Transfer Reactions for Macromolecular Syntheses, Chem. Rev., 2016, 116, 10212–10275
  6. Dadashi-Silab S., Yagci Y., Copper(II) Thioxanthone Carboxylate as a Photoswitchable Photocatalyst for Photoinduced Click Chemistry, Tetrahedron Lett., 2015, 56, 6440-6443
  7. Kara M., Dadashi-Silab S., Yagci Y., Phenacyl Ethyl Carbazolium as a Long Wavelength Photoinitiator for Free Radical Polymerization, Macromol. Rapid Commun., 2015, 36, 2070-2075
  8. Dadashi-Silab S., Aydogan C., Yagci Y., Shining a Light on an Adaptable Photoinitiator: Advances in  Photopolymerizations Initiated by Thioxanthones, Polym. Chem., 2015, 6, 6595-6615
  9. Taskin O. S., Dadashi-Silab S., Weber J., Kiskan B., Yagci Y., Highly Efficient and Reusable Microporous Schiff Base Network Polymer as Heterogeneous Catalyst for CuAAC Click Reaction, Macromol. Chem. Phys., 2015, 216, 1746-1753
  10. Yetiskin O*, Dadashi-Silab S.*, Khan S. B., Asiri A. M., Yagci Y., Visible-Light-Induced Copper(I)-Catalyzed Azide-Alkyne Cycloaddition Initiated by Zinc Oxide Semiconductor Nanoparticles, Asian J. Org. Chem., 2015, 4, 442-444
  11. Dadashi-Silab S., Yar Y., Acar H. Y., Yagci Y., Magnetic Iron Oxide Nanoparticles as Long Wavelength Photoinitiators for Free Radical Polymerization, Polym. Chem., 2015, 6, 1918-1922
  12. Dadashi-Silab S., Kiskan B., Antonietti M., Yagci Y., Mesoporous Graphitic Carbon Nitride as a Heterogeneous Catalyst for Photoinduced Copper(I)-Catalyzed Azide-Alkyne Cycloaddition, RSC Adv., 2014, 4, 52170-52173
  13. Dadashi-Silab S., Tasdelen M. A., Yagci Y., Photoinitiated Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization: Current Status and Future Perspectives, J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem., 2014, 52, 2878-2888
  14. Dadashi-Silab S.*, Bildirir H.*, Dawson R., Thomas A., Yagci Y., Microporous Thioxanthone Polymers as Heterogeneous Photoinitiators for Visible Light Induced Free Radical and Cationic Polymerizations, Macromolecules, 2014, 47, 4607-4614
  15. Dadashi-Silab S., Asiri A. M., Khan S. B., Alamry K. A., Yagci Y., Semiconductor Nanoparticles for Photoinitiation of Free Radical Polymerization in Aqueous and Organic Media, J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem., 2014, 52, 1500-1507
  16. Dadashi-Silab S., Tasdelen M. A., Kiskan B., Wang X. C., Antonietti M., Yagci Y., Photochemically Mediated Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization Using Polymeric Semiconductor Mesoporous Graphitic Carbon Nitride, Macromol. Chem. Phys., 2014, 215, 675-681
  17. Dadashi-Silab S., Tasdelen M. A., Asiri A. M., Khan S. B., Yagci Y., Photoinduced Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization using Semiconductor Nanoparticles, Macromol. Rapid Commun., 2014, 35, 454-459

    * 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

Professional Memberships and Research Fellowships

  • American Chemical Society
  • ACS Polymer Division
  • Royal Society of Chemistry 
  • Iranian Polymer Society
  • The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) (Research Fellowship)