Dr. Esfarjani received his Engineering degree from the Ecole Centrale de Paris, followed by a DEA in solid state physics from the University of Paris 7. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Delaware in theoretical condensed matter physics. Prior to coming to Rutgers University as a Research Associate Professor, he held appointments as assistant and then associate professor at the Institute for Materials Research of the Tohoku University, followed by Sharif University, visiting associate professor at UC Santa Cruz, and research scientist at MIT.
In the past he has mainly worked on electronic, mechanical, and transport properties of carbon nanotubes. His research expertise is in electronic structure and materials properties calculations from first-principle density functional theory. His present research is focused on developing a methodology to calculate thermal conductivity from first-principles-derived force fields, and materials design for thermoelectric applications. He is a co-author of a highly praised tutorial style book Computational Materials Science: From Ab initio to Monte Carlo Methods, often used in advanced condensed matter physics courses at UD.