Dr. Taimur Ahmed

Assistant Professor


Dr Taimur Ahmed completed his doctoral studies at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University, Australia in 2018His research interests lie in functional materials and bio-inspired nanodevices. He has pioneered a new class of electronic memories and developed a novel ultra-thin artificial optoelectronic synapse for next-generation brain-inspired nanoelectronics. The new class of electronic memory efficiently stores multiple levels of data – enabling high density data storage in a single memory cell – in the same way as grey matter stores information in a human brain. His engineered electronic memories and synaptic devices mimic cognitive functionalities of a biological nervous system with ability to store new information and learn from previous experience. 

Dr Taimur has published more than 50 peer-reviewed publications in prestigious scientific journals and filed several provisional patents. His research has also attracted industrial and public media attention including scientific journal cover art.  


  • Completion Date: 2006 Degree title: Master of Science Organization Name: University of Peshawar, Pakistan
  • Completion Date: 2010 Degree title: Master of Science Organization Name: Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Swede
  • Completion Date: 2018 Degree title: PhD Organization Name: RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia


  • Fully Light‐Controlled Memory and Neuromorphic Computation in Layered Black Phosphorus” Advanced Materials (2020). https://doi.org/10.1002/adma.202004207
  • “Multifunctional optoelectronics via harnessing defects in layered black phosphorus” Advanced Functional Materials 1901991 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1002/adfm.201901991
  • Optically stimulated artificial synapse based on layered black phosphorus” Small 15 (22) (2019). https://doi.org/10.1002/smll.201900966
  • “Time and rate dependent synaptic learning in neuro-mimicking resistive memories” Scientific Reports 9, 1-11 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-51700-0
  • “Inducing tunable resistive switching behavior in a single memristor” Applied Materials Today 11, 280-290 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apmt.2018.03.003

Awards & Prizes

  • Year: 2020 Award Title: Victoria Fellowship Awarding Institute Name: Government of Victoria, Australia
  • Year: 2019 Award Title: ANN Overseas Travel Fellowship Awarding Institute Name: Australian Nanotechnology Network, Australia
  • Year: 2019 Award Title: RMIT Recognition of Outstanding Student Experience (Teaching Team) Award Awarding Institute Name: RMIT University, Australia
  • Year: 2018 Award Title: RMIT Higher Degree by Research Publication Grant Awarding Institute Name: RMIT University, Australia