Dr. Sanaz Khorasani is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Crystal Engineering Research Group hosted by Prof. M. Zaworotko at the University of Limerick, Ireland. Sanaz completed her PhD in 2014 under the supervision of Prof. M.A. Fernandes at the University of the Witwatersrand. Her Ph.D. mainly focused on the synthesis of organic charge-transfer complexes followed by solid-state reaction in single crystals in which the movement of reacting molecules was monitored at the atomic level. Upon completing her Ph.D., she became a postdoctoral researcher at the Wits University hosted by Prof. D.C. Levendis, working on developing techniques involving organic solid-state reactions for the synthesis of materials for application in molecular electronic devices. Current research interests involve the design and formation of new pharmaceutical co-crystals as well as solid-state synthesis of ligands via mechanochemistry techniques for MOF’s application. Her research interests include pharmaceutical co-crystals, crystal engineering, solid-state reactions, polymorphism, molecular electronics, and computational chemistry.


  1. (C) Sanaz Khorasani, Manuel A. Fernandes, “A synthetic co-crystal prepared by single-crystal-to-single-crystal solid-state Diels-Alder reaction.”, ChemComm., 2017, 53, 4969-4972.
  2. (F) Sanaz Khorasani, Delbert S. Botes, Manuel A. Fernandes, Demetrius C. Levendis, “A single-crystal-to-single-crystal Diels-Alder reaction with mixed topochemical and topotactic behaviour.”, CrystEngComm., 2015, 17, 8933-8945.
  3. (F) Sanaz Khorasani, Manuel A. Fernandes, “Cooperativity and feedback mechanisms in the Single-Crystal-to-Single-Crystal Solid State-Diels-Alder Reaction of 9-Methylanthracene with Bis(N-cyclobutylimino)-1,4-dithiin.”,Crystal Growth & Design., 2013, 13, 5499-5505.
  4. (F) Sanaz Khorasani, Manuel A. Fernandes, Christopher B. Perry,“Do 12-membered cycloalkane rings only exist as one conformation in the solid state? A detailed solid-state analysis involving polymorphs of N,N’-biscyclododecyl pyromellitic diimide.”, Crystal Growth & Design., 2012, 12, 5908-5916.
B.Sc. Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran, 2007 M.Sc. University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, 2012 Ph.D. University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, 2014