We are a team of talented professionals with a wide range of skills and experience. We love what we do, and we do it with passion.

Makhsud Saidaminov, Principal Investigator
Makhsud is a Canada Research Chair Tier II in Advanced Functional Materials, and an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Chemistry and ECE at the University of Victoria. Prior to this position, he was a Banting PDF at the University of Toronto (2017-2019), a Visiting Scholar at MIT (April-July 2018), and a PDF at KAUST (2014-2016). Grown-up in Tajikistan, he received his Ph.D. from Lomonosov Moscow University (2013). Makhsud was named 2021 Highly Cited Researcher by Clarivate Analytics. He authored 100+ publications in peer-reviewed journals and cited 11,000+ times with an h-index of 51 (Google Scholar).

Dr. Ren Yan, Visiting Professor
Ren Yan is a visiting professor sponsored by the Ministry of Education of the P. R. China. Before she joined Prof. Makhsud’s group, her research field was in the growth and mechanism of single-crystalline fibers in solution. She now collaborates with Prof. Makhsud on the crystal growth of the columnar perovskites for X-ray detector.

Dr. Deepak Thrithamarassery Gangadharan, MITACS Accelerate-Industrial PDF
He received Ph.D. from INRS, Montreal (2020). He has over 7 years of experience in various solar technologies. He was awarded three prestigious FRQNT scholarships, including an internship at the Georgia Institute of Technology, USA. He has published over 20 peer-reviewed papers, gathering over 1000 citations (h-index of 15). He currently focuses on highly-efficient perovskite solar modules.

Dr. Soumya Kundu, PDF
He joined the group in October 2020 after receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Saskatchewan. He has over six years of experience in perovskite-based technologies. He has his masters from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. His current research interest focuses on the accelerated discovery of semiconducting materials for different applications.

Dr. Yuki Haruta , PDF
YUKI received his Ph.D. from Kyoto University in Japan. He first joined the group as a visiting research student in 2021, and then as a PDF in 2022. His current research focuses on developing/optimizing perovskite thick films for high-energy photon detection.

Dr. Anjusree Shyla, Visiting Scholar
Dr. Shyla is a Research Manager/Scientist at Solaires Entreprises Inc. Dr. Shyla holds a Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering specializing in synthesizing a variety of nanomaterials for their application in renewable energy technologies. Dr. Shyla has published over 20 peer-reviewed research papers and she is an active volunteer with Women in Renewable Energy, Canada. Dr. Shyla is involved in the scaling up of perovskite solar cells and identifying eco-friendly materials to improve the efficiency and stability of the devices.

Benedicta Assoah, Ph.D., Visiting scholar
Dr. Assoah is a Research and Development Scientist at Solaires Enterprises Inc. Benedicta received her PhD in synthetic organic chemistry from Tampere University, Finland in 2019. Her background is in synthetic methodology development with over 6 years of experience in a cross-functional research environment. She has 6 publications in peer-reviewed journals and currently involved in optimizing the stability of perovskite solar cells for industrialization.

Vishal Yeddu, Ph.D. Student
Vishal received his B.Tech. in Metallurgical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology(BHU), Varanasi, India (2015), and his M.Sc. in Materials Science and Engineering from Oklahoma State University, Tulsa, U.S.A. (2019). During his master’s, he worked on perovskite and organic optoelectronic devices for near-infrared detection.

Dongyang Zhang, Ph.D. student
Dongyang has a keen interest in the development of perovskite-based optoelectronic devices and their commercialization.

Muhammad Awais Malik, Ph.D. Student
Awais received his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan, Pakistan (2015) and his M.Sc. in Renewable Energy Engineering from the University of Science and Technology (KIER), Daejeon, South Korea (2020). During his master’s, he worked on flexible CIGS thin-film solar cells. He currently has an interest in stabilizing the perovskite solar cells for industrialization.

Parinaz Moazzezi, Ph.D. student
Parinaz received her B.Sc in Electrical Engineering from IK international University in Iran and earned her M.Sc in Micro and Nano Electric Devices from TMU. During her master thesis, she worked on Perovskite materials with emphasis on their application in light-emitting diodes. She is interested in light-matter interaction. She will start her Ph.D. in Fall 2021

Mohammad Reza Kokaba, PhD student

Mohammad Reza, B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Bu-Ali Sina University, M.Sc. in Applied Design Mechanical Engineering from IK International University. Expert in the experimental and numerical analysis of severe plastic deformations on FCC metals at high strain rates and cryogenic temperatures. His research focuses on the microstructural and mechanical property evolution of solar cell materials. He will start his Ph.D. in Fall 2022.

Shahram Moradi , Ph.D. candidate

SHAHRAM is doing his Ph.D. research on high-throughput synthesizing of thin-film with a slot-die coating, and high-throughput characterization using spectrometer for perovskite solar cell applications. He earned his M.S. in the photonics field from the Micro and Nanotechnology department at Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey.

Yameen Ahmed , Ph.D. student

Yameen Ahmed received BS in Physics from Hazara University Mansehra, Pakistan (2018) and MS in Optical Engineering from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, China (2020). During his BS and master’s, he worked on the green synthesis of nanoparticles and the fabrication of flexible perovskite solar cells, respectively.

Sean Bernard Reinecke M.S. student

Sean received his bachelor’s of science with a double major in chemistry and history from the University of Victoria. He is interested in increasing the commercial viability of solar technology. His work is presently focused on the use of atomic layer deposition for creating thin consistent films at lower temperatures.

Shuang Qiu (Sam), UVic undergraduate student

Shuang Qiu is interested in the crystallization of perovskite.


Rebecca KirschUndergraduate student, 2020
Emma Dennis Undergraduate student, 2020
Erin MoloneyUndergraduate student, 2021
Nattan TelmerUndergraduate student 2022