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), a PDF at KAUST (2014-2016). He received his Ph.D. from Moscow State University (2013). Makhsud authored 100+ publications in peer-reviewed journals, cited 10,000+ times with h-index of 50 (Google Scholar). Makhsud enjoys spending time with his family and cooking ‘pilaf’.

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 internship at 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.

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.

Vishal Yeddu, PhD Student
Vishal received his B.Tech. in Metallurgical Engineering from 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, PhD student
Dongyang has a keen interest in the development of perovskite-based optoelectronic devices and their commercialization.

Muhammad Awais Malik, PhD 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 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 interest in stablizing the perovskite solar cells for industrialization.

Shahram Moradi, Ph.D. student
SHAHRAM earned his B.S. in Telecommunication from ECE at IAU in IRAN, an M.S. in Photonics from Micro and Nanotechnology at METU  in TURKEY, and he is doing his Ph.D. in ECE at the University of Victoria in CANADA. His research background is in both simulation and experiment mainly focused on topics of laser/matter interaction, nanophotonics, plasmonics, and metamaterials. His current research focuses on developing/optimizing optoelectronic properties of hybrid organic-inorganic halide perovskite thin film for solar cell applications.

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-matters interaction. She will start her PhD in Fall 2021

Yuki Haruta , Ph.D. student
YUKI received his B.Eng. and M.Eng. from Kyoto University in JAPAN and he is still working on his PhD course in Kyoto University. He joined the group as a visiting research student in 2021. His current research focuses on developing/optimizing perovskite thick films for high energy photon detection.


Rebecca KirschUndergraduate student, 2020
Emma Dennis Undergraduate student, 2020
Erin MoloneyUndergraduate student, 2021