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Observing an in-lab fabricated solar cell device

Principal Investigator

Makhsud Saidaminov 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 90+ publications in peer-reviewed journals, cited 9,000+ times with h-index of 46 (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.
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, Daejeon, South Korea (2020). During his master’s, he worked on flexible CIGS thin film solar cells. He currently has interest in CIGS-Perovskite tandem solar cells.
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.
Erin Moloney
Undergraduate student in Chemistry at UVic. After graduating, Erin plans to go to graduate school to study materials science for applications in solar cell technologies.
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.
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. Vishal will start his Ph.D. in Chemistry in Fall 2020.
Dongyang Zhang,
PhD student.
Dongyang has a keen interest in the development of perovskite-based optoelectronic devices and their commercialization.
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


Rebecca KirschUndergraduate student, 2020
Emma Dennis Undergraduate student, 2020

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