In conjunction with UBD's 30th anniversary, the Faculty of Science (FOS) and the Centre for Advanced Material and Energy Sciences (CAMES) hosted a public lecture by its Eminent Visiting Professor, Mohammad K. Nazeeruddin, on “Perovskite Solar Cells: A New Paradigm in Renewable Energy Sector” on 10th February at the Senate Room, Chancellor Hall.
Perovskite materials used in solar cells involve low-cost precursors, are capable of being processed through a variety of scalable methods to deliver high power conversion efficiencies in solar cells, compared to thin film and crystalline silicon solar cells. In the lecture, Professor Nazeeruddin went into the depths of Organic Chemistry to explain the chemical properties and prospects for perovskite material in various application markets spanning solar cells to sensing, imaging, environment, and optoelectronics.
The lecture saw the attendance of Science academics studying energy studies, officials and professionals in the energy sector as well as students and teachers in local secondary schools.
During his one-week visit as Eminent Visiting Professor at FOS, Professor Nazeeruddin visited the research labs in the Physics and Chemistry Departments, as well as CAMES to meet with UBD researchers and evaluate presentations by research students on Photovoltaics. Professor Nazeeruddin also provided an interactive and hands-on session on studies on Photovoltaics, and conduct a workshop on perovskite solar cells.
Professor Nazeeruddin is teaching "Functional Materials" course at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, and Korea University; directing, and managing several industrial, national, and European Union projects. His current research at EPFL focuses on dye-sensitised and perovskite solar cells, CO2 reduction, hydrogen production and light-emitting diodes.
He was recently listed as 2015 World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds after being recognised as a Thomas Reuters Highly Cited Researcher. He has published more than 500 peer-reviewed papers, ten book chapters, and inventor/co-inventor of over 60 patents. He appeared in the ISI listing of most cited chemists, and has more than 50'000 citations with an h-index of 105.
He was awarded EPFL Excellence prize in 1998 and 2006, Brazilian FAPESP Fellowship in 1999, Japanese Government Science & Technology Agency Fellowship, in 1998, Government of India National Fellowship in 1987-1988. He is appointed as World Class University (WCU) professor by the Korea University, Jochiwon, Korea, Adjunct Professor by the King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Visiting Professor at King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and Eminent Professor at Brunei.
Professor Nazeeruddin was invited under UBD’s Eminent Visiting Professor and Visiting Appointment (EVPVA) Scheme, in which distinguished experts visit the university to deliver lectures and share their professional expertise and network through mentorship and research collaborations. Through this scheme, the university hopes to strengthen its overall quality of teaching, research and community outreach programs of the university.
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