07 - 09 October, 2019


Renewable and cost effective energy supply is one of the biggest challenge which has impact on human and global environment. The solar energy conversion technologies are entering into a new regime with inception of novel device architectures, nanotechnology and new materials for the devices. In particular, recently halide perovskite materials demonstrated outstanding performance with >23% power conversion efficiency. The next generation hybrid solar cells with utilization of nanomaterials and technology are evolving as strong candidates for the cost-effective solutions to the energy crises. However, several challenges are also associated with the scale-up production and commercialization of these technologies. This workshop will focus on the recent developments in the field and challenges associated with the solar energy conversion, next generation photovoltaic and optoelectronic devices. The aim of this workshop is to gather scientists and engineers working in the relevant fields to discuss progresses, challenges, and future directions of emerging concepts in the field of photovoltaics and optoelectronics.

Topics to be Covered

  • Basics and recent developments in the field of solar energy conversion and solar cells
  • Third generation solar cells, in particular developments in the field of the Perovskite solar cells and optoelectronics; their fabrication and characterization
  • Metal oxide semiconductors for hybrid solar cells
  • Nanostructured, 1D, 2D, and 3D absorbers and charge transport layers
  • Engineered nanostructures for solar energy conversion
  • Advanced techniques for characterization of energy materials and devices
  • Interfaces and interfacial modifications in hybrid solar cells
  • Defects and degradation of hybrid perovskite solar cells
  • Water splitting and hydrogen generation using nano-architectures
  • Two dimensional materials and their applications
  • Emerging concepts in photovoltaics and optoelectronics


Hafeez R. Hoorani (NCP, Pakistan) Dr. Sara Qaisar (NCP, Pakistan) Dr. S. K. Hassanain (COMSTECH, Pakistan)

Speakers (Tentative)

Prof. Lukas Schmidt-Mende* University of Konstanz, Germany Hybrid and Perovskite solar cells
Prof. M. Khaja Nazeeruddin* EPFL, Switzerland Developments and prospects of Perovskite solar cells
Prof. Shengzhong Liu Shaanxi Normal University, China High efficiency perovskite solar cells and optoelectronic devices
Dr. M. Adib Ibrahim Uni. Kebangsaan, Malaysia Novel nanomaterials for photovoltaic applications
Prof. Norani Muti Mohamed University Tekn. Petronas, Malaysia Low dimensional semiconductors processing and nanotechnology
Dr. Azhar Fakharuddin* IMEC, Belgium Perovskite optoelectronic devices
Dr. Khurram Joya KFUPM, Saudi Arabia Functional nanomaterials for energy applications
Prof. Dr. Ahmed Shuja IIUI, Pakistan Recent developments in the field of Photovoltaics and optoelectronic devices
Dr. Azhar Iqbal QAU, Pakistan Ultrafast charge dynamics at interface of hybrid materials
Prof. Muhammad Hassan Sayyad GIKI, Pakistan Commercialization of next generation solar cells
Dr. Safeer Ahmad QAU, Pakistan Water splitting
Dr. Saifullh Awan NUST, Pakistan Fundamentals of metal oxide semiconductors
Dr. Gul Rehman QAU, Pakistan Theoretical calculations for energy materials and devices
Dr. M. Zahir Iqbal GIKI, Pakistan Two dimensional materials and their application
Dr. S. Qamar Hussain Comsats University, Pakistan Advanced light scattering techniques for thin-film solar cells
Dr. Muhammad Usman GIKI, Pakistan GaN-based light-emitting diodes

* video lectures


Prof. Lukas Schmidt-Mende (Uni. of Konstanz, Germany) Dr. Muhammad Sultan (NCP, Islamabad) Dr. Azhar Fakhruddin (IMEC, Belgium)

Technical Committee

Dr. Safeer Ahmed (QAU, Pakistan) Dr. Naila Jabeen (NCP, Pakistan) Dr. Ghulam Hasnain (QAU, Pakistan)
Dr. Shahzad Abubakr (NCP, Pakistan)

Management Committee

Mr. Abdul Hamid (NCP, Pakistan) Mr. Rizwan Ali Khan (NCP, Pakistan) Dr. Muhammad Arshad (NCP, Pakistan)

Workshop Secretary

Dr. Muhammad Sultan
Nanoscience and Technology Department
Ph: +92 51 2077300 Ext. 408, +92 345 5893398

Venue and Date

07 - 09 October, 2019
National Centre for Physics, Islamabad, Pakistan


Research students, post-doctoral researchers, faculty members and scientists/engineers who are actively involved in the related research areas are encouraged to apply for participation and presentation (oral or poster). The travel expenses of the participants shall be borne by their parent institutes. Partial travel assistance may be provided to selected outstation student participants and speakers on merit basis. Shortlisted national participants will be intimated during third week of September 2019. There is no fee for foreign participants however they will have to arrange their travel expenses.

Best Poster Presentation Prize

To encourage the participation of young researchers/ students in the field, poster prizes will be awarded to three best presenters.

Registration Fee

  • Students:
    • Local = Rs. 1000/-, Outstation: Rs. 2000/-
  • Employees:
    • Local = Rs. 1500/-, Outstation: Rs. 2500/-

How to apply

Online application form can be accessed here. Deadline for foreign participants is 01 July, 2019 and for local participants is 06 September, 2019.

The shortlisted participants will be intimated by 24th September 2019 to submit the fee.

Workshop Schedule

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Workshop Brochure

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Abstract Book

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University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany

For Further Queries, Please Contact:
Collaborations & Academic Activities Department (CAAD)
National Centre for Physics
Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-2077363
Fax: +92-51-2077342
Website: www.ncp.edu.pk