International Workshop on Nanomaterials for Energy Conversion, Emerging Photovoltaic and Optoelectronic Technologies (NEEPO-19)

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.


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


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)

Speakers (Tentative)**

Speaker Name
Talk Title
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. Norani Muti Mohamed University Tekn. Petronas, Malaysia Low dimensional semiconductors processing and nanotechnology
Prof. Thomas Brown* University of Rome, Italy Flexible perovskite solar cells
Prof. Dr. S. K. Hassanain COMSTECH, Pakistan Metal-oxide semiconductors
Dr. Azhar Fakharuddin IMEC, Belgium Perovskite optoelectronic devices
Prof. Dr. Ahmed Shuja IIUI, Pakistan Photovoltaics and optoelectronic devices
Prof. Shahzad Naseem CESSP, Uni. of Punjab, Pakistan Nanomaterials for photovoltaic applications
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. Afzal Hussain Kamboh PCRET, Pakistan Doped perovskite materials for solar cell application
Dr. Gul Rehman QAU, Pakistan Theoretical calculations for energy materials and devices
Dr. Zohair S. Khan NUST, Pakistan Thin film solar cells
Dr. M. Zahir Iqbal GIKI, Pakistan Two dimensional materials and their application
Dr. Abdul Basit IST, Pakistan Quantum dot solar cells
Dr. Amna Bashir QAU, Pakistan Carbon based Perovskite solar cells

* video lectures
** Nominations for relevant invited speakers are open and can be sent at

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

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

Local = Rs. 1000/-, Outstation: Rs. 2000/-
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.

Workshop Brochure

To download the workshop brochure, click here.


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
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