07 - 08 September, 2020


Renewable and cost-effective energy supply is one of the biggest challenges impacting global environment and human life. With the innovation in the growth techniques, and the emergence of novel nanomaterials, the solar energy conversion and electronic technologies are entering into a new regime offering the potential of solution processability and flexibility for next-generation smart technologies and IoT. Amongst them, halide perovskite materials demonstrated outstanding performance with >25 % power conversion efficiency. The next generation hybrid solar cells based on nanomaterials and technology are evolving as strong candidates for the cost-effective solutions to the energy crises. However, there are several accompanying challenges vis-a-vis the scale-up production and commercialization of these technologies.

National Centre for Physics (NCP) regularly organizes the “International Workshop on Nanomaterials for Energy Conversion, Emerging Photovoltaic and Optoelectronic Technologies (NEEPO)”. NEEPO-20 is the third in this series and owing to COVID-19, this will be a ‘Virtual Workshop’. NEEPO-20 will focus on (1) the basics, (2) the recent developments in the field and challenges associated with the nanomaterials based solar energy conversion and (3) next generation photovoltaic and optoelectronic devices. One session of the workshop will be exclusively organized for young researchers. An online poster session will be also be organized.

As always, the workshop aims to provide the local research students, scientists and engineers a platform to interact with world renowned scientists in the field.

Topics to be Covered

  • Recent developments and fabrication of semiconductor devices
  • 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
  • Metal oxide semiconductors for hybrid solar cells
  • Nanostructured, 1D, 2D, and 3D materials as absorbers and charge transport layers
  • Water splitting and hydrogen generation using nano-architectures
  • Emerging concepts in photovoltaics and optoelectronics
  • Carrier selective contacts for solar cells
  • Perovskite Si Tandem solar cells
  • Printed electronic opto-electronic and optoelectronic devices


Dr. Hafeez R. Hoorani (NCP, Pakistan) Dr. Sara Qaisar (NCP, Pakistan)

Invited Speakers (Tentative)

Junsin Yi Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea High efficiency Si solar cells: Recent developments and outlook
Michael Saliba University of Stuttgart, Germany Perovskite Solar Cells: The Versatility of Multicomponent Perovskites
Lukas Schmidt Mende University of Konstanz, Germany Nanostructures for Energy Conversion Applications
Speaker TBD Introduction to semiconductor devices fabrication
Syed Ghufran Hashmi University of Oulu, Finland Printable Photovoltaic Devices
Kong Liu Chinese Academy of Sciences, China Perovskite Si Tandem Solar Cells
Azhar Fakhruddin University of Konstanz, Germany Perovskite Based Optoelectronic Devices

Technical Committee

Muhammad Arshad, NCP Ghulam Hasnain, QAU Naila Jabeen, NCP
Shahzad Abubakr, NCP Azhar Iqbal, QAU S. Qamar Hussain, Comsats Uni. Lahore

Management Committee

Mr. Abdul Hamid, NCP Mr. Rizwan Ali Khan, NCP Arshad Ahmad, NCP

Workshop Secretary

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


Research students, post-doctoral researchers, active faculty members and scientists/engineers are encouraged to apply. A limited number of slots are available in the oral presentation session for young researchers.

Maximum benefit will be drawn by applicants having prior basic background knowledge of the field; young researchers and research students working in the field will be facilitated on priority.


Online application form can be accessed here. There is no fee for workshop registration. Only relevant registered participants will be allowed to attend the workshop. Candidates will be shortlisted based on the relevance of their research area to NEEPO-20 and the availability of IT resources at NCP. Shortlisted participants will be intimated during last week of August 2020.

Important Dates

  • Submission of Abstract for Oral/ Poster presentation: August 21, 2020
  • Confirmation of Abstract Oral/Poster: August 26, 2020
  • General Participation: August 26, 2020
  • Confirmation of Participation: September 02, 2020
  • Video Talk/Poster Submission: September 02, 2020

Workshop Brochure

To download the workshop brochure, click here.

Workshop Participants

To download the participants list, click here.

Workshop Schedule

To download the schedule, click here.

Poster Presentation (Guidelines)

All presenters must send an electronic copy of their poster in MP4, PDF or PPT(X) format that laconically describe their work before 02 September, 2020.

  • For poster presentation, a pre-recorded MP4 video of up to 3min will be preferred.
  • The size of the file must be below 25 MBs.
  • Indico and Sharepoint/OneDrive will be used for Poster presentations.
  • Provided soft copies of posters will be uploaded on Sharepoint/OneDrive and generated links will be shared with all participants.
  • The actual time for poster session will be shared with participants later.

Following points should be considered for online poster session.

Clarity of the Presentation

  • Proper text and graphics scaling for comfortable viewing on screen.
  • A concise and to-the-point title.
  • Organized to guide the observer through information in a logical order.
  • Provides the motivation, objectives and approach of the research.
  • Summarizes the key results and highlights the impact of the work.
  • Proper use of colors, graphics, figures, text and white space.
  • Efficient use of graphics to convey complex information.

Technical Merit

  • The work presented is novel.
  • Systematic analysis and presentation of the results.
  • Conclusions supported by the data

For posters and their talks, click here.

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Poster Competition (Winners)

1st Place
2nd Place
Top3rd Placeic
Mian Muhammad Faisal
GIK Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
Syed Shaheen Shah
Center of Research Excellence in Nanotechnology (CENT), King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Saudi Arabia
Nimrah Tahir
School of Natural Sciences, NUST & National Centre for Physics, Islamabad, Pakistan

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