21 - 22 September, 2021


Renewable and cost-effective energy supply is one of the biggest challenges impacting global environment and human life. Likewise, optoelectronic devices have significant contribution for energy efficiency. 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. The next generation hybrid solar cells based on nanomaterials and technology are evolving as strong candidates for the cost-effective solutions for smart applications. 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-21 is the fourth in this series and owing to COVID-19, this will be a ‘Virtual Workshop’ to be held using ZOOM platform. NEEPO-21 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. We also offer a platform for an online poster session during the workshop. As per traditions, the workshop aims to provide the local research students, scientists and engineers a platform to interact with world renowned scientists in the field.


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

Invited Speakers (Tentative)

Prof. Thomas Brown University of Rome, Italy Flexible and Indoor Perovskite Solar Cells for IoT
Prof. Ahmed Shuja International Islamic University, Islamabad State of the Art and Futuristic Photovoltaic & Optoelectronics Research
Dr. Syed Ghufran Hashmi University of Oulu, Finland Next Generation Dye-sensitized Solar Cells with Advanced Printable Materials and Cell Design
Dr. Tariq Sajjad London South Bank University, UK Recent Progress of Organic Photovoltaics
Dr. Azhar Fakhruddin University of Konstanz, Germany Interfaces in Optoelectronic Devices
Dr. Khurram Joya Artificial Photosynthesis and Biomimetic Hydrogen Generation
Dr. Zaheer Iqbal GIKI, Topi, Pakistan Two Dimensional Materials for Optoelectronic Applications
Dr. Muhammad Usman Muzaffar University of Science and Technology of China Predictive Design of Advanced Energy Materials
Irfan Haider University of Wah, Pakistan Discovery, Current Scenario, and Future Prospects of Perovskite Solar Cells
Dr. Muhammad Abdul Basit Institute of Space Technology, Islamabad Metal Chalcogenide Based QDs for Emerging Photovoltaic Applications
Dr. Shazada Qamar COMSATS University Islamabad, Lahore Campus Transparent Conductive Oxide Materials and Future of High-Efficiency Silicon Heterojunction Solar cells
Dr. Saif Ullah NUST, Islamabad Electrical Conduction in Metal Oxide Semiconductors

Technical Committee

Mr. Rizwan Ali Khan Dr. Muhammad Arshad Dr. Muhammad Irfan
Dr. Naila Jabeen Dr. Shahzad Abubakr Mr. Muhammad Arshad

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, 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. However, only registered participants will be allowed to attend the workshop. Candidates will be shortlisted based on the relevance of their research area to NEEPO-21, and the availability of IT resources. Shortlisted participants will be intimated 1 week before the event.

Important Dates

  • Submission of Abstract for Oral/ Poster presentation: September 5, 2021
  • Confirmation of Abstract Oral/Poster: September 09, 2021
  • Video Talk/Poster Submission: September 14, 2021
  • General Participants Registration Deadline: September 12, 2021

Workshop Brochure

To download the workshop brochure, 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 16 September, 2021.

  • 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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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