Faculty

Iain McCulloch, Ph.D.

Director, ​Professor of Chemical Science

Research Interest: ​synthesis and characterization of novel conjugated polymers and small molecules for organic and hybrid photovoltaics applications

Thomas Anthopoulos, Ph.D.

Professor of Material Science and Engineering​

Research Interest: solution-processed thin film photovoltaics based on organic, inorganic and hybrid organic-inorganic perovskite light absorbing material

Udo Schwingenschlögl, Ph.D.

​Professor of Material Science and Engineering

Research Interest: ​materials modeling, first-principles calculations, novel functional materials, quantum transport, 2D materials, nanomaterials

Frédéric Laquai, Ph.D.

​​​​​Associate Director, Associate Professor of Material Science and Physics

Research Interest: ultrafast laser spectroscopy, photophysics of organic and hybrid semiconductors, photochemistry, photocatalysis​

Stefaan De Wolf, Ph.D.

​Associate Professor of​ Material Science and Engineering

Research Interest: fabrication of high efficiency silicon-based solar cells, new device architecture and applications, perovskite-silicon tandem solar cells

Vincent C. Tung, Ph.D.

​Associate Professor of Material Science and Engineering

Research Interest: ​developing the basic science coupled with advanced nanomanufacturing needed to translate the extraordinary properties of two-dimensional (2D) materials, from chalcogenides, nitrides, oxides to graphene, into real-world applications

Derya Baran, Ph.D.

​Assistant Professor of Material Science and Engineering​

Research Interest: solution-processable organic/hybrid soft materials for electronic devices, printed organic/hybrid electronics, smart materials​

Upscaling, Prototyping, Technology Transfer

Michael F. Salvador, Ph.D.

Principal Technology Lead

Research Interest: Organic electronics, Thin-film photovoltaics, Plasmonics, Biophotonics, Scanning probe microscopy

Rey Guadalquiver

​Research Technician

Lab Operation Staff

Faisal Wali, Ph.D.

Strategic Partnership & Lab Operations Manager

Abdulrahman El Labban, Ph.D.

​Operations Engineer​

Research Interest: ​Materials science, Vacuum deposition, Device fabrication and characterization

Bright Wadja

​Senior Technical Specialist

Craig Combe, Ph.D.

​​​Staff Scientist

Research Interest: Organic electronics, OECT, OFET, bio-organic electronics

Dalia Al Nakdali, Ph.D.

Research Support Staff in Laquai Group

Emmanuel Van Kerschaver

​Operations Engineer

Punitha Elavarasu

Lab Assistant

Pooja S. Lolage

Technical Assistant

Saheena Desai

​Lab Coordinator in Anthopoulos & Baran Group

Semen Shikin

​Senior Technical Specialist

Research Interest: Scanning probe microscopy, Raman Scattering

Research Scientists

Erkan Aydin, Ph.D.

Research Scientist in De Wolf Group

Research Interest: Tandem Solar Cells, Silicon Heterojunction Solar Cells, Thin Film Solar Cells, Flexible Electonics, Solar Water Splitting, Nanomaterials for Energy Conversion

Emre Yengel, Ph.D.

Research Scientist in Anthopoulos group

Hu Chen, Ph.D.

Research Scientist in McCulloch group

Research Interest: OFET, OPV

Hendrik Faber, Ph.D.

​​Research Scientist in Anthopoulos group

Research Interest: ​​Solution processing, Film formation, Metal oxide semiconductors, Thin-film transistors, (Opto-)Electronic devices

Julien Gorenflot, Ph.D.

Research Scientist in Laquai group

Research Interest: ​Transient absorption, photo-induced absorption, excitons binding energy, charges generation, bimolecular recombination, geminate recombination, energetic disorder, binding energy

Jafar Khan, Ph.D.

Research Scientist in Laquai group

Michele De Bastiani, Ph.D.

Research Scientist in De Wolf Group

Research Interest: photovoltaics, hybrid perovskites, materials science and engineering​

Marios Neophytou, Ph.D.

Research Scientist in McCulloch group

Research Interest: ​Materials science, Organic electronics, organic solar cells, inkjet printing, printed electronics

Rawad Hallani, Ph.D.

Research Scientist in McCulloch group

Research Interest: ​Organic semiconductors, Organic synthesis, Organic photovoltaics

Thomas G. Allen, Ph.D.

Research Scientist in De Wolf group

Weimin Zhang, Ph.D.

​Research Scientist in McCulloch group

Postdoctoral Fellows

Arsalan Razzaq, Ph. D.

​Postdoctoral Fellow in De Wolf Group

Research Interest: Advanced Light Management Approaches, Nanophotonics, device physics, Silicon Heterojunction Solar Cells, Perovskite_Silicon Tandem Solar Cells

Aniruddha Basu, Ph.D.

​Postdoctoral Fellow in Anthopoulos Group

Research Interest: Perovskite Single Crystal, Field Effect Transistors, Light Emitting Diodes

Alberto Scaccabarozzi, Ph.D.

​​Postdoctoral Fellow in Anthopoulos group

Research Interest: polymers, organice semiconductors, electronics, bioelectronics, semiconductors, photovoltaics

Anand Subbiah, Ph.D.

​Postdoctoral Fellow in De Wolf group

Research Interest: Large Area Perovskite Solar Cells, Perovskite_Silicon Tandem Solar Cells

Anirudh Sharma, Ph.D.

​​Postdoctoral Fellow in Baran group

Research Interest: organic solar cells, Interfacial energetics, morphology, thermomechanical properties of conjugated polymers, flexible electronics

Atteq ur Rehman, Ph.D.

​​​Postdoctoral Fellow in De Wolf group

Abhinav Sharma, Ph.D.

​​​Postdoctoral Fellow in Anthopoulos Group

Research Interest: material science and engineering

Aren Yazmaciyan, Ph.D.

​​​​Postdoctoral Fellow in Baran group

Research Interest: Organic photovoltaics, organic photodetectors, device physics, thick heterojunctions, cavity engineering, electro-optical characterization, charge generation, charge transport, charge recombination

Balaji Purushothaman, Ph.D.

​Postdoctoral Fellow in McCulloch Group

Catherine De Castro, Ph.D.

​Postdoctoral Fellow in Laquai group

Research Interest: photophysics, ultrafast laser spectroscopy, data analysis, photocatalysis​, Organic photovoltaics, Perovskites, fluorescence probes, chemosensors, polymers

Dipti Naphade, Ph.D.

Research Assistant

Research Interest: ​Piezoelectric and ferroelectric materials, Flexible energy harvesting devices, Wearable nanogenerators and sensors

Esma Ugur, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow in De Wolf group

Research Interest: perovskite solar cells, Flexible and Rigid Thin Film Photovoltaics, ultrafast laser spectroscopy

Furkan H. Isikgor, Ph.D.

​​​Postdoctoral Fellow in De Wolf Group

Research Interest: solar energy, sustainable energy, perovskite solar cells and materials, perovskite-silicon tandem photovoltaics

George T. Harrison, Ph.D.

​Postdoctoral Fellow in De Wolf Group

Research Interest: Surface Science, Scanning probe microscopy, Organic Heterostructures

Jiang Liu, Ph.D.

​​​Postdoctoral Fellow in De Wolf Group

Research Interest: Tandem solar cell, Perovskite, Interface engineering

Jan Kosco, Ph. D.

Postdoctoral Fellow in McCulloch group

Joel R. Troughton, Ph.D.

​Postdoctoral Fellow in Baran Group

Lujia Xu, Ph.D.

P​ostdoctoral Fellow in De Wolf Group

Research Interest: photovoltaics, Silicon solar cell, Heterojunction, Carrier Selective Contact, Solar cell characterization, Solar cell simulation, Solar cell loss analysis

Md Azimul Haque, Ph.D.

​Postdoctoral Fellow in Baran Group

Research Interest: ​Solar cells, sensors, thermal transport, hybrid materials

Maxime Babics, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow in De Wolf group

Research Interest: Silicon Heterojunction Solar Cells, Perovskite_Silicon Tandem Solar Cells, Scalable photovoltaics, organic interlayers

Murali Gedda, Ph.D.

​Postdoctoral Fellow in Anthopoulos Group

Research Interest: Perovskite and organic electronic devicesorganic, transparent conducting electrodes (TCEs) and optoelectronic devices, surface, interfaces and nanoscale sciences super capacitors, semiconducting thin films and nanostructures, supramolecular nanostructures, Plasmonics, graphene and twisted multilayer graphene synthesis, reduced graphene oxide (rGO) and sensor devices

Mohamad Insan Nugraha, Ph.D.

​Postdoctoral Fellow in Anthopoulos Group

Mingcong Wang, Ph.D.

​Postdoctoral Fellow in Laquai Group

Neha Chaturvedi, Ph.D.

​Postdoctoral Fellow in Baran Group

Rajendar Sheelamanthula, Ph.D.

​Postdoctoral Fellow in McCulloch Group

Safakath Karuthedath, Ph.D

​Postdoctoral Fellow in Laquai Group​

Research Interest: ​Transient absorption spectroscopy, organic solar cells, Perovskites, Time-resolved photoluminescence, Photo-physics

Waseem Raja, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow in De Wolf group

Research Interest: ​Design strategies to enhance conversion efficiency for thin film and multijunction solar cell technology, Computational modeling of photonic and plasmonic functional devices, Enhanced light-harvesting, bio-detection based on plasmonic nanostructures and graphene, Nonlinear Optical Devices such as LED, Photodiodes, Amplifiers (SOA, EDFA)

Wenchao Yang, Ph.D.

​​​Postdoctoral Fellow in Laquai group

Research Interest: organic solar cells, perovskite solar cells, device modeling, kinetic Monte Carlo, charge carrier dynamics, exciton dynamics, ​Organic semiconductors

Yuliar Firdaus, Ph.D

​​Postdoctoral Fellow in Anthopoulos Group​

Research Interest: small molecule acceptor, polymer, quantum dot, photophysics, solar cell device, charge transport

Yajun Gao, Ph.D.

​Postdoctoral Fellow in Laquai Group

Ye Liu, Ph.D.

​​Postdoctoral Fellow in Baran group

Research Interest: material science, nanocarbons, organic semiconcudtors, doping, thermoelectrics, transport, bio-/gas-sensors

Ph.D. Students

Nisreen Alshehri

Ph.D. Student in Laquai group

Aminta Naidili Castillo Robles

​​Ph.D. Student in Anthopoulos group

Areej Alzahrani

​Ph.D. Student in De Wolf group

Research Interest: Silicon, Heterojuction, Surface passivation

Akmaral Seitkhan

Ph.D. Student​​​ in Anthopoulos group

Research Interest: Organic photovoltaics, thin-film technologies

Begimai Adilbekova

​Ph.D. Student in Anthopoulos group

Research Interest: 2D materials, LED

Daniel Corzo

Ph.D. Student in Baran group

Research Interest: ​Energy, photovolatics, Sustainable development, Manufacture, Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Despoina Gkeka

​​​​Ph.D. Student in Anthopoulos Group

Research Interest: ​Materials science, LEDs

Diego Rosas Villalva

Ph.D. Student in Baran group

Research Interest: Nanotechnology, Organic/inorganic nanocomposites, Renewable energy, Sustainable technologies, 3D/4D printing

Emre Yarali

​Ph.D. Student in Anthopoulos group

Harold Mazo

​​​​​Ph.D. Student in Anthopoulos group

Research Interest: ​Nanogap (Ng) electronic devices, nanofabrication, energy efficiency, sensor and transducer fabrication and sensors, energy (thermal, mechanical, electrical) conversion, electromagnetic compatibility

Han Xu

​Ph.D. Student in Baran group

Research Interest: ​Solar cells, Interface engineering, Organic semi-conductors

Jules Bertrandie

​​​Ph.D. Student in Baran group

Research Interest: ​Solar cells, Sustainable Technology, Organic semi-conductors

Jingxuan Kang

Ph.D. Student in De Wolf group

Kalaivanan Loganathan

​Ph.D. Student in Anthopoulos group

Research Interest: ​Adhesion lithography, Diodes, Photo detectors, Nano gap devices

Maryam Alsufyani

​​​Ph.D. Student in McCulloch group

Research Interest: ​Organic semiconductors, Organic synthesis, OECT, OFET, bio-organic electronics, Crystallization

Sanaa H. AlShammari

​Ph.D. Student in Anthopoulos group

Research Interest: nanomaterials, ​Solar cells

Sri Harish Kumar Paleti

​Ph.D. Student in Baran group

Sandra Patricia Gonzalez Lopez

​Ph.D. Student in Laquai group

Research Interest: perovskites solar cells, charge carrier dynamics, photophysics, nanomaterials

Shynggys Zhumagali

​Ph.D. Student in De Wolf group

Research Interest: Solar cell fabrication, device engineering, materials synthesis

Temur Maksudov

​Ph.D. Student in Anthopoulos group

Research Interest: Organic photovoltaics, ​Solar cells, Device fabrication and characterization, optoelectronics, Nanotechnology, flexible electronics, Interface engineering

Wandi Wahyudi

​Ph.D. Student in Anthopoulos group

Research Interest: ​Rechargeable batteries, fuel cells, electrolysis

Wejdan S. Alghamdi

​Ph.D. Student in Anthopoulos group

Yuanbao Lin

​​​Ph.D. Student in Anthopoulos group

Research Interest: ​printed method, doctor blading, self-assembly interface layer, large-area and flexible structure

Sarah M. Alsaggaf

Ph.D. Student

Master Students

Saeed O. Badahdah

M.S. Student in Baran group

Research Interest: Solar cells, Perovskite, OPV

Wenbo Yan

M.S. Student in De Wolf group

Research Interest: perovskite solar cell

Afnan AlBatati

​M.S. Student in Anthopoulos group

Research Interest: Nano-electronics, ​Solar cells, materials characterization and optimization

Emily Alexandre

​M.S. Student in Baran group

Research Interest: ​Solar cells, Surface Science, inkjet printed organic electronics, 3D modeling, sustainability and innovation

Fahad Bokhari

​M.S. Student in Baran group

Research Interest: ​Materials engineering, 3D printing, polymer properties and characterization

Fahad K. AlSalem

​M.S. Student in Anthopoulos group

Research Interest: ​Semiconductor devices, transistor, sensor, diode, integrated circuit

Faisal M. Aljamaan

​​​M.S. Student in De Wolf group

Guillermo Tostado Blazquez

​​​M.S. Student in Baran group

Luis Huerta Hernandez

​​M.S. Student in Baran group

Research Interest: thermoelectrics, nanomaterials, Perovskites, thermal transport, semiconductors

Luis Victor Torres Merino

​​M.S. Student in Baran group

Research Interest: ​Electronic materials, photovoltaics, Perovskite, Organic semi-conductors

Majed Alawami

​M.S. Student in Baran group

Research Interest: Organic photovoltaics, spectroscopy, semiconductor materials

Wejdan Althobaiti

​​M.S. Student in Laquai group

Research Interest: organic solar cells, bulk heterojunction, photophysics

Yasir Alsharif

​​​M.S. Student in Baran group

Research Interest: smart materials​, polymer engineering, 3D printing, mechanical simulation

Zainab Felemban

​M.S. Student

Research Interest: ​Solar cells, Nano-electronics, Device fabrication and characterization

Rawan S. Jalmood

M.S. Student in De Wolf group

Administrative Staff

Christine Rueping

Center Manager

Chona Chato

​Administrative Assistant

Mireia Sanchez Prosper

​Administrative Assistant

Wenting Zhang

​Administrative assistant

Alumni and Former Staff

Zhipeng Kan, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow in Laquai Group​

Research Interest: ​Solar cells, charge transport, device physics

Yuhai Zhang, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow in Mohammed Group​

Research Interest: crystal epitaxy, nanoparticles, rare earth ions​

Yashabanta N. Singhbabu, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow in Amassian Group

Research Interest: Carbon Materials, X-ray Photo Electron Spectroscopy

Yuanfang Hou

​Ph.D. Graduate from Beaujuge Group

Research Interest: Interface chemistry, surface functionalization, surface chemistry, supercapacitor​

Yangqin Gao

​​Ph.D. Graduate from Beaujuge Group

Research Interest: polymer solar cells, Multi-junction, Transparent Superhydrophobic Coating, Nanostructured Materials​

Xinbo Yang, Ph.D.

Research Scientist in De Wolf group

Research Interest: Carrier Selective Contact, Heterojunction, photovolatics, Silicon solar cell

Xin Song

​Ph.D. Student

Xiaohan Guo

​Lab Assistant in McCulloch Group

Wan Yue, Ph.D.

​​Postdoctoral Fellow in McCulloch Group​

Wasim Mir, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow in Baran group

Research Interest: photophysics, doping, thermoelectrics, transport, Phototransport, Quantum dots, Colloidal nanocrystals

Wenzhu Liu, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow in De Wolf Group

Faisal Karim

M.Sc. Student in Anthopoulos group

Weiyuan Du, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow in McCulloch Group

Research Interest: ​Polar Chain, Bio-electronic

Warren Duffy, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Research Interest: Organic synthesis, Organic electronics, polymers

Taesoo Kim, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow in Amassian Group​

Tainan Duan, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow in Beaujuge Group

Shahad Sulaimani

​M.S. Student

Research Interest: Hydrogen production, photocatalysis​, Water treatment, nanofabrication, polymers

Smritakshi Phukan Sarmah, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow in Mohammed Group

Shengjian Liu, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow in Beaujuge Group​

Research Interest: polymer solar cells, Polymer Acceptor, Cathode Interface Material

Seyoung Kee, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow in Baran Group

Sukumar Dey, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow in Amassian Group

Research Interest: Scanning tunneling microscopy, Heterostructured organic and inorganic materials

Sara A. Abbas

​Ph.D. Student

Salman Alsharif

M.S. Student in McCulloch group

Research Interest: Organic synthesis, Organic photovoltaics, non-fullerene electron acceptors

Sarah Al Abdullatif

​​​M.S. Student in McCulloch group

Research Interest: Chemical biology, Organic synthesis, OPVs

Ru-Ze Liang

Ph.D. Graduate from Beaujuge's Group

Research Interest: Device fabrication and analysis, device physics, inorganic synthesis

Raja Shahid Ashraf, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Research Interest: Organic electronics, organic solar cells, organic field effect transistors, conjugated polymers

Rahim Munir

Ph.D. Graduate from Amassian's Group

Research Interest: Nanotechnology, Solar Cells1, material characterization

Riya Bose, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow in Mohammed Group

Qana A Alsulami

​​Ph.D. Graduate from Mohammed Group

Pei-Ling Ting

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Polymer synthesis, Organic Electrochemical Transistors

Ola S. Habboub

Research Assistant in Amassian Group

Noor Merdad

​Ph.D. Student

Nicola Gasparini, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow in Baran Group

Muhammad Rizwan Khan Niazi

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Organic electronics, photovoltaics1, material characterization

Ameen Shahid, Ph.D.

​Postdoctoral Fellow in McCulloch group

Research Interest: ​environmental catalysis, materials synthesis, materials characterization

Manas Parida, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow in Mohammed Group

Muhammad Sajjad, Ph.D.

muhammad.sajjad@kaust.edu.sa

Ming-Chun Tang

​Ph.D. Student

Murali Banavoth, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow in Mohammed Group

Maged Abdelsamie

​​Ph.D. Graduate from Amassian Group

Research Interest: Organic Photovoltaics and Optoelectronics, In situ characterization techniques, perovskite solar cells, Thin film formation dynamics

Maha Alamoudi

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: organic solar cells, photophysics, Transient Absorption Spectroscopy1

Lei Zhang, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow in Prof. Laquai Group

Lubna Jamshaid

Lab Assistant in Amassian Group

Kai -Wang, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow in De Wolf Group

Research Interest: Organic solar cell, OLED, OFET, Organic electronics

Khulud Almasabi

​M.S. Student

Jingya Sun, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow in Mohammed Group

Ionela-Daniela Carja, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow in Beaujuge Group

Hang Xu

Ph.D. Student

Hanlin Hu

Ph.D. Graduate from Amassian Group

Hoang Dang, Ph.D.

​Postdoctoral Fellow in De Wolf Group

Research Interest: Energy storage, battery, material science, electrochemistry

Guy Olivier Ngongang Ndjawa

Ph.D. Graduate from Amassian Group

Gumanah Habis

Business Administrator

Federico Cruciani

​​Ph.D. Graduate from Prof.Beaujuge's group

Research Interest: polymer, solar cell, optoelectronics

Erkki Alarousu, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Research Interest: Time-Resolved Laser Spectroscopy, Carrier dynamics

Emilie Dauzon

Ph.D. Student in Anthopoulos group

Dounya Barrit

​Ph.D. Student

Chun Ma

​​Ph.D. Student in Anthopoulos group

Research Interest: hybrid perovskites, optoelectronics

Ahmad Rasa Kirmani

Ph.D. Graduate from Amassian Group

Ahmed Mansour, Ph.D.

Operations Engineer​

Ali Han, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow in Anthopoulos Group

Annisa Fitri

Administrative Assistant

Archana Bora

​Communications Coordinator

Alexandra F. Paterson, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow in McCulloch Group

Ahmed Balawi

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Organic photovoltaics, ultrafast laser spectroscopy

Calvyn Howells, Ph.D.

​Postdoctoral Fellow in McCulloch group

Research Interest: Water splitting, ​Solar cells, sensors

Eloise Bihar, Ph.D.

​Postdoctoral Fellow in Baran Group

Mindaugas Kirkus, Ph.D.

​Postdoctoral Fellow in McCulloch Group

Prashant Kumar, Ph.D

Postdoctoral Fellow in Anthopoulos Group

Research Interest: Structure Property relationship, Metal Chalcogenides, Photovoltaic, Energy storage/transport device

Xingxing Chen, Ph.D.

​​Postdoctoral Fellow in McCulloch Group

Research Interest: orgainc optoelectronic materials, polymer solar cells, solar energy

Soumaya Belkharchouche

​Research Assistant in Amassian Group