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Dr. Nadia Shahzad
Assistant Professor
U.S.-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Energy (USPCAS-E)

National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST)
USPCAS-E Building, NUST, Sector H-12, Islamabad
Tel : +92 90855284

Nanostructured and Photoactive Materials for Solar Energy Application

PhD Physics Politecnico di Torino, Italy 2014

​Her primary research fields are the study of nanostructured/photoactive materials and their application in solar energy harvesting devices. She has about 20 ISI journal publications on her credit. She has also participated in several international conferences/workshops in her research career.​

​​Her current topics of research are:

-Synthesis of photoactive and nanostructured materials and study of their light harvesting properties employing optical, structural and morphological characterization techniques

-Fabrication of Perovskite and Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells (DSSCs)

-Optimization of dye loading procedures for DSSCs

-Testing of the photovoltaic devices

1. Bhatti K. A., Khaleeq-Ur-Rahman M., Rafique M. S., Shahzad M. I., Latif A. and Parveen N., Electrical Diagnostics of Laser Ablated Platinum Plasma, Vacuum 82 (2008) 1157-1161.

2. Sacco A., Lamberti A., Gazia R., Bianco S., Manfredi D., Shahzad N., Cappelluti F., Ma S. and Tresso E., High Efficiency Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Exploiting Sponge-Like Zno Nanostructures, Phys Chem Chem Phys 14 (2012) 16203-16208.

3. Sacco A., Lamberti A., Pugliese D., Chiodoni A., Shahzad N., Bianco S., Quaglio M., Gazia R., Tresso E. and Pirri C. F., Microfluidic Housing System: A Useful Tool for the Analysis of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell Components, Applied Physics A 109 (2012) 377-383.

4. Cicero G., Musso G., Lamberti A., Camino B., Bianco S., Pugliese D., Risplendi F., Sacco A., Shahzad N., Ferrari A. M., Ballarin B., Barolo C., Tresso E. and Caputo G., Combined Experimental and Theoretical Investigation of the Hemi-Squaraine/TiO2 Interface for Dye Sensitized Solar Cells, Phys Chem Chem Phys 15 (2013) 7198-7203.

5. Pugliese D., Shahzad N., Sacco A., Musso G., Lamberti A., Caputo G., Tresso E., Bianco S. and Pirri C. F., Fast TiO2 Sensitization Using the Semisquaric Acid as Anchoring Group, International Journal of Photoenergy 2013 (2013) 1-8.

6. Pugliese D., Shahzad N., Sacco A., Tresso E. and Alexe-Ionescu A. L., Modeling of the Dye Loading Time Influence on the Electrical Impedance of a Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell, Journal of Applied Physics 114 (2013) 094901.

7. Shahzad M. I., Giorcelli M., Perrone D., Virga A., Shahzad N., Jagdale P., Cocuzza M. and Tagliaferro A., Growth of Vertically Aligned Multiwall Carbon Nanotubes Columns, Journal of Physics: Conference Series 439 (2013) 012008.

8. Shahzad M. I., Giorcelli M., Shahzad N., Guastella S., Castellino M., Jagdale P. and Tagliaferro A., Study of Carbon Nanotubes Based Polydimethylsiloxane Composite Films, Journal of Physics: Conference Series 439 (2013) 012010.

9. Shahzad N., Alexe-Ionescu A. L., Tresso E. and Barbero G., Physical Description of the Impregnation Mechanism of Dye Molecules in Contact with Porous Electrodes, Physics Letters A 377 (2013) 915-919. 

10. Shahzad N., Pugliese D., Lamberti A., Sacco A., Virga A., Gazia R., Bianco S., Shahzad M. I., Tresso E. and Pirri C. F., Monitoring the Dye Impregnation Time of Nanostructured Photoanodes for Dye Sensitized Solar Cells, Journal of Physics: Conference Series 439 (2013) 012012.

11. Shahzad N., Risplendi F., Pugliese D., Bianco S., Sacco A., Lamberti A., Gazia R., Tresso E. and Cicero G., Comparison of Hemi-Squaraine Sensitized TiO2 and ZnO Photoanodes for DSSC Applications, The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 117 (2013) 22778-22783.

12. Zaman M. Yousuf, Ferrero S., Perrone D., Scaltrito L., Shahzad N. and Pugliese D., Fabrication of Ni/Ti/Al Schottky Contact to N-Type 4h-Sic under Various Annealing Conditions, Journal of Physics: Conference Series 439 (2013) 012027.

13. Roppolo I., Shahzad N., Sacco A., Tresso E. and Sangermano M., Multifunctional NIR-Reflective and Self-Cleaning UV-Cured Coating for Solar Cell Applications Based on Cycloaliphatic Epoxy Resin, Progress in Organic Coatings 77 (2014) 458-462.

14. Shahzad N., Pugliese D., Shahzad M. I. and Tresso E., In-situ spectroscopic analyses of the dye uptake on ZnO and TiO2 photoanodes for Dye Sensitized Solar Cells, Journal of Nanoscience and Technology, 15 (2015) 5993.

15. Sacco A., Lamberti A., Gerosa M., Bisio C., Gatti G., Carniato F., Shahzad N., Chiodoni A., Tresso E., and Marchese L., “Towards quasi-solid state Dye-sensitized Solar Cells: effect of γ-Al2O3 nanoparticle dispersion into liquid electrolyte”, Solar Energy, 111 (2015) 125.

16. Lamberti A., Chiodoni A., ShahzadN., Bianco S., Quaglio M., and Pirri C. F., “Ultrafast Room-Temperature Crystallization of TiO2 Nanotubes Exploiting Water-Vapor Treatment”,Scientific Reports, 5 (2015) 7808-1.

17.        Shahzad M. I., Shahzad N., G., Tagliaferro A., “Optical Absorption Cross Section of Individual Multiwall Carbon Nanotubes in the Visible Region”,  Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnolgy, 15(2015)1-8.

18. Shahzad M. I., Giorcelli M., Ventola L., Perrone D., Shahzad N., Chiavazzo E., Asinari P., Cocuzza M. and Tagliaferro A., “Enhancement of Convective Heat Transfer for Electronic Devices Application using Patterned Multiwall Carbon Nanotubes Structures”,  Heat transfer Engineering, 37(2016) 783-790.

19. Shahzad N., Lamberti A., Pugliese D., Shahzad M. I. and Tresso E., Real time monitoring of ultrafast sensitization for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell photoanodes. Solar Energy, 130(2016) 74-80.