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Pakistan to have organic solar cell research lab

Pakistan to have organic solar cell research lab

MONITORING REPORT ISLAMABAD: The US Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board have recently announced that University of Delaware Professor S. Ismat Shah has received a 2011-12 Fulbright Scholar grant to conduct research and lecture at Baku State University, Azerbaijan.

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Shah’s research focuses on the synthesis and characterization of nanoscale materials, with a particular focus on energy applications. His expertise in thin-film photovoltaics, or solar cells made from plastics, is of special interest to scientists in Baku State University’s Nano Center as solar power is considered an untapped resource in Eastern Europe.

Before returning to the US, Shah will establish an organic solar cell research laboratory at a university in Pakistan.

Ismat Shah is a professor with joint appointments in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the Department of Physics and Astronomy. He joined UD in 1999 after 12 years as a senior staff scientist with DuPont. He earned his doctorate in materials science and engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in 1986.