The Postdoc-NeT Fellows 2017 - Perspectives in German Materials Science and Nanotechnology

Irfan Ahmed

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Irfan Ahmed

Present position and affiliation:

Lecturer in Physics, Govt. Post Graduate College, Mansehra - Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), Pakistan

Research field and research interests:

Synthesis of Nanomaterials for renewable energy applications, Dye sensitized and Perovskite Solar cells. Photo-electrochemical cell for hydrogen Production, Hydroxyapatite nanomaterial for bone implant and cancer treatment.

Publications:

  • Fakharuddin, A., Ahmed, I., Khalidin, Z., Yusoff, M. M., & Jose, R. (2014a). Channeling of electron transport to improve collection efficiency in mesoporous titanium dioxide dye sensitized solar cell stacks. Applied Physics Letters, 104(5), 053905.
  • Ahmed, I., Fakharuddin, A., Wali, Q., Zainun, A. R. B., Ismail, J., & Jose, R. (2015). Mesoporous titania–vertical nanorod films with interfacial engineering for high performance dye-sensitized solar cells. Nanotechnology, 26(10), 105401.
  • Fakharuddin, A., Di Giacomo, F., Palma, A. L., Matteocci, F., Ahmed, I., Razza, S., Di Carlo, A. (2015). Vertical TiO2 nanorods as a medium for stable and high-efficiency perovskite solar modules. ACS nano, 9(8), 8420-8429.

Professional career interests:

I am interested in an opportunity like a post doc, in a dynamic and well-motivated research institute/academia or industry, where I can serve for and polish my own research skills and abilities for the development of applied research in my own country as a return.  

I participate in PostDoc-NeT because...

It’s a brilliant activity organised by DAAD to gather researchers with noval research background from all over the world. This program is an opportunity for me to interact with them and the top researchers from various German research institutes and share innovative research ideas. This is a platform to secure a best intellectual research place and position where I can learn and serve as well, for the betterment of institute and the host country.

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Amin Bahrami

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Amin Bahrami

Present position and affiliation:

Postdoctoral Researcher, Materials Research Institute (IIM), Universidad Autónoma Nacional de México (UNAM)

Research field and research interests:

Thin films, Porous materials, Composite materials

Publications:

  • A Bahrami, U Simon, N Soltani, J. Schmidt, MI Pech-Canul, A Gurlo, Eco-fabrication of Hierarchical Porous Silica Monoliths by Ice- Templating of Rice Husk Ash, Green Chemistry, 2017, 19: 188-195.
  • N Soltani, U Simon, A Bahrami, X Wang, S Selve, J D Epping, M I Pech-Canul, MF Bekheet, A Gurlo, Macroporous polymer-derived SiO2/SiOC monoliths freeze-cast from polysiloxane and amorphous silica derived from rice husk, Journal of European Ceramic Society, 2017, 37(15): 4809-4820.
  • A Bahrami, MI Pech-Canul, CA Gutiérrez, N Soltani, Wetting and reaction characteristics of crystalline and amorphous SiO2 derived rice-husk ash and SiO2/SiC substrates with Al–Si–Mg alloys, 2015, Applied Surface Science 357, 1104-1113.

Professional career interests:

I am enthusiastic to pursue my research in a German university or research institute. I would like to form my own research group to make my ideas reality in the field of materials science.

I participate in PostDoc-NeT because...

This tour provides me the opportunity to find my future collaborator from Germany and all over the world and also gives me the chance to explore new horizons in the field of materials science and nanoscience.

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Chun-Teh Chen

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Chun-Teh Chen

Present position and affiliation:

Postdoctoral Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Research field and research interests:

Molecular Dynamics, Quantum Chemistry, Machine Learning

Publications:

  • C-T Chen, FJ Martin-Martinez, S Ling, Z Qin, MJ Buehler, Nacre-inspired design of graphene oxide–polydopamine nanocomposites for enhanced mechanical properties and multi-functionalities, Nano Futures, 2017.
  • C-T Chen, FJ Martin-Martinez, GS Jung, MJ Buehler, Polydopamine and eumelanin molecular structures investigated with ab initio calculations, Chemical Science, 2016.
  • C-T Chen, C Chuang, J Cao, V Ball, D Ruch, MJ Buehler, Excitonic effects from geometric order and disorder explain broadband optical absorption in eumelanin, Nature Communications, 2014.

Professional career interests:

I am looking for faculty positions and research positions. I am also interested in industrial jobs, especially jobs in materials science engineering, mechanical engineering, and structural engineering fields.

I participate in PostDoc-NeT because...

I would love to have opportunities to make connections with academic and industrial research groups in Germany. I would like to establish research collaborations for the future.

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Jian-Ming Chiu

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Jian-Ming Chiu

Present position and affiliation:

Postdoctoral fellow, National Taiwan University of Science & Technology, Taipei, Taiwan

Research field and research interests:

Energy conversion (CO2 reduction, HER and Perovskite solar cell)

Energy storage (Super-capacitor, Li ion and Li-S battery)

Electronic (LED and OTFT)

Synchrotron Radiation Research (Operando techniques)

Publications:

  • Jian-Ming Chiu, E-Ming Chen,Chuan-Pei Lee, Indrajit Shown,Venkatesh Tunuguntla, Jui-Sheng Chou, Li-Chyong Chen, Kuei-Hsien Chen, Yian Tai, “Geogrid-Inspired Nanostructure to Reinforce a CuxZnySnzS Nanowall Electrode for High-Stability Electrochemical Energy Conversion Devices” Adv. Energy Mater., 2017,7,1602210.
  • Jian-Ming Chiu, Chih-Chien Chu, Desalegn Manayeh Zena and Yian Tai, “Simultaneous Enhancement of Photocurrent and Open Circuit Voltage in a ZnO based Organic Solar Cell by Mixed Self-assembled Monolayers” Appl Energy, 2015,160, 681-686.
  • Jian-Ming Chiu and Yian Tai, “Improving the Efficiency of ZnO-Based Organic Solar Cell by Self-Assembled Monolayer Assisted Modulation on the Properties of ZnO Acceptor Layer” ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2013, 5, 6946.

Patents:

  • "ELECTRODE STRUCTURE, METHOD OF FABRICATING THE SAME, AND LITHIUM BATTERY” 2017 (US20170018766 A1)

Professional career interests:

I am looking forward to developing an unprecedented career in the renewable energy field either in academy/research or industry. Therefore, I am very keen to get insights into the scientific program and structures at the different universities and research institutes during the on-site visits with focus on potential compatibility with my own research interests.

I participate in PostDoc-NeT because...

The 'PostDoc-NeT 2017' is such an amazing and outstanding opportunity to 1) Developing of renewable energy conversion & storage (HIOS, cfaed and TUHH) and brand-new Synchronous analysis techniques (HZB) in Europe. 2) Industry-Academia-Research Cooperation. 3) Design nanostructures of photo-catalyst for advancing photo-electronics and detail monitor bulk or surface property of catalyst to influence the performance of electronics. Finally, through networking, I not only can share my research to experts in various fields but also can provide me an opportunity to engage potential collaborators.

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Philipp Dürrenfeld

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Present position and affiliation:

Postdoctoral Researcher, Nanjing University, China

Research field and research interests:

Spintronics, Nanomagnetism, Lithography

Publications:

  • P. Dürrenfeld, F. Gerhard, J. Chico, R. K. Dumas, M. Ranjbar, A. Bergman, L. Bergqvist, A. Delin, C. Gould, L. W. Molenkamp, and J. Åkerman, “Tunable damping, saturation magnetization, and exchange stiffness of half-Heusler NiMnSb thin films”, Physical Review B 92, 214424 (2015)
  • P. Dürrenfeld, A. A. Awad, A. Houshang, R. K. Dumas, and J. Åkerman, “A 20 nm spin Hall nano-oscillator”, Nanoscale 9, 1285-1291 (2017)
  • A. A. Awad, P. Dürrenfeld, A. Houshang, R. K. Dumas, and J. Åkerman, “Long range mutual synchronization of spin Hall nano-oscillators”, Nature Physics 13, 292-299 (2017)

Professional career interests:

My ambition is to become an independent researcher and lecturer in Germany in the future. I like to transfer knowledge in scientific collaborations as well as in teaching students.

I participate in PostDoc-NeT because...

I am very interested in insights into the scientific program and structures at the different universities and research institutes during the on-site visits. I would like to learn about career paths and funding possibilities for my research.

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Bharati Gupta

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Present position and affiliation:

Research assistant and Post doc, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Research field and research interests:

Material science, Nanotechnology, Surface science, Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy, Atomic force microscopy, Photoelectron spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, Ultra high vacuum, Graphene, SiC, Supercapacitors.

Publications:

  • B. Gupta, M. Notarianni, N. Mishra, M. Shafiei, F. Iacopi, N. Motta “Evolution of epitaxial graphene layers on 3C SiC/Si (111) as a function of annealing temperature in UHV”, Carbon 68 (2014), pages 563-572. (IF: 6.35; Cites: 12)
  • B. Gupta, E.Placidi, C. Hogan, N. Mishra, F. Iacopi, N. Motta “The transition from 3C SiC(111) to graphene captured by UHV STM”, Carbon 91 (2015), pages 378-385. (IF: 6.35)
  • F. Zarotti, B. Gupta, F. Iacopi, A. Sgarlata, M.Tomellini, N. Motta “Time evolution of graphene growth on SiC as a function of annealing temperature” Carbon 98 (2016), pages 307-312. (IF: 6.35)

Professional career interests:

Application of fundamental research in industry.

I participate in PostDoc-NeT because...

It is a great opportunity to gain information on current research on nanotechnolgy, available facilities, broad networking possibilities, available funding for short term or long term research related visit to Germany.

Website:

http://nmotta5.wixsite.com/ssqnano

Mohammad Hasanzadeh

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Mohammad Hasanzadeh

Present position and affiliation:

Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Analysis
Drug Applied Research Center. Tabriz University of Medical Sciences (TUOMS), Tabriz, Iran

Research field and research interests:

  • Electrochemistry based on advanced nanomaterials
  • Pharmaceutical and biomedical analysis
  • Sensor technology

My current research interest is application of advanced nano-materials towards healthcare and early detection of cancer using effective biomarkers based on electrochemical methods

Publications:

  • Poly arginine-graphene quantum dots as a biocompatible and non-toxic nanocomposite: Layer-by-layer electrochemical preparation, characterization and non-invasive malondialdehyde sensory application in exhaled breath condensate, Materials Science and Engineering: C Volume 75, 1 June 2017, Pages 247-258
  • Poly-dopamine-Beta-Cyclodextrin: A novel biopolymer towards sensing of amino acids at physiological pH, Materials Science and Engineering: C 69, 2016, 343-357
  • Proline Dehydrogenase-entrapped mesoporous magnetic silica nanomaterial for electrochemical biosensing of L-proline in biological fluids, Enzyme and Microbial Technology 105 (2017) 64-76.

Professional career interests:

I am mostly interested in preparation of biomedical devices towards healthcare and continue acquiring experience in order to found myself as a top researcher in the field of immuno-devices based on advanced nanomaterials.

Also, I am interested in conversion of electrochemical immunosensors to immuno-devices which is related to clinical applications.

Collaboration of my research groups in Iran with German researchers/scientists to do joint research and industrial work in the field of electrochemistry and bio-electrochemistry.

I participate in PostDoc-NeT because...

This PostDoc-NeT 2017 based on material science and nanotechnology permit me to get acquainted with the development of researches in various universities in Germany and also allow us to interact to outstanding researchers in the field of material science. So, this tour can promote exchange of knowledge to contribute and to improve the scientific knowledge through efforts among promising researchers.

I am looking for next steps in future positions as lecturer, this will be an exciting opportunity to discuss the material science and nanotechnology field with experts from academia, clinicians and industry.

I have been pursuing my research career at the Iran for nearly 15 years and feel out of touch with the German research institutes and scientist in the field of nanomaterials, electrochemistry and sensor technology. Also, this tour allow me to see the products in the technology edge prepared by German institutes/universities.

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Seyed Hossein Hosseini-Shokouh

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Seyed Hossein Hosseini-Shokouh

Present position and affiliation:

Postdoctoral Fellow, Sharif University of Technology, Iran

Research field and research interests:

1- and 2-dimensional semiconducting nanomaterials and electronic/optoelectronic circuits Devices, Gas sensors, Surface Plasmon, Optics and Photonics, Atomic & Molecular Physics (plasma and laser) 

Publications:

  • Hosseini Shokouh, S. H.; Pezeshki, A.; Raza, S. R. A.; Choi, K.; Min, S. W.; Jeon, P. J.; Lee, H. S.; Im, S., Molybdenum Disulfide Nanoflake-Zinc Oxide Nanowire Hybrid Photoinverter. Acs Nano, 2014, 8, (5), 5174-5181.
  • Hosseini Shokouh, S. H.; Pezeshki, A.; Raza, S. R. A.; Lee, H. S.; Min, S. W.; Jeon, P. J.; Shin, J. M.; Im, S., High-Gain Sub-nanowatt Power Consumption Hybrid Complementary Logic Inverter with WSe2 Nanosheet and ZnO Nanowire Transistors on Glass. Adv. Mater., 2015, 27, (1), 150-156.
  • Hosseini Shokouh, S. H.; Jeon P. J.; Pezeshki A.; Choi K.; Lee H. S.; Kim J. S.; Park E. Y.; and Im S., High Performance Air Stable Top-gate p-channel WSe₂ Field Effect Transistor with Fluoropolymer Buffer Layer. Adv. Funct. Mater., 2015, 25 (46), 7208–7214.

Professional career interests: 

I am interested in academic position, yet i would like to have first-hands insight to mateirals and nanotechnoloty industry. Since, I belive, at least, next few decades belongs to nanotech and nanomaterials, I would endeavour to establish my own research group working on aforementioned areas.
In industry, I would like to move towards the business/financial side of the nanotechnology industry with time.

I participate in PostDoc-NeT because...it is a priceless opportunity to learn more about working in the world's most innovative companies and research institutions in Germany. Also to take a look at potential career opportunities, and establish collaborative research networks with other like-minded post-docs from around the world.

Website:

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Seyed_Hossein_Hosseini_Shokouh

Niravkumar J. Joshi

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Niravkumar J. Joshi

Present position and affiliation:

Postdoctoral Researcher, University of California, Berkeley

Research field and research interests:

Gas Sensors, Thin Films, Nanostructured materials, MEMS fabrication techniques

Publications:

  • Nirav Joshi, Luís F. da Silva, Harsharaj Jadhav, Jean-Claude M'Peko, Bruno Bassi Millan Torres, Khalifa Aguir, Valmor R. Mastelaro, Osvaldo N. Oliveira Jr, “One-step approach for preparing ozone gas sensors based on hierarchical NiCo2O4 structures”. RSC Advances, 2016, 6, 92655-92662.
  • Nirav Joshi, Vibha Saxena, Ajay singh, Shankar Koiry, A.K. Debnath, Mohamed M. Chehimi,  D. K. Aswal and S. K. Gupta, “Chemi-resistive gas sensing properties of gold modified polycarbazole Langmuir-Blodgett films”. Sensors and Actuators B 200 (2014) 227–234.
  • Abhay Gusain, Nirav Joshi, P V Varde, D. K. Aswal, “Flexible NO gas sensor based on conducting polymer Poly[N-9'-heptadecanyl-2,7-carbazole-alt-5,5-(4',7'-di-2-thienyl-2',1',3'-benzothiadiazole)] (PCDTBT)”. Sensors and Actuators B 239 (2017) 734–745.

Professional career interests:

I am really interested in Postdoc or any kind of academic and industrial position which has the best fit for my skills. I wish I can pursue my research career in the state-of-the Art facility at Germany.

I participate in PostDoc-NeT because...

Firstly, Germany is more focused on scientific research and technology development and also well known for a wide range of research grants and positions available which make it easier for international researchers to pursue their research in Germany. So it’s my golden opportunity for me to be aware of potential opportunities and collaborations.

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Emi Kano

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Emi Kano

Present position and affiliation:

Postdoctoral researcher, University of Alberta (National Institute for Nanotechnology), Canada

Research field and research interests:

Materials science, Graphene and other low-dimensional materials, Transmission electron microscopy, Atomic-resolution imaging and spectroscopy

Publications:

  • E. Kano, D. G. Kvashnin, S. Sakai, L. A. Chernozatonskii, P. B. Sorokin, A. Hashimoto, and M. Takeguchi, “One-atom-thick 2D copper oxide clusters on graphene,” Nanoscale, vol. 9, no. 11, pp. 3980–3985, 2017.
  • E. Kano, A. Hashimoto, and M. Takeguchi, “Opposite effects of Cu and Pt atoms on graphene edges,” Appl. Phys. Express, vol. 10, p. 25104, 2017.
  • E. Kano, A. Hashimoto, T. Kaneko, N. Tajima, T. Ohno, and M. Takeguchi, “Interactions between C and Cu atoms in single-layer graphene: direct observation and modelling,” Nanoscale, vol. 8, pp. 529–535, 2016.
  • E. Kano, M. Takeguchi, J. Fujita, and A. Hashimoto, “Direct observation of Pt-terminating carbyne on graphene,” Carbon, vol. 80, pp. 382–386, 2014.
  • Other 3 reports (co-authored papers)

Professional career interests:

I would like to pursue an academic carrier in the field of electron microscopy.

I participate in PostDoc-NeT because...

To gain insights into researches and career opportunities in Germany. It is also a great opportunity to network with other postdocs and to start potential future collaborations.

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Sergio Kogikoski Jr.

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Sergio Kogikoski Jr

Present position and affiliation:

Post-Doctoral Fellow at Analytical Chemistry Department, Institute of Chemistry, University of Campinas, Campinas, SP, Brazil

Research field and research interests:

DNA nanotechnology, Peptide-based materials, Bioelectronics, Advanced Characterization of Materials, Biological-based materials, Supramolecular Materials

Publications:

  • Kogikoski Jr., S.; Khanra, S.; Alves, W.A.; Guha, S.; SERS active self-assembled diphenylalanine micro/ nanostructures: a combined experimental and theoretical investigation, J. Chem. Phys., 147, 084703, 2017.
  • Kogikoski Jr., S.; Liberato, M.S.; Factori, I.M.; da Silva, E.R.; de Oliveira, C.L.P.; Ando, R.A.; Alves, W.A.; Polycaprolactone-Polyaniline Blends: Effects of the Addition of Cysteine in the Structural and Molecular Properties, J. Phys. Chem. C, 121, 863-877, 2017.
  • Kogikoski Jr., S.; Sousa, C.P.; Liberato, M.S.; Andrade-Filho, T.; Ferreira, F.F.; Rocha, A.R.; Guha, S.; Alves, W.A.; Multifunctional Biosensors Based on Peptide-Polyelectrolyte Conjugates, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 18, 3223-3233, 2016.

Professional career interests:

I am interested in academic positions, the idea of doing research and teaching is important for me. Related to my research interests, in the future I hope to develop materials based on bio-molecules (DNA, peptides, proteins, lipids, etc.) which are able to work on electronic devices, such as, sensors, FETs, LEDs, nanomachines, etc. leading to a future generation of biological-based electronics.

I participate in PostDoc-NeT because...

First I am interest in finding collaborators in the German materials chemistry community, and to share experiences with different professionals as well. Second, the tour will help me in taking the next step in my career, in Germany probably, as a postdoc or visiting research fellow in a research intensive group. The ultimate goal, in the long term, is to to stablish a interdisciplinary research group.

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Niranjanmurthi Lingappan

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Niranjanmurthi Lingappan

Present position and affiliation:

Postdoctoral research, Institute of Basic Science, Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea.

Research field and research interests:

  • Carbon nanomaterials: Carbon nanotube, Graphene, carbon Fibre and porous carbon
  • Transition metal dichalcogenides: MoS2, WS2, CoS2
  • Lithium ion batteries, supercapacitors, oxygen reduction reaction and hydrogen evolution reaction

Publications:

  • B. Li, H. Nam, N. Lingappan, J. Zhao, F. Yao, T. H. Lee, J. Chang, Y. H. Lee, Adv. Mater, 1605083 (2016)
  • N. Lingappan, D. J. Kang, Electrochem. Acta, 128-136 (2016)
  • N. Lingappan, D. J. Kang, J. Power Sources, 2434-2439 (2015)

Professional career interests:

I am pretty much interested in energy storage industries such as battery companies as a researcher. I am looking forward for the senior research position in university as well as industries.

I participate in PostDoc-NeT because...

It is a great opportunity to know about German research institution and industries as well as to interact with great material scientists.

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Eduardo D. Martínez

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Eduardo D. Martínez

Present position and affiliation:

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Universidad Estadual de Campinas, UNICAMP, Brazil.

Research field and research interests:

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Universidad Estadual de Campinas, UNICAMP, Brazil.

Research field and research interests:

Chemical synthesis of nanomaterials, and nanocomposites. Physicochemical properties and assembly of nanomaterials into thin films and complex devices by applying self-assembly and lithography. Focused on photonic nanomaterials and nanostructures. Special interest in the integration of bottom-up and top-down­ ­techniques for the manufacturing of innovative nano/micro devices.

Publications:

  • C. D. S. Brites, M. C. Fuertes, P. C. Angelomé, E. D. Martínez, P. P. Lima, G. J. A. A. Soler-Illia, L. D. Carlos. (2017): Tethering Luminescent Thermometry and Plasmonics: Light Manipulation to Assess Real-Time Thermal Flow in Nanoarchitectures. Nano Lett., 17, 4746−4752.
  • E. D. Martínez, J. H. Lohr, M. Sirena, R. D. Sánchez, H. Pastoriza. (2016): Silver Nanowires in Poly(Methyl Methacrylate) As a Conductive Nanocomposite For Microfabrication. Flex. Print. Electron, 1, 035003.
  • E. D. Martínez, C. Boissière D. Grosso, C. Sanchez, H. Troiani, G. J. A. A. Soler-Illia. (2014): Confinement-Induced Growth of Au Nanoparticles Entrapped in Mesoporous TiO2 Thin Films Evidenced by in Situ Thermo-Ellipsometry. J. Phys. Chem. C., 2014, 118, pp. 13137-13151.

Professional career interests:

To form my own line of research in a permanent academic position. To develop new materials and methods in the field of nanoscience, mainly in the public sector but with strong bonds with the industry. To promote the transfer of knowledge from the lab to the market helping to create and strengthen start-up companies.

I participate in PostDoc-NeT because...

…it is an excellent opportunity to get in touch with the German scientific community and to learn from the strong link between academia and industry in the German system. Also, to explore possible opportunities for temporary research placements or to establish international collaborations.

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Muhammad Abdul Basit

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Muhammad Abdul Basit

Present position and affiliation:

Assistant Professor, Institute of Space Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan

PhD (Materials Engineering) Hanyang University, South Korea

Research field and research interests:

  • Development of nanomaterials and thin films for energy applications
  • Dye/Quantum-dot sensitized Solar Cells

Publications:

  • M.A. Abbas, M.A. Basit, T.J. Park, J.H. Bang, Enhanced performance of PbS-sensitized solar cells via controlled successive ionic-layer adsorption and reaction, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 17 (2015) 9752-9760 (IF= 4.493)
  • M.A. Basit, M.A. Abbas, J.H. Bang, T.J. Park, Efficacy of In2S3 interfacial recombination barrier layer in PbS quantum-dot-sensitized solar cells, Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 653 (2015) 228-233 (IF=3.014)
  • M.A. Basit, M.A. Abbas, J.H. Bang, T.J. Park, Strategic PbS quantum dot-based multilayered photoanodes for high efficiency quantum dot-sensitized solar cells, Electrochimica Acta, 211 (2016) 644–651 (IF=4.803)
  • M.A. Basit, Muhammad Awais Abbas, Eun Sun Jung, Jin Ho Bang* and Tae Joo Park*"Improved light absorbance and quantum-dot loading by macroporous TiO2 photoanode for PbS quantum-dot-sensitized solar cells "Mater. Chem. Phys. 196, 170-176, (2017) - Apr (IF=2.101)
  • Muhammad Abbas, M.A. Basit, Seog Joon Yoon, Geun Jun lee, Moo Dong Lee, Prashant Kamat, Tae Joo Park* and Jin Ho Bang*"Revival of Solar Paint Concept: Air-Processable Solar Paints for the Fabrication of Quantum Dot-Sensitized Solar Cells"J. Phys. Chem. C., accepted, (2017) - Jul  (IF=4.509)

Professional career interests:

Being a graduate in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering and having research experience in the field of advanced materials, I am pretty interested to play a role in developing efficient materials those can solve the problems faced by the modern techno-scientific world in general and developing countries like Pakistan in particular. Development of quantum-dot-sensitized solar cells during my doctoral studies has trained me to strategize against today’s energy-environment-economy dilemma. Therefore, I am interested, rather motivated to develop materials for energy applications including photovoltaic devices. In addition, being a research teacher, I am pretty much in love to hand over the skills and commitment to my students through every possible mean of knowledge and wisdom.

I participate in PostDoc-NeT because...

Knowledge is the precious most earning to make and to travel is the most effectual way to seek knowledge. The mystery for me can possibly be a revealed fact for someone at some other place and vice versa. I believe that the power of nature has divided the wealth of knowledge throughout the globe judiciously and Germany really has a good amount of this wealth. In precise, each one of us is left with only one option to seek answer for queries within his or her mind. And that is an enthusiastic exposure, ending on collaboration. In the same context, I am pleased to participate in Post-Doc-NeT because it is one of the auspicious opportunities for me to learn through multi-directional dialogue having the same technical field of reference. This program has so much to offer to its participants including socio-regional exposure, technical and scientific information, trend in German academic and cultural fields, liaison between educational institutes and industry and much more. Also, I am eager to find and accept more techno-scientific challenges for myself and my research group for future venture. 

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Wee-Jun Ong

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Wee-Jun Ong

Present position and affiliation:

Research Scientist, Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE), Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore

Research field and research interests:

Energy conversion, photocatalysis, artificial photosynthesis, photoelectrocatalysis, electrocatalysis, CO2 reduction, H2O splitting, N2 fixation

Publications:

  • Ong W.-J., Tan L.-L., Ng Y. H., Yong S.-T. & Chai S.-P. (2016): Graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4)-based photocatalysts for artificial photosynthesis and environmental remediation: Are we a step closer to achieving sustainability? Chemical Reviews, 116, 7159–7329.
  • Ong W.-J., Putri L.K., Tan Y.-C., Tan L.-L., Li N., Ng Y. H., Wen X. & Chai S.-P. (2017): Unravelling charge carrier dynamics in protonated g-C3N4 interfaced with carbon nanodots as co-catalysts toward enhanced photocatalytic CO2 reduction: A combined experimental and first-principles DFT study, Nano Research, 10, 1673–1696.
  • Ong W.-J., Tan L.-L., Chai S.-P., Yong S.-T. & Mohamed A. R. (2015): Surface charge modification via protonation of graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4) for electrostatic self-assembly construction of 2D/2D reduced graphene oxide (rGO)/g-C3N4 nanostructures toward enhanced photocatalytic reduction of carbon dioxide to methane. Nano Energy, 13, 757–770.

Professional career interests:

I am interested in an academic research environment. My ultimate goal is to become a Principal Investigator to establish and lead a multidisciplinary research group working on sustainable energy development for the benefit of society.

I participate in PostDoc-NeT because...

I would like to expand my research networking by gaining new experiences on the cutting-edge technologies in Germany. It will not only allow me to meet my potential collaborators, but also get exposed to the world-class research training, which will be a plus point in developing my future career.

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Veeradasan Perumal

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Veeradasan Perumal

Present position and affiliation:

Postdoctoral Researcher at Center of Innovative Nanostructures and Nanodevices (COINN), Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Malaysia

Research field and research interests:

Research in the fields of biosensors utilizes recent advances in biochemistry, electronics, biology (molecular biology), and physiology to develop novel nanodiagnostic devices. COINN biosensor researcher are interested in macro- and nano-scale devices that utilize biological components, such as DNA, antibodies or enzymes, to detect and quantify minute amounts of chemicals or investigate biological process in diverse systems and environments.

Here in COINN, we develop a new generation of ultrasensitive electrochemical sensors for biomarkers of disease, markers of environmental exposures to toxins, pathogens in our food and in our bodies. Our research is a combination of material science, instrumentation, electrical and biology.

Publications:

  • Perumal, V., Hashim, U., et al, (2016). A New Nano-worm Structure from Gold-nanoparticle Mediated Random Curving of Zinc Oxide Nanorods. Biosensors and Bioelectronics 78, 14-22; doi: 10.1016/j.bios.2015.10.083.
  • Perumal, V., Hashim, U., Gopinath, et al, (2015). “Spotted Nanoflowers”: Gold-seeded Zinc Oxide Nanohybrid for Selective Bio-capture. Nature Scientific Reports. 5, 12231; doi: 10.1038/srep12231.
  • Perumal, V., Hashim, U., (2013). Advances in biosensors: Principle, architecture and applications. J. Applied Biomedicine 12, 1–15; doi: 10.1016/j.jab.2013.02.001

Professional career interests:

I would like to establish myself as a scientist working in the area of biosensor diagnostic devices development in a research institute and in close collaboration with industrial partners.

I participate in PostDoc-NeT because...

As I am looking for meeting and collaborate with experts in this of nanomaterials for biosensor development, this will be an exciting opportunity to discuss this emerging field with experts from academia and industry. The outcomes of this opportunity is likely to lead to further collaboration and commercial opportunities between COINN-UTP/German universities /institutes and, creating R&D employment opportunities in both countries.

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Sarish Rehman

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Sarish Rehman

Present position and affiliation:

Until recently Peking University, PhD. Scholar (graduation June 28th 2017)

Research field and research interests:

My research interest is mainly focused on advanced materials for sustainable energy storage devices including Li-S batteries electro-catalysis and fuel Cells. During the PhD study, my focused was mainly centered on the development of integrated advanced nanostructures as cathode for Li-S batteries. I have established substantial experience in nanostructural design, synthesis and characterization, especially in the techniques of electrospinning, hydrothermal, and in-situ transmission electron microscopy. The relationship between electrochemical properties, morphologies and chemical structures and lithiation mechanisms has been comprehensively investigated. I have published 10 to 12 high quality papers (6 as first author and 4 as co-author) in internationally reputable journals such as Advanced Materials, Advanced Energy Materials etc. I have also presented my research work at 4 international conferences as first author. I have 50+ Impact Factor, 100+ citations and h-index of 6 in Google Scholar index. 

Publications:

  • Sarish Rehman, Shaojun Guo, & Yanglong Hou; Rational Design of Si/SiO2@Hierarchical Porous Carbon Spheres as Efficient Polysulfide Reservoirs for High-Performance Li–S Battery; Advanced Materials 2016, 28, 3167–3172.
  • Sarish Rehman, Tianyu Tang, Zeeshan Ali, Xiaoxiao Huang and Yanglong Hou; Integrated Design of MnO2@Carbon Hollow Nanoboxes to Synergistically Encapsulate Polysulfides for Empowering Lithium Sulfur Batteries, Small 2017, DOI: 10.1002/smll.201700087.
  • Sarish Rehman, Kishwar Khan, Yufeng Zhao and Yanglong Hou; Nanostructured Cathode Materials of Lithium-Sulfur Batteries: Progress, Challenges and Perspectives, Journal of Materials Chemistry A. 2017, 5, 3014-3038.

Professional career interests:

Currently, I am searching Postdoctoral Fellowship at various prestigious research group to continue my research and to explore more in the field of energy storage materials.

I participate in PostDoc-NeT because...

I believe that I will prove to be a valuable asset to your existing team of professionals and will add immediate contribution to the research field via sharing my experience and gaining some new knowledge form the various other researchers participating. This Tour will give candidate the opportunity to collaborate with outstanding researchers, making her research more fruitful and helping on gaining new knowledge about the science and new technology.

Asif Shah

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Dr. Asif Shah

Present position and affiliation:

Working as Associate Professor, Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, Dawood University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi, Pakistan

Research field and research interests:

Microwave Absorption of Nanomaterials, Energy Storage Nanomaterials, LED nanomaterials

Publications:

  • Asif Shah, Ang Ding, Yonghui Wang, Li Zhang, Dongxing Wang, Javid Muhammad, Hao Huang, Yuping Duan, Xinglong Dong, Zhidong Zhang. Enhanced Microwave Absorption by Arrayed Carbon Fibers and Gradient Dispersion of Fe Nanoparticles in Epoxy Resin Composites. Carbon. 2016; 96; 987–997.
  • Asif Shah, Yonghui Wang, Hao Huang, Li Zhang, Fanghong Xue, Yuping Duan, Xinglong Dong, Zhidong Zhang. Microwave Absorption and Flexural Properties of Fe Nanoparticle/Carbon Fiber/Epoxy Resin Composite Plates. Composite Structures. 2015; 131; 1132-1141.
  • Ranran Li, Jieyi Yu, Asif Shah, Xinglong Dong, Xiaona Li, Hongtao Yu, Xie Quan, Youngguan Jung. Novel in situ Synthesized Fe@C Magnetic Nanocapsules Used as Adsorbent for Removal of Organic Dyes and Its Recycling. Nano (World Scientific). 2016; 11(2); 1650013.
  • Jieyi Yu, Hongtao Yu, Jian Gao, Lei Zhou, Ang Ding, Xiaoxia Gao, Hao Huang, Song Gao, Asif Shah, Xinglong Dong, Xie Quan. Synthesis and Electrochemical Activities of TiC/C Core-shell Nanocrystal. Journal of Alloys and Compounds. 2017; 693; 500–509.
  • Rashid Abro, Masroor Abro, Shurong Gao, Abdul Waheed Bhutto, Zeenat M Ali, Asif Shah, Xiaochun Chen and Guangren Yu. Extractive Denitrogenation of Fuel using Ionic Liquids: Review. RSC Advances. 2016; 93932-93946.
  • Hao Huang, Fengzhang Xue, Bo Lv, Fanghong Xue, Asif Shah, Lei Su, Jingguo Yan, Man Yao, Xinglong Dong. Manipulated Electromagnetic Losses by Integrating Chemically Heterogeneous Components in Fe-based Core/shell Architecture. Journal of Applied Physics. 2013; 113; 084312-7.

Professional career interests:

I am aiming to working in an academic research environment with the long-term goal of running my own research group. For that, at first, I want to be a researcher in a reputed university or an institute and focus on my research interests on discovery of natural products for important in the field of Nanomaterials.

I participate in PostDoc-NeT because...

At first, I wnat to learn more about working in the various types of German research institutes and to network with other like-minded post-docs from around the world. As I have a great interest to take my next step in my scientific career in Germany because Germany offers state of the art facilities, an innovation-based economy and excellent possibilities for career development. This tour will allow me to know from fist hand the scientific interests of important Universities and Research Institutions. I am very optimistic in to find a match within the scientific interests of these institutions.

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Gregory Su

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Gregory Su

Present position and affiliation:

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Advanced Light Source, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Research field and research interests:

Soft materials, Polymers, Organic electronics, Synchrotron X-ray characterization methods including X-ray absorption spectroscopy and resonant scattering, Nanoporous frameworks for gas separations

Publications:

  • G. M. Su, S. N. Patel, C. D. Pemmaraju, D. Prendergast, and M. L. Chabinyc, First-Principles Predictions of Near Edge X-ray Absorption Fine Structure Spectra of Semiconducting Polymers, J. Phys. Chem. C, 2017, 121, 9142-9152.
  • G. M. Su, E. Lim, E. J. Kramer, and M. L. Chabinyc, Phase Separated Morphology of Ferroelectric-Semiconductor Polymer Blends Probed by Synchrotron X-ray Methods, Macromolecules, 2015, 48, 5861-5867.
  • G. M. Su, T. V. Pho, N. D. Eisenmenger, C. Wang, F. Wudl, E. J. Kramer, and M. L. Chabinyc, Linking Morphology and Performance of Organic Solar Cells Based on Decacyclene Triimide Acceptors, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2014, 2, 1781-1789.

Professional career interests:

I am excited to continue doing research in materials science, for example, in the area of functional soft materials, to understand fundamental structure-property relations in materials systems with significant technological applications. I think research is done best in a collaborative environment, and am interested in pursuing a career at a research institution that promotes these values.

I participate in PostDoc-NeT because...

The scientific community is worldwide, and there are many opportunities in Germany in academia, industry, and research institutes. It is very beneficial and productive to learn more about the German system. This networking tour will provide insight into the scientific community in Germany, an opportunity to network with researchers from all over the world, and the chance to see the valuable career options available in Germany.

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Suhair Sunoqrot

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Suhair Sunoqrot

Present position and affiliation:

Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutics, Al-Zaytoonah University of Jordan, Jordan

Research field and research interests:

I come from a pharmacy background, and I have always been interested in finding new ways to improve patients’ health by developing novel drug delivery systems. During my PhD, I worked on various projects mainly involving the synthesis and characterization of lipid- and polymer-based nanocarriers for targeted anti-cancer drug delivery. Now that I have my own lab, my research interests focus on the development of biologically-inspired nanomaterials for drug delivery applications, as well as developing nanoscale systems to tackle delivery challenges of poorly water soluble drug candidates. 

Publications:

  • Sunoqrot, S., Alsadi, A., Tarawneh, O., and Hamed, R. Polymer Type and Molecular Weight Dictate the Encapsulation Efficiency and Release of Quercetin from Polymeric Micelles. Colloid and Polymer Science 2017, https://doi.org/10.1007/s00396-017-4183-9
  • Sunoqrot, S., Hassan, L., Alsadi, A., Hamed, R., and Tarawneh, O. Interactions of Mussel-Inspired Polymeric Nanoparticles with Gastric Mucin: Implications for Gastro-retentive Drug Delivery. Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces 2017, 156, 1-8
  • Sunoqrot, S., Bugno, J., Lantvit, D.D., Burdette, J.E., and Hong, S. Prolonged Blood Circulation and Enhanced Tumor Accumulation of Folate-Targeted Dendrimer-Polymer Hybrid Nanoparticles. Journal of Controlled Release 2014, 191, 115-122

Professional career interests:

While I plan to stay in academia and continue down the path to tenure, I would also like to establish connections with the pharma/biotech industry in order to translate the new drug delivery technologies developed in the lab into therapies that can improve patients’ quality of life.

I participate in PostDoc-NeT because...

I have heard a lot about the exciting research opportunities available in Germany, but having spent most of my research career in the US and Jordan, I have not had the chance to explore the German research environment properly. This tour is just what I needed to find out more about those opportunities and hopefully find collaborators with research interests similar to mine. I am specifically interested in finding a suitable host as I plan to apply for a Humboldt Fellowship in the near future.

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Yue Tang

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Present position and affiliation:

Postdoctoral research fellow at Monash University, Australia

Research field and research interests:

Nanomaterials, electrical sensors based on nanostructures

Publications:

  • “Superwettability strategy: 1D assembly of binary nanoparticles as gas sensors” Yue Tang, Bin Su, Minsu Liu, Yuan Feng, Xuchuan Jiang*, Lei Jiang, Aibing Yu. Small. 2017, 13, 1601087.
  • “Manufacturable conducting rubber ambers and stretchable conductors from copper nanowire aerogel monoliths” Yue Tang, Shu Gong, Yi Chen, Lim Wei Yap, Wenlong Cheng* ACS Nano. 2014, 8, 5707. (IF 13.942)
  • “Lightweight, flexible, nanorod electrode with high electrocatalytic activity” Yue Tang, Khee Chaw Ng, Yi Chen, Wenlong Cheng* Electrochemistry Communications. 2013, 27, 120. (IF 4.396)

Professional career interests:

Gas sensors for disease diagnosis

I participate in PostDoc-NeT because...

I would like to see how nanotechnology is applied in current and future German industries.

Lin Xie

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Lin Xie

Present position and affiliation:

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Ewha Womans University, South Korea

Research field and research interests:

  • Organic photovoltaics, Organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite photovoltaics
  • Advanced energy materials

Publications:

  • Effective protection of sequential solution-processed polymer/fullerene bilayer solar cell against charge recombination and degradation. Lin Xie, Jeesoo Seok, Soyeon Yoon, Taehee Kim, BongSoo Kim, Kyungkon Kim, Organic Electronics 25 (2015) 212-218)
  • Organic photovoltaics utilizing a polymer nanofiber/fullerene interdigitated bilayer prepared by sequential solution deposition. Lin Xie, Ji Sang Lee, Yoonhee Jang, Hyungju Ahn, Yun-Hi Kim, and Kyungkon Kim. J. Phys. Chem. C, 2016, 120 (24), 12933–12940
  • Effective protection of sequential solution-processed polymer/fullerene bilayer solar cell against charge recombination and degradation. Lin Xie, Jeesoo Seok, Soyeon Yoon, Taehee Kim, BongSoo Kim, Kyungkon Kim, Organic Electronics 2015, 25, 212-218

Professional career interests:

As friendly environmental third generation solar cells, they have large potentials to alternate the traditional foil energy. I am looking for new advanced nano materials that could be applied into the semiconductor photovoltaics to enhance the performance and stability for their commercialization in the further.

I participate in PostDoc-NeT because...

It is a great opportunity to gain insight the advanced techniques and science in Germany. I am very pleased to communicated and study with professionals of different areas in advanced nano materials.  It is also a good chance to pursue a postdoctoral carrier in Germany.

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