Dr. Azhar Fakharuddin


E-Mail: azhar-fakhar.uddin@...

Phone: 3562

Room: P920

Research Interests

The recently emerging perovskite solar cells have although surprised the PV community due to the remarkable progress made in achieving a photoconversion efficiency comparable to market dominating silicon solar cells the underlying physical processes are still not full understood. In a typical device architecture, a perovskite layer is sandwiched between electron and hole selective contacts making it a two-interface device. The interfacing materials that can be organic, polymeric or inorganic semiconductors have demonstrated detrimental effects on the PV performance, charge separation mechanism, operational stability and the hysteresis in these devices. My current research extends to exploring the role of these interfaces in photovoltaic operation and stability of perovskite solar cells.

Curriculum vitae

  • 1986 Born in Azad Kashmir, Pakistan
  • 2008 Bachelors of Engineering (Electronic), Mehran Univ. of Eng. & Tech, Pakistan
  • 2011 Master of Engineering (Electronic), Universiti Malaysia Pahang, Malaysia
  • 2014 Visiting Scientist, Center for Hybrid and Organic Solar Energy, Univ. of Rome Tor Vergatta, Italy
  • 2015 Doctor of Philosophy (Advanced Materials), Universiti Malaysia Pahang, Malaysia
  • Since 2016 Alexander Von Humboldt Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Konstanz, Germany


F. Di Giacomo, A. Fakharuddin, R. Jose, and T. M. Brown, Progress, challenges and perspectives in flexible perovskite solar cells, Energy & Environmental Science, 9, 3007-3035, 2016

A. Fakharuddin, F. De Ross, T. M. Watson, L. Schmidt-Mende, and R. Jose, Research Update: Behind the high efficiency of hybrid perovskite solar cells, APL Materials, 4, 091505, 2016

N. A. Manshor, Q. Wali, K. K. Wong, S. K. Muzakir, A. Fakharuddin, L. Schmidt-Mende, and R. Jose, Humidity versus photo-stability of metal halide perovskite films in a polymer matrix, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 18, 21629-21639, 2016

Wali, Q., and Fakharuddin, A. et al., Nanowire nanocomposite of SnO2–TiO2 by pore filling for 
efficient dye-sensitized solar cells, Solar Energy. 132, 395-404. 2016. 

Fakharuddin A, et al., Solid state perovskite solar modules by vacuum-vapor assisted sequential deposition on Nd: YVO4 laser patterned rutile TiO2 nanorods, Nanotechnology, 26, 494002. (invited Manuscript)

Fakharuddin A, et al., Vertical TiO2 Nanorods as a Medium for Stable and High-Efficiency Perovskite Solar Modules, ACS Nano, 9(8), 8420- 8429, 2015. 

Wali Q., Fakharuddin A., R. Jose., Tin oxide as a photoanode for dye-sensitized solar cells: current progress and future challenges, J. Pow. Sources. 2015. 293, 1039-1052.

Wali Q., & Fakharuddin A., et al., One pot Synthesis of Multi-Functional Tin Oxide Nanostructures for High Efficiency Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells, J. Alloys & compounds, 2015, 646, 32-39.

Fakharuddin A., et al., Role of morphology and crystallinity of nanorods and planar electron transport layer on long term durable performance of perovskite solar cells, J. Pow. Sources, 2015, 283, 61. 

Ahmed I., & Fakharuddin A., et al., Mesoporous titania–vertical nanorod films with interfacial engineering for high performance dye-sensitized solar cells, Nanotechnology, 2015, 26 (150401).

Fakharuddin, A., Brown T. M., Fabregat-Santiago F., R. Jose, Bisquert J., A perspective on the commercial production of dye-solar modules, Energ. & Environ. Sci., 2014, 7, 3952.

Fakharuddin, A. et al., Charge transport in dye-solar cells stacks, J. App. Phys., 115(16), 2014.

Fakharuddin, A. et al., Channeling of electron transport to improve collection efficiency in mesoporous TiO2 dye sensitized solar cell stacks, App. Phys. Lett., 2014, 104, 053905.

Wali Q, and Fakharuddin A. et al., Multichannel nanotubes of SnO2 by electrospinning for high efficiency dye-sensitized solar cells, J. Mat. Chem. A., 2014, 2, 17427.

Fakharuddin, A. et al, Standardization of photoelectrode area of dye-sensitized solar cells, R. RSC Advances. 2013, 3, 2683-2689.