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The Team with our Japanese partners, Oct 2019


Current team members


Rana Poushimin, PhD Candidate

Her research is about plasmonic hot-electron devices, with emphasis on the design of a plasmonic antenna hot-electron solar cell. She got her MSc and BSc at Persian Gulf University of Iran and worked on the topology optimization of photonic crystal LEDs. She switched her research from theoretical fields into the new exciting world of experimental; Striving to exploit her skills in simulation on her Ph.D. project in order to make her thesis unique.









Arash Nikniazi, MSc candidate

Graduate Student in Photonics and Teaching Assistant at Queen's University (2019)

Education: Master of Science - Photonics, Research Institute for Applied Physics and Astronomy (RIAPA), Tabriz University (2013-2016)


Research Project: Solar cells based on perovskite materials, Luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs)








Braulio Antonio, M.Sc. Candidate


Graduate Student in Photonics and Teaching Assistant at Queen's University (2019-)


Education: B.Sc. Physics, National Autonomous University of Mexico (2013-2018)


Research Project: Studying non-linearity and chiral responses in light-matter interaction







Samaneh Aynehband, PhD Tehran

Hometown: Tehran, Iran

Education: PhD student, Materials science and engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Visiting research student, Physics, Queen's University, Canada (2019), Visiting research student, Chemistry, EMPA, Switzerland (2018).
M.Sc., Materials science and engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Iran.
B.Sc., Materials science and engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic), Iran.

Research project: I'm working on surface properties and ligand engineering of PbS quantum dots, using different perovskite ligands for boosting the response and facilitating the electron transport in QD-sensitized graphene-based phototransistors.

Adel Daoud, PhD Biskra

: Laghouat, Algeria

Education: , Phd student, physics, Mohamed Khider Biskra University 2020,Queen's University, Department of Chemistry.

Research Project: My research investigates in Nanotechnology and application in different disciplines such as electronics, photonics. The objective of the project is to investigate the physical and chemical properties of new nanomaterials for photovoltaic devices, especially, dye sensitized solar cells (DSSC).






Kacem Cherifi, PhD Tlemcen

Hometown: Ghardaia, Algeria

 Education:   Lecturer/ Ph.D. candidate, Abu Baker Belkaid University – Tlemcen, Algeria

Project: Perovskite solar cells, Dye sensitized solar cells.
Study the performance of dye-sensitized solar cell based on perovskite materials (Computational and Experimental)






Manal Shalabi, PhD candidate

Hometown: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Education: Ph.D. candidate in physical chemistry, M.S. organic chemistry, King Abdulaziz University (KAU), 2009

Research project: I study preparation techniques to control sizes and shapes of noble metal and magnetic nanoparticles for potential applications. Also, I employ sol-gel methods to fabricate hybrid nanostructures and to explore the surface plasmon resonance. Recently, I am fabricating fluorescent core-shell metal nanohybrids to study plasmon-enhanced fluorescence




The Team, Xmas 2017


The Team, Xmas 2013

















The team with Dr. Buncel, Xmax 2011

The Nunzi Group

Team Alumni

Dinesh Pathak, Visiting Researcher, completed

Hometown: Bhaleth-Sujanpur Tihra, Hamirpur, HP- India

Education: (M. Sc., Ph. D. Physics (GNDU), PDF (UGC-DSK, Thapar U), PDF European Commission) R & D Specialist, Faculty of Chemical Technology and Centre for Material Science, University of Pardubice, Pardubice, Near Prague, Czech Republic.

Research Project: Nanostructured Materials, Compound semiconductors photovoltaics (Chalcopyrites) and Organic-Inorganic Hybrid systems.

Leila Mazaheri, PhD completed

Hometown: Tabriz, Iran

Education: PhD student, Physics,Queen's University MSc, Photonics, Research Institute for Applied physics and Astronomy (RIAPA), Tabriz University 2011

Research Project: I study development of chiral plasmonic structures and opto-electronic assisted self-organization of azo-glass and polymer materials.

Muhammad Ikram, PhD Lahore Completed

Hometown: Muhammad Ikram

Education: PhD candidate (G. C. University Lahore) , Visiting Research Associate, Department of Physics (Queen’s University).

Project: Fullerene Replacement in Organic Solar Cells for Device Stabilization.

Somayeh Mirzaee, PhD completed

Hometown: Tehran, Iran

Education:  PhD Candidate (Physics, Queen's University), M.Sc. (Physics, University of Windsor), M.Sc. (Sharif University of Tech.), B.Sc. (Hons) (Condensed Matter Physics, University of Tehran)

Research Project: I study nonlinear optical effects in organic solar cells in order to evidence field enhancement effects

Nam Musterer, MSc completed

Hometown: Vancouver, British Columbia

Education: B.Sc. (Hons) Physics, University of British Columbia

Research Project: Study behaviour and properties of a molecular glass in a polymer for use in organic solar cells.

Jimmy Zhan, MSc completed

Hometown: Toronto, Canada.

Education: M.ASc Candidate (Physics), Queen's University. B.Sc. Eng (Engineering Physics - Electrical option), Queen's University (2013).

Research Project: Fabrication of polymer solar cells and optimization of their efficiency by creating surface relief gratings (single, crossed, parallel, and circular) and inducing Surface Plasmons. In the case of circular gratings (esp. chirped profiles), SPs can be focused at the center.


Yolène Sacchettini, program completed

Hometown: Crolles, France

Education: Engineer student at Ecole Centrale Marseille, France

Research Project: Fabrication and Optimization of organic solar cell.

Tham Adhikari, PhD Completed

Hometown: Kathmandu, Nepal

Education:  Ph.D Candidate ( Queen's University), M.Sc, ( Queen's University) M.Sc Chemistry ( Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu,Nepal)

Research Project: Fabrication of solar cell devices by using organic polymers and other materials.


Feng Liu, Phd Completed

Hometown: Hubei, China

Education: M.S. Condensed State Physics, Chinese Academy of Science(CAS)

Research Project: My research involves the investigation and application of the surface plasmon of noble metal nanoparticles. We have been studying surface plasmon enhanced fluorescence (photoluminescence), surface plasmon improved electroluminescence in small molecule organic light emitting diode (SM-OLED). And currently surface plasmon enhanced absorption of bulk heterojunctions (BHJs) solar cell is under investigation.


Thomas Kraft, PhD Completed

Hometown: Thunder Bay, ON

Education: PhD Candidate (Queen's University, University of Limoges), MSc (Queen's University), HBSc (Lakehead University)

Research Project: Synthesis of π-conjugated alternating copolymers for polymer wrapping of carbon nanotubes (CNT). The polymer/CNT composites are used to fabricate bulk-heterojunction organic photovoltaic cells.


Yiwei Zhang, MSc completed

Hometown: Hubei, China

Education: M.sc. Candidate,Queen's University, B.Sc., Chemistry (Subject of Specialization), Renmin University of China (2011)

Research Project: Chiral polymer photo-detector


Matthew Schuster, MSc completed

Hometown: Vernon, British Columbia, Canada

Education: B.Sc.E.(Hons.) Engineering Chemistry, Queen's University (2009)

Research Project: Creation of a vertically aligned metal nanorod photoelectrode. MNRs have been glorified for their exceptional photonic properties and have shown to increase the efficiency of solar cells. Currently I am focused on techniques forgrowing and aligning the MNRs.


Sanyasi Rao, PhD completed

Hometown: Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India

Education: M.Sc. Physics, University of Hyderabad(UoH), Hyderabad, India

Research Project: I am working on time-resolved fluorescence Intensity and Anisotropy decays of dye molecules attached to metal nanoparticles, in the wake of understanding processes of energy transfer between dye molecules. It is of great interest to know the dependence of energy transfer rate upon spectral position of the localized surface plasmon peak of a single metal nanoparticle with respect the fluorescence peak of the dye molecules.


Konrad Piskorz

Hometown: Wroclaw, Poland

Education: B.Sc.E.(Hons.) Engineering Chemistry, Queen's University (2010)

Research Project: Instrument development for polymer solar cells

Yue Tao

Yue Tao, MSc completed

Hometown: Jilin, China

Education: Bachelor of Science, Fudan University (2011)

Research Project: Second Harmonic Generation of Chiral-Modifued Silver Nanoparticles.


Gabriela Aldea-Nunzi, PDF, completed

Hometown: Iasi, Romania

Education: MSc in Eng.Chem and PhD in Chem., Gheorghe Asachi, Technical University of Iasi, Romania

Research Project: Self-assembly and nanomaterials

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