Principal Investigator

Dr. Alexander R. Uhl

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Research Project Managers

Dr. Maria Tsemperouli

Maria Tsemperouli received her PhD in chemistry from the Université de Genève in Switzerland, a position funded by the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Chemical Biology and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). She continued her research as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Nanobiology Institute and School of Medicine at Yale University under the supervision of Prof. Erdem Karatekin. Her multidisciplinary research interests focused on a range of scientific fields including electrochemistry, molecular biology, biophysics, electrophysiology, and nanotechnology. She joined as a Research Project Manager of the Solar Energy for Net Zero Cluster of Research Excellence at the School of Engineering at the University of British Columbia in September 2023.

Education: Ph.D. in Chemistry, University of Geneva, Switzerland


Amandine Drew

Amandine Drew’s research is centered around the techno-economic feasibility of photovoltaic (PV) systems in British-Columbia. She examines both the profitability and energy output of PV systems by creating predictive models using simulation softwares. She received her undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Western University, having completed her undergraduate thesis with the Nanophotonic Energy Materials group.

Education: MASc in Mechanical Engineering, University of British Columbia, Canada


Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr. Abraha Tadese Gidey

Abraha Tadese Gidey is an expert in perovskite photovoltaics, perovskite thin films & single crystals for optoelectronic applications as well as various characterization techniques. His research interests mainly focus on Materials for Sustainable Energy and Optoelectronic applications. He joined LSEF at UBC – Okanagan Campus in September 2022, and working on solution-processed solar cells.

Education: Ph.D. in Sustainable Chemical Science and Technology, National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University (NYCU) in collaboration with Academia Sinica, Taiwan


Dr. Mohamed Hamada Abdel Kodous

Mohamed Abd Elkodous, researcher of solar fuel production at LSEF since April 2024. He obtained his PhD of Engineering from Toyohashi University of Technology (Japan), through the Japanese government scholarship (MEXT). Mohmed received numerous national and international awards including Nile University (Egypt) award for being recognized as Scopus top 2% scientists in the world (2021 – 2022) and Top 10 researchers award. In addition, the first place in Falling Walls Lab Sendai 2023 (Japan). Mohamed’s research focuses on nanomaterials development and characterization, sustainable solar fuel production, and membrane-electrode assemblies for water electrolyzers and fuel cells.

Education: Ph.D. in Electrical and Electronic Information Engineering, University of Technology, Japan


Dr. Haritham Khan

Education: Ph.D. in Materials Science and Chemical Engineering, Hanyang University, South Korea


Ph.D. Students

Elnaz Ghahremani Rad

Elnaz is a PhD candidate in Electrical Engineering and joined LSEF in September 2020. She received her BSc and MSc degrees in Electrical Engineering in Iran. She previously worked on the design and modeling of nanophotonic devices, pleasmonic-based perovskite solar cells and impedance spectroscopy characterization. Her current research focuses on fabrication, optoelectronic characterization, and modelling of perovskite solar cells. Outside of the lab, she enjoys hiking, photography, and dancing.

Education: Electrical Engineering, Shahed University, Iran


Sadaf Shabanian

Sadaf is a PhD candidate in Mechanical engineering. She joined UBC in January 2019. She received her BSc and MSc degrees in Materials Engineering at Isfahan University of Technology, in Iran. Her PhD research focuses on making water-repellent and oil-repellent coatings using non-fluorinated surface chemistries.




Masters Students

Tim Webster

Education: Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering, UBC Okanagan, Canada


Shahrukh Hossain Rian

Education: Bachelor in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, BAIUST, Bangladesh


Abdul-Mubarak Yussif Yidana

Education: Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering, SRM University-Andhra Pradesh, India


Undergraduate Students

Jason Schultz

Jason Schultz is an undergraduate student in mechanical engineering. He joined the LSEF in May of 2022 focusing on the instrumentation for Perovskite Solar Cells, with parallel J-V curves and efficiency measurements of multiple cells performed simultaneously. His current research is on MPPT software for long term stability testing under various external conditions.

Education: Mechanical Engineering, University of British Columbia, Canada


Alex Sol

Education: Mechanical Engineering, University of British Columbia, Canada


Andrea Santiago

Education: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Mexico




Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr. Ela Nurlaela (PDF, now PDF at CatEC group, , Japan)

Dr. Towhid Chowdhury (PDF)


PhD Students

Dr. Sunil Suresh (PhD, now at IMEC, Belgium)

Dr. Sonia (Zahra) Azimi Dijvejin (PhD, now PDF at SintonLab, University of Toronto)


MASc Students

Amandine Drew (MASc, now Project Manager at LSEF, UBC)

Noah McIntosh (MASc, now at Selkirk College)


UG Students

Chris Paul (UG, now graduate student at UBC)

Arthur Garbuz (UG, now at )