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Soma ZANDI

Education:

2021 – Now: Doctor of Philosophy in Photovoltaic Engineering (UNSW)

2015 – 2018: Master of Micro and Nano Electronic Engineering (Kurdistan University, Iran)

2011 – 2015: Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (Kurdistan University, Iran)

Research Interests:

  • Fundamentals of perovskite solar cells (especially tandem cells)

  • Electro- optical simulation of photovoltaic devices

  • Photoluminescence characterization techniques

Why is your research important?

Designing high efficiency solar cells at low cost and high stability contributes to numerous environmental and social benefits, such as producing far less global warming emissions, and improving standards of living in areas with the lack of power infrastructure. Among various types of solar cells, perovskite based tandem cells has been known as a promising photovoltaic technology toward achieving these goals. That’s why I am motivated to work in this area. My research focuses on the development and the electro-optical modeling of perovskite-based tandem solar cells along with PL imaging methodologies for the purpose of characterizing and understanding the main recombination losses.


What do you like about research?

The most important thing that is extremely exciting for me is that at every stage, I learn something new. Doing research does not turn into a monotonous experience. Also, it is an opportunity to improve my capabilities by challenging myself, trying out new ideas, and connecting with knowledgeable researchers who work in my area of interest.


What do you like to do when you are not saving the world?

Watching movies, practicing with my guitar, spending time with people who are dear to me, reading novels.