Dr. Afzaal is currently an Assistant Professor at the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT), Sharjah. After completing BSC in Chemistry from Aston University, UK in 2000, he undertook his PhD in Inorganic Materials Chemistry at the University of Manchester, UK in 2004. After teaching and research stints at Manchester University, KFUPM, and Salford University, he joined HCT in 2018.
His research focus is on multiple facets of Advanced Functional Inorganic Materials where the primary target is on the deposition of semiconducting thin films using atmospheric-pressure chemical vapour deposition processes, solution-processed quantum dot systems, and designing of novel chalcogenide precursors for renewable energy technologies. He has authored and/or co-authored 100+ papers in leading scientific journals with an h-index of 38. He has presented extensively at national and international conferences. He is a recipient of several research grants targeting and customizing low-cost materials with improved light-harvesting or charge transfer properties and processes capable of reducing cell fabrication costs.
Most research interests for a scientist
- Perovskite Solar Cells
- Chemical vapour deposition processes
- Transparent conducting oxides
- Solar Cell Technologies