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Solar Energy Research Institute

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Md. Akhtaruzzaman

Email: Phone: 03-89118587

Current Position: Senior Research Fellow

Specialisation: Dye-sensitized Solar cells (DSSCs), Perovskite thin film Solar Cells, Graphene /Quantum dots-based Hybrid solar cells , Bulk-heterojunction Solar cells (BHJs), Light-Emitting Organic Field-effect Transistors (LE-OFETs), Organic Thin Film Transistors (OTFT), Structural Organic Chemistry, Organic Synthetic Chemistry, Organic Materials Chemistry, Supramolecular Chemistry and Crystal Engineering, Molecular Electronics, Supramolecular photochemistry

Dr. Akhtar is an Assoc. Professor at the Solar Energy Research Institute (SERI) of The National University of Malaysia (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia). He received his BSc in 1996 and MSc in 1998 in Applied Chemistry and Chemical Engineering from University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. In 2000, he was awarded the Japanese Government’s Monbukagakusho Scholarship and joined the Institute for Molecular Science (IMS) in Okazaki, Japan where attained his PhD in March 2003. After his PhD, he joined at the Dept. of Electronic Chemistry of The Tokyo Institute of Technology in Japan as a Postdoctoral Researcher for three years. Subsequently, he worked at Fujifilm Fine Chemical Company in Japan in 2006-2007 (Chemist), King Saud University in Saudi Arabia in 2009-2010 (Assistant Professor), Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan at the Dept. of Chemistry in in 2010-2012 (Assistant Professor) and University of Malaya at The Dept. of Chemistry in 2012-2013 (Senior Lecturer). He was also awarded one of the most prestigious fellowship of JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion Science) in 2007-2009 at the Dept. of Electronics and Applied Physics of Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan.  His research interests are on rational design of organic/inorganic semiconductors, Nano-materials for various applications, including Dye-sensitized Solar cells (DSSCs), Perovskite thin film solar cell, Graphene /Quantum dots-based Hybrid solar cells , Bulk-heterojunction Solar cells (BHJs), Light-Emitting Organic Field-effect Transistors (LE-OFETs), Organic Thin Film Transistors (OTFTs), Flexible Memory Devices, Chemical and Biological Sensors, Nano-electronics and Electroluminescence devices.

B.Sc. (Dhaka Uni), M.Sc. (Dhaka Uni), Ph.D (Graduate University for Advanced Studies, Okazaki, Japan)

Areas of Research
My research interest is to construct the next generation solar cells with high efficiency and low cost by create new cell structure and intelligent materials based on elucidation of the mechanism through fundamental study and simulation. I have been also working to make Photoluminescent Near-Infrared Quantum Dots (NIR-QDs) for 3rd generation photovoltaic device.  Another target is to design and synthesis of new pi-conjugated system with various color emission, high electron affinities and high fluorescence efficiencies for potential applications to EL devices, light-emitting organic field-effect transistors (LE- OFETs) for organic laser applications.

Publications Journals



  1. Md. Akhtaruzzaman, “Design and Synthesis of New Organic Semiconductors for High Performances Light Emitting Organic Field-Effect Transistors”-Invited talk in the Workshop of Solar Chemistry Research Institute in Osaka University, Japan on Feb., 7, 2014
  2. P.Chelvanathan, F. Haque, Md. Akhtaruzzaman, M. M. Alam, Z. A. ALOthman, K. Sopian and N. Amin,-“ Growth and characterization of RF-Sputtered ZnS thin film deposited at various substrate temperatures for photovoltaic application”- NANOSMAT-USA Conference-2014.
  3. N. Dhar, K.S. Rahman, M.A. Islam, Md. Akhtaruzzaman, M. M. Alam, Z. A. ALOthman, K. Sopian, N. Amin,-“ Analysis of mo/cdte interfaces deposited on various substrates”- NANOSMAT-USA Conference-2014.
  4. S.A. Nadi, C. Puvaneswaran, M. M. Alam, Z. A. ALOthman, Md. Akhtaruzzaman, K. Sopian and N. Amin,-“ Effects of post deposition treatments in nano-scale growth of CZTS thin films”- NANOSMAT-USA Conference-2014.
  5. P.Chelvanathan, Md. Akhtaruzzaman, M. M. Alam, Z. A. ALOthman, K. Sopian and N. Amin,-“ Annealing effect in structural and electrical properties of sputtered mo thin film”- NANOSMAT-USA conference-20148. Md.
  6. F. Haque, K. S. Rahman, N.A. Khan, M. A. Islam, M.J. Rashid, M. Akhtaruzzaman, M.M. Alam and N. Amin-“A Comprehensive Study on Undoped and In-doped ZnS Thin Films Prepared by Co-sputtering Technique”- ENGE 2014 International Conference, Korea.
  7. M. A. Islam1, K. S. Rahman, F. Haque, N. A. Khan, M. Akhtaruzzaman, M. M. Alam, H. Ruslan, K. Sopian1 and N. Amin- “Effect of Sn Doping on the Properties of Nano-structured ZnO Thin Films Deposited by Co-sputtering Technique”- ENGE 2014 International Conference, Korea.
  8. Akhtaruzzaman, “An Study on the Performance of Dye-sensitized solar cells based on Black Dye with Indoline Based Co-adsorbent”- 15th IUPAC Symposium on MacroMolecular Complexes in August 13-16, 2013 (Greenville, South Carolina, USA Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, USA)
  9. M. I. Hossain, P. Chelvanathan, M. M. Alam, M. Akhtaruzzaman, K. Sopian and N. Amin, 2013, Potential Buffer Layers For Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) Solar Cells from Numerical Analysis, 2013 IEEE Conference on Clean Energy and Technology (CEAT), Langkawi, Malaysia.
  10. S. A. Nadi, P. Chelvanathan, , M. M. Alam, Md. Akhtaruzzaman, K. Sopian, A.S.M. Mukter Uzzaman and N. Amin , 2013 , Effect of Substrate Temperature on the Growth of CZTS Thin Films by RF Magnetron Sputtering, 2013 IEEE Conference on Clean Energy and Technology (CEAT), Langkawi, Malaysia.


  1. Towhid Hossain Chowdhury - PhD - Main Supervisor.
  2. Mohd Aizat Abdul Wadi - Master - Main Supervisor.

Research Grant

  1. An Investigation on the Optoelectronic Properties of Lead (Pb) based Perovskite and Chalcogenide Quantum Dots in Organic-Inorganic Thin Film Hetero-Junctions- FRGS, (Project cod: FRGS-RGS /1/2014/ TK06/ UKM/02/3), Period: 1/7/2014-30/6/2017, Principal Researcher, (On-going).
  2. Developments of High Performances Multi-Dye based Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells in UV-Visible to Near-Infrared Region, Science Fund (Project cod: 03-01-02-SF1149),Period: 01/12/2014-30/11/2016, Principal Researcher, (On-going).
  3. UMGR grant, Faculty of Science, University of Malaya, 2012, Principal Researcher, (Completed).
  4. Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) early career postdoctoral fellows ($105,000 salary and $35,000 research support; 2007 to 2009, Principal Researcher, Prof. Hiroshi Ishiwara Lab, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, (Completed).


  • For Undergraduate Students: SCES-3314 (Materials Chemistry), SCES3363 (Green Chemistry-Renewable Energy)
  • For Postgraduate Students: SCES-3380 (Organic electronics)
  • Future Teaching Interest: Organic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Organic Electronics and devices