Ashraful Islam started his research career at Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission after his graduation in chemistry at the Chittagong University, Bangladesh. He earned in 1998 his Ph.D. degree in photochemistry at the Osaka University, Japan where he was a Japanese government Monbush fellow and performed research on nonradiative “processes of electronically excited states of transition metal complexes in the Solid State”. In 2008, Islam joined the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan’s sole independent administrative institution specializing in materials science, as a Principal Research Scientist working to develop next generation solar cell. Before joining NIMS (between 1998-2008), he was a Senior Researcher at the Sharp corporation’s Advanced Energy Technologies Laboratories, Japan and a Center of Excellence Research Fellow in the Photoreaction Control Research Center, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan. He has investigated dye sensitized solar cells (DSCs) since 1998, particularly to improve device efficiency and development of new sensitizers. His team has markedly improved the efficiency of both single-cell and submodule DSCs. An overall conversion efficiency of 11.2% was achieved, which is the highest record efficiency confirmed by a public test center. His mission at the Advanced Photovoltaics Center is to construct the next generation, high-efficiency, low-cost solar cells through creation of new cell structures and intelligent materials development. Research areas at the center include dye-sensitized, organic thin-film, and quantum-dot solar cells.
Biography Updated on 17 January 2011