Ms. Nalin Venkat Sameera, a University of Hyderabad (UoH) student of Integrated M.Sc – Chemical Sciences has been offered a fully-funded graduate position at the Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), Ohio, USA.

Case Western University is ranked 152 among all universities in the world. During her PhD, Sameera will be working under the supervision of Prof. Roger H. French. She will be at the Solar Durability and Lifetime Extension (SDLE) Center, CWRU, a world-class research center dedicated to lifetime and degradation science of solar photovoltaics (PV). Established in 2011, the SDLE Center aims at engaging students, researchers and industrial partners to determine the actual degradation mechanisms occurring in solar PV and enable the design of better and long-lasting PV systems in future.

At UoH, Ms. Sameera did her Master’s project based on inorganic materials for photovoltaic applications under the guidance of Prof. K. Muralidharan, School of Chemistry. Earlier, she was awarded The Chennupati and Vidya Jagadish Endowment Fund to do a short-term project at The Australian National University (ANU) in 2018. During May-July 2018, sameera worked with Prof. Hoe Tan at the Research School of Physics and Engineering, ANU and her project work was on the effect of InP nanopillar treatment on improving photoelectrochemical water splitting. She was also a summer research intern in Dr. Moloy Sarkar’s group at the School of Chemical Sciences, National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneshwar during May-July 2017. At NISER, she worked on studying the Forster resonance energy transfer between core-shell quantum dots and J-aggregates.