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Moneim Ismail

Over my research career, I gained a multidisciplinary expertise and broad technical experience across fields of physics, materials science, electrical engineering and chemistry with primary interest in organic/ inorganic electronics. The overarching themes of my research are on: (1) Materials processing, device fabrication (spin-coating, vapor-assisted, vacuum, encapsulation, rapid solidification, casting, glove box, etc.) and characterization (structural, optical and electrical), (2) device physics of organic solar cells (impedance/ admittance spectroscopy, PL-spectroscopy, SCLC, etc.), and (3) understanding structure-property-performance relationships across materials, thin films and devices.

Employment:

  • Research scientist, Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Russia), 01/2017 – present.
  • Lecturer of Physics, Mansoura University (Egypt), 09/2015 – 01/2017
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Iowa State University (USA), 07/2015 – 08/2015
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Iowa State University (USA), 08/2014 – 07/2015
  • Egyptian Government Scholar, Iowa State University (USA), 01/2011 – 08/2014
  • Assistant Lecturer at Department of Physics, Mansoura University (Egypt), 01/2008 – 12/2010
  • Graduate & Teaching Assistant at Department of Physics, Mansoura University (Egypt), 06/2004 – 01/2008
  • Design of efficient perovskite solar cells

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Peer reviewed journal articles
  • B. J Hale, M. Elshobaki, R. Gebhart, D. Wheeler, Jon Stoffer, Aimee Tomlinson, S. Chaudhary, Malika Jeffries-EL, “Evaluating the Influence of Heteroatoms on the Electronic Properties of Aryl[3,4-c]pyrroledione Based Copolymers“, Volume 109, 27 January 2017, Pages 85–92. Abstract
  • M. Elshobaki, et. al., “Tailoring Nanoscale Morphology of Polymer:Fullerene Blends Using Electrostatic Field“, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces20179 (3), pp 2678–2685. Abstract

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  • (*equal contribution) U. Bhattacharjee*, M. Elshobaki*, K. Santra, J. M. Bobbit, S. Chaudhary, E. A. Smith, and J. W. Petrich, “Characterizing Electric Field Oriented P3HT Thin Films Using Polarized-Light Spectroscopies”, Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics, 2016,[Wiley, Impact Factor 2.616], Volume 217, Issue 16, August 2016, Pages 1801–1809. Abstract

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  • A. Bhuwalka, M. Ewan, J. F. Mike, M. Elshobaki, S. Chaudhary, M. Jeffries-EL, “Synthesis and photovoltaic properties of 2,6-bis(2-thienyl) benzobisazole and 4,8-bis(thienyl)-benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b’]dithiophene copolymers“, Journal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry, Vol. 54, 3, pp. 316 – 324,1 Febru- ary 2016. Abstract

Doctorate

  • J. A. Carr, M. Elshobaki, S. Chaudhary, “Deep defects and the attempt to escape frequency in organic photovoltaic devices“, Applied Physics Letters, 107, pp. 203302, 2015.[AIP, Impact Factor 3.30].
  • A. Bhuwalka, M. Ewan, J. F. Mike, M. Elshobaki, B. Kobilka, S. Chaudhary, M. Jeffries-EL, “Synthesis, Characterization and Photovoltaic Properties of Dithienylbenzobisazole-Dithienylsilole Copolymers”, Journal of Polymer Science A, Vol. 53, 13, pp. 1533 – 1540,1 July 2015.
  • (*equal contribution)Y. Chen*, M. Elshobaki*, R. Gebhardt, S. Bergeson, J. M. Park, A. C. Hillier, K-M. Ho, R. Biswas, S. Chaudhary, “Reducing optical losses in organic solar cells using microlens arrays: theoretical-experimental investigation of microns dimensions“, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, vol. 17, pp. 3723 – 3730, 2015. Abstract

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  • M. Lesoine, J. Bobbitt, J. Carr, M. Elshobaki, S. Chaudhary, E. A. Smith, “Quantitative comparison of organic photovoltaic bulk heterojunction photostability under laser illumination“, The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol. 118 (51), pp. 30229-30237, 2014. Abstract

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  • J. Bobbitt, S. Weibel, M. Elshobaki, S. Chaudhary, E. A. Smith, “Fourier transform-plasmon waveguide spectroscopy: A non-destructive multi-frequency method for simultaneously determining polymer thickness and apparent index of refraction“, Analytical Chemistry, vol. 86 (24), pp. 11957-11961, 2014. Abstract

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  • M. Elshobaki, J. Anderegg, S. Chaudhary, “Efficient polymer solar cells fabricated on poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate)-etched old indium tin oxide substrates“, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, vol. 6(15), 12196-12202, 2014. Abstract

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  • Y.Chen, M. Elshobaki, Y. Zhuo, J. M. Park, K. M. Ho, S. Chaudhary, “Microns array induced light absorption enhancement in polymer solar cells“, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics vol. 15, 4297-4302, 2013. Abstract

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  • J. A. Carr, Y. Chen, M. Elshobaki, R. Mahadevapuram, S. Chaudhary, “Controlling nanomorphology in plastic solar cells“, Nanomaterials and Energy, vol. 1 (1), pp 18 – 26, 2012. Abstract
Conference presentations and abstracts
  • Poster: M. Elshobaki, and S. Chaudhary, “Reducing the Structural Disorder in π-Conjugated Semiconductors by Static-Field Treatment“, 2016 Materials Research Society Fall Meeting and Exhibit, Boston, MA, Nov. 28 – Dec. 2, 2016.
  • Poster: M. Tanvir, M. Elshobaki, R. Gebhardt, and S. Chaudhary, “Probing defects in polyhexylthio- phene: comparison between regio-regular and regis-random species“, 2015 Materials Research Society Spring Meeting and Exhibit, San Francisco, CA, Apr. 6 – Apr. 10, 2015.
  • Oral: J. A. Carr, M. Elshobaki, and S. Chaudhary, “Deep defect levels and the prefactor of trap emission in organic photovoltaic devices“, 2014 Materials Research Society Spring Meeting and Exhibit, San Francisco, CA, Apr. 21 – Apr. 25, 2014.
  • Oral: M. Elshobaki, S. Chaudhary et. al, “Electric field effect on the growth of organic thin films and their optoelectronic devices: The first demonstration“, 2014 Materials Research Society Spring Meeting and Exhibit, San Francisco, CA, Apr. 21 – Apr. 25, 2014.
  • Poster: M. Elshobaki, J. Anderegg, and S. Chaudhary, “Reusing ITO from old organic solar cells: Is PEDOT:PSS really bad for ITO?“, 2014 Materials Research Society Spring Meeting and Exhibit, San Fran- cisco, CA, Apr. 21 – Apr. 25, 2014.
  • Oral: M. Elshobaki, R. Gebhardt, S. Chaudhary, “Our Hair Reacts to a Charged Carpet or Static Electricity- So Does Nanomorphology in Organic Photovoltaic Films: The First Demonstration“, 2013 MS&T, Canada.
  • Poster: Y. Chen, M. Elshobaki, R. Gebhardt, S. Bergeson, J. M. Park, K. M. Ho, R. Biswas, and S. Chaudhary, “Reducing optical losses in organic photovoltaics using microlens arrays: experiments and simillations“, 2013 Materials Research Society Fall Meeting and Exhibit, Boston, MA, Dec. 1 – Dec. 6, 2013.
  • Poster: Y.Chen, M. Elshobaki, Z. Ye, J-M. Park, M. Noack, K-M. Ho, and S. Chaudhary, “Microlens array induced optical absorption enhancement in polymer solar cells“, 2012 Materials Research Society Fall Meeting and Exhibit, Boston, MA, Nov. 27 – Dec. 1, 2012.

Master of Science

Peer reviewed journal articles
  • M. Kamal M, A. El-Bediwi A, M. Elshobaki, “Modification Structural of Lead?antimony based bearing alloy“, Heat Treatment and Surface Engineering, vol. 9 (2), 42 – 53, 2009.
  • M. Kamal M, A. El-Bediwi A, M. Elshobaki, “Influence of alloying elements on structure and some physical properties of quenched Sn-Sb alloy“, Radiation Effects & Defects in Solids, vol. 161 (9), 549 – 557, 2006.
  • 1/2011 – 8/2015: PhD in Materials Science and Engineering, Iowa State University (USA)
    Dissertation title: Tailoring device-scale properties in organic electronics: Morphological, optical and electrode-interface related approaches
  • 6/2004 – 10/2007: M.Sc. in Physics, Mansoura University (Egypt)
    Thesis title: Structural and Physical Properties of Lead and Tin Based Bearing Alloys
  • 9/1999 – 5/2003: B.Sc. in Physics, Mansoura University (Egypt)
  • Perovskite Solar Cells
  • Organic electronics
  • Scientific publishing incentives (Award: 1,000 USD), Mansoura University, Egypt, April 2016.
  • Research Excellence Award for excellence in doctoral research, Iowa State University, USA, 2015.
  • Egyptian Government Fellowship (Award: 200,000 USD) – (2011 – 2014).
  • Dakahlia Governorate award – Ranked first in Physics B.Sc., Egypt.