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Abdelrahman Askar receives 2019 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship
Congratulations to Abdelrahman Askar, who has received a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship for $150,000 to support his PhD program in Microelectronics. Abdelrahman's proposed research, Powering Smart Wearable Devices: Ultra-Flexible and High-Efficiency Solar Cells based on 2D Nanomaterials, will examine how to secure sustainable energy sources that are flexible and efficient, while powering smart wearable devices.
Engineering Science PhD student in the Faculty of Applied Sciences
I am married and a father of 2 kids. I am originally from Egypt, where I did my bachelor degree. I moved to Germany after completing my BSc degree to do my 1st Master degree in Microelectronics. Afterward, I moved to Canada where I did my 2nd Master degree in the field of Material Science at the University of Alberta.
Upon completing my studies at the U of A, I started my Ph.D. program here at SFU under the supervision of Dr. Michael Adachi in the Department of Engineering Science working on 2D materials building next-generation electronic and optoelectronic devices.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO COME TO SFU?
I was interested in the research area of my supervisor which bridges nanotechnology and nanodevices. SFU has a state-of-the-art facility for Nanoscience and nanofabrication (4D LABS).
TELL US ABOUT YOUR RESEARCH AND/OR PROGRAM.
I am trying to use ultrathin 2D material (as thin as one atom thick) to build high-speed flexible devices which to be used for tomorrow's electronic devices.
WHAT ARE YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOYING ABOUT YOUR STUDIES/RESEARCH AT SFU?
The research environment overall and support I am getting from my supervisor. I enjoy having access to state-of-the-art facilities at 4D LABS. I like the collaborative work being done across departments and faculties.
DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR PROSPECTIVE GRADUATE STUDENTS?
Determine what you exactly want from your research program before making any decisions. Have a clear understanding of the nature of the research you are to to be undertaking.