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The world is exploring various sources of energy and has successfully identified and exploited novel materials for energy creation and application. There is a big demand throughout the world for making novel materials for energy creation. The fast transformation in the world of materials for fuel cells, solar cells, batteries and photocatalysis compel us for finding and exploiting opportunities of local manufacturing and training facilities. This interdisciplinary M.Sc. program will bring chemist, physicist, and engineers under one roof to work together as teams and thus bring technical revolution to meet local energy demands.

Focus Areas

Fuel Cells, Solar cells, Batteries, Photocatalysts, Wind, Energy Materials.


Prof. Dr. Suhail Zaki Farooqui
Ph.D. Computational Physics University of Texas at Austin, USA
Academic Program Developer (View detail profile)

S. (Saim) Saher
Ph.D. Membrane Engineering, Utwente, Netherland
Assistant Professor (View detail profile)

Master of Science in Materials for Energy Storage and Conversion

The rules and regulations for admission, examination, etc for the Master of Science (MS) in Electrical Energy System Engineering are as per postgraduate prospectus 2014-2015 of University of Engineering and Technology Peshawar

Eligibility Criteria

  • B.Sc in Mechanical Engineering
  • B.Sc in Chemical Engineering
  • B.Sc in Electrical Engineering
  • B.Sc in Material Engineering
  • M.Sc/BS in Physics
  • M.Sc/BS in Chemistry
  • M.Sc/BS in Electronics
  • M.Sc/BS in Nanotechnology
  • M.Sc/BS in Material Science

Seat Allocation

Seat allocation (per semester) for Master of Science in Materials for Energy Storage andConversion

Conversion :10- 25 seats with 50% allocation for female candidates. 50% female candidates is the requirement of USAID, all the female candidates must fulfill the university criteria for admission in M.Sc. Program. If 50% female candidates are not available then the seats will be offered to male candidate

Degree Requirement

M.Sc. Program would comprise of 32 Credit Hours including 2 CH course of Research methodology.

List of courses in M.Sc. in Electrical Energy System Engineering

Courses Code


Credit Hours

CAS-ME 501

Material Sciences and Properties of Materials


CAS-ME 502



CAS-ME 503

Electrical and Optical Properties of Material


CAS-ME 504

Materials Characterization Techniques


CAS-ME 601

Thesis Project


CAS-EP 509

Research Methodology


CAS-EP 510

Management of Technology and Innovation


In addition to core courses in each theme students can select three courses of 3 CH from amongst the approved elective courses in consultation with advisor.

Courses Code


Credit Hours

CAS-ME 505

Nano fabrication Techniques


CAS-ME 506

Materials for Energy Production & Storage


CAS-ME 507

Survey for Energy Technologies


CAS-ME 508

Thin Films


CAS-ME 509

Materials Thermodynamics


Detail List about Courses

CAS-ME 501 Material Sciences and Properties of Materials [3CH]

Basic material properties and materials selection charts. Selection of materials and shape. Case studies in materials selection (focus on modulus, strength, toughness, etc of metals, ceramics, polymers, etc. examples from solar module materials (which must have a 25-year lifetime), batteries (where weight is an issue for, e.g., cars). Multiple constraints and compound objectives. Mechanical properties of Nano composites, CNTs and graphene. Interaction of materials, processing and design. Design process and materials selection methodology. Economics of materials and manufacturing processes.

Recommended Books:
Materials Selection in Mechanical Design, 3rd Edition, by Michael F. Ashby, Butterworth and Heinemann,
Selection and Use of Engineering Materials, 3rd Edition, 1997 by J A Charles, F A A Crane and J A G Furness, Butterworth and Heinemann,

CAS-ME 502 Electrochemistry [3CH]

Thermodynamic fundamentals – Enthalpy, entropy, free energy, chemical equilibrium Electrolytes – conduction in different medium i.e Aqueous, molten, ionic liquids and solid ionic conductors.
Electrodes – EO and Ecell, Effect of Concentration, Nernst equation
Electrical double layer – surface potential, stability of micro- and nano-particles
Electrode kinetics – the rate of electron transfer between the metal and species in solution,
The transport of material to and from the electrode interface
Technology – Electrochemistry in Fuel cells, primary and secondary batteries, flow
batteries, supercapacitors, third generation solar cell, electrolysis
Photo-electrochemistry –H2 production from water, reduction of carbon dioxide to useful
chemicals, photodegradation of hazardous chemicals,

Recommended Books:
Electrochemistry, 2nd, Completely Revised and Updated Edition, by Carl H Hamann, Andrew Hamnett, WolfVielstich.
Physical Electrochemistry, Fundamentals , Techniques and Applications by Eliezer Gileadi,
Electrochemical Methods, Fundamentals and Applications by Allen J Bard and Larry R Faulkener
Electroanalytical Methods, Guide to Experiments and Applications by Scholz, Fritz

CAS-ME 503 Electrical and Optical Properties of Materials [3CH]

Electrical properties of metals. Semiconductors and dielectrics. Band structure of electron states, band-structure calculation and transport properties of selected semiconductors, band tuning, quantum dots, quantum well. LEDS, Conducting polymers, Electrons in strong magnetic fields, ohmic contacts, Fermi surface determination, semiconductors (Intrinsic, Extrinsic), The physics of semiconductor devices, superconductors,

Recommended Books:
Physics of Semiconductor Devices by Colinge, J. P, Colinge, C.A.
Electrical Properties of materials Ninth Edition by Laszlo Solymar, Donald Walsh, and Richard R. A. Syms
Optical Materials by Simmons and Potter .

CAS-ME 504 Materials Characterization Techniques [3CH]

Basic principles and application of the following instruments: Scanning Electron Microscope and Transmission Electron Microscope, atomic force microscopy (AFM) and x- ray diffraction (XRD), Ultimate tensile machine(UTM), Nondestructive Test (NDT), Inductive couple plasma, thermal gravimetric analysis and differential thermal analysis, Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and XRays photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) , Electron energy Loss spectroscopy (EELS). Raman, FTIR, spectrophotometry

Recommended Books:
Advanced Techniques for Materials Characterization by A. K. Tyagi, Mainak Roy, S. K. Kulshreshtha and S. Banerjee
Materials Characterization: Introduction to Microscopic and Spectroscopic Methods, 2nd Edition by Yang Leng

CAS-ME 505 Nanofabrication Techniques [3CH]

Introduction to device application. Shift in Device application from macro-scale to nano-scales. Basic patterning techniques (lithography, and etching), thin film deposition processes, growth and microstructure. Comparison of classical methods vs emerging technologies. Classic methods: Photolithography, electron beam lithography and their limitations, Emerging technologies: focused ion beam lithography, scanning probe lithography, soft lithography and bio-molecular patterning.

Recommended Book:
The Science and Engineering of Microelectronic Fabrication by Campbell.

CAS-ME 506 Materials for Energy production & Storages [3CH]

Advance materials for fuel cells, solar cells and batteries. Advanced materials for cathodes, anodes and electrolyte for fuel cells and batteries. Materials for solar cells (first to third generation).

Recommended Books:
Energy Production and Storage: Inorganic Chemical Strategies for a Warming World by Robret H Crabtree
Rechargeable Batteries by Zhang, Zhengcheng, Zhang, Shengshui
Solar Cell Materials: Developing Technologies by Gavin Conibeer, Arthur Willoughby
Fuel Cell Fundamentals by Ryan O' Hayre, Suk WonMaterials for Fuel Cells by M Gasik

CAS-ME 507 Survey of Energy Technologies

Principles governing energy generation, Energy Conversion, Historic Energy Conversion Sequences, Modern Energy Conversion Sequences, Energy Sources, Energy Supply- Pakistan sources, Conversion Efficiencies, Overall Efficiency includes Steps Upstream & Downstream of the Energy Conversion System, Rate Processes in Energy Conversion, Special current and anticipated future technologies for energy production, interconversion, storage, exemplified by Gasification to Syngas, Fischer-Tropsch Reaction, Hydrogen economy, Hybrid cars, Renewable energy technologies. Common Conversion Efficiency Challenges.

Recommended Books:
Energy Technology and Directions for the Future by John R. Fanchi.
Enhancing the Market Deployment of Energy Technology: A Survey of Eight Technologies by Lea

CAS-ME 508 Thin Films [3CH]

Crystal structures and defects in thin films, the basic nucleation and growth mechanisms of thin films (growth models, lattice matching epitaxy and domain matching epitaxy), thin film processing techniques (CVD, MOCVD, MBE, PLD, Laser-MBE, sputtering, and evaporation etc.), thin film growth instrumentation aspect (energy source, chamber configurations, vacuum systems and growth controllers), and several advanced topics related to electrical and optical devices. Clean room technology.

Recommended Books:
Electronic Thin Film Science for Electrical Engineers and Materials Scientists by K-N Tu, J. W. Mayer and L. C.
Materials Science of Thin Films, Deposition and Structure by M. Ohring

CAS-ME 509 Materials Thermodynamics [3CH]

Concepts of Helmholtz Free Energy and Gibbs Free Energy, Energy-Property relationships, Thermal Equilibria, Chemical Equilibria, Ellingham Diagrams, 1st order and 2nd order Transformations, Gibbs Helmholtz Relationships, Fugacity and Chemical activity, Equilibrium constant and its variation with temperature, Vant Hoff's equation, Effect of te m p e r a t u re a n d p re s s u re o n p h a s e t r a n s f o r m a t i o n s , C l a p e y ro n e q u a t i o n , Thermodynamics of solutions using examples of molten salt (for storage).

Recommended Books:
Introduction to Thermodynamics of Materials by D. R. Gaskell
Amendments in Thermodynamics, an Advanced Text for Material Scientists by J. Hudson

CAS-EP 509 Research Methodology [2CH]

Define research; research terms; research process and the principle activities, skills and ethics associated with the research process, relationship between theory and research, major quantitative and qualitative research methods , importance of research ethics and integrate research ethics into the research process, assess and critique a published journal article that uses one of the primary research methods in the field. construct an effective questionnaire that employs several types of survey questions.

Recommended Book:
Schutt, R. K. (2012). Investigating the Social World: The Process and Practice of Research (7th edition). Los Angeles: Sage.

CAS-EP 510 Management of Technology & Innovation MOTI [3CH]

Introduction to Microeconomics, Financial Considerations for Technology and Innovation Projects, Entrepreneurship, Technology Strategy, Decision Analysis for Technology and Innovation, Marketing of Innovation of Entrepreneurship, Organisational Behaviour & Innovation,

Recommended Book:
The Management of Technological Innovation Strategy and Practice, Revised Edition, Mark Dodgson, David M. Gann, and Ammon Salter, Oxford University Press, 2008`

CAS-EP 601 Thesis Project [6CH]

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