Zahra was a Ph.D. candidate at McMaster University when she received a Bernard Henry AIMCAL-SVC Scholarship from the SVC Foundation in 2013. Her thesis focused on both the fabrication and characterization of silicon-based thin films. It heavily involved the use of Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition and Sputtering techniques. The novel nanostructure thin films could be potentially used for light-emitting diodes and solar cells as well as quantum materials.
After graduation in 2017, Zahra worked as a research engineer running PECVD machines before joining the University of New Brunswick in September 2018 as an Assistant Professor where she continues her research on thin films using vacuum technology. She traveled to the SVC Techcon in 2013 in Providence, Rhode Island and says “it was a great experience. As a young scholar, I was exposed to experts in the fields and I enjoyed the workshops held by the SVC.”
Zahra goes on to say “The scholarship helped me to focus more on my studies and PhD project without having concerns about tuition fees and monthly expenses. I am looking forward to receiving SVC scholarships for my future students and I appreciate the support from SVC.”
For an interesting interview with Zahra, we bring your attention to: https://nbif.ca/en/blog/sunny_days_ahead_using_physics_to_boost_solar_energy_with_dr._zahra_khatami/