Syed Ismat Shah

S Ismat Shah


Department of Materials Science and Engineering

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Phone : (302) 831-1618
208 DuPont Hall


Professor Ismat Shah received his PhD from the University of Illinois at Urban-Champaign in Materials Science and Engineering.  He worked for the DuPont Company as a senior scientist in Corporate R&D for 12 years. Professor Shah joined the University of Delaware in 1999 where he currently holds joint appointments in the Departments of Materials Science and Engineering and Physic and Astronomy. He is also the Director of Energy and Environment Policy Program (ENEP) in the Joseph Biden Jr. School of Public Policy and Administration. As a trained engineer, his focus is to bridge the disciplines of policy with engineering through his research on renewable GHG (farm gases) and distributed off-grid power. He is the recipient of the “Excellence in Outreach and Global Community Services Award,” College of Engineering, University of Delaware; the Madhuri and Jagdish N. Sheth International Alumni Award for Community Engagement, University of Illinois; and the Mentor Award, Society of Vacuum Coaters. His research focuses on designing new materials for water, energy, and environmental applications; distributed power optimization; renewable GHG; and energy and environmental ethics and policy. He has published more than 250 papers in these areas and has 6 related patents.


  • Excellence in Outreach and Global Community Services Award, College of Engineering, University of Delaware, May 2016
  • Madhuri and Jagdish N. Sheth International Alumni Award for Exceptional Achievement, University of Illinois, 2013
  • Society of Vacuum Coaters, Mentor Award, 2012
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Delaware, 2011
  • Fulbright Fellow: Baku State University, Azerbaijan, 2011
  • HEC, Pakistan, Visiting Faculty, COMSAT, Islamabad, Spring 2012
  • TUBITAK Visiting Scholar (Hacettepe University, Turkey), Summer 2012
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, College of Engineering, University of Delaware, 2007
  • Chair, National Committee for Education, Society of Vacuum Coaters, 2002 – 2019

Research Interests

  • Nanomaterials for Energy, Environment and Water, including inorganic and organic materials (P3HT/PCBM) based solar cells, device modeling, materials for photocatalysis, etc.
  • Large band gap oxides (TiO2 ) nanoparticles: Band structure modification
  • Photocatalysis and Photoelectrocatalysis
  • Nanomagnetics: Ferrites, Haussler alloys, core shell geometries
  • Surface and interface analyses: XPS and UPS characterizations for studying interface
  • Energy and Environmental Policy
  • Science, Ethics, Diversity and Policy

Representative Publications

I have more than 250 peer reviewed publications. My h-index is 52. Selected recent publications include:

  1. Effects of Cr-doping on structural, morphological, magnetic, optical and electrical properties of Ti0.9Fe0.1-xO2 thin films, Salma Waseem, Safia Anjum, Talat Zeeshan, S Ismat Shah, Optic, 212, June 2020, 164630.

2. Role of morphology, crystal orientation and stoichiometry in the electrical response of perovskite EuTiO3 ceramics, Asad Muhammad Iqbal, Ghulam Hassnain Jaffari, Syed Ismat Shah, Syed Khurshid Hasanain, Chaoying Ni, John Q. Xiao,

Journal of the European Ceramic Society, 2019,

3. Ti: Sapphire laser irradiation of graphene oxide film in order to tune its structural, chemical and electrical properties: Patterning and characterizations, Somayeh Mortazavia, Mahmoud Mollabashi, Rasoul Barri, Lars Gundlach, Kevin Jones, John Q. Xiao, Robert L. Opila, S. Ismat Shah

Applied Surface Science 500 (2020) 144053

4. Magnetic finite size effects, coercive field and irreversibility in sintered (1-x)BaTiO3-xCoFe2O4 nanocomposites

G. Hassnain Jaffari, Junaid Ur Rehman, Layiq Zia, Azizur Rahman, S. Ismat Shah

Materials Chemistry and Physics 245 (2020) 122757


5. Revealing the diffusion of aluminum in organic solar cells

Nopporn Rujisamphan, Hailey Cramer, Roy Murray, I-Ming Tang, Thana Sutthibutpong, Vittaya Amornkitbamrung, S. Ismat Shah and Thidarat Supasai

Jpn. J. Appl. Phys.58 (2019 )  050904

6. Assessing the Techno-Economics and Environmental Attributes of Utility-Scale PV + Battery Energy Storage Systems (PVS) compared to Conventional Gas Peakers for providing Firm Capacity in California

Sashwat Roy, Parikhit Sinha and S. Ismat Shah

Energies 12 (2020) 488


7. Electrical and Photoelectrical Characteristics of с-Si/Porous–Si/CdS Heterojunctions,

H. M. Mamedov, A. Kukevecz, Z. Konya, K. Kordas, S. Ismat Shah, V. U. Mamedov, Kh. M. Ahmedova, V. J. Mamedova, R. M. Rzaev, Sh. A. Shamilova, E. A. Khanmamedova and L. E. Agazade, Russian Physics Journal, 61 (2019) 9


8. Manipulation of dielectric, ferroelectric and magnetic anomalies in multiferroic, morphotropic phase boundary quenched BiFeO3-0.35 PbTiO3 solid solutions.

L Zia, GH Jaffari, JU Rahman, S Lee, S Ismat Shah,

Physics Letters A, 2019

9. Micropatterning of CVD single layer graphene using KrF laser irradiation, S. Mortazavi, M. Mollabashi, S. Ismat Shah,

Applied Surface Science, 428, 94-97, 2018.

DOI: .1016/j.a

10. Modification of graphene oxide film properties using KrF laser irradiation, Somayeh Mortazavi, Mahmoud Mollabashi, Rasoul Barri, Kevin Jones, John Q. Xiao,

Robert L. Opila, S. Ismat Shah RSC Advances 8, 12808-12814, 2018.

DOI: 10.1039/C8RA00097B

11. Evaluating Single Layer Graphene Micropatterns Induced by Ti:Sa Laser  Irradiation, Somayeh Mortazavi, Mahmoud Mollabashi, Rasoul Barri, Jesus Nieto Pescador, Lars Gundlach, Joseph P. Smith, Karl S. Booksh, S. Ismat Shah, Physica  Status  Solidi A 1800334, 2018.


12. Effects of dopant induced defects on structural, multiferroic and optical properties of Bi1−xPbxFeO3 (0<x<0.3) ceramics, G Hassnain Jaffari, M Aftab, Abdus Samad, Fiza Mumtaz, M S Awan and S Ismat Shah, Mater. Res. Express 5 (2018) 016103


13. Fabrication and characterization of c-Si/porous-Si/CdS/ZnxCd1-xO heterojunctions for applications in nanostructured solar cells, Accepted for publication. Hussein Mumadev. S. Ismat Shah, Journal of Photonics for Energy (2018).

DOI: 10.4302/plp.v10i1.797