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Quinn Qiao

Quinn Qiao, Ph.D.,

Harold C. Hohbach Professor

Director, DOC EDA University Center

Director, SDSU Cleanroom 

Site Director, NSF IUCRC Planning Grant

Graduate Director of Electrical Engineering

Associate Editor, IEEE Access

Email:; Tel: 605-688-6965

Dr. Qiao is currently a Harold C. Hohbach Endowed Professor and Graduate Director in the Electrical Engineering at South Dakota State University (SDSU). He is the Director for the 3,300 ft2 class 1000 cleanroom facilities at SDSU. Dr. Qiao is also Director for EDA University Center for Commercialization of Sustainable Energies and Precision Agriculture Sensors Technologies. He is also co-founder for Nano Tek, LLC, a spin-off start-up company to commercialize photovoltaics, biodevices, sensors and batteries from my research innovations.

His current research focuses on developing novel photovoltaics, lithium metal/ion batteries and sensors. He has published about about 170 peer reviewed papers in leading journals including Energy and Environmental Science, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Advanced Materials, Advanced Energy Materials, Advanced Functional Materials, Nanoscale, Joule, ACS Energy Letters, Nano Energy, IEEE Electron Device Letters, IEEE Transactions of Electron Devices, etc. He has received more than $8,000,000 on research grants as PI or Co-PI from NSF, NASA, USAID, EDA, etc.

  • 2018 SDSU Commercialization Award
  • 2016 Faculty Excellence for Global Engagement in International Research, SDSU
  • 2015 Distinguished Researcher of the Year, J. Lohr College of Engineering, SDSU
  • 2015 Excellence in Research, SDSU Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 J. Lohr College of Engineering Grantsmanship Award
  • 2014 F O Butler Award for Excellence in Research, South Dakota State University
  • 2014 Visiting Professorship from Hefei University of Technology, China.
  • 2013 Best Poster Award (Hytham Elbohy) at 3rd International Conference on Nanotek and Expo, Las Vegas, NV, USA.
  • 2013 Best Poster Winner (Olusegun Adebanjo), SD EPSCoR All Investigator Meeting
  • 2012 Best Paper Award (Ashish Dueby), Inter-Continental Advanced Materials for Photonics
  • (I-CAMP) Summer School on renewable and sustainable energy
  • 2012 Best Poster Award, Inter-Continental Advanced Materials for Photonics (I-CAMP) Summer School on renewable and sustainable energy
  • 2012 3M Non-tenured Faculty Award
  • 2012 Young Investigator Award, J. Lohr College of Engineering, SDSU
  • 2010 NSF& CAREER Award
  • 2010 Excellence in Research Award in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, SDSU
  • 2009 Bergmann Memorial Research Award from US-Israel Binational Science Foundation
  • 2009 Doctor New Investigator Award from American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund
  • 2006 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Student Abroad, China Scholarship Council (CSC)
  • 2006 ASME Solar Energy Division Graduate Student Award 2006 VCU GSA Travel Grant Award
Hytham Elbohy - graduate student

Hytham Elbohy received his Bachelor's Degree in Physics from Faculty of Science, Mansoura University, Damietta Campus, Egypt in 2005. He also received his Master's degree in Experimental Physics from Faculty of Science, Mansoura University, Damietta Campus, Egypt in 2010. He is currently pursuing his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from South Dakota State University under the supervision of Dr. Qiquan Qiao. His research work includes nanostructured carbon, metal, metal oxides, and polymer films as electrodes for application in dye sensitized solar cells.

Ashim Gurung - graduate student

A native of Nepal, working on combined solar cells and lithium ion batteries.
Bjorn Vaagensmith - graduate student
Bjorn Vaagensmith received his BSE with an electrical emphasis at Dordt College, Sioux Center, IA in 2011. He entered South Dakota State University in 2011 to earn a master's degree in electrical engineering and in 2012 joined the Organic Electronics Laboratory where he was awarded the NSF- Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship scholarship. Bjorn is currently perusing his master's degree in electrical engineering under the supervision of Dr. Qiquan Qiao. 
Nirmal Adhikari - graduate student
Nirmal Adhikari received his Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal in 2006 and completed his Master degree in Materials and Process of Sustainable Energetics from Tallinn University of Technology, Eastern Europe in 2011. He is currently pursuing his Doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering from South Dakota State University under the supervision of Dr. Qiquan Qiao. His major research is on the interface engineering of perovskite solar cell at nanoscale for efficient charge transport using Kelvin Probe Force microscopy (KPFM) and Transient Photoconductivity measurements.;
Qi Wang - postdoc
Dr. Qi Wang received his Dr. Degree at Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, CAS in 2009. Then he spent three years at University of Texas at Dallas and University of North Texas doing postdoc research. By the end of 2012, he was appointed a full professor by Faculty of Science, Xi'an Jiaotong University, China. In Jan. 2014, he joined Dr. Qiquan Qiao group as a visiting scholar. He has published over 30 peer-reviewed papers which have received over 1600 times citations from 2008. His research interests include triplet materials for OSCs and OLEDs, device physics of organic semiconductor devices.
Ashish Dubey - graduate student
Ashish Dubey, is a graduate student in Electrical Engineering at South Dakota State University, US. He received his master degree in Nanotechnology from Amity University, India. Currently he is carrying out his doctoral thesis work in Dr. Qiquan Qiao group. His research work includes, perovskite based solar cells, organic-inorganic semiconductor hybrid solar cells, structural and morphological studies of donor-acceptor blend films, and their optical and electrical characterization.
Jiawei Gong - graduate student
A visiting student from North Dakota State University, working on solar cells.
Former group members

PhD students

  1. Ashim Gurung, PhD, 2017
  2. Hytham Elbohy, PhD, 2016
  3. Nirmal Adhikari, PhD, 2016
  4. Anastasiia Iefanova, PhD, 2016
  5. Bjorn Vaagensmith, PhD, 2016
  6. Ashish Dubey, PhD, 2016
  7. Olusegun Adebanjo, PhD, 2015
  8. Swaminathan Venkaesan, PhD, 2014
  9. Prakash Joshi, PhD,2012
  10. Yu Xie, PhD, 2012
  11. Mahbube K. Siddiki, PhD, 2012
  12. Tingting Xu, PhD, 2012

MS students

  1. Roya Naderi, MS, 2016
  2. Geetha Varnekar, MS, 2016
  3. Abu Mitul, MS, 2015
  4. Lal Mohammad, MS, 2015
  5. Devendra Khatiwada, MS, 2015
  6. Sudhan Sigdel, MS, 2015
  7. Upendra Neupane, MS, 2015
  8. Santosh Gyawali, MS, 2015
  9. Bjorn Vaagensmith, MS, 2014
  10. Purna Mahajan, MS, 2013
  11. Amit Thapa, MS, 2013
  12. Prashant Poudel, MS, 2013
  13. Prajwal Adhikary, MS, 2013

Visiting scholars or professors

  1. Wenjin Yue, PhD, 2016-2017
  2. Ravindra R. Kamble, PhD, 2016-2017
  3. Wenfeng Zhang, PhD, 2016-2017
  4. Mao Liang, PhD, 2016-2017
  5. Zhengping Zhou, PhD, 2015-2016
  6. Mukesh Kumar, PhD, 2015-2016
  7. Swaminathan Venkatesan, PhD, 2014-2015
  8. Qi Wang, PhD, 2013-2015
  9. Diane Hinkens, PhD, 2008-2010
  10. Yue Song, PhD, 2008-2009
  11. Jing Li, Ph.D., 2008-2011
  12. Qiliang Chen, PhD, 2009-2011
  13. Lianjie Zhang, PhD, 2010-2012