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Dr. Jamal Uddin, the inventor of world’s most efficient Solar Energy cells

People of Bangladesh residing worldwide bring money, fame and even contributes to the world economy and development through their innovation and discovery. Such a name of a Bangladeshi Bengali is expatriate scientist, Mr. Jamal Uddin (Bengali: ড. জামালউদ্দিন).

This invention is very crucial for the world, especially for Bangladesh. As we know, as per the data of Bangladesh Govt, 55.26% people of Bangladesh have electricity and most importantly, 42.49% people of rural areas in Bangladesh have electricity.* This shows that the huge deficit of electricity in Bangladesh. Most importantly, lack of electricity creates space for kerosene. Maximum people of the off-grid areas have to rely on using kerosene lamp at night due to unavailability of on-grid electricity.

One statistics shows that the typical expenditure on kerosene is around 1 to 2% of the monthly incomes of Bangladeshi households. With 94% of this kerosene being consumed for lighting, the resulting expenditure on kerosene for lighting is approximately USD 0.36 billion.** This is huge indeed, so as to say!

The work of Mr. Jamal Uddin is also huge! He invented the world most efficient solar cell which has 43.4% of the solar cell renewable energy production capacity. He made new world record in this case by using meta physics, Kasmol software and PC One-D. His invention will create more opportunities for solar technology even impact on the lives of the people of the third world country and developed country.

Dr. Jamal has completed his Honour’s and Masters degree in chemistry from the University of Dhaka. He obtained his PhD degree from the University of Osaka, Japan.

He is currently working as an ‘Associate Professor’ at Coppin State University in Baltimore, Maryland of United States of America. And he is the researcher in Coppin State’s Center for Nano-technology. He is the resident of Hajiganj of Chandpur district. He is the son of late Abdul Jalil and Begum Fazilatunnesa.

He received Wilson H. Elkins Professorship, second year in a row. He is the recipient of the 2014 Wilson H. Elkins Professorship Award. Founder and director of Coppin State’s Center for Nano-technology, Dr. Jamal Uddin plans to use the funds to continue supporting Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) research, especially solar research. This is redundant to say that the Wilson H. Elkins Professorship Award is the highest honor that the Board of Regents’ bestows to recognize exemplary faculty achievement.

Publications:
http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jp010064b
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0020169311005299

Contact:
Department of Natural Sciences, Coppin State University, 2500 West North Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21216, USA
Corresponding: Tel.: +1 410 951 4118; fax: +1 410 951 4110 (Md.J. Uddin), tel.: +1 410 706 8409; fax: +1 410 706 8408 (J.R. Lakowicz).
E-mail: juddin@coppin.edu

Reference Link:
* Household income & Expenditure survey, 2010
** http://www.ifc.org/wps/wcm/connect/311790804b5ca8d783fbc3bbd578891b/Lighting-Asia-offgrid-lighting-Report072512.pdf?MOD=AJPERES

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A planetarium of USA named after Bangladeshi born scientist Dr. Sultana ahmed khan

A planetarium of Elizabeth City State University is named after Bangladeshi born physics professor Dr. Sultana A. Khan (Bengali: অধ্যাপক সুলতানা আহমেদ খান).She was a long-time director of the institute, a physics professor and recipient of the UNC Board of Governor’s Excellence in Teaching Award, has been the facility’s director since its inception in 1990.

Dr. Ali Khan, provost and vice-chancellor of the ECSU Division of Academic Affairs, is her husband and their son, Dr. Ahmed Khan, is a physician.

The ceremony was happened 33 years of her employment for Dr. Khan at ECSU in 8th January 2014 (Tuesday) in the presence of Akramul kader, diplomat of Bangladesh, Dr. Wilie J. Gilchrist, Chancellor of the university, Bishop arnest R. Sutton, member of trusty board, Dr. Gimie R. Genkinsong, President of Living stone college, and many other .

Sultana ahmed khan was joined in this university in 1978 as a professor. She had played a special role in making this planetarium in 1990. She is the director of this planetarium. She researched with a focus on metal-insulator transitions and solar energy research with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Her teaching interests include electricity and magnetism, astronomy, optics, thermodynamics, modern physics, mechanics and mathematical methods of physics.

This is noteworthy that the planetarium opened on 23rd January, 1990, with a visit from then-Gov. James G. Martin. At that time, the planetarium consisted of a 30-foot dome with a Uni-directional classroom seating 54 and a SPITZ 512 star projector. The planetarium has grown and currently is equipped with 60 uniquely designed planetarium chairs, more than 40 automated mechanical projectors and a collection of advanced audio-visual equipment, three screens of full-motion video from DVD, laser disc or VHS and a professional theater-quality sound system

Dr. Sultana A. Khan was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She completed her bachelor’s degree in physics in 1970 and her master’s in physics in 1972 from the University of Dhaka. She completed her doctorate in physics from the University of Scientific & Medical of Grenoble in France in 1977. She arrived at ECSU in 1978 and recently retired.

After the ceremony, ECSU Chancellor Willie J. Gilchrist assisted Dr. Sultana A. Khan in the unveiling of her portrait which is hanging in the lobby outside of the planetarium.

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Know more about the planetarium in the following link:
www.ecsu.edu/

 

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