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Prof. Asif Tahir

Prof. Asif Tahir

Associate Professor, Renewable Energy

 01326 259320

 Environment and Sustainability Institute 01.19a


Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK


The development of renewable, low cost energy technologies is a key scientific challenge for the 21st century, and my research focuses on the development of new chemical approaches to solar energy conversion: harnessing solar energy either to produce electricity (photovoltaics), molecular fuels (e.g., hydrogen) or photocatalysis.

Our fundamental studies of new materials and device concepts aim to elucidate design principles and so enable technological development. This work's key objective is to study light-induced water oxidation and reduction reactions, and production of H2 on novel nanostructured semiconductor electrode surfaces, as a renewable source of energy. I am currently investigating photocatalytic and photoelectrochemical performance of metal oxide, oxynitride and nitride photoelectrodes for solar hydrogen generation, and the effects of doping agents and preparation techniques on their properties.

In addition, the photo-degradation of toxic industrial wastes and pollutants is also being investigated for a clean and sustainable environment.

I am also a member of the Renewable Energy department in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences.


2009 PhD Inorganic Chemistry (Quaid-I-Azam University Islamabad, Pakistan)
2004 MPhil Inorganic Chemistry (Quaid-I-Azam University Islamabad, Pakistan)
2001 MSc Chemistry  (Punjab University, Lahore Pakistan)


2014-2019 Lecturer Renewable Energy,  University of Exeter

2011-2013 Research Associate,  University of Liverpool
2008-2011 Research Associate, Loughborough University
2005-2008 Research Assistant, Quaid-I-Azam University Islamabad, Pakistan

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Research interests

  • Computational simulation to Material design and discovery:

High throughput computational screening based on automation of first principles prediction method makes it possible to screen a large number of materials for a specific application. Other properties will be calculated once these parameters have been satisfied. Density functional theory (DFT) and Molecular dynamics (MD) are vital tools in design of new materials and our research focus to use DFT and MD simulation based on atomic coordinates, ionic radius, crystal structure, composition, type and amount of dopant to simulated band structure optoelectronic and physiochemical properties.  Integration of these parameters provides pathway to design and identification of materials suitable for Energy applications.

Nanomaterial Fabrication:

My group nanomaterial fabrication expertise includes state-of-the-art fabrication techniques such as physical vapour deposition (PVD), aerosol assisted vapour deposition (AACVD), atmospheric pressure chemical vapour deposition (APCVD), metal-organic chemical vapour deposition (MOCVD), spray pyrolysis (SP) electrodeposition (ED), chemical bath deposition (CBD) and high-throughput hydrothermal routes.

Design and development of nanomaterials energy applications:  

Research in my group focus to employ designed and fabricated nanomaterials to renewable energy technologies, solar fuel, electrochemical energy storage, catalytic, photocatalytic and electrocatalytic applications.

  • PCM nanocomposite for energy storage:

At Exeter, I extend my research interest to focusses on developing high energy density, sustainable, efficient and smart PCM energy storage devices at low cost, PCM research to overcome the scientific challenges of thermal conductive, stability, compatibility and recyclability of materials.

  • Designing smart composite materials for energy efficient buildings:

Recently, I extend my research interest on developing a multi-fold smart composite based on optimised matrix of phase change materials (PCM) to enhance thermal capacitance, transparent insulating materials (TIM) to increase thermal resistance, transparent infrared absorber (TIA) to absorb IR radiation and  thermochromic materials (TCM) to control light transmission and along with infrared reflective coating to reduce heat loss and gain through transparent envelope of built environment to improve energy efficiency of buildings while keep visual comfort.

Research projects

Research Projects

1.   EPSRC EP/V049046/1 “High-Throughput Fabrication and Characterisation for Discovery of Novel Energy Materials”;  £200K (PI) (Feb 2021-Jan 2023)

2.   EPSRC EP/T025875/1 “Smart Composite Material for Advanced Building Fenestration to Enhance Energy Efficiency”,; £1.65m (PI) (Sep 2020-Aug 2024)

3.   EPSRC EP/S030786/1 “Advanced building façade design for optimal delivery of end use energy demand”, , £1.65m, ((CoI), (Jul 2019-Jun 2023)

4.   ERDF Interreg 2 Seas grant: E2C2S03-019  “E2C: Electrons to high value Chemical products” EU Interreg 2 Seas project, €7.185m CoI (Jul 2018-Dec 2021)

5.   EPSRC-GCRF Institutional award, “Assessment of Solar Water Purification System for Remote Communities (SWPS)” £50K (Dec 2020-Jul 2021)

Project Completed:

1.    UKIERI-DST 2016-17-0089 “Concentrated Photovoltaic (CPV) Assisted Tandem Artificial Photosynthetic (AP) Device for Effective Solar-to-Chemical Conversion” 243K (PI) (April 2017-Dec 2020)

2.   EPSRC EP/P003435/1 “Nano-Structured PCM Composites for Compact Space Heating: n-CoSH”,; £1.13m (CoI) (Nov. 2016-Dec. 2020)

3.   EPSRC-GCRF Institutional award “Solar driven water purification system for remote communities”; 30K (PI) (Nov 2018-Jul 2019)

4.   EPSRC-GCRF EP/R512801/1-IS2-01, “Development of Novel Energy Nanomaterials for Solar Fuel and Environment remediation”. £34K(PI)  (Oct. 2017-Sep. 2018)

5.   EPSRC-SUPERGEN SuperSolar Hub “PV-PEC device for solar water splitting” 20K (PI) (Jul 20176-Sep 2018.

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Morel D (2014). Hematite Sources, Properties and Applications., Nova Science Publishers.

Journal articles

Roy A, AlFartoos M, Mallick T, Tahir A (In Press). Advancing Thermoelectric Materials: a Comprehensive Review and Exploring the Significance of One-Dimensional Nano structuring. Nanomaterials
Roy A, Mohamed MJS, Gondal MA, Muhammad H, Abdullah Almessiere M, Tahir A (In Press). Effective Hydrogen Production from Alkaline and Natural Seawater using WO3-x@CdS1-x Nanocomposites-based Electrocatalyst. ACS Omega Abstract.
Nundy S (In Press). Role of Hafnium Doping on Wetting Transition Tuning the Wettability Properties of ZnO and Doped Thin Films: Self-Cleaning Coating for Solar Application. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Roy A, Mohamed MJS, Caliskan S, Gondal MA, Almessiere MA, Baykal A, Slimani Y, Abdelsabour EK, Muhammad H, Auwal Abdullah I, et al (In Press). Se-Doped Magnetic Co-Ni Spinel Ferrite Nanoparticles as Electrochemical Catalysts for Hydrogen Evolution. ACS Applied Nano Materials
Roy A, ULLAH H, Alzahrani M, Ghosh A, Mallick T, Tahir A (In Press). Synergistic Effect of Paraffin Incorporated In2O3:ZnO Multi-Fold Composite Smart Glazing for the Self-Cleaning and Energy-Saving Built Environment. ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering Abstract.
Roy A, Alruwaili M, Alhabradi M, Yang X, Tahir A (In Press). Synergistic Photoelectrochemical and Photocatalytic Properties of Cobalt. Nanoparticles-Embedded TiVO4 Thin Film. ACS Omega
Roy A, Ullah H, Ghosh A, Baig H, Sundaram S, Tahir A, Mallick T (In Press). Understanding the Semi-switchable Thermochromic Behavior of Mixed Halide Hybrid Perovskite Nanorods. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C: Energy Conversion and Storage, Optical and Electronic Devices, Interfaces, Nanomaterials, and Hard Matter
Jamshaid M, Al-Mohaimeed AM, Al-onazi WA, Atta S, Iqbal R, Tahir AA, Nazir MA, Rehman AU (2024). Engineering of Pr3+ doped M type PbFe12O19 hexaferrites to enhance photocatalytic degradation of nicotine. Chemical Physics, 581
Alhabradi M, Yang X, Alruwaili M, Chang H, Tahir AA (2024). Enhanced Photoelectrochemical Performance Using Cobalt-Catalyst-Loaded PVD/RF-Engineered WO3 Photoelectrodes. Nanomaterials, 14(3), 259-259. Abstract.
Hashmat U, Rasool N, Kausar S, Altaf AA, Sultana S, Tahir AA (2024). First-Principles Investigations of Novel Guanidine-Based Dyes. ACS Omega, 9(12), 13917-13927.
Alruwaili M, Roy A, Alhabradi M, Yang X, Chang H, Tahir AA (2024). Heterostructured WO3–TiVO4 thin-film photocatalyst for efficient photoelectrochemical water splitting. Heliyon, 10(3), e25446-e25446.
Alhabradi M, Yang X, Alruwaili M, Tahir AA (2024). Nano multi-layered HfO2/α-Fe2O3 nanocomposite photoelectrodes for photoelectrochemical water splitting. Heliyon, 10(5).
Roy A, Ding B, Khalid M, Alzahrani M, Ding Y, Tahir AA, Sundaram S, Kinge S, Asiri AM, Slonopas A, et al (2023). Certified high-efficiency “large-area” perovskite solar module for Fresnel lens-based concentrated photovoltaics. iScience, 26(3), 106079-106079.
Roy A, Mohamed MJS, Gondal MA, Mallick TK, Tahir AA, Sundaram S (2023). Co-sensitization effect of N719 dye with Cu doped CdS colloidal nanoparticles for dye sensitized solar cells. Inorganic Chemistry Communications, 148, 110298-110298.
Anum A, Ibrahim SM, Tahir AA, Nazir MA, Malik M, Shah SSA, Ehsan A, Wattoo MA, Rehman AU (2023). Construction of hybrid sulfur-doped MOF-235@g-C3N4 photocatalyst for the efficient removal of nicotine. Inorganic Chemistry Communications, 157
Ali KH, Abusara M, Tahir AA, Das S (2023). Dual-Layer Q-Learning Strategy for Energy Management of Battery Storage in Grid-Connected Microgrids. Energies, 16(3), 1334-1334. Abstract.
Malik M, Ibrahim SM, Nazir MA, Tahir AA, Tufail MK, Shah SSA, Anum A, Wattoo MA, Rehman AU (2023). Engineering of a Hybrid g-C3N4/ZnO-W/Cox Heterojunction Photocatalyst for the Removal of Methylene Blue Dye. Catalysts, 13(5), 813-813. Abstract.
Latif A, Mohsin M, Bhatti IA, Tahir AA, Hussain MT, Iqbal J (2023). Experimental and <i>ab initio</i> studies of Co-doped ZnO nanophotocatalyst thin films for dye mineralization. RSC Advances, 13(50), 35003-35016. Abstract.
Yang X, Roy A, Alhabradi M, Alruwaili M, Chang H, Tahir AA (2023). Fabrication and Characterization of Tantalum–Iron Composites for Photocatalytic Hydrogen Evolution. Nanomaterials, 13(17), 2464-2464. Abstract.
Al-Aisaee N, Alhabradi M, Yang X, Alruwaili M, Rasul S, Tahir AA (2023). Fabrication of WO<inf>3</inf> /Fe<inf>2</inf>O<inf>3</inf> heterostructure photoanode by PVD for photoelectrochemical applications. Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, 263 Abstract.
Qureshi S, Gregory DH, Tahir AA, Ahmed S (2023). From doping to composites: zirconia (ZrO2) modified hematite photoanodes for water splitting. RSC Adv, 13(49), 34798-34807. Abstract.  Author URL.
Khan HR, Akram R, Aamir M, Malik MA, Tahir AA, Choudhary MA, Akhtar J (2023). Investigations of photoelectrochemical performance of polycrystalline Bi-doped ZnO thin films. Journal of Physics and Chemistry of Solids, 181
Malik M, Ibrahim SM, Tahir AA, Nazir MA, Shah SSA, Wattoo MA, Kousar R, Rehman AU (2023). Novel approach towards ternary magnetic g-C3N4/ZnO-W/Snx nanocomposite: photodegradation of nicotine under visible light irradiation. International Journal of Environmental & Analytical Chemistry, ahead-of-print(ahead-of-print), 1-19.
Arshad A, Roy A, Mallick TK, Tahir AA (2023). Shape-Stabilized PEGylated Silica Aerogel-Composite as an Energy Saving Building Material. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 62(47), 20236-20250.
Anum A, Nazir MA, Ibrahim SM, Shah SSA, Tahir AA, Malik M, Wattoo MA, Rehman AU (2023). Synthesis of Bi-Metallic-Sulphides/MOF-5@graphene Oxide Nanocomposites for the Removal of Hazardous Moxifloxacin. Catalysts, 13(6), 984-984. Abstract.
Yang X, Barwani SA, Alhabradi M, Alruwaili M, Saremi-Yarahmadib S, Clarkson T, Roy A, Shanks K, Chang H, Tahir AA, et al (2023). Synthesis, characterization, and photocatalytic hydrogen evolution performance of neodymium iron composites: Influence of annealing temperature. Inorganic Chemistry Communications, 158 Abstract.
Al-Fartoos MMR, Roy A, Mallick TK, Tahir AA (2022). A Short Review on Thermoelectric Glazing for Sustainable Built Environment. Energies, 15(24), 9589-9589. Abstract.
Roy A, Mallick TK, Tahir AA (2022). An optimal climate-adaptable hydrogel-filled smart window for the energy-saving built environment. Journal of Materials Chemistry C, 10(41), 15474-15482. Abstract.
Humayun M, Ullah H, Cheng ZE, Tahir AA, Luo W, Wang C (2022). Au surface plasmon resonance promoted charge transfer in Z-scheme system enables exceptional photocatalytic hydrogen evolution. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 310 Abstract.
Nundy S, Tatar D, Kojcinovic J, Ullah H, Ghosh A, Mallick TK, Meinusch R, Smarsly BM, Tahir AA, Djerdj I, et al (2022). Bandgap Engineering in Novel Fluorite-Type Rare Earth High-Entropy Oxides (RE-HEOs) with Computational and Experimental Validation for Photocatalytic Water Splitting Applications. ADVANCED SUSTAINABLE SYSTEMS, 6(7).  Author URL.
Chidubem Iluyemi D, Nundy S, Shaik S, Tahir A, Ghosh A (2022). Building energy analysis using EC and PDLC based smart switchable window in Oman. Solar Energy, 237, 301-312. Abstract.
Nundy S, Ramaraj SG, Muruganathan M, Ghosh A, Tahir AA, Mallick TK, Park J-S, Lee H-J (2022). Development of Morphologically engineered Flower-like Hafnium-Doped ZnO with Experimental and DFT Validation for Low-Temperature and Ultrasensitive Detection of NOX Gas. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 61(17), 5885-5897.
Nasri MSI, Samsudin MFR, Tahir AA, Sufian S (2022). Effect of MXene Loaded on g-C3N4 Photocatalyst for the Photocatalytic Degradation of Methylene Blue. Energies, 15(3), 955-955. Abstract.
Alruwaili M, Roy A, Nundy S, Tahir AA (2022). Fabrication of TiVO<sub>4</sub> photoelectrode for photoelectrochemical application. RSC Advances, 12(53), 34640-34651. Abstract.
Ali Shah S, Xu L, Sayyar R, Bian T, Liu Z, Yuan A, Shen X, Khan I, Ali Tahir A, Ullah H, et al (2022). Growth of MoS2 nanosheets on M@N-doped carbon particles (M = Co, Fe or CoFe Alloy) as an efficient electrocatalyst toward hydrogen evolution reaction. Chemical Engineering Journal, 428, 132126-132126.
Qureshi S, Gregory DH, Tahir AA, Ahmed S (2022). Improved Photoelectrochemical Performance of Chemically Grown Pristine Hematite Thin Films. Journal of Electronic Materials, 51(2), 652-669. Abstract.
Khan A, Feng X, Yin C, Ullah H, Tahir AA, Li B, Wang W, Li X, Xu A (2022). Mn2O3@Mn5O8 as an efficient catalyst for the degradation of organic contaminants in aqueous media through sulfite activation. Separation and Purification Technology, 299
Chandan, Baig H, Tahir AA, Reddy KS, Mallick TK, Pesala B (2022). Performance improvement of a desiccant based cooling system by mitigation of non-uniform illumination on the coupled low concentrating photovoltaic thermal units. Energy Conversion and Management, 257
Humayun M, Ullah H, Usman M, Habibi-Yangjeh A, Tahir AA, Wang C, Luo W (2022). Perovskite-type lanthanum ferrite based photocatalysts: Preparation, properties, and applications. Journal of Energy Chemistry, 66, 314-338.
Ramaraj SG, Nundy S, Zhao P, Elamaran D, Tahir AA, Hayakawa Y, Muruganathan M, Mizuta H, Kim S-W (2022). RF Sputtered Nb-Doped MoS<sub>2</sub> Thin Film for Effective Detection of NO<sub>2</sub> Gas Molecules: Theoretical and Experimental Studies. ACS Omega, 7(12), 10492-10501.
Roy A, Ghosh A, Mallick TK, Tahir AA (2022). Smart glazing thermal comfort improvement through near-infrared shielding paraffin incorporated SnO<inf>2</inf>-Al<inf>2</inf>O<inf>3</inf> composite. Construction and Building Materials, 331 Abstract.
Khan HR, Aamir M, Akram B, Malik MA, Tahir AA, Choudry MA, Akhtar J (2022). Superior photoelectrochemical performance by antimony-doped ZnO thin films by AACVD approach. Bulletin of Materials Science, 45(2). Abstract.
Alhabradi M, Nundy S, Ghosh A, Tahir AA (2022). Vertically Aligned CdO-Decked α-Fe<sub>2</sub>O<sub>3</sub> Nanorod Arrays by a Radio Frequency Sputtering Method for Enhanced Photocatalytic Applications. ACS Omega, 7(32), 28396-28407.
Yaseen M, Khattak MAK, Humayun M, Usman M, Shah SS, Bibi S, Hasnain BSU, Ahmad SM, Khan A, Shah N, et al (2021). A Review of Supercapacitors: Materials Design, Modification, and Applications. Energies, 14(22), 7779-7779. Abstract.
Humayun M, Ullah H, Tahir AA, Bin Mohd Yusoff AR, Mat Teridi MA, Nazeeruddin MK, Luo W (2021). An Overview of the Recent Progress in Polymeric Carbon Nitride Based Photocatalysis. Chem Rec, 21(7), 1811-1844. Abstract.  Author URL.
Usman M, Humayun M, Shah SS, Ullah H, Tahir AA, Khan A, Ullah H (2021). Bismuth-Graphene Nanohybrids: Synthesis, Reaction Mechanisms, and Photocatalytic Applications—A Review. Energies, 14(8), 2281-2281. Abstract.
Usman M, Humayun M, Garba MD, Ullah L, Zeb Z, Helal A, Suliman MH, Alfaifi BY, Iqbal N, Abdinejad M, et al (2021). Electrochemical Reduction of CO2: a Review of Cobalt Based Catalysts for Carbon Dioxide Conversion to Fuels. Nanomaterials, 11(8), 2029-2029. Abstract.
Khan HR, Akram B, Aamir M, Malik MA, Tahir AA, Choudhary MA, Akhtar J (2021). Fabrication of Mn–ZnO photoanodes for photoelectrochemical water splitting applications. Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Electronics, 32(16), 20946-20954. Abstract.
Farooq S, Bilal S, Tahir AA, Shah AUHA (2021). Impact of dopant ratio on the energy harvesting activity of polyaniline modified counter electrodes for Pt‐free dye‐sensitized solar cells. Electrochemical Science Advances, 3(1).
Sharma S, Sellami N, Tahir AA, Mallick TK, Bhakar R (2021). Performance improvement of a CPV system: Experimental investigation into passive cooling with phase change materials. Energies, 14(12). Abstract.
Humayun M, Ullah H, Shu L, Ao X, Tahir AA, Wang C, Luo W (2021). Plasmon Assisted Highly Efficient Visible Light Catalytic CO2 Reduction over the Noble Metal Decorated Sr-Incorporated g-C3N4. Nanomicro Lett, 13(1). Abstract.  Author URL.
Yaseen M, Humayun M, Khan A, Usman M, Ullah H, Tahir AA, Ullah H (2021). Preparation, Functionalization, Modification, and Applications of Nanostructured Gold: a Critical Review. Energies, 14(5), 1278-1278. Abstract.
Nundy S, Ghosh A, Nath R, Paul A, Tahir AA, Mallick TK (2021). Reduced graphene oxide (rGO) aerogel: Efficient adsorbent for the elimination of antimony (III) and (V) from wastewater. J Hazard Mater, 420 Abstract.  Author URL.
Ali KH, Sigalo M, Das S, Anderlini E, Tahir A, Abusara M (2021). Reinforcement Learning for Energy Storage Systems in Grid-Connected Microgrids: an Investigation of Online versus Offline Implementation. Energies
Khan NA, Humayun M, Usman M, Ghazi ZA, Naeem A, Khan A, Khan AL, Tahir AA, Ullah H (2021). Structural Characteristics and Environmental Applications of Covalent Organic Frameworks. Energies, 14(8), 2267-2267. Abstract.
Khalid M, Shanks K, Ghosh A, Tahir A, Sundaram S, Mallick TK (2021). Temperature regulation of concentrating photovoltaic window using argon gas and polymer dispersed liquid crystal films. Renewable Energy, 164, 96-108. Abstract.
Nasir SNFM, Ullah H, Mutalib MA, Saifuddin FH, Arzaee NA, Tahir AA, Noh MFM, Moria MAIH, Alghamdi MN, Teridi MAM, et al (2021). WTa<sub>37</sub>O<sub>95.487</sub> Nanocatalyst for Pollutant Degradation. JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C, 125(49), 27148-27158.  Author URL.
Kim HP, Vasilopoulou M, Ullah H, Bibi S, Ximim Gavim AE, Macedo AG, da Silva WJ, Schneider FK, Tahir AA, Mat Teridi MA, et al (2020). A hysteresis-free perovskite transistor with exceptional stability through molecular cross-linking and amine-based surface passivation. Nanoscale, 12(14), 7641-7650. Abstract.
Shahbaz S, Tahir AA, Mallick T, Siyabi IA, Alfaifi BY, Ahmed S (2020). A poly(styrene-<i>co</i>-acrylonitrile) gel electrolyte for dye-sensitized solar cells with improved photoelectrochemical performance. New Journal of Chemistry, 44(46), 20212-20221. Abstract.
Khan HR, Akram B, Aamir M, Malik MA, Tahir AA, Choudhary MA, Akhtar J (2020). Electronic Tuning of Zinc Oxide by Direct Fabrication of Chromium (Cr) incorporated photoanodes for Visible-light driven Water Splitting Applications. Scientific Reports, 10(1). Abstract.
Humayun M, Ullah H, Cao J, Pi W, Yuan Y, Ali S, Tahir AA, Yue P, Khan A, Zheng Z, et al (2020). Experimental and DFT Studies of Au Deposition over WO<inf>3</inf>/g-C<inf>3</inf>N<inf>4</inf> Z-Scheme Heterojunction. Nano-Micro Letters, 12(1). Abstract.
Ashar A, Bhatti IA, Ashraf M, Tahir AA, Aziz H, Yousuf M, Ahmad M, Mohsin M, Bhutta ZA (2020). Fe<sup>3+</sup> @ ZnO/polyester based solar photocatalytic membrane reactor for abatement of RB5 dye. Journal of Cleaner Production, 246 Abstract.
Abu Hassan MH, Sher F, Zarren G, Suleiman N, Tahir AA, Snape CE (2020). Kinetic and thermodynamic evaluation of effective combined promoters for CO<inf>2</inf> hydrate formation. Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering, 78 Abstract.
Gupta MVNS, Baig H, Reddy KS, Mallick TK, Pesala B, Tahir AA (2020). Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting Using a Concentrated Solar Flux-Assisted LaFeO<sub>3</sub> Photocathode. ACS Applied Energy Materials, 3(9), 9002-9009.
Samsudin MFR, Ullah H, Tahir A, Li X, Ng YH, Sufian S (2020). Superior Photoelectrocatalytic Performance of Ternary Structural BiVO4/GQD/g-C3N4 Heterojunction. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Khan HR, Aamir M, Akram B, Tahir AA, Malik MA, Choudhary MA, Akhtar J (2020). Superior visible-light assisted water splitting performance by Fe incorporated ZnO photoanodes. Materials Research Bulletin, 122 Abstract.
Khan HR, Aamir M, Malik MA, Tahir AA, Akram B, Murtaza G, Choudhary MA, Akhtar J (2019). Chemically vaporized cobalt incorporated wurtzite as photoanodes for efficient photoelectrochemical water splitting. Materials Science in Semiconductor Processing, 101, 223-229. Abstract.
Imran M, Saif MJ, Kuznetsov AE, Idrees N, Iqbal J, Tahir AA (2019). Computational investigations into the structural and electronic properties of Cd<i><sub>n</sub></i>Te<i><sub>n</sub></i> (<i>n</i>=1-17) quantum dots. RSC ADVANCES, 9(9), 5091-5099.  Author URL.
Farooq S, Tahir AA, Krewer U, Shah AUHA, Bilal S (2019). Efficient photocatalysis through conductive polymer coated FTO counter electrode in platinum free dye sensitized solar cells. Electrochimica Acta, 320 Abstract.
Alfaifi BY, Tahir AA, Wijayantha KGU (2019). Fabrication of Bi <inf>2</inf> WO <inf>6</inf> photoelectrodes with enhanced photoelectrochemical and photocatalytic performance. Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, 195, 134-141. Abstract.
Khan HR, Akram B, Aamir M, Malik MA, Tahir AA, Choudhary MA, Akhtar J (2019). Fabrication of Ni2+ incorporated ZnO photoanode for efficient overall water splitting. Applied Surface Science, 490, 302-308.
Alfaifi BY, Bayahia H, Tahir AA (2019). Highly Efficient Nanostructured Bi2WO6 Thin Film Electrodes for Photoelectrochemical and Environment Remediation. Nanomaterials (Basel), 9(5). Abstract.  Author URL.
Hussain MZ, Pawar GS, Huang Z, Tahir AA, Fischer RA, Zhu Y, Xia Y (2019). Porous ZnO/Carbon nanocomposites derived from metal organic frameworks for highly efficient photocatalytic applications - a correlational study. Carbon, 146, 348-363. Abstract.
Selvaraj P, Roy A, Ullah H, Sujatha Devi P, Tahir AA, Mallick TK, Sundaram S (2019). Soft-template synthesis of high surface area mesoporous titanium dioxide for dye-sensitized solar cells. International Journal of Energy Research, 43(1), 523-534. Abstract.
Rafiq A, Bhatti IA, Tahir AA, Ashraf M, Bhatti HN, Zia MA (2019). Solar photocatalytic treatment of textile effluent for its potential reuse in irrigation. Pakistan Journal of Agricultural Sciences, 56(4), 993-1001. Abstract.
Ullah H, Tahir AA, Bibi S, Mallick TK, Karazhanov SZ (2018). Electronic properties of Β-TaON and its surfaces for solar water splitting. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 229, 24-31. Abstract.
Pawar GS, Elikkottil A, Seetha S, Reddy KS, Pesala B, Tahir AA, Mallick TK (2018). Enhanced Photoactivity and Hydrogen Generation of LaFeO<sub>3</sub> Photocathode by Plasmonic Silver Nanoparticle Incorporation. ACS Applied Energy Materials, 1(7), 3449-3456.
Safaei J, Ullah H, Mohamed NA, Mohamad Noh MF, Soh MF, Tahir AA, Ahmad Ludin N, Ibrahim MA, Wan Isahak WNR, Mat Teridi MA, et al (2018). Enhanced photoelectrochemical performance of Z-scheme g-C<inf>3</inf>N<inf>4</inf>/BiVO<inf>4</inf> photocatalyst. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 234, 296-310. Abstract.
Alfaifi BY, Ullah H, Alfaifi S, Tahir AA, Mallick TK (2018). Photoelectrochemical solar water splitting: from basic principles to advanced devices. Veruscript Functional Nanomaterials, 2, BDJOC3-BDJOC3. Abstract.
Pawar GS, Elikkottil A, Pesala B, Tahir AA, Mallick TK (2018). Plasmonic nickel nanoparticles decorated on to LaFeO3 photocathode for enhanced solar hydrogen generation. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 44(2), 578-586. Abstract.
Pawar GS, Tahir AA (2018). Unbiased Spontaneous Solar Fuel Production using Stable la FeO<inf>3</inf> Photoelectrode. Scientific Reports, 8(1). Abstract.
Ullah H, Bibi S, Tahir AA, Mallick TK (2017). Donor-acceptor polymer for the design of All-Solid-State dye-sensitized solar cells. Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 696, 914-922. Abstract.
Hussain S, Ali S, Shahzadi S, Shahid M, Tahir AA, Mustansar Abbas S, Riaz M, Ahmad I, Hussain I (2017). Multinuclear (Sn/Pd) complexes with disodium 2,2′-(dithiocarboxyazanediyl)diacetate hydrate; Synthesis, characterization and biological activities. Journal of Coordination Chemistry, 70(24), 4070-4092. Abstract.
Sharma S, Micheli L, Chang W, Tahir AA, Reddy KS, Mallick TK (2017). Nano-enhanced Phase Change Material for thermal management of BICPV. Applied Energy, 208, 719-733.
ullah H, Tahir AA (2017). New Insights into Se/BiVO4 Heterostructure for Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting: a Combined Experimental and DFT Study. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C Abstract.
Ullah H, Tahir AA, Mallick TK (2017). Polypyrrole/TiO<inf>2</inf>composites for the application of photocatalysis. Sensors and Actuators, B: Chemical, 241, 1161-1169. Abstract.
Ullah H, Tahir AA, Mallick TK (2017). Structural and electronic properties of oxygen defective and Se-doped p-type BiVO⁠4(001) thin film for the applications of photocatalysis. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 224, 895-903.
Kamran M, Ullah A, Rahman S, Tahir A, Nadeem K, Rehman MAU, Hussain S (2017). Structural, magnetic, and dielectric properties of multiferroic Co1−xMgxCr2O4 nanoparticles. Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, 433, 178-186.
Sagu JS, Wijayantha KGU, Tahir AA (2017). The Pseudocapacitive Nature of CoFe2O4 Thin Films. Electrochimica Acta, 246, 870-878.
Tahir AA, Ullah H, Sudhagar P, Teridi MAM, Devadoss A, Sundaram S (2016). ChemInform Abstract: the Application of Graphene and its Derivatives to Energy Conversion, Storage, and Environmental and Biosensing Devices. ChemInform, 47(32), no-no.
Ullah H, Bibi S, Tahir AA, Mallick TK (2016). Density Functional Theory Study of Selenium-Substituted Low-Bandgap Donor–Acceptor–Donor Polymer. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 120(48), 27200-27211.
Sharma S, Tahir A, Reddy KS, Mallick TK (2016). Performance enhancement of a Building-Integrated Concentrating Photovoltaic system using phase change material. Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, 149, 29-39. Abstract.
Tahir A, Sani T, Gwalabe SA (2016). Relationship between chest radiographic patterns of tuberculosis and CD4+ cell count among HIV-infected patients at Katsina, Nigeria: a retrospective study. HIV and AIDS Review, 15(4), 177-179. Abstract.
Tahir AA, Sundaram S (2016). The Application of Graphene and its Derivatives in Energy Conversion, Storage, Environmental and Bio-sensing devices. The Chemical Record Abstract.
Kamran M, Ullah H, Shah AUHA, Bilal S, Tahir AA, Ayub K (2015). Combined experimental and theoretical study of poly(aniline-co-pyrrole) oligomer. Polymer, 72, 30-39. Abstract.
Vamsi K. Narraa, Habib Ullahb, Varun K. Singh, Lingamallu Giribabu, Senthilarasu S, S. Zh. Karazhanov, Asif A. Tahir, Tapas Mallick K, Hari M. Upadhyaya, Sundaram S, et al (2015). D-π-A System Based on Zinc Porphyrin Dyes for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells: Combined Experimental and DFT-TDDFT Study. Polyhedron Abstract.
Ullah Z, Ata-Ur-Rahman, Fazl-I-Sattar, Rauf A, Yaseen M, Hassan W, Tariq M, Ayub K, Tahir AA, Ullah H, et al (2015). Density functional theory and phytochemical study of 8-hydroxyisodiospyrin. Journal of Molecular Structure, 1095, 69-78. Abstract.
Bibi S, Ullah H, Ahmad SM, Ali Shah AUH, Bilal S, Tahir AA, Ayub K (2015). Molecular and electronic structure elucidation of polypyrrole gas sensors. Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 119(28), 15994-16003. Abstract.
Fazl-i-Sattar, Ullah Z, Ata-ur-Rahman, Rauf A, Tariq M, Tahir AA, Ayub K, Ullah H (2015). Phytochemical, spectroscopic and density functional theory study of Diospyrin, and non-bonding interactions of Diospyrin with atmospheric gases. Spectrochim Acta a Mol Biomol Spectrosc, 141, 71-79. Abstract.  Author URL.
Mat-Teridi MA, Tahir AA, Senthilarasu S, Wijayantha KGU, Sulaiman MY, Ahmad-Ludin N, Ibrahim MA, Sopian K (2014). Fabrication of NiO photoelectrodes by aerosol-assisted chemical vapour deposition (AACVD). Physica Status Solidi - Rapid Research Letters, 8(12), 982-986. Abstract.
Tahir AA, Mat-Teridi MA, Wijayantha KGU (2014). Photoelectrochemical properties of texture-controlled nanostructured α-Fe<inf>2</inf>O<inf>3</inf> thin films prepared by AACVD. Physica Status Solidi - Rapid Research Letters, 8(12), 976-981. Abstract.
Shahid M, Mazhar M, Tahir AA, Rauf MK, Raftery J (2014). Temperature-controlled deposition of copper(I) oxide and metallic copper nanostructures from single-source molecular precursor. Australian Journal of Chemistry, 67(5), 757-762. Abstract.
Tahir AA, Burch HA, Wijayantha KGU, Pollet BG (2013). A new route to control texture of materials: Nanostructured ZnFe <inf>2</inf>O<inf>4</inf> photoelectrodes. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 38(11), 4315-4323. Abstract.
Ehsan MA, Khaledi H, Tahir AA, Ming HN, Wijayantha KGU, Mazhar M (2013). Synthesis and characterization of silver diethyldithiocarbamate cluster for the deposition of acanthite (Ag<inf>2</inf>S) thin films for photoelectrochemical applications. Thin Solid Films, 536, 124-129. Abstract.
Fateeva A, Chater PA, Ireland CP, Tahir AA, Khimyak YZ, Wiper PV, Darwent JR, Rosseinsky MJ (2012). A Water‐Stable Porphyrin‐Based Metal–Organic Framework Active for Visible‐Light Photocatalysis. Angewandte Chemie, 124(30), 7558-7562.
Fateeva A, Chater PA, Ireland CP, Tahir AA, Khimyak YZ, Wiper PV, Darwent JR, Rosseinsky MJ (2012). A water-stable porphyrin-based metal-organic framework active for visible-light photocatalysis. Angew Chem Int Ed Engl, 51(30), 7440-7444.  Author URL.
Ehsan MA, Mansoor MA, Mazhar M, Tahir AA, Hamid M, Upul Wijayantha KG (2012). Cobalt titanate-cobalt oxide composite thin films deposited from heterobimetallic precursor. Applied Organometallic Chemistry, 26(9), 493-498. Abstract.
Tahir AA, Peiris TAN, Wijayantha KGU (2012). Enhancement of photoelectrochemical performance of AACVD-produced TiO <inf>2</inf> electrodes by microwave irradiation while preserving the nanostructure. Chemical Vapor Deposition, 18(4-6), 107-111. Abstract.
ur-Rehman A, Hussain M, Rauf A, Tahir AA, Ali S (2012). Fluoro Substituted Monomeric and Uni-Dimensional Polymeric Organotin(IV) Esters of (E)-4-oxo-4-((3-trifluoromethyl)phenyl)amino)but-2-enoic acid; Synthesis, Characterization and Their in vitro Inhibitory Studies. Journal of Inorganic and Organometallic Polymers and Materials, 22(4), 699-708. Abstract.
Sultan M, Tahir AA, Mazhar M, Zeller M, Wijayantha KGU (2012). Hexanuclear copper-nickel and copper-cobalt complexes for thin film deposition of ceramic oxide composites. New Journal of Chemistry, 36(4), 911-917. Abstract.
Sultan M, Tahir AA, Mazhar M, Zeller M, Wijayantha KGU (2012). Hexanuclear copper-nickel and copper-cobalt complexes for thin film deposition of ceramic oxide composites (vol 36, pg 911, 2012). NEW JOURNAL OF CHEMISTRY, 36(12), 2647-2647.  Author URL.
Sultan M, Tahir AA, Mazhar M, Wijayantha KGU, Zeller M (2012). Isostructural copper-zinc mixed metal complexes for single source deposition of Cu-ZnO composite thin films (vol 40, pg 7889, 2011). DALTON TRANSACTIONS, 41(48), 14710-14710.  Author URL.
Cummings CY, Marken F, Peter LM, Tahir AA, Wijayantha KGU (2012). Kinetics and mechanism of light-driven oxygen evolution at thin film α-Fe2O3 electrodes. Chem Commun (Camb), 48(14), 2027-2029. Abstract.  Author URL.
Peter LM, Wijayantha KGU, Tahir AA (2012). Kinetics of light-driven oxygen evolution at alpha-Fe2O3 electrodes. Faraday Discuss, 155, 309-322. Abstract.  Author URL.
Shahid M, Hamid M, Tahir AA, Mazhar M, Malik MA, Helliwell M (2012). Nanostructured ZnO thin films for optical, electrical, and photoelectrochemical applications from a new Zn complex. Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 51(50), 16361-16368. Abstract.
Cummings CY, Marken F, Peter LM, Wijayantha KGU, Tahir AA (2012). New insights into water splitting at mesoporous α-Fe2O3 films: a study by modulated transmittance and impedance spectroscopies. J Am Chem Soc, 134(2), 1228-1234. Abstract.  Author URL.
McCann M, Curran R, Ben-Shoshan M, McKee V, Tahir AA, Devereux M, Kavanagh K, Creaven BS, Kellett A (2012). Silver(I) complexes of 9-anthracenecarboxylic acid and imidazoles: synthesis, structure and antimicrobial activity. Dalton Trans, 41(21), 6516-6527. Abstract.  Author URL.
Ehsan MA, Tahir AA, Hamid M, Mazhar M, Wijayantha KGU, Zeller M (2011). Deposition of iron titanate/titania ceramic composite thin films from a single molecular precursor. Inorganica Chimica Acta, 376(1), 189-194. Abstract.
Tahir AA, Smith TD, Wijayantha KGU (2011). Effects of AACVD and electrodeposited ZnO seed layer on the growth and alignment of ZnO nanorods by chemical bath deposition. Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Letters, 3(5), 674-678. Abstract.
Sultan M, Tahir AA, Mazhar M, Wijayantha KGU, Zeller M (2011). Isostructural copper-zinc mixed metal complexes for single source deposition of Cu-ZnO composite thin films. Dalton Trans, 40(31), 7889-7897. Abstract.  Author URL.
Dharmadasa R, Tahir AA, Wijayantha KGU (2011). Single step growth and characterization of zinc oxide, tin oxide, and composite (Zn<inf>x</inf>Sn<inf>1-x</inf>O<inf>y</inf>) nanoplate and nanocolumn electrodes. Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 94(10), 3540-3546. Abstract.
Aziz-ur-Rehman, Hussain M, Zia-ur-Rehman, Rauf A, Nasim FUH, Tahir AA, Ali S (2010). New tetrahedral, square-pyramidal, trigonal-bipyramidal and octahedral organotin(IV) 4-ethoxycarbonylpiperazine-1-carbodithioates: Synthesis, structural properties and biological applications. Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, 695(10-11), 1526-1532. Abstract.
Tahir AA, Ehsan MA, Mazhar M, Wijayantha KGU, Zeller M, Hunter AD (2010). Photoelectrochemical and photoresponsive properties of Bi<inf>2</inf>S <inf>3</inf> nanotube and nanoparticle thin films. Chemistry of Materials, 22(17), 5084-5092. Abstract.
Tahir AA, Wijayantha KGU (2010). Photoelectrochemical water splitting at nanostructured ZnFe <inf>2</inf>O <inf>4</inf> electrodes. Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry, 216(2-3), 119-125. Abstract.
Mustapha Z, Tahir A, Tukur M, Bukar M, Lee WK (2010). Sonographic determination of normal spleen size in an adult African population. European Journal of Radiology, 75(1). Abstract.
Tahir AA, Wijayantha KGU, Mazhar M, McKee V (2010). ZnFe<inf>2</inf>O<inf>4</inf> thin films from a single source precursor by aerosol assisted chemical vapour deposition. Thin Solid Films, 518(14), 3664-3668. Abstract.
Dharmadasa R, Wijayantha KGU, Tahir AA (2010). ZnO-SnO<inf>2</inf> composite anodes in extremely thin absorber layer (ETA) solar cells. Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry, 646(1-2), 124-132. Abstract.
Shahid M, Tahir AA, Hamid M, Mazhar M, Zeller M, Molloy KC, Hunter AD (2009). Copper(II) oligomeric derivatives for deposition of copper thin films. European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry(8), 1043-1050. Abstract.
Saremi-Yarahmadi S, Tahir AA, Vaidhyanathan B, Wijayantha KGU (2009). Fabrication of nanostructured α-Fe<inf>2</inf>O<inf>3</inf> electrodes using ferrocene for solar hydrogen generation. Materials Letters, 63(5), 523-526. Abstract.
Tahir AA, Mazhar M, Hamid M, Zeller M, Hunter AD (2009). Heterobimetallic copper-barium complexes for deposition of composite oxide thin films. New Journal of Chemistry, 33(7), 1535-1541. Abstract.
Saremi-Yarahmadi S, Wijayantha KGU, Tahir AA, Vaidhyanathan B (2009). Nanostructured α-Fe<inf>2</inf>O<inf>3</inf> electrodes for solar driven water splitting: Effect of doping agents on preparation and performance. Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 113(12), 4768-4778. Abstract.
Tahir AA, Upul Wijayantha KG, Saremi-Yarahmadi S, Maznar M, McKee V (2009). Nanostructured α-Fe<inf>2</inf>O<inf>3</inf> thin films for photoelectrochemical hydrogen generation. Chemistry of Materials, 21(16), 3763-3772. Abstract.
Tahir AA, Mazhar M, Hamid M, Wijayantha KGU, Molloy KC (2009). Photooxidation of water by NiTiO3 deposited from single source precursor [Ni2Ti2(OEt)2(micro-OEt)6(acac)4] by AACVD. Dalton Trans(19), 3674-3680. Abstract.  Author URL.
Hamid M, Tahir AA, Mazhar M, Molloy KC, Kociok-Köhn G (2008). Copper-cobalt heterobimetallic ceramic oxide thin film deposition: Synthesis, characterization and application of precursor. Inorganic Chemistry Communications, 11(10), 1159-1161. Abstract.
Hamid M, Tahir AA, Mazhar M, Ahmad F, Molloy KC, Kociok-Kohn G (2008). Deposition and characterization of ZnO thin films from a novel hexanuclear zinc precursor. Inorganica Chimica Acta, 361(1), 188-194. Abstract.
Tahir AA, Hamid M, Mazhar M, Zeller M, Hunter AD, Nadeem M, Akhtar MJ (2008). Single source heterobimetallic precursors for the deposition of Cu-Ti mixed metal oxide thin films. Dalton Trans(9), 1224-1232. Abstract.  Author URL.
Tahir AA, Hamid M, Mazhar M, Molloy KC (2007). Bis(cinnamato-κO)bis-[2-(dimethyl-amino)ethanol-κ<sup>2</sup> N,O]copper(II). Acta Crystallographica Section E: Structure Reports Online, 63(5). Abstract.
Tahir AA, Hamid M, Zeller M, Mazhar M, Hunter AD (2007). Bis(μ-acetylacetonato-κ<sup>2</sup>O:O′) bis[(acetylacetonato-κ<sup>2</sup>O,O′)aquanickel(II)] hemihydrate. Acta Crystallographica Section E: Structure Reports Online, 63(1). Abstract.
Hamid M, Tahir AA, Mazhar M, Zeller M, Hunter AD (2007). Chloro-[2-(N,N-dimethyl-amino)ethanol-kN][2-(N,N-dimethyl-amino) ethano-lato-k<sup>2</sup> N,O]palladium(II). Acta Crystallographica Section E: Structure Reports Online, 63(3). Abstract.
Hamid M, Tahir AA, Mazhar M, Zeller M, Hunter AD (2007). Heterobimetallic molecular cages for the deposition of Cu/Ti and Cu/Zn mixed-metal oxides. Inorg Chem, 46(10), 4120-4127. Abstract.  Author URL.
Tahir AA, Hamid M, Mazhar M, Zeller FM, Winter AD (2006). Bis(acetato-O)bis[2-(dimethylamino)ethanol-κ<sup>2</sup>N,O] cobalt(II). Acta Crystallographica Section E: Structure Reports Online, 62(8). Abstract.
Tahir AA, Hamid M, Mazhar M, Zeller M, Hunter AD (2006). Dioxobis(pentane-2,4-dionato)(tetrahydro-furan)uranium(VI). Acta Crystallographica Section E: Structure Reports Online, 62(8). Abstract.
Hamid M, Tahir AA, Mazhar M, Zeller M, Molloy KC, Hunter AD (2006). Synthesis of isostructural cage complexes of copper with cobalt and nickel for deposition of mixed ceramic oxide materials. Inorg Chem, 45(26), 10457-10466. Abstract.  Author URL.
Hamid M, Zeller M, Hunter AD, Mazhar M, Tahir AA (2005). Redetermination of bis(2,4-pentanedionato)-palladium(II). Acta Crystallographica Section E: Structure Reports Online, 61(11). Abstract.
Aman T, Kazi AA, Nazir R, Tahir AA, Akbar SG (2005). Spectrophotometric determination of lorazepam with alizarin sulphonic acid in pure and pharmaceutical preparations. Journal of the Chemical Society of Pakistan, 27(3), 279-284. Abstract.
Tahir AA, Molloy KC, Mazhar M, Kociok-Köhn G, Hamid M, Dastgir S (2005). Synthesis and structural characterization of a new heterobimetallic coordination complex of barium and cobalt for use as a precursor for chemical vapor deposition. Inorg Chem, 44(25), 9207-9212. Abstract.  Author URL.
Tahir A, Hassan AW, Umar IM (2001). A study of the collodiaphyseal angle of the femur in the North-Eastern Sub-Region of Nigeria. Nigerian journal of medicine : journal of the National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria, 10(1), 34-36. Abstract.
Aminu SR, Yawe T, Tahir A (2001). Ureteric fibrosis: a complication of guinea worm infestation of the retroperitoneum. Tropical Doctor, 31(2), 111-112.


Tahir AA (2015). Enhancing the performance of BICPV systems using phase change materials. 11th International Conference on Concentrator Photovoltaic Systems. 13th - 15th Apr 2015. Abstract.
Abdullah J, Zamzuri I, Awang S, Sayuthi S, Ghani A, Tahir A, Naing NN (2005). Preliminary report on spiegelberg pre and post-operative monitoring of severe head-injured patients who received decompressive craniectomy.  Author URL.

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Teaching Modules

  1. Module Leader and teaching          CSM2318 Applied Thermodynamics
  2. Module Leader and teaching          CSM 1037 Science for Energy Engineering
  3. Module Leader and teaching          ENEM102 Energy Storage Technologies 
  4. Module Leader                               ENEM104 MSc Dissertation 
  5. Teaching                                        CSM2048 Energy Engineering Professionals
  6. Teaching                                        CSM1031 Earth and Environmental Chemistry

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Postgraduate researchers

  • Bandar Alfaifi
  • Khawaja Haider Ali
  • Govinder Pawar
  • Habib Ullah

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