Professor Nazir Kherani elected as a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC)

Kherani, Nazir P.Congratulations! Professor Nazir P. Kherani (MSE/ECE) is one of the four U of T Engineering professors elected fellows of the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC). The appointments honour their exceptional contributions to engineering in Canada.

“On behalf of the Faculty, congratulations to the new fellows on this well-deserved honour,” said Christopher Yip, Dean of U of T Engineering. “EIC’s recognition of so many U of T Engineering community members reflects our track record of excellence across a wide range of sectors and research fields.”

Kherani received this prestigious distinction for his sustained contributions in the field of semiconductor and nanostructured materials and devices during a career that spans industry and academia. His fundamental studies have shaped scientific developments in various areas while his practical contributions have advanced Canadian industry. He has inspired researchers and young entrants to the field of sustainable energy and enhanced the solar industry in Canada and internationally.

His research advances in the area of solar energy include record-setting silicon photovoltaic solar cell development, and ushering novel and disruptive integration of energy-efficient spectrally selective coatings in windows for buildings, greenhouses and emerging electric vehicles. Kherani’s research in passivation and photonic crystals has applications for high-efficiency ultra-thin flexible silicon solar cells. His recent advances in the field of nano-plasmonics are leading to the development of low cost, rapid, high-sensitivity whole-blood biosensors for point-of-care applications.

Kherani’s leadership in his field has been recognized with the Ontario Professional Engineers R&D Medal, and fellowship in the Canadian Academy of Engineering, the American Physical Society, and the Royal Society of Arts.

Read full article by Carolyn Farrell for the UofT Engineering News