Naila Al Hasan

Naila Al Hasan

Postdoctoral Researcher-Materials Science

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Naila Al Hasan is a postdoctoral researcher in the photovoltaic (PV) reliability and system performance group, led by Teresa Barnes. She works on disruptive accelerated testing of PV modules and module materials to study their reliability and durability. She is interested in PV reliability, understanding degradation of module materials, circular economy of PV and PV device design, harnessing her expertise in high-throughput synthesis, rapid characterization, and machine learning for a wholistic approach.

Naila defended her doctoral dissertation with Professor Ichiro Takeuchi in November 2020 from the department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research was focused on using combinatorial materials science to develop new shape memory alloys for solid-state refrigeration and thermal energy storage applications. She was awarded a Graduate Student Silver Award at the Materials Research Society Fall 2019 Conference in Boston. Prior to her graduate work, she was a researcher at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for 3 years.

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Research Interests

Photovoltaic device characterization, reliability, and performance

Instrument design and development

High-throughput characterization and artificial intelligence/machine learning-enabled data analysis


Ph.D., Materials Science & Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park

M.S., Materials Science & Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park

B.S., Biology, Chemistry, Houston Baptist University

Professional Experience

Co-Chair, Empowering Voices in Engineering University of Maryland, College Park (2017–2020)

Department Chair Search Committee Member, Materials Science & Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park (2017–2019)

Proposal Reviewer, NASA Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (2017–2018)

Election Judge, Prince George’s County Maryland Board of Elections (2017–2020)

Mentor, FabFems (2012–present)

Safety Outreach, Volunteer Protection Program, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (2012–2015)

Associations and Memberships

Member, Materials Research Society

Member, Society of Women Engineers

Featured Work

XPS Group Array Analysis of a Combinatorial Ni-Ti-Co Thin Film Library, Journal of Vacuum and Science Technology A (2020)

Combinatorial Exploration and Mapping of Phase Transformation in a Ni-Ti-Co Thin Film Library, ACS Combinatorial Science (2020)

Combinatorial Synthesis and High-Throughput Characterization of Microstructure and Phase Transformation in Ni-Ti-Cu-V Quaternary Thin-Film Library, Engineering (2020)

Fatigue-Resistant High-Performance Elastocaloric Materials Made by Additive Manufacturing, Science (2019)

Elastocaloric Cooling of Additive Manufactured Shape Memory Alloys with Large Latent Heat, Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics (2017)

Gaining Control Over Radiolytic Synthesis of Uniform Sub-3-Nanometer Palladium Nanoparticles: Use of Aromatic Liquids in the Electron Microscope, Langmuir (2016)

Synthesis of 1nm Pd Nanoparticles in a Microfluidic Reactor: Insights from in Situ X-Ray Absorption Fine Structure and Small-Angle X-ray Scattering, Journal of Physical Chemistry C (2015)

Influence of Heteroanion and Ammonium Cation Size on the Composition and Gas-Phase Fragmentation of Polyoxovanadates, International Journal of Mass Spectrometry (2013)

Gas-Phase Synthesis of Singly and Multiply Charged Polyoxovanadate Anions Employing Electrospray Ionization and Collision Induced Dissociation, Journal of American Society for Mass Spectrometry (2013)

Awards and Honors

Materials Research Society Graduate Student Silver Award (2019)

Special Commendation for Exceptional Service, Clark School of Engineering University of Maryland, College Park (2018)

Outstanding Graduate Researcher Award, University of Maryland, College Park (2018)

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow (2016–2019)

Society of Women Engineers’ Chrysler Foundation Scholarship (2015)