Rania Alqurashi grew up in Makkah (holy capital of Islamic world) in Saudi Arabia. She has shown a growing passion for applied science since her early age in primary school. She decided to undertake an undergraduate course in physics. She therefore went to Umm Al-Qura University and graduated with a second honour BSc in 2004. As her passion was not only focused on learning physics but also on delivering this fascinating science to pupils, she has spent a wonderful three-years after graduation in teaching at high schools and receiving various rewards on teaching style and classroom management.
In 2010, she obtained a funded scholarship from the University of Al-Baha, Saudi Arabia where she worked as a demonstrator in physics department. She obtained an Msc with distinction in Nanoscale Science and Technology which is a joint programme provided by the universities of Sheffield and Leeds. Her master dissertation was her gate to the green energy field in which she involved in designing and testing a new p-n junction solar cells based on ZnO/ZnTe using pulsed laser deposition technique.
Enjoying her master research at the University of Sheffield encouraged her to pursue a PhD and to continue discovering the green energy field from a different prospective. The current interest of her research which is under the supervision of Dr. Alastair Buckely is to investigate the influence of processing conditions on novel nanomaterial interfaces for high performance inverted organic solar cell.