Mr Shafiul Monir

Job Role
Senior Lecturer in Engineering


In 2008 Shafiul gained his BEng (Hons), in Aeronautical Mechanical Engineering at Wrexham Glyndŵr University, Wrexham, North Wales. Following graduation, he wished to further his academic research in computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and enrolled into an MSc in Aeronautical Engineering with emphasis on CFD modelling. During his masters studies, Shafiul was approached by Dr Vincent Barrioz, Senior Research Lecturer, along with his colleagues Dr Dan Lamb & Dr Giray Kartopu, members of the Centre for Solar Energy Research (CSER) team. They required his CFD assistance on studying ways to achieve uniform deposition of thin films in an inline metalorganic chemical vapour deposition (MOCVD) process, located at OpTIC Glyndŵr, St Asaph, North Wales. Facing a new challenge, Shafiul took the opportunity to apply his knowledge of CFD within a new field of chemical engineering with the helpful supervision from Prof. Xiaogang Yang, learning and adapting very quickly to the new environment of Chemical CFD.

Shafiul joined the CSER team in April 2011 to do his PhD under the supervision of Dr Vincent Barrioz, Prof. Stuart Irvine and Dr Xiaogang Yang, on a KESS (Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships) funded project from European Social Fund (ESF) and sponsored by Scanwel Ltd, Llandderfel, Bala, Gwynedd. Industrial supervision is provided by Ian Owen and Steve Trueman for the project.

The research focuses on deposition of Cadmium Telluride (CdTe) structures for thin film photovoltaic (PV) on a heated moving substrate using atmospheric pressure metalorganic chemical vapour deposition (AP-MOCVD). The novel coating heads will fit within an AP-MOCVD inline process, being built at CSER as part of Solar Photovoltaic Academic Research Consortium (SPARC) Cymru project, funded by the Lower Carbon Research Institute (LCRI) through the European Convergence Region Programme.

Shafiul Graduated with a PhD in 2018 (Low Carbon Research) from University of Wales under the auspices of Wrexham Glyndŵr University, and is now currently the Programme Leader for the MSc in Engineering. Outside of work, Shafiul enjoys climbing and mountaineering, and often goes to Snowdonia in North Wales. He also enjoys photography and adventure movie production. 


FdEng Aeronautical Engineering

BEng (Hons) Aeronautical-Mechanical Engineering

MSc Aeronautical & Mechanical Engineering

PhD Low Carbon Research


Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)

Large Eddie Simulation (LES)

Volume Of Fluid (VOF)

Two Phase Bubbly Flow

Metal Organic Chemical Vapour Deposition

Chemical Vapour Deposition


Engineering Modelling & Simulation

Engineering Systems Modelling & Simulation

Engineering Research Methods & Postgraduate Studies 


V. Barrioz, G. Kartopu, S.J.C. Irvine, S. Monir, X. Yang. Material Utilisation When Depositing CdTe Layers by Inline AP-MOCVD, Journal of Crystal Growth. 354, 81-85, (2012).

X. Yang, Y. Wu, X. Huang, V. Barrioz, S. Monir, S. J. C. Irvine and G. Kartopu. CFD Modelling of Cadmium Telluride (CdTe) Thin Film Coating With Inline AP-MOCVD, Applied Mechanics and Materials. 217-219, 1265-1273, (2012).

V. Barrioz, S. Monir, G. Kartopu, D.A. Lamb, W. Brooks, P. Siderfin, S. Jones, A.J. Clayton, S.J.C. Irvine. MOCVD for Solar Cells, a Transition Towards a Chamberless Inline Process, Journal of Crystal Growth, 414, 223-231, (2015).

G. Kartopu, V. Barrioz, S.J.C. Irvine, A.J. Clayton, S. Monir, D. A. lamb. Inline Atmospheric Pressure Metalorganic Chemical Vapour Deposition for Thin Film CdTe Solar Cells”, Thin Solid Films, 558, 374-377, (2014).

G. Kartopu, V. Barrioz, S. Monir, D.A. Lamb, S.J.C. Irvine. CdTe Thin Film Solar Cells Produced Using a Chamberless Inline Process via Metalorganic Chemical Vapour Deposition, Thin Solid Films, 578, (2015).

V. Barrioz, D.A. Lamb, S. Monir, S. Trueman, G. Kartopu, I.W. Owen, S.J.C. Irvine, X. Yang, UK Patent Application (GB1302306.4).

V. Barrioz, D.A. Lamb, S. Monir, S. Trueman, G. Kartopu, I.W. Owen, S.J.C. Irvine, X. Yang, PCT Patent Application (PCT/GB2014/050386).

X. Yang, Y. Wu, X. Huang, V. Barrioz, G. Kartopu, S. Monir, S. J. C. Irvine. Numerical Simulation of the Deposition Process and the Epitaxial Growth of Cadmium Telluride Thin Film in a MOCVD Reactor, Heat Transfer, Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics (HEFAT), Malta (2012).

S. Monir, G. Kartopu, V. Barrioz, S.J.C. Irvine, H. Ҫolak, D.A. Lamb, X. Yang. 15 × 15 cm2 CdTe Thin Film Deposition by a Novel Chamber-less Inline AP-MOCVD process, Applications and Technology Conference (PVSAT-9), 37-41, (2013).

V. Barrioz, S. Hodgson, P. Holliman, A. Connell, G. Kartopu, A. J. Clayton, S.J.C. Irvine, S. Monir, M. L. Davies. Study of Optical Losses in Mechanically Stacked Dye-sensitized/CdTe Tandem Solar Cells, Material Research Society Spring Meeting (San Francisco, USA), 1538, 221-226, (2013).