FENS Seminars – Prof. Şener Oktik
Prof. Şener Oktik (Kadir Has University) will be the next guest of the KHAS Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences seminar series with his speech “Nanotechnology for Photovoltaics” on Friday, December 1 at 2 PM at B-409. The event is open to anyone interested.
Abstract: In the roadmap to overcome the Shockley-Queisser (SQ) limit for single junction solar cells the basic concepts of physics have been employed in photovoltaic conversion in devices such as multijunction solar cells, intermediate band solar cells, hot electron solar cells, multiple exciton generation solar cell, up-conversion, down-conversion. The potential of nanotechnology and nanomaterials in the progress of these concepts for photovoltaic conversion has been attracting significant interest in academic and industrial research. The nanostructures in photovoltaic conversion might be categorized as (i) dimensionless (zero dimension) such as quantum dots and nanoparticles; (ii) one dimension such as nanowires and nanotubes; (iii) two dimensions such as quantum wells; (iv) three dimensions such as nanostructured bulk materials and composites. Nanotechnology promises a significant potential for designing and manufacturing photovoltaic cells at higher efficiencies at lower cost. This work aims to give a summary of the status of nanotechnology for photovoltaic conversion.
About the Speaker: Prof. Dr. Şener Oktik graduated from Ankara University with a degree in Physics in 1976 and received his M.Eng. in Applied Physics in 1977 from the same university. He went on to obtain a Ph.D. from Durham University (UK), Department of Applied Physics and Electronics in 1982. Prof. Oktik became Associate Professor in 1986 and a full Professor in 1995. During his academic career, he has worked as a lecturer, research scientist, senior researcher and administrator, and senior administrator at Durham University (UK), Lecce University (Italy), Stuttgart University (Germany), Selçuk University, and Muğla University (Turkey). Prof. Oktik was the third and fourth term President/Rector of Muğla University between 2002 and 2010. He has also worked as a senior research scientist, technologist, and senior executive in industrial research and technological development laboratories in England at BP Solar, Sunbury, Imperial Chemical Industries PLC (ICI), Paints Division Slough Research Labs, and Industrial Research Labs of Durham University (UK), Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW))(Germany) and in Turkey at Anel Group, Arıkanlı Holding. Prof Oktik served as the chief technology officer (CTO) at Şişecam between 2012 and 2020. He has been a member of many NGO and occupational organizations and currently, Prof. Oktik is a member of the Steering Committee and is a member of the Advisory Committee of the International Commission on Glass. He is also an international advisory board member of “ICG”, Conference on Coatings on Glass and Plastics, “ICCG”, Society of
Vacuum Coaters “SVC”, and The Centre for Functional and Surface Functionalized Glass (Slovakia). Prof. Oktik is also on the Scientific Committee of “The European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference EU-PVSEC” and representing the Turkish Physical Society at the European Physical Society (EPS). At a national level, he is the Honorary Chairman Turkish Solar Energy Industry Association, a member of the steering committee of the Turkish Clean Energy Foundation, a member of the advisory committee to the Turkish Science, Technology and Innovation Policies Council, a member of board of trustees of Sıtkı Koçman Foundation and Turkish Fundamental Sciences Research Foundation. Prof. Oktik is a member of the Board of Directors of SİSECAM (Türkiye Şişe ve Cam Fabrikaları A.Ş) since 2020 and a senior lecturer at Kadir Has University and author/co-author of over 100 scientific and technical publications and inventor/co-inventor of two world patents