EventsProf. Niyazi Serdar Sarıçiftçi

From Organic to Bioorganic Devices

Organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs), organic photovoltaic cells (OPVs) and organic field effect transistors (OFETs) are device elements for a future organic optoelectronics. Maturing from the academic research into the industrial development, such devices are entering the markets. Pure organic nanostructures and organic/inorganic hybrid nanostructures are comparatively studied for devices. This talk gives an overview of materials’ aspects and devices.

In order to account for a sustainable future, the application of biodegradable and biocompatible systems for organic optoelectronics are needed. The use of cheap electronic devices in a large scale will introduce a shift “from consumer electronics to consumable electronics”. As such the contribution of electronic devices to urban waste is already increasing rapidly today. Therefore environmentally friendly materials are important to use. This is a next great challenge to material science in organic electronics. New developments of bio-inspired and/or bio-origin, bio-compatible materials are interesting. Such materials can also be used to interface the biological and biomedical research with the organic electronics field.

About The Speaker

After graduating from University of Vienna with a degree in physics, Prof. Sarıçiftçi received his PhD from the same faculty in 1989 and continued his research as a post-doctoral fellow in University of Stuttgart between 1989-1992. Then, he was invited by Nobel Prize laureate Prof. Alan J. Heeger to study in California University until 1996, where they develop the basic concepts of energy harvesting using polymer semiconductors. In 1992, his landmark study with Dr. Heeger about organic photovoltaic cells was published, which is also patented. He then appointed as the Director of Institute for Physical Chemistry of Johannes Kepler University Linz and received Ordinarius Professorship (chair) from the Austrian Government. He published over 500 articles in various journals, hold 8 patents and contributed to 7 books. He was cited over 25000 times which placed him as 14# in the world’s best material scientist ranking by Institute for Scientific Information (ISI, Thompson Reuter, 2010). Numerous awards and medals presented to him, namely Grünpreis Award (2001), Humanity Medal of Linz and Energy Globe Award (2003). He was also the recipient of Wittgenstein Award (2012) and Turkish National Science Award (2006), which are the highest honours given in science in Austria and Turkey, respectively. He was also awarded honorary doctorates from the University of Bucharest, (Romania, 2011) and Abo Akademi University (Finlandia 2010).