EventsProf. Niyazi Serdar Sarıçiftçi


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 developed the basic concepts of energy harvesting using polymer semiconductors. In 1992, his landmark study with Dr. Heeger about organic photovoltaic cells was published, which was also patented. He was 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, currently holds 8 patents and contributed to 7 books. He was cited over 60000 times which placed him as 14# in the world’s best material scientist ranking by Institute for Scientific Information (ISI, Thompson Reuter, 2010). He received numerous awards and medals, 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).