Plenary Speaker

Niyazi Serdar Sariciftci, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria


Prof. Sariciftci  is Ordinarius Professor for Physical  Chemistry and the Founding Director (Vorstand) of the Linz Institute for Organic  Solarcells (LIOS) at the Johannes Kepler University of Linz/Austria.        He studied at the University of Vienna (Austria) and graduated as PhD in  physics in 1989. After two years postdoctoral study at the University of  Stuttgart (Germany) he joined the Institute for Polymers and Organic Solids at  the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA, by Prof. Alan J. HEEGER,  Nobel leaurate 2000 for Chemistry. His major contributions are in the fields of  photoinduced optical, magnetic resonance and transport phenomena in semiconducting  and metallic polymers. He is the inventor of conjugated polymer and fullerene based  "bulk heterojunction" solar cells. Prof. Sariciftci published over 600  publications and with over 40000 citations he is one of the most cited  scientists in material science (2011, Thompson Reuter  ranking No: 14 of the world best material scientists  with an h-index of 85 (ISI Thompson), h=101 (Google Scholar)). Sariciftci has  composed 8 books and educated several academic and industrial scientists. He  also initiated seven spin off companies for organic optoelectronics. He is recipient  of several prizes among them the National Science Prize of Turkey 2006 and the  Austrian Scientists of the year Prize for Research 2008. He received the Medal  for Humanity of the City of Linz 2009 and the Kardinal Prize for Science of the  Archbishop in Vienna 2010. In 2012 he was awarded the prestigious Wittgenstein  Prize of Austria. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), Fellow  of SPIE, and member of several societies such as American Chemical Society,  Materials Research Society, Austrian Chemical Society and Austrian Physical  Society. He was selected as corresponding member of the Academy of Science in  Austria (ÖAW). Sariciftci has been awarded honorary doctorate by the Abo  Academy in Finland in 2011 and University of Bucharest in Romania in 2012. Recently,  Sariciftci received the TÜBA Science Prize of the Turkish Academy of Sciences  (2015).

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