Speaker: Asst. Prof. Selçuk Yerci, Middle East Technical University

Topic: "Light Management in Photovoltaics"

Location: Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

Abstract: The global photovoltaics (PV) industry and installations in sun abundant regions in the World have been growing tremendously. PV now offers electricity at a price below $20 MW/h [1]. The roar of PV has been mainly based on implementation of well-developed know-how at lower cost. However, recently, new ideas are suggested to further increase the conversion efficiency of PV cells. This talk will start with an overview of PV research. Then, I will discuss the methods suggested to increase the efficiency of PV cells. Finally, I will focus on light management in photovoltaics to boost the efficiency [2,3].



[2] W. Hadibrata, F. Es, S. Yerci, R. Turan, "Ultrathin Si solar cell with nanostructured light trapping by metal assisted etching", Sol. Energ. Mat. Sol. Cells, in press (2018)

[3] G. Kartopu, D. Turkay, C. Ozcan, W. Hadibrata, P. Aurang, S. Yerci, H.E. Unalan, V. Barrioz, Y. Qu, L. Bowen, A.K. Gürlek, P. Maiello, R. Turan, and S.J.C. Irvine, "Photovoltaic performance of CdS/CdTe junctions on ZnO nanorod arrays", Sol. Energ. Mat. Sol. Cells, 176, 100 (2018)

Bio: Dr. Selçuk Yerci received his B.S. and M.S. in physics at Middle East Technical University and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at Boston University. His M.S. and Ph.D. research was mainly focused on silicon photonics, in particular silicon compatible light sources. After completing his Ph.D. he worked as a post-doctoral associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on thin film crystalline silicon solar cells. Dr. Yerci is currently an assistant professor in Micro and Nanotechnology Programme, and in Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Middle East Technical University. Dr. Yerci continues his research activities in his research group ( under the Center for Solar Energy Research and Applications (GUNAM) laboratories ( His recent research is mainly focused on high-efficiency solar cells including material growth, device simulation and device fabrication aspects. Dr. Yerci has authored/co-authored over 35 articles and holding an h-index of 17.

  Date and Time




  • Ankara, Ankara
  • Turkey



Asst. Prof. Selcuk Yerci


Light Management in Photovoltaics