Burak GUZELTURK, PhD in Electrical & Electronics Engineering (Turkey)

Burak Guzelturk, Copyright: FONA

Burak holds a PhD in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Bilkent University, Turkey. He is currently a post-doctoral scholar at Stanford University and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. His research focuses on the development of semiconductor nanomaterials with tailored optical properties to accomplish energy-efficient next-generation optoelectronics, which will strongly contribute to the sustainable development of the world.

Current position: Post-doctoral Researcher at Stanford University, USA

Research focus: Nanotechnology, photonics, academics

In 2014 Burak was awarded a Green Talent. The jury appreciated his ambition to become a leader in the scientific community and to inspire people to develop technologies that could positively influence human life and the environment. He has published 30 peer-reviewed articles in top-tier journals, 20 international conference papers and has 6 granted patents.

2015 Photonics21 Student Innovation Award
2015 IEEE Photonics Society Graduate Student Fellowship
2013 SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship Award


CV as submitted for the Green Talents award (2014):

Bilkent University, National Nanotechnology Research Centre, Turkey

Research focus: Nanotechnology, nanophotonics for energy efficiency, solar energy harvesting, efficient lighting and laser systems

Interdisciplinary research is the common theme found in the many successful projects PhD candidate Burak Guzelturk has already undertaken in the area of nanotechnology and lighting systems.

A specialist in lighting technologies, Burak is a firm believer in the advantages of interdisciplinary research. “Interdisciplinary work among various fields is the key to achieving high efficiency in renewable energy and lighting technologies such as highly efficient solar cells and light-emitting diodes”, Burak says. With a background in electrical and electronics engineering, Burak took an active interest in other fields, such as physics and chemistry, throughout his academic career. Now a PhD student, Burak is part of a highly interdisciplinary research group and has an impressive record of research successes in the field of light harvesting and generation systems via nanophotonic systems.

Burak’s successful past research projects include the hybridising of organic solar cells with semiconductor nanocrystals to enhance efficiency and the sensitising of silicon via nano-emitters, enhancing the UV-Blue spectrum of visible light. He also helped to develop and patent light sensitive, low cost, ultra-lightweight nanocrystal based devices, which are promising in their potential application as “smart windows”. Another highlight was his participation in the development of wearable textile based nano-energy generators, which are being patented in the US. As part of an EU-funded Network of Excellence, Burak also worked on efficient optoelectronics systems, such as highly versatile and efficient lasers of colloidal nanocrystals for white light generation. White light for solid-state lighting was also the object of a recent project, using cadmium-free nanocrystals of ZnSe with manganese and high colour crystals.

The jury was impressed by Burak’s broad array of successful experiments and his enthusiastic commitment to interdisciplinary research. They are confident that participation in the Green Talents Forum will give him further impulses for research projects and future collaborations.