KAUST Research Conference 2016: Emerging Concepts and Materials in Solar Energy Conversion

​Speaker Biography





​Derya Baran

Imperial College London, UK


Dr. Derya Baran earned her B.Sc. degree from the Department of Chemistry, Middle East Technical University-Turkey in 2008 and completed her M.Sc. studies in 2010. Afterwards, she received her doctorate degree in Material Science and Engineering from Friedrich-Alexander Erlangen-Nürnberg University in 2014 under the supervision of Prof. Christoph Brabec. Her PhD work focused on the smart concepts for material optimization in organic solar cells using spectroscopic techniques and charge transfer states. Her scientific studies and collaborative work have been published in 50 peer-reviewed journals including Advanced Materials, Journal of American Chemical Society, Nature Communications, and Energy and Environmental Science and is the subject of 2 patents. In 2015, she received the prestigious Helmholtz Association postdoc grant in Germany as recognizing of her academic achievements. Currently she continues her research activities as a joint research associate at Imperial Collage London (London, UK) and Jülich Research Center (Jülich, Germany). Her current research focuses on the correlation between recombination and microstructure in solution processed solar cells.