Erkan Aydin

Research Scientists

Research Scientist



​Al Kindi B5/L3- 3254-WS14 (Seaside)

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Research Interests

  • ​​Silicon Heterojunction Solar Cells
  • Perovskite Solar Cells
  • Perovskite/Silicon Tandem Solar Cells


​Erkan Aydin received his B.Eng. degree from Selcuk University, Konya, Turkey in 2010. At the end of four years, he graduated at first rank from the Mechanical Engineering out of 160 students. During this education, he was awarded several times with “High Honour Certificate”. He completed his M.Sc. and Ph.D. at TOBB ETU Micro and Nanotechnology Graduate Program (MNT) in 2012 and 2016, respectively. He is currently a Research Scientist at KAUST Solar Center.​

Selected Publications

  • Aydin, E., Liu, J., Ugur, E., Azmi, R., T. Harrison, G., Hou, Yi., Chen, B., Zhumagali, S., De Bastiani, M., Wang, M., Raja, W., G. Allen, T., Rehman, A., S. Subbiah, A., Babics, M., Babayigit, A., H. Isikgor. F., Wang, K., Van Kerschaver, E., Tsetseris, L., H. Sargent, E., Laquai, F., De Wolf, S.  Ligand-bridged charge extraction and enhanced quantum efficiency enable efficient n-i-p perovskite/silicon tandem solar cells. Energy & Environmental Science 2021,14, 4377-4390.
  • Aydin, E., Allen, T. G., De Bastiani, M., Xu, L.,  Ávila, J., Salvador, M., Van Kerschaver, E., De Wolf, S., Interplay between temperature and bandgap energies on the outdoor performance of perovskite/silicon tandem solar cells. Nature Energy,
  • Hou, Y., Aydin, E.,* De Bastiani, M., Xiao, C., Isikgor, F. H., Xue, D.-J., Chen, B., Chen, H., Bahrami, B., Chowdhury, A. H., Johnston, A., Baek, S.-W., Huang, Z., Wei, M., Dong, Y., Troughton, J., Jalmood, R., Mirabelli, A. J., Allen, T. G., Van Kerschaver, E., Saidaminov, M. I., Baran, D., Qiao, Q., Zhu, K., De Wolf, S., Sargent, E. H., Efficient tandem solar cells with solution-processed perovskite on textured crystalline silicon. Science 2020, 367 (6482), 1135-1140. (Co-first).
  • Chen, B., Baek, S. W., Hou, Y., Aydin, E., De Bastiani, M., Scheffel, B., ... & Jung, E. H. (2020). Enhanced optical path and electron diffusion length enable high-efficiency perovskite tandems. Nature Communications, 11(1), 1-9.
  • Aydin, E., De Bastiani, M., De Wolf, S., Defect and Contact Passivation for Perovskite Solar Cells. Advanced Materials 2019, 1900428.
  • Aydin, E., Altinkaya, C., Smirnov, Y., A. Yaqin, M., P. S. Zanoni, K., Paliwal, A., Firdaus, Y., G. Allen, T., D. Anthopoulos. T, J. Bolink, H., Morales-Masis, M., De Wolf, S. Sputtered transparent electrodes for optoelectronic devices: Induced damage and mitigation strategies. Matter 20214, 11, 3549-3584.
  • Aydin, E., De Bastiani, M., Yang, X., Sajjad, M., Aljamaan, F., Smirnov, Y., Hedhili, M. N., Liu, W., Allen, T. G., Xu, L., Kerschaver, E. V., Morales‐Masis, M., Schwingenschlögl, U., De Wolf, S., Zr‐Doped Indium Oxide (IZRO) Transparent Electrodes for Perovskite‐Based Tandem Solar Cells. Advanced Functional Materials 2019, 1901741.
  • Aydin, E., Troughton, J., De Bastiani, M., Ugur, E., Sajjad, M., Alzahrani, A., Neophytou, M., Schwingenschlögl, U., Laquai, F., Baran, D., De Wolf, S. "Room-Temperature Sputtered Nanocrystalline Nickel Oxide as Hole Transport Layer for p−i−n Perovskite Solar Cells " ACS Applied Energy Materials (2018) 1, 11, 6227-6233​.​


  • Ph.D., Micro and Nanotechnology, TOBB University of Economics and Technology, Ankara, Turkey, 2016
  • M.Sc., Micro and Nanotechnology, TOBB University of Economics and Technology, Ankara, Turkey, 2012
  • B.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, Selcuk University, Konya, Turkey, 2010​

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • ​Materials Research Society (MRS)
  • SPIE

KAUST Affiliations

KAUST Solar Center, KAUST Photovoltaics Laboratory

Research Interests Keywords

Solar Energy Silicon Heterojunction Solar Cells Perovskite Solar Cells Perovskite/Silicon Tandem Solar Cells Scalable photovoltaics