Esma Ugur

Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral Fellow



​Al Kindi B5/L3- 3204-WS11 (Seaside)

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Esma’s research interest is the photophysics of perovskite solar cells with different electron and hole selective layers. She focuses on understanding charge carrier generation, transport, and recombination processes in perovskite absorber layer and perovskite/selective layer systems in single-junction and perovskite/silicon tandem solar cells.

Selected Publications

  • Ugur, E., Alarousu, E., Khan, J. I., Vlk, A., Aydin, E., De Bastiani, M., ... & Laquai, F. How Humidity and Light Exposure Change the Photophysics of Metal Halide Perovskite Solar Cells. Solar RRL, 2020.
  • Sansoni S., De Bastiani M., Aydin E., Ugur E., Isikgor F. H., Al-Zahrani A., Lamberti F., Laquai F., Meneghetti M, De Wolf S., Eco-friendly spray deposition of perovskite films on macro-scale textured surfaces, Advanced Materials Technologies, 2020, 1901009.
  • Khan J. I., Sheikh A. D., Alamoudi M. A., Barrit D., Ugur E., Laquai F., Amassian A., Impact of Residual Lead Iodide on Photophysical Properties of Lead Triiodide Perovskite Solar Cells, Energy Technology, 2019, 1900627.
  • Neophytou M., De Bastiani M., Gasparini N., Aydin E., Ugur E., Seitkhan A., Moruzzi F., Choaie Y., Ramadan A. J., Troughton J. R., Hallani R., Savva A., Tsetseris L., Inal S., Baran D., Laquai F., Anthopoulos T. D., Snaith H. J., De Wolf S., McCulloch I., Enhancing the charge extraction and stability of perovskite solar cells using strontium titanate (SrTiO3) electron-transport layer, ACS Applied Energy Materials, 2019, 2, 8090-8097.
  • Ugur E., Khan J. I., Aydin E., Kirkus M., Neophytou M.,  De Wolf S., McCulloch I., Laquai F., Carrier Extraction from Perovskite to Polymeric Charge Transport Layers Probed by Ultrafast Transient Absorption Spectroscopy, ACS The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 2019, 10, 6921-6928.
  • E. Aydin, J. R. Troughton, M. De Bastiani, E. Ugur, M. Sajjad, A. Alzahrani, M. Neophytou, U. Schwingenschlögl, F. Laquai, D. Baran, S. De Wolf, Room-Temperature Sputtered Nickel Oxide: Material Properties and Application as Hole Transport Layer for p-i-n Perovskite Solar Cells, ACS Applied Energy Materials 2018.​
  •  J. Peng, J. I. Khan, W. Liu, E. Ugur, T. Duong, Y. Wu, H. Shen, K. Wang, H. Dang, E. Aydin, X. Yang, K. Weber, K. Catchpole, F. Laquai, S. De Wolf, T. P. White, A Universal Double‐Side Passivation for High Open‐Circuit Voltage in Perovskite Solar Cells: Role of Carbonyl Groups in Poly(methyl methacrylate), Advanced Energy Materials 2018, 0, 1801208.
  • E. Ugur, A. D. Sheikh, R. Munir, J. I. Khan,  D. Barrit, A. Amassian, F. Laquai, Improved Morphology and Efficiency of n-i-p Planar Perovskite Solar Cells by Processing with Glycol Ether Additives, ACS Energy Letters 2017, 2, 1960-1968.​


  • Ph.D., Material Science & Engineering, KAUST, Jeddah, KSA, 2020
  • M.Sc.  Micro and Nanotechnology Graduate Program, TOBB University of Economics and Technology, Ankara, Turkey, 2014
  • B.Sc. in Physics Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, 2011

Professional Profile

  • 2012-2014: ​Research Assistant, TOBB University of Economics and Technology, Energy Researches Laboratory, Ankara, Turkey 
  • 2013-2014: Teaching Assistant, TOBB University of Economics and Technology, Ankara, Turkey

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • ​Materials Research Society (MRS)

KAUST Affiliations

KAUST Solar Center

Research Interests Keywords

Solar Energy Perovskite Solar Cells Perovskite/Silicon Tandem Solar Cells Photophysics of solar cells Optical spectroscopy