Author: gunam

Call for Papers (PVCon2018)

“Dear Colleagues, Associates, and Students,

We are organizing “International Conference on Photovoltaic Science and Technology (PVCon2018)” on 4-6 July 2018 on the university campus, Middle East Technical University – Cultural and Convention Center in Ankara, Turkey. Attached, you can find the flyer of the conference. The conference web site can be reached at

PVCon conference series is replacing SolarTR conferences we have been organizing in Turkey since 2010. With the new name and more international perspectives, PVCon conferences will be stronger and more comprehensive with intensive participation from national and international PV community. We have already received substantial attention. It is intended to be focused solely on scientific and technical issues with high quality oral and poster presentations. Conference proceeding will be published in an international proceeding platform. Some selected papers will be considered for publication as special issue in the international journal “Renewable Energy” by Elsevier.

PVCon2018 coincides with the increased efforts on the usage of solar energy in Turkey. We expect participation both from research institutions and industry from Turkey and all over the world.

As a social event, we will be organizing a tour to the beautiful Cappadocia at the end of the conference. You can also visit METU-GÜNAM’s R&D facilities for PV technologies (including the new pilot line) during the conference.

You can find the details of Registration ( and Abstract Submission ( on the conference website.

We kindly request from you to circulate the flyer about the conference to the national and international renewable energy/solar energy community that you have contacts.

Many thanks in advance for your kind considerations.

With my best regards”


Prof. Dr. Rasit TURAN

Conference Chairperson

Center for Solar Energy Research and Applications (GÜNAM)

Middle East Technical University (METU)

Phone: +90 312 210 7651




Mustafa Ünal, MSc-degreed GÜNAM researcher from ODTÜ Graduate School of Natural and Applied Sciences Micro and Nanotechnology Program, was awarded with “ODTÜ Thesis of the Year Award for 2016-2017 Academic Year” by Parlar Education and Research Foundation. Ünal took his award with his advisor, GÜNAM director Prof. Dr. Raşit Turan and co-advisor, Assoc. Prof. H. Emrah Ünalan, in a ceremony organized in ODTÜ Cultural and Convention Center.

The title of the study, which brought Ünal the award, is “Surface Texturing Study with Aluminum Induced Texturing Method on Soda-Lime Glass Substrates for Thin Film Solar Cells” (Advisor: Prof. Dr. Raşit Turan & Co-advisor: Assoc. Prof. H. Emrah Ünalan).

Congratulations to Dr. Hisham Nasser

Congratulations to Dr. Hisham Nasser for getting his project (ARDEB 1001) accepted by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey, TÜBİTAK:

“Amorphous Si- and Dopant-free Asymmetric Selective cSi Heterojunction (MoSiTix)”


GÜNAM researchers; Gülsen Baytemir, Fırat Es and Prof. Raşit Turan, have published a study titled “Radial junction solar cells prepared on single crystalline silicon wafers by metal-assisted etching” that can be seen on the cover page of the related volume/issue of Physica Status Solidi (RRL).

You can reach the article from the link below: