Mahieddine Emziane

Mahieddine Emziane


Associate Professor - Materials Science and Engineering
Phone number: +971 2 810 9140
Dr. Mahieddine Emziane, a Chartered Scientist (CSci.), spent the past 15 years working in the area of semiconductor materials and devices with an emphasis on thin-film PV, TPV, CPV and tandem solar cells. Among the founding faculty at Masdar Institute, he joined in 2007 from Oxford University (UK), following which he spent one year as a Visiting Scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Emziane held appointments at the Universities of Sheffield, Liverpool and Durham in the UK, and as a Guest Scientist with Siemens in Germany.

Dr. Emziane is co-owner of three pending IP rights, one of which was licensed to industry. He is first author of over 60 peer-reviewed publications and technical reports out of nearly 100, and he delivered more than 60 conference contributions, invited talks and seminars. With an international perspective in terms of education, professional experience and network, he has active collaborations with partners worldwide.

Dr. Emziane received all his university degrees in Materials and Applied Physics in France and he is a regular reviewer for over 20 international journals and conferences. He is a member of several international professional organizations such as IoP, MRS, IEEE and others. He contributed to the review of one published book and he is a member of the scientific committees of a number of international conferences. He has also been a member of the Steering Committee of Masdar PV Company. 

Courses/Teaching interests:

  • Photovoltaic Technologies: Materials, Devices and Systems.
  • Introduction to the Structure and Properties of Materials
  • Thin-film Technology: Fabrication, Characterization and Applications
  • Electrical, Optical and Magnetic Properties of Materials
  • Advanced Functional Materials and Applications

Advisor to current Masdar Institute students:

  • Tuza Adeyemi Olukan


Research Interest/Research Projects

  • Materials, structures, devices and systems for solar energy conversion technologies including PV, TPV, CPV and multi-junction solar cells
  • Functional thin films and their applications in active and passive devices
  • Nanostructured materials and their applications in emerging technologies
  • Growth, processing, characterization and modeling of semiconductor materials, structures and devices

Ongoing research projects at Dr. Emziane’s Solar Energy Materials and Devices Laboratory:

  • Low-cost devices for thermophotovoltaics (joint with Oxford University, funded by the British Council)
  • Towards very high-performance thin-film PV cells: Designs and implementations (started jointly with MIT)
  • Design of low-cost and enhanced output double-junction GaAs/Ge devices for PV and CPV (accepted by NRF)
  • Optical and electrical characterization of semiconductors and thin films
  • A combined energy generation system based on concentrated and thermal photovoltaic devices
  • Multi-junction solar cell devices
  • Solar thermophotovoltaic systems
  • Flexible PV for the built environment in Masdar City (Collaboration with Korea)
  • Investigation of the properties of nanostructured materials
  • Luminescent solar concentrators
  • Concentrated solar systems: Towards full spectrum conversion
  • Testing of CPV systems under the real conditions of Abu Dhabi (collaboration with Japan)

Selected Publications 

  • Emziane M., "Tandem Solar Cells Involving III-V and IV Semiconductor Junctions", Proceedings the 35th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, June 2010, in press.  
  • Emziane M., "Two-junction GaAs/Ge cells with three terminals for PV and CPV applications", Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings, Vol. 1165 (2009) M08-13.
  • Emziane M., Nicholas R.J., Rogers D.C., Cannard P.J., "Investigation of InGaAsP-based solar cells for double-junction photovoltaic devices", Thin Solid Films, 516 (2008) 6744-6747.