Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Seminar Series

Light Harvesting Nanostructures


Professor Maan Alkaisi


Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Time & Place

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:00:00 NZST in E14, Engineering Core block


The efficiency of most photonic-based structures and devices depend on how much light is interacting at the surfaces and within the structures. Light trapping and capture is therefore of significant importance in the manufacturing of efficient and high performance light energy capture devices. We have demonstrated that subwavelength structures with dimensions in order of 300-400 nm reduce reflections down to 5% over wide range of wavelengths from 300nm to 900nm. In addition, we have developed novel nano pyramid structures that can be transferred on glass to act as antireflective coatings and self-cleaning surfaces. I will present the principles of technologies used and outcome of this work. Potential applications will also be discussed.


Alkaisi is a principle investigator of the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology. He is a founding member of the MacDiarmid Institute one of New Zealand’s research of excellence centres. He holds a full Professor position at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Canterbury, Christchurch. He has published over 140 refereed scientific articles and holds two patents, has given a number of invited and keynote talks at national and international conferences. Dr. Alkaisi carried out his postgraduate studies in the UK where he received his PhD degree from Sheffield University in 1981 in Electronic Engineering. Prof. Alkaisi is a Member of the Royal Society of New Zealand (MRSNZ).