Prof. dr. Saim Emin

Education and Professional Qualifications

Bachelor degree in chemistry from Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Bulgaria.

Master degree from Saitama University, Japan

PhD degree from Saitama University, Japan

Postdoc. at the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan

Marie Currie Fellow at the University of Nova Gorica (Individual grant)

Assistant Professor at the University of Nova Gorica

2019 –
Associate Professor at the University of Nova Gorica (permanent staff)

Area of research

My main area of research is in the field of nanotechnology related to renewable energy. Research on photo/electrocatalytic hydrogen production and waste water treatment. Supervision of PhD students Ms. Manel Machreki and Ms. Takwa Chouki. Participation in research projects related to photocatalysis, photovotaics which cover quantum-dot-sensitized solar cells and organic-inorganic perovskite solar cells.

Teaching experience

Teach the subject ''General and Inorganic Chemistry’' to undergraduate students at the School for Environmental Sciences, University of Nova Gorica (UNG). Teach the subject ''Chemistry’' to undergraduate’s students at the School of Sciences and at the School for Viticulture and Enology, UNG. Teach the subject ''Engineering Chemistry’' to bachelor students at the School of Engineering and Management, UNG. At master level teach the subject ''Instrumental Techniques in Environment’' at the School for Environmental Sciences, UNG. Active referee of Bachelor Diplomas and Master Theses.


Founder of European Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Association (ENNA). europenanoscience

Scholarships and awards

2004 – 2007
Monbukagakusho scholarship for master study, Japan

2007 – 2010
Scholarship for PhD study from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) scholarship, Japan

Best poster award at Nano Korea 2009

2012 – 2016
Marie-Currie Career Integration Grant (HETMAT, 322114), European Commission.

Visiting scientist:

  • Visiting researcher at TU Delft, The Netherlands (17.06.2012 – 26.06.2012; 26.02.2012 – 06.03.2013; 09.12.2013 – 19.12.2013; 23.03.2015 – 3.04.2015);
  • EPFL, Switzerland (15.04.2012 – 25.04.2013);
  • Yildirim Beyazit University, Turkey (13.04.2014 – 21.04.2014);
  • Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China (1.03.2017 – 14.03.2017;5.4.2018 – 18.4.2018; 23.9.2018 – 05.10.2018);
  • TU Wien, Austria (02.09.2018 – 07.09.2018).

Chairman at International conferences

1) International Workshop on Solar Energy Materials (ISBN 978-961-6311-86-1), 17-18th June 2014, University of Nova Gorica, Vipava, Slovenia (Chairman)
2) International Workshop on Nanoscience & Nanotechnologies, 27–28th May 2013, University of Mining and Geology, Sofia, Bulgaria
3) International Conference on Functional Nanomaterials and Nanodevices, 25-27 September 2017, Budapest, Hungary.  ISBN: 978-954-2987-31-4
4) International Conference on Functional Nanomaterials and Nanodevices, 3-5 September 2018, Vienna, Austria. ISSN: 2603-4239.
5) International Conference on Functional Nanomaterials and Nanodevices, 11.-13 September 2019, Prague, Czech Republic; ISSN: 2603-4239. (
6) International Conference on Chemical Physics and Materials Science, 8-10 July 2019, Istanbul, Turkey. (

Selected publications

1.) S. Emin*, M. de Respinis, M. Fanetti, W. Smith, M. Valant, B. Dam, A simple route for preparation of textured WO3 thin films from colloidal W nanoparticles and their photoelectrochemical water splitting properties, Appl. Catal. B: Environment 166-167 (2015) 406-412.
2.) S. Emin*, M. de Respini, T. Mavric, B. Dam, M. Valant, W. A. Smith, Photoelectrochemical water splitting with porous α-Fe2O3 thin films prepared from Fe/Fe-oxide nanoparticles, Appl. Catal. A 523 (2016) 130-138.
3.) S. Emin, E. Pavlica, H. Okuyucu, M. Valant, G. Bratina, Charge carrier transport in polycrystalline CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite thin films in a lateral direction characterized by time-of-flight photoconductivity, Mater. Chem. Phys. 220 (2018) 182-189.
4.) S. Emin, C. Altinkaya, A. Semerci, H. Okuyucu, A. Yildiz, P. Stefanov, Tungsten carbide electrocatalysts prepared from metallic tungsten nanoparticles for efficient hydrogen evolution, Appl. Catal. B 236 (2018) 147-153.