Prof. Zakya H. Kafafi
Distinguished Research Fellow
SPIE Involvement:
Conference Chair | Conference Program Committee | Symposium Chair | Track Chair | Editor | Author
Area of Expertise:
Materials Research , Organic Optoelectronics , Organic Light-Emitting Diodes , Organic Photovoltaics , Solid State Lighting , Nanoscience
Profile Summary

Dr. Kafafi was born in Cairo, Egypt. She received her Ph.D. from Rice University. She worked at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in Washington, DC where she led an interdisciplinary research team, and established a section on Organic Optoelectronics. Her work has been motivated by emerging technologies based on organic electronics and photonics. She moved to NSF when she was appointed the Director of the Division of Materials Research. Dr Kafafi was a Visiting Scholar/Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and, at Northwestern working with the groups of Chérie Kagan and Tobin Marks, respectively. She was the President of the Spectroscopic Associates, Inc. where she designed a cryogenic link that rotates and translates in vacuum for which she won an R&D (Research & Development) IR 100 Award. She received an NRL Edison Patent Award for inventing a simple two-step, cost-effective method to pattern conducting polymers for flexible optoelectronic devices. Since 2008 she served as Adjunct Professor and more recently as Distinguished Research Fellow in the ECE Department of Lehigh University where her research focused on Plasmonic Nanostructured Organic Photovoltaics. Dr. Kafafi is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the SPIE Journal of Photonics for Energy, and the Inaugural Deputy Editor of Science Advances. She serves on the Advisory Boards of the IEEE Photonics Journal and the Conference on Spin in Organic Semiconductors. She is the Chair of the MRS Award Nominations Subcommittee. She organizes and chairs the annual SPIE Symposium on Organic Photonics + Electronics, and the Conference on Organic, Hybrid, and Perovskites Photovoltaics (OHPVs). She is a member of Sigma Xi and ACS, and is a Fellow of AAAS, MRS, OSA and SPIE. Dr. Kafafi is a recipient of the Hillebrand Prize, the ACS Chemical Society of Washington’s highest honor, and the Kuwait Prize in Applied Sciences in the field of Renewable and Sustainable Energy.
Publications (50)

SPIE Journal Paper | 29 December 2020 Open Access
JPE, Vol. 10, Issue 04, 042001, (December 2020)
KEYWORDS: Solar cells, Renewable energy, Oxides, Solar energy, Cobalt, Vanadium, Photovoltaics, Photonics, Perovskite, Oxygen

SPIE Journal Paper | 14 April 2016 Open Access
JPE, Vol. 6, Issue 02, 020101, (April 2016)
KEYWORDS: Solar energy, Renewable energy, Solar cells, Photovoltaics, Education and training

SPIE Journal Paper | 2 March 2016 Open Access
JPE, Vol. 6, Issue 01, 010101, (March 2016)
KEYWORDS: Photonics, Solar cells, Light emitting diodes, Organic light emitting diodes, Solid state lighting, Solar energy, Education and training, Analytical research, Photocatalysis, Gallium nitride

SPIE Journal Paper | 12 October 2015 Open Access
JPE, Vol. 5, Issue 01, 050997, (October 2015)
KEYWORDS: Solar cells, Solar energy, Photonics, Organic light emitting diodes, Semiconductors, Electrons, Light emitting diodes, Silicon, Photons, Thin films

SPIE Journal Paper | 23 February 2015 Open Access
Beibei Zeng, Zakya Kafafi, Filbert Bartoli
JPE, Vol. 5, Issue 01, 059999, (February 2015)
KEYWORDS: Silver, Electrodes, Organic photovoltaics, Photonics, Nanoelectronics, Computer engineering, Solar energy, Absorption

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Proceedings Volume Editor (37)

SPIE Conference Volume | 21 September 2021

SPIE Conference Volume | 8 September 2020

SPIE Conference Volume | 4 November 2019

SPIE Conference Volume | 4 November 2019

SPIE Conference Volume | 24 October 2018

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Conference Committee Involvement (62)
Organic, Hybrid, and Perovskite Photovoltaics XXV
20 August 2024 | San Diego, California, United States
Organic Photonics + Electronics
18 August 2024 | San Diego, United States
Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE) 2024
7 April 2024 | Strasbourg, France
Organic, Hybrid, and Perovskite Photovoltaics XXIV
22 August 2023 | San Diego, California, United States
SPIE Organic Photonics + Electronics
20 August 2023 | San Diego, United States
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