Deputy Director

director imageMikael Syväjärvi has an entrepreneurial research focus and explores advanced materials concepts. He is active with several spin off companies. He is very active to promote regional and national growth in advanced materials by the translation from research to industry and market.

Mikael Syväjärvi received his MSc degree in Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering 1995, and PhD in Materials Science 1999. His research area is in energy materials and devices. His growth experience is in liquid phase epitaxy, seeded sublimation bulk growth and sublimation epitaxy of silicon carbide, as well as graphene and carbon allotropes on silicon carbide. The aim of the materials is for optoelectronics in white LEDs, highly efficient and high temperature photovoltaics, thermoelectrics, hydrogen generation by solar driven water splitting, as well as sensors and biofuels cells. Mikael Syväjärvi has an entrepreneurial research profile in commercialization of materials and has founded spin off companies based on growth methods developed in relation to his research interest.

The present activities are focused on growth of fluorescent silicon carbide for white light emitting diodes in general lighting, cubic silicon carbide as potential solar cell material and for hydrogen generation by water splitting, bulk growth of cubic silicon carbide, and carbon allotropes on silicon carbide for new electrode functions for energy applications.

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