Professor Enn Mellikov received a Scientific Award of the Republic of Estonia
Enn Mellikov is a member of Estonian Academy of Sciences and the Director of the Department of Materials Science in the Faculty of Chemical and Materials Technology. Recently he was rewarded a scientific award of the Republic of Estonia for his long-term successful research and development work.
The largest share of Enn Mellikov’s scientific research has been connected with material science of complicated semiconductor compounds. More precisely his research has been directed to the development of new materials that can transform efficiently solar energy into electrical energy. During the last decade, Mellikov’s laboratory has been virtually the only one in the world which has been researching methods to increase the efficiency of solar panels with the help of powder-like materials. The advantage of the technology that has been developed is the low price of the preparation process of materials and the simplicity of bearing under-panel structures of the material.
The technologies created by his laboratory have been patented more than 60 times. In 2002-2006 the Department leaded by professor Enn Mellikov was nominated as EU Centre of Excellence in Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, from 2007 Department belongs to the Solar Energy Centre of Excellence of Nordic Countries started operating. At the moment the Department of Materials Science belongs to two Estonian Centres of Excellence of Science. Mellikov is the member of the management board of the Estonian Academy of Sciences, of the Evaluation Committee of Estonian Science Agency. He represent Estonia in several Eu networks. More than ten master and PhD theses have been defended under his supervision. He is one of the founders of companies Crystalsol GmbH, Crystalsol OÜ and one of the professors on the joint master programme of Materials and processes of Sustainable Energetics.