dr. C. Acar (Canan)

Assistant Professor

About Me

I have a background in Chemical-Mechanical Engineering, specializing in integrated hydrogen energy systems. With my Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Ontario Tech University and an MSc in Chemical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology, my journey has been marked by a commitment to advancing sustainable energy solutions.

My research transcends traditional boundaries, focusing on the circularity and sustainability of energy systems, emphasizing the pivotal role hydrogen can play in our sustainable future. Utilizing the principles of the second law of thermodynamics, I have been dedicated to uncovering optimized decarbonization pathways tailored for various end-user applications. This unique approach has contributed to the theoretical understanding of energy systems and practical, real-world applications that pave the way for a sustainable, low-carbon future.

My work has been recognized with several prestigious awards, including the Governor-General of Canada's Gold Medal for Academic Excellence and the Outstanding Young Scientist Award from the Turkish Academy of Sciences. I have continued pushing the boundaries of hydrogen energy knowledge, receiving accolades like the Zong Qiang Mao Award from the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy.

In my current role, I am not just imparting knowledge but actively shaping the next generation of energy solutions. Through my research and teaching, I aim to inspire a new wave of innovation in sustainable energy, contributing to a world where energy efficiency and environmental responsibility go hand in hand.


Engineering & Materials Science
Hydrogen Production
Sustainable Development
Physics & Astronomy
Hydrogen Production


My research interests are:

  • Hydrogen energy
    • Renewable energy-based hydrogen production methods
    • Hydrogen fuel for mobile and stationary applications
  • Alternative and renewable energy systems and technologies
  • Sustainable and circular energy systems
  • Thermodynamic analysis of integrated energy systems
  • Energy management


Acar, C., Erturk, E., & Firtina-Ertis, I. (2023). Performance analysis of a stand-alone integrated solar hydrogen energy system for zero energy buildings. International journal of hydrogen energy, 48(5), 1664-1684. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhydene.2022.10.051
Acar, C., & Dincer, I. (2022). Selection criteria and ranking for sustainable hydrogen production options. International journal of hydrogen energy, 47(95), 40118-40137. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhydene.2022.07.137
Acar, C., Dincer, I., & Mujumdar, A. (2022). A comprehensive review of recent advances in renewable-based drying technologies for a sustainable future. Drying Technology, 40(6), 1029-1050. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/07373937.2020.1848858
Acar, C., & Dincer, I. (2021). Investigation of a new integrated system for multiple outputs with hydrogen and methanol. International journal of hydrogen energy, 46(6), 4699-4715. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhydene.2020.02.167
Acar, C. (2020). Solar Hydrogen’s Role for a Sustainable Future. In T. S. Uyar (Ed.), Accelerating the Transition to a 100% Renewable Energy Era (pp. 309-331). (Lecture Notes in Energy). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-40738-4_14

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Faculty of Engineering Technology
Horst Complex (building no. 20), room N248
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7522LW  Enschede
The Netherlands

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