dr. C. Acar (Canan)

Assistant Professor

About Me

I have a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering (2016) from the Ontario Tech University. For my MSc in Chemical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology (2010), I developed complex metal hydride-based hydrogen storage systems. From 2010 to 2012, I focused on waste management and worked as a sustainability consultant in Chicago. During my Ph.D. (2012-2016), I developed a hybrid photoelectrochemical hydrogen production system that generates heat, electricity, chlorine, and clean water. My Ph.D. thesis received the Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award and Governor-General of Canada’s Gold Medal for Academic Excellence. After my Ph.D., I worked as an Assistant Professor of Energy Systems Engineering at Bahcesehir University. I obtained the Outstanding Young Scientist (Turkish Academy of Sciences, 2018) and Outstanding Young Researcher (Turkish National Hydrogen Technologies Association, 2019) awards. With “Smart energy solutions with hydrogen options,” I received the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy (IJHE)’s Zong Qiang Mao Award for the most cited paper in Hydrogen Applications (2018). In 2021, I became a Tenure Track Assistant Professor at the University of Twente. My research focus is the integration of renewable-based hydrogen energy systems in the built environment.


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 and for mobile and stationary applications
  • Sustainable, alternative, and renewable energy systems and technologies
  • 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. (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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Courses Academic Year  2022/2023

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Courses Academic Year  2021/2022

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University of Twente
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Horst Complex (building no. 20), room N248
De Horst 2
7522LW  Enschede
The Netherlands

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University of Twente
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Horst Complex  N248
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands