Ceren Y─▒lmaz Akkaya, Ph.D., Researcher

Ceren Y─▒lmaz Akkaya received her B.Sc. degrees in Chemistry and Molecular Biology & Genetics at Bo─čaziçi University in 2008. She completed her M.Sc. and Ph.D. studies at Koç University in Materials Science & Engineering program in 2010 and 2014, respectively. During her M.Sc., she focused on synthesis and characterization of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles, luminescent CdS/CdTe quantum dots (QDs), layered double hydroxides and their hybrids for biological applications in Polymers & Nanoparticles Research Group. Her doctoral work concentrated on synthesis and characterization of semiconductor metal oxides electrodes for solar energy - electricity conversion and photoelectrochemical water splitting in Advanced Ceramics Laboratory. Her post-doctoral research efforts cover development of luminescent perovskite oxide nanosheets. Since October 2016, she has been working at KUYTAM as a researcher. Her research interests cover development of functional materials for clean energy and environment applications.


I┼č─▒nsu Baylam, Ph.D., Researcher

I┼č─▒nsu Baylam received her BS degree in Physics from Bilkent University in 2010, MS and PhD degrees in Physics from Koç University in 2012 and in 2017. During her PhD, she focused on graphene-based supercapacitor devices and their application to mode locking of solid-state lasers. Her research interests include femtosecond lasers, solid-state lasers in the near and mid-infrared region, ultrafast spectroscopy, nonlinear optics, and biomedical applications of lasers.


Amir Motallebzadeh, Ph.D., Researcher

Amir Motallebzadeh received his Ph.D. in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering from Istanbul Technical University in 2015. During his Ph.D., he studied microstructural characterization and mechanical properties of hardfacing coatings at high temperatures. In 2016, he joined Koç University Surface Science and Technology Center (KUYTAM) as a researcher. His research activities focus mainly on metallic and ceramic thin films, magnetron sputtering, high-entropy alloys, hardfacing alloys, surface characterization methods, mechanical properties of coatings and tribology.

Alphan Sennaro─člu, Director

Alphan Sennaro─člu  is a professor in the Departments of Physics and Electrical-Electronics Engineering at Koç University. He received his BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University in 1988, 1990, and 1994, respectively. He founded the Koç University Laser Research Laboratory in 1994 and has led its research activities in the areas of infrared solid-state lasers, ultrafast lasers, and spectroscopy. He was a visiting researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology during the 2002-2003 and 2009-2010 academic years. He served as the Program Chair of eight international conferences on Solid-State Lasers between 2004 and 2015. His book Photonics and Laser Engineering: Principles, Devices and Applications was published by McGraw-Hill in 2010. Alphan Sennaro─člu is the recipient of the 2013 TÜB─░TAK Science Award and is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America. Since 2015, he has been serving as the Director of KUYTAM, Koç University Surface Science and Technology Center.  



Gülsu ┼×im┼ček, Ph.D., Researcher

Gülsu ┼×im┼ček received her PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from Istanbul Technical University in 2011. She worked in a postdoc project focused on the characterization of Böttger stoneware supervised by the Art Institute of Chicago and Northwestern University between 2011-2012. Afterwards, she worked in a second postdoc project about the characterization of Qalhat ceramics in the laboratory of MONARIS (formerly LADIR) University of Paris VI. Prior to joining KUYTAM in June 2016, she worked in the Central and Regional Laboratory of Restoration and Conservation in Istanbul.  Her field of expertise covers the characterization of cultural heritage materials, such as gilded silver wires embroidered in textiles, Ottoman tiles, Meissen proto-porcelain, red stonewares, Chinese ceramics, glass beads, and pigments of Osman Hamdi Bey's paintings with SEM-EDS, XRF, Raman spectroscopy, FTIR and LA ICP-MS.



Alper Uzun, Associate Director


Alper Uzun is an Associate Professor in the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department at Koç University. He received his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Davis in 2009. He then moved to UC Berkeley for a post-doctoral appointment. Afterwards he worked in the industry as an R&D Engineering at the Bartlesville Technology Center of ConocoPhillips (Phillips 66) before joining Koç University in 2012.
His research mainly focuses on developing solutions for future energy problems. His group works on elucidating the structure-performance relationships in heterogeneous catalysts for converting low-valued hydrocarbons into valuable fuels and in porous materials for the storage and separation of gasses. 




U─čur Ünal, Associate Director

U─čur Ünal is an Associate Professor in the Chemistry Department at Koç University.
He received his PhD in Applied Chemistry and Biochemistry from the Kumamoto University 2004.

His research interests are Inorganic Chemistry, Advanced Ceramics Processing, Synthesis and Applications of Nano size inorganic materials, Functional inorganic Layered Materials,  Electrochemical, Photochemical Applications of Inorganic Materials (Solar Cells, Water Splitting, Photocatalytic Applications, Nano Cells).



M. Bar─▒┼č Ya─čc─▒, Ph.D., Center Coordinator

M. Bar─▒┼č Ya─čc─▒ received his Ph.D. program in the Department of Materials and Interface Chemistry at the Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands. His Ph.D. project focused on the synthesis and characterization of antimicrobial surface coatings. He worked at a start-up R&D company "Am Coatings", The Netherlands in 2011 as researcher. Since March 2012, he has been working at KUYTAM as the center coordinator and senior scientist.

His research interests are free radical, controlled and condensation polymerization techniques, organic/inorganic materials and surface characterization, polyesters, polyurethanes, polyacrylates, ionic liquids, lubricants (mineral engine oils), and antibacterial coatings.