Dr. Emrah Kalemci

Sabanci University

Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Orhanli-Tuzla, 34956, Istanbul, TURKEY
Phone: +90 (216) 483 9614
Fax: +90 (216) 483 9550

E-mail: ekalemci@sabanciuniv.edu

My political window….

Disclaimer: The ideas and information presented in my political window reflect my own personal beliefs and have not been endorsed or controlled by my employer, Sabanci University…

In fear mode… YET,

Melih Bulu did not have the academic background and appreciation of the Bogazici University culture to be the president, and I am glad that he left, I congratulate THE PROTESTING BOGAZICI UNIVERSITY STUDENTS and ACADEMICS! It is still not over until the president respects Bogazici University’s list and appoint the best that represent this culture.


I am a member of the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Sabanci University. Previously, I was a post-doctoral researcher at the Space Sciences Laboratory at Berkeley. I got my PhD at UCSD, Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences. You may obtain a copy of my dissertation from the publications list.

My current research activities are concentrated on two topics; high energy astrophysics instrumentation and observational studies of Galactic black holes. More information on my research can be found in the links below.

At Sabanci, I teach NS 101 (Science of Nature), graduate and undergraduate Statistical Physics, graduate Classical Mechanics, Inside the Milky Way, and Beyond the Milky Way classes. Last few years I enjoyed teaching a new class named “Introduction to Space Technology”.

I am also involved with public outreach efforts for astronomy, high energy astrophysics and astrophysical instrumentation. These include talks given at universities, high schools and kindergartens, and articles published at popular scientific magazines, such as Bilim ve Teknik and Bilim ve Utopya. Some of the talks and articles can be retrieved from my publications list.

Curriculum Vitae.

Publications list.

iXRD on SharjahSAT, a 3U Cubesat

Currently working on an improved design on XRD, with a larger detector, a collimator, 2 board design system. It will observe very bright X-ray sources. Motherboard tests are in progress. Initial mechanical design completed. Project is in PDR stage.

XRD on BeEagleSAT, a 2U Cubesat

Here is the XRD on BeEagleSat. XRD is an orthogonal strip CdZnTe based small X-ray detector that fits into 10cm x 10cm board along with its readout and electrical power system. The XRD has been launched on BeEagleSAT from the ISS as part of the QB50 mission in May 2017. The mission deorbited in 2019.



















Active Projects

I have been awarded 2 new TUBITAK projects, 1001 and 1003. Page will be updated soon.

TUBITAK 1001 Project:

A Multifaceted Approach to Understand Emission Properties and the Geometry of Black Hole Binary Systems

April 2016-2018

Budget: ~ 30k$

Click here for more information.




TUBITAK Incentive Award

I am one of the recipients of the 2010 TUBITAK Incentive award given to researchers in Turkey under 40. This is the highest award given to young researchers by Tubitak in Turkey.

For more info (in Turkish)…


I have been one of the recipients of the Turkish Academy of Sciences (TUBA) Young Scientist Award (GEBIP) for the year 2007. The TUBA-GEBIP Programme was started in February 2001 with the objective to provide support to young scientists (under 37 years of age) of outstanding performance in a critical phase in their career as independent investigators. The GEBIP project will support high energy astrophysics instrumentation efforts in Turkey.

Past projects:

FP7 PEOPLE Initial Training Network


Sabancı University has been a partner of the Initial Training Network Project “Black Hole Universe“. A PhD student worked under my supervision on multiwavelength observations of black holes. The total project budget was 2,5 Million Euros. The project ended in 2013 with great success.



ASTRONS was an FP6 Transfer of Knowledge program led by Dr. Ali Alpar of Sabancı University. I coordinated efforts on high energy astrophysical instrumentation related to this project. I have visited University of Leicester and DTU-Space in Copenhagen, and several distinguished scientists visited Sabancı to help build an instrumentation lab here. The total project budget was 1,1 Million Euros. The project ended successfully in 2010.




I was awarded with the European Comission’s Marie Curie International Reintegration Grant (FP6) to work mainly on INTEGRAL data analysis at Sabanci University between 2005-2007. The Grant is titled Data Mining with the INTEGRAL Observatory, or INDAM. The project has finished. Please click here to obtain more information, publications and talks under the program.