People

Assoc Prof Dr Mustafa Kemal Bayazıt, PI

                                            Dr Sara Hooshmand, PostDoc Researcher

Sara Hooshmand is a postdoctoral researcher in Nanotechnology Research and Application Center (SUNUM), Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey. She has obtained both her MSc and PhD in Analytical Chemistry and has been working on the development of various modified green and chemical nanosorbents and bioelectro-nanosensors for detection and quantification of trace amounts of anticancer drugs in biological samples using novel microextraction techniques. She has also worked on evaluating the protective effects of different plant extracts in rat models of hepatocellular carcinoma and type-2 diabetes during her first postdoc in Pharmacological Research Center of Medicinal Plants, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran. Currently, her research interests include nanosensors, sol-gel based optical sensors, microextraction techniques, nanobioactive glasses, herbonanoceuticals, drug-delivery, cancer therapy and animal model research.

Selected articles:
1) Hooshmand, S., Mahdinezhad, M.R., Taraz Jamshidi, S., Soukhtanloo, M., Mirzavi, F., Iranshahi, M., Hasanpour, M. and Ghorbani, A., 2021. Morus nigra L. extract prolongs survival of rats with hepatocellular carcinoma. Phytotherapy Research. https://doi.org/10.1002/ptr.7056

2) Hooshmand, S., Mollazadeh, S., Akrami, N., Ghanad, M., El-Fiqi, A., Baino, F., Nazarnezhad, S. and Kargozar, S., 2021. Mesoporous Silica Nanoparticles and Mesoporous Bioactive Glasses for Wound Management: From Skin Regeneration to Cancer Therapy. Materials, 14(12), p.3337. https://doi.org/10.3390/ma14123337

3) Hooshmand, S., Kargozar, S., Ghorbani, A., Darroudi, M., Keshavarz, M., Baino, F. and Kim, H.W., 2020. Biomedical waste management by using nanophotocatalysts: The need for new options. Materials, 13(16), p.3511. https://doi.org/10.3390/ma13163511

                                                     Dr Refik Arat, PostDoc Researcher

Refik Arat is a postdoctoral researcher at SUNUM. He is a chemist who holds a PhD degree in Chemistry from Istanbul Technical University. Previously, he conducted 1-year postdoctoral research at Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology in Germany with a TUBITAK-2219 grant. He also worked as a research assistant at Istanbul Kültür University between 2010-2019. He studies the preparation of transparent and conductive thin films containing graphene and silver nanowires for optoelectronic and photovoltaic applications; synthesis of phase change materials and magnetic nanoparticles and, their polymeric nanoweb composites fabrication via electrospinning technique for novel thermal energy storage materials and magnetic hyperthermia on cancer therapy, respectively; silica aerogel synthesis by sol-gel processing and polymer/aerogel nanocomposites production via electrospinning technique for thermal protective clothing; hydrogel synthesis and drug delivery systems; nano clay surface modification for improving compatibility in polymeric matrices and increase thermal and mechanical properties of polymer nanocomposites.

Selected articles;

[1] Arat, R., Jia, G., Dellith, J., Dellith, A., Plentz, J. (2021) “Solution processed transparent conductive hybrid thin films based on silver nanowires, zinc oxide and graphene” Materials Today Communications, 26, 102162. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mtcomm.2021.102162

[2] Arat, R., Jia, G., Plentz, J. (2021) “Low temperature chemical treatment of graphene films made by double self-assembly process to improve sheet resistance” Diamond & Related Materials, 111, 108218. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.diamond.2020.108218

[3] Arat, R., Baskan, H., Ozcan, G., Altay, P. (2020) “Hydrophobic silica-aerogel integrated polyacrylonitrile nanofibers” Journal of Industrial Textiles. https://doi.org/10.1177/1528083720939670.

                                             Dr Oğuz Bayındır, PostDoc Researcher

Oğuz Bayındır completed his primary and secondary education from Erzurum. He has graduated from Atatürk University, Faculty of Science, Department of Chemistry in 2005, which he entered with his 1st choice in 2001. He has completed his non-thesis master’s education in the Department of Science and Mathematics Education in 2007 at the Institute of Science, and his doctorate in Analytical Chemistry in 2017 from the same Institue. He has done his first postdoctoral research studies in 2019-2020 with the support of TÜBTAK 2218 program. Currently, he is working as a second posdoc in TÜBİTAK-2232 Project with the titled “Research-to-Adoption of Next Generation Li-ion Batteries for Electric Vehicle Applications” at the TUBITAK Gebze Campus, Institute of Rail Transportation Technologies (RUTE). He focuses on the topic of “Synthesis and Investigation of the Properties and Cell Applications of MoS2 Nanoparticles”, “Synthesis of Monolayer and 2D Hexagonal Boron Nitride and Its Use in Lithium-Ion Batteries”, “Development of Physically Oriented Anode and Cathode Materials for Use in Lithium-Ion Batteries”, “Preparation of Guided Forms of Reduced Graphene Oxide Composites and Investigation of Electrochemical Biosensor Properties”. He can use potentiostat/Galvanostat, STM/AFM, SEM, UV-Vis, FT-IR and XRD devices as well as computer aided analyzers at a good level. He has an intermediate level of English and develops with the support of technological devices. He is interested in nanoscience, electrochemistry, carbon-based and 2D materials, batteries, composites, biosensors and electromagnetic radiation. It aims to contribute to the R&D studies on advanced technological market products.
Selected articles:
[1] O. Bayındır, I. H. Sohel, M. Erol, Ö. Duygulu and M. N. Ateş, “Controlling the Crystallographic
Orientation of Graphite Electrodes for Fast Charge Li-ion Batteries”, ACS Applied Materials &
Interfaces, 2021, PP(XXXX,): XXX-XXX, doi: 10.1021/acsami.1c19735.
[2] O. Bayındır & M. Alanyalıoğlu, “Azure B Nanocomposites of Chemically and Electrochemically
Produced Graphene Oxide: Comparison of Amperometric Sensor Performance for NADH”, IEEE
Sensors Journal, 2018, PP(99):1-13, doi: 10.1109/JSEN.2018.2879651.
[3] O. Bayındır & M. Alanyalıoğlu, “Formation Mechanism of Polymeric Thin Films of Azure B on
Gold Electrodes”, ChemistrySelect, 2018, 3, 2167-2173, doi: 10.1002/slct.201702699.
[4] E. Erçarıkcı, O. Bayındır & M. Alanyalıoğlu, “Amperometric Quantification of NADH Based on
Graphene/Methylene Blue Nanocomposite Thin Films on Au(111)”, Polymer Composites, 2017, 38, E118-E127, doi: 10.1002/pc.24021.

Tuçe Fidan, MSc Student

She is a graduate student in Material Science & Nanoengineering at Sabancı University, Istanbul. She graduated from the Department of Materials Science and Nanotechnology Engineering, TOBB University of Economics and Technology. She aims to get knowledge about not only her research but also multiple areas and to combine them in a proper way.   She is currently working on the synthesis, characterization, and surface functionalization of graphitic carbon nitride. Current Project: Surface modification of graphitic carbon nitride for photocatalytic hydrogen production

[1] Tuçe Fidan, Milad Torabfam, Qandeel Saleem, Chao Wang, Hasan Kurt, Meral Yüce,
Junwang Tang, and Mustafa Kemal Bayazit, Adv. Energy Sustainability Res. 2021, 2, 2000073. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1002/aesr.202000073

[2] Qandeel Saleem, Milad Torabfam, Tuçe Fidan, Hasan Kurt, Meral Yüce, Nigel Clarke, and Mustafa Kemal Bayazit, ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2021, 9, 30, 9988–10015. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acssuschemeng.1c02695

Qandeel Saleem, MSc Student

She is a graduate student in Material Science & Nanoengineering at Sabanci University, Istanbul. She is a Metallurgical Engineer with a B.E from NEDUET, Pakistan. With prior experience in inorganic materials and a keen interest in nanoparticle synthesis, she is currently working in the domain of microwave-assisted continuous flow synthesis of nanocomposites. She is an avid reader and a proficient writer. Current Project: Continuous Composite Manufacturing by a microwave-powered fluidic reactor (FluCoM)

[1] Qandeel Saleem, Milad Torabfam, Tuçe Fidan, Hasan Kurt, Meral Yüce, Nigel Clarke, and Mustafa Kemal Bayazit, ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2021, 9, 30, 9988–10015. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acssuschemeng.1c02695

[2] Tuçe Fidan, Milad Torabfam, Qandeel Saleem, Chao Wang, Hasan Kurt, Meral Yüce,
Junwang Tang, and Mustafa Kemal Bayazit, Adv. Energy Sustainability Res. 2021, 2, 2000073. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1002/aesr.202000073

Pelin Duru, MSc Student

I graduated from the Department of Chemical Engineering, Middle East Technical University. While studying chemical engineering, I took courses on polymers to start my materials science journey. I am currently a graduate student in the Department of Materials Science & Nano Engineering at Sabancı University. I aim to bring an approach from the chemical engineers’ point of view to my studies in the field of materials sciences and nanoengineering. Current Project: Continuous Composite Manufacturing by a Microwave-Powered Fluidic Reactor (FluCoM)

Milad Torabfam, PhD Student

He finished his Master in Chemical Engineering, Food Processing. My main focus had been on the green synthesis of noble nanoparticles which resulted in the publication of some ISI papers and attending international congresses. I am studying for a PhD in the engineering field, especially, nanotechnology and biotechnology. Nanoscience is my most favourite field because I believe that it’s one of the basic fields in Engineering and one can’t progress without knowing it. Current Project: Continuous Composite Manufacturing by a microwave-powered fluidic reactor (FluCoM)

[1] Tuçe Fidan, Milad Torabfam, Qandeel Saleem, Chao Wang, Hasan Kurt, Meral Yüce,
Junwang Tang, and Mustafa Kemal Bayazit, Adv. Energy Sustainability Res. 2021, 2, 2000073. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1002/aesr.202000073

[2] Qandeel Saleem, Milad Torabfam, Tuçe Fidan, Hasan Kurt, Meral Yüce, Nigel Clarke, and Mustafa Kemal Bayazit, ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2021, 9, 30, 9988–10015. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acssuschemeng.1c02695

Kamal Asadipakdel, Co-supervised MSc Student

                                                           Cem Meriç, MSc Student

I am a master’s student at Sabancı University, Department of Material Science & Nanoengineering. I have my bachelor’s degree from İstanbul Technical University, Department of Food Engineering. In my undergraduate thesis, I studied the oxygen permeabilities of polymer films for food packaging and the response of oxygen permeability to temperature. My thesis subject led me to develop more interest in material science. My aim is to improve my knowledge and gain more research areas in material science. I am currently working on polymer grafted carbon nanomaterials for protein crystallization.

                                                             Sıla Öztürk, TÜBİTAK STAR

I am a sophomore student metallurgical and materials engineering undergraduate at Istanbul Technical University. I am a scholarship student of Tubitak Star program. In the project, I am working on the development of graphitic carbon nitride supported nanomaterials. My aim is to increase my knowledge in the field of materials and to determine my areas of interest specifically.

                                                         Menduha Ece Öz, TÜBİTAK STAR

I am a student at İstanbul Technical University, Department of Meteorological engineering. I am working on a rocket team at my university within the faculty of Aeronautics and Astronautics. My main focus on team is materials used in rocket science. I have been researching and studying on composite used in aviation, space and defense fields. My aim is to pursue Master’s degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics engineering related with materials science and integrate it into nanotechnology and use advanced materials science applications in these disciplines.

                                                            Çağdaş Akşit, TÜBİTAK STAR

I am a senior Materials Science and Nano-Engineering student with having a double minor in Chemistry and Energy, who is looking into alternative and more sustainable solutions for conventional engineering systems and manufacturing methods. My professional background comprises a variety of research projects and teaching-learning experiences which provide a day-by-day developing sense in the materials science research area. I aim to pursue a Master’s Degree related to materials science, advanced materials applications, nano-chemistry and sustainable development. Current Project: Continuous Composite Manufacturing by a Microwave-Powered Fluidic Reactor (FluCoM).

                                                               Enes Kök, TÜBİTAK STAR

I am a senior student at Istanbul Technical University Department of Materials Science and Engineering. During my undergraduate period, I worked on studies about the manufacturing and characterization of advanced technological materials for engineering applications. I also have a great interest in solid-state physics, nanotechnology and the history of science. I have done projects on the development of superalloys, especially for the aerospace industry, and the design of polymer matrix carbon fiber-reinforced composites for aircraft structures. I am also conducting a project on the applications of ceramic nanoparticle reinforced composites for use in automotive engines in my undergraduate project. I’ve been very interested in nanomaterials lately. For this reason, I have joined TUBITAK-supported projects about polymeric nanofiber composites fabrication via electrospinning technique for novel sensor applications and PCL/Ag composite nanoparticles synthesis through the micro-wave system to gain experience and improve myself in the field of nanomaterials at Sabancı University. I am aiming to complete my master’s degree in materials science and pursue a career in advanced materials applications.

Former Group Members

  1. Dr. Mona Nejatpour – PostDoc Researcher (05/11/2020-31/12/2021)
  2. MERVE CANBOLAT – Program For Undergraduate Research – Gebze Technical University
  3. PINAR POÇAN – Program For Undergraduate Research – Middle East Technical University
  4. FAIQA DAWOOD – Program For Undergraduate Research – Sabancı University
  5. LAUREN MOORE – Program For Undergraduate Research – Imperial College London
  6. SELEN EZGİ CANKURTARAN – Program For Undergraduate Research – Sabancı University
  7. RUKİYE-AYSHE EGELİ – Program For Undergraduate Research – Sabancı University