Ph. D. Chemistry, Northwestern University, 2006
M.S. Chemistry, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 2002
B. S. Chemistry, Boğaziçi University, 2000
UNAM-Institute of Materials Science and Nanotechnology
Bilkent, Ankara 06800
Phone: +90-312-290 3552
Fax: +90-312-266 4365
Bioinspired and biomimetic materials, functional materials, biomaterials, self-assembled supramolecular systems, smart coatings for surface science, regenerative medicine, catalytic nanostructures, and materials for renewable energy.
Our research is based on discoveries at the interface of chemistry, biology, and materials science. We study concepts of making materials which mimic the structure and function of the biological materials through programmed self-assembly of small molecules. The self-assembly mechanism that forms the supramolecular aggregates involves non-covalent interactions such as hydrogen bonds, electrostatic and hydrophobic interactions. Diverse functional groups are incorporated into nanostructures, for example bioactive peptide sequences and metal chelating groups as well as hydrophobic motifs that include alkyl chains, steroid rings, and aromatic systems. The potential impact of these nanostructures on biomaterials, regenerative medicine, drug delivery, bio-imaging, catalytic systems and photovoltaics is being studied.