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Call: +90 212 338 1449

Email: uaydemir@ku.edu.tr

Asst. Prof. Umut Aydemir

Director

Koç University

Asst. Prof. Umut Aydemir completed his Ph.D. in Chemistry at the Max Plack Institute for Chemical Physics in Solids, Dresden, Germany. He then continued his post-doctoral studies at the California Institute of Technology and Northwestern University for four years. Dr. Aydemir’s current research interests include the synthesis and characterization of new functional nano and bulk materials, band structure engineering of materials, investigation of electronic and thermal transport in solids, renewable and sustainable energy solutions, and enhancing energy efficiency.

Research Interests
Boron-Based High-Tech Materials, Thermoelectric Energy Harvesting and Cooling, Batteries, Catalysts, Hydrogen Storage Materials, Superconductors, Laser Crystals, Materials Displaying Unusual Properties

Education

  1. 2012

    Ph.D.

    Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids – Dresden University of Technology, Dresden, Germany
  2. 2006

    M.Sc., Materials Science and Engineering

    Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey
  3. 2004

    B.Sc., Chemistry and Physics (Double Major)

    Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey

Professional Experience

  1. 10/2019 – Present
    Director
    Koç University Boron and Advanced Materials Research Center, Turkey
  2. 08/2017 – Present
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Chemistry, Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey
  3. 08/2015–08/2017
    Research Associate
    Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University
  4. 05/2016 – 10/2016
    Research Advisor
    Department of Chemistry, Koç University
  5. 11/2013 – 08/2015
    Postdoctoral Scholar
    Department of Applied Physics & Materials Science, California Institute of Technology
  6. 2013 – 2014
    Research Advisor
    Department of Chemistry, Koç University
  7. 2012 – 2013
    Postdoctoral Researcher
    Department of Chemistry, Koç University
  8. 2006 – 2012
    Dr. rer. nat. (Doctorate of Science) in Chemistry (Magna Cum Laude, With Great Honor)
    Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids (MPI-CPfS) – Dresden University of Technology, Dresden, Germany
  9. 2004 – 2006
    M.Sc. in Materials Science and Engineering
    Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey. Thesis Advisor: Prof. Mehmet Somer
  10. 1998 – 2004
    B.Sc. in Chemistry and Physics (Double Major)
    Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey. Research Advisor: Prof. Mehmet Somer

Honors and Awards

  • 2019
    Outstanding Young Scientist Award in Chemistry
    TÜBA-GEBİP
  • 2018
    Science Academy’s Young Scientist Award
    BAGEP