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Erkan Şenses

Associate Director

Asst. Prof. Erkan Şenses

Koç University


Asst. Prof. Erkan Şenses received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Boğaziçi University in (Istanbul, Türkiye) and Master's degree in Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University (CA, USA). He received his PhD degree in Materials Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology (NJ, USA) and completed his postdoctoral training at NIST Center for Neutron Research & University of Maryland (MD, USA). He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Koç University (Istanbul, Turkey) and the head of the ‘Soft and Active Materials Lab’ since 2018. His research interests are in the fields of physics and applications of soft matter, specifically polymers, nanocomposites, lipid membranes; rheology; X-ray and neutron scattering.

Research Interests
Advanced Functional Polymers; Smart Nanocomposites and Membranes; Polymer Electrolytes for
Batteries; Lignocellulosic Nanomaterials and Adhesives



Ph.D. in Materials Engineering

Stevens Institute of Technology


M.Sc., Material Science and Engineering

Stanford University


B.Sc., Mechanical Engineering (with high honor)

Bogazici University

Professional Experience

01/2018 – Present

Assistant Professor
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Koç University

09/2015 – 12/2017

Postdoctoral Researcher

NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR) & Univ. of Maryland-College Park


Graduate Research Assistant

Stevens Institute of Technology

01/2008 – 09/2009

Graduate Research Assistant

Stanford University 

Honors & Awards


Outstanding Young Scientist Award 


Marie-Curie Individual Fellowship



The Whitney Award by Society of Plastics Engineers


Fulbright Scholarship


Rice and Cullimore Fellowship by American Society of Mechanical Engineers