-Selmiye Gürsel Alkan
-M. Kadri Aydınol
-Tugrul Cetinkaya
-Babu Chalamala
-Duncan Paul Fagg

-Y. Eren Kalay
-Kahraman Keskinbora
-Alexander Karl Opitz
-Cengiz Ozkan
-Saim Ozkar
-Burak Ulgut


Professor Selmiye Gürsel Alkan
Sabancı University

Fundamentals & Advances in PEM Fuel Cells’

Fuel Cells are one of a variety of electrochemical power sources but are more precisely devices designed to convert chemical energy directly to electrical energy. In this lecture, the comparison of fuel cells with batteries, a brief history of fuel cells, fuel cell types, applications of fuel cells, polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (PEMFC), chemistry & thermodynamics of fuel cells, performance & polarization characteristics, fuel cell components (electrolyte, membrane, catalyst layer, GDL) and new materials & new approaches for PEMFC will be presented.

Selmiye Alkan Gürsel received BSc, MSc and PhD degrees from the Middle East Technical University Department of Chemistry and, as part of her doctoral studies, she carried out research on electrochromic polymers at the University of Florida (USA). She conducted post-doctoral studies on fuel cells in the General Energy Department of Paul Scherrer Institute. She has been working as a faculty member in the Materials Science and Nano Engineering Program at Sabanci University since 2008. She is directing and participating various international and national projects on fuel cells, polymer membranes, graphene, lithium-ion batteries, lithium -air batteries, electrolyzers. She participated in Graphene Flagship Project, in FP7 (Graphene-Driven Revolutions in ICT and Beyond) and Horizon 2020 (Graphene- Based Disruptive Technologies) phases as the primary investigator, scientific representative of the work package on fuel cells and national contact point from Turkey. She was awarded by L’Oreal Young Woman in Science Scholarship 2010, METU Prof. Dr. Mustafa N. PARLAR Research Incentive Award 2012, Science Academy -Young Academics Prize Scholarships (BAGEP) 2013. She received “Academic Prize” in the inaugural Women Energizing Turkey Awards endowed by the Turkish Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources in 2018. She is currently Vice-Dean of Research at Sabanci University Faculty of Engineering & Natural Sciences.


Professor  Kadri Aydınol
Middle East Technical University

Battery research in relation to plant-scale  manufacturing

Lithium ion batteries. Cell types and components; acitve materials, additives, binders, electrolytes, separators, current collectors and battery casing. Battery processing and equipment; slurry mixing, coating, calendering, electrode cutting, winding/stacking, electrolyte filling and cell closing. Critically important process parameters. 

Kadri Aydınol is a professor in the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering at Middle East Technical University (METU). He received his PhD in Metallurgical Engineering in 1994 at METU. He then joined Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, as a post-doc, working in the field of Li-ion battery research. Having  returned to METU in 1998,  he has led a research group with accumulated  experience on processing,  structural and electrochemical characterization of active materials used in lead-acid, nickel-metal hydride, lithium-ion, silver-zinc, zinc-air batteries,  together with an experience in industrial cell making processes.


Dr. Tugrul Cetinkaya
Sakarya University

Li-ion Batteries- an Overview

Lithium-ion batteries have become the most important battery technology from portable devices to electric vehicles globally due to their high volumetric and specific energy densities. In this lecture, the working mechanisms, components, characterization techniques and degradation mechanisms of lithium-ion batteries will be presented. New generation lithium-ion batteries will be covered in terms of the new anodes, cathodes, and electrolytes, and post-lithium-ion battery technology will be discussed in relation to future battery needs.

Dr. Tugrul Cetinkaya obtained his PhD (2015) in Metallurgy and Materials Engineering from Sakarya University. He was a postdoc for a year in 2017 at the National Graphene Institute at the University of Manchester, before joining Sakarya University where he is currently an associate Professor. He has been principal investigator and co-investigator in international and national projects funded by EC-FP7, Era-Net, EIG-Concert Japan, and TUBITAK. Dr. Cetinkaya authored more than 60 peer-reviewed scientific papers focusing on novel nanocomposite electrodes using 2D materials, liquid and polymer electrolytes, and scalable performance of nanocomposite electrodes for electrochemical energy storage devices.


Dr. Babu Chalamala
Sandia National Laboratory

“Emerging eT&D  Grids: Energy Storage, Electrification, and Modernization of Electricity Infrastructure”  

Electric grid today, Major trends: Growth of natural gas and renewable generation, Growth of renewables and  cost reductions. Additional Ttends: Electrification of transportation fleet, Distributed generation trend, Countries driving major policies for clean energy. Disruptions at the grid rdge, Are we at the cusp of a major transformation, Energy transition cycles are long (50 year cycles), Evolution of the grid, Increasing role of power electronics in electricity infrastructure, Role of energy storage in the grid, Energy storage in the grid today, Energy storage system needs and applications, Rechargeable battery Technologies.

Energy storage is not just batteries, Advances in high performance rechargeable batteries, Power electronics R&D needs,  Power electronics and power converters, Modular power conversion systems, Resilient power electronic infrastructure, Power electronics and energy storage,  Electronic T&D grids are communications Intensive, Need for modernized communications, Security of eT&D grids, Grid R&D needs.

Dr. Babu Chalamala is  Manager of the Energy Storage Technology and Systems Department at  Sandia National Laboratory,. Prior to joining Sandia in August 2015, he was a Corporate Fellow at SunEdison (formerly MEMC Electronic Materials) for five years, where he led R&D and product development in grid scale energy storage. Before that, he founded two startup companies commercializing large format lithium batteries and digital x-ray sources. Earlier, as a research staff member at Motorola, Research Triangle Institute, and Texas Instruments, he made contribution to the development of electronic materials and device technologies. He received his B.Tech degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Sri Venkateswara University and his PhD degree in Physics from the University of North Texas. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and Academy of Sciences St Louis, a Life Member of the Electrochemical Society, and a Member of the Materials Research Society. As chair of the IEEE Photonics Society Technical Committee on Displays, he was instrumental in launching the IEEE/OSA Journal of Display Technology. He has been an active member of the Materials Research Society for twenty years and served as General Chair of the 2006 MRS Fall Meeting. He was a guest editor of the MRS Bulletin, Proceedings of the IEEE, and the IEEE Journal on Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, and served on the editorial boards of the Proceedings of the IEEE and IEEE Access. He received the 2015 James Eads Award of the Academy of Sciences St Louis.



Dr.  Duncan Paul Fagg
University of Aveiro, Portugal.

Overviews: Protonic Fuel cells”

The intermediate-temperature (IT) range of 300 to 600 °C has been accepted as the most desirable operating regime for fuel cells. The temperature interval referred to provide sufficient thermal energy to allow the use of less expensive catalysts, and also avoid severe damage to constituent materials. In this respect protonic ceramics have attracted attention due to their high ionic conductivity at intermediate temperatures. Protons in suitable selected ceramics can be transported with activation energies as low as 0.5 eV or below, and can exist at temperatures much higher than the boiling point of water (100 °C). In the two hour lecture first similarities and differences will be highlighted with regard to Protonic, PEM and SOFC Fuel cells. Then varios aspects which constitute the problem area of protonic fuel cells will be dealt with

Dr. Duncan Fagg is currently employed as a Principal Researcher in the nanotechnology research division (NRD)   in the University of Aveiro, Portugal. He  obtained his B.SC in Chemstry and Materials science  Nottingham University 1992 and Ph.D. in Chemistry Aberdeen University 1997. He has over 20 years of research experience with previous placements in CICECO Aveiro, Portugal, ICV Autonomous University Madrid, Spain, Dept.Chemical Engineering, Patras Greece, School of Chemistry, St-Andrews University Scotland, and Risø DTU National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy, Roskilde Denmark.  He is the author of over 100 international scientific publications in areas covering   Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC), Solid Oxide Electrolyser Cells (SOEC), Oxygen separation membranes, Hydrogen separation membranes, Hydrogen Storage.


Dr. Kahraman Keskinbora
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Focused Ion Beams for Nanofabrication and Materials Characterization

Focused Ion Beam (FIB) instruments became extremely versatile tools for nanotechnology, materials science, and related fields. They have found widespread applications for nanofabrication of electronic and optical devices, failure analysis, and materials characterization. Therefore, having a heightened awareness of the broad capabilities of these modern workhorses of materials science is crucial. This lecture will review the basics of ion-matter interactions, different ion sources, and their specific advantages. Then, we will go through a variety of applications focusing on both the nanofabrication and characterization aspects from imaging to FIB-based tomography and the lamella preparation for TEMs and X-ray microscopes. At the end of the course, you will be able to identify cases where FIBs can provide a competitive advantage and insight to your processes.

Kahraman Keskinbora received his B.Sc. in Materials Science and Engineering (2007) and M.Sc. in Nanotechnology (2010) from Anadolu University (currently ESTU). In 2011, he was accepted to the International Max Planck Research School on Advanced Materials and moved to Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (former MPI for Metals Research). He worked on nanofabrication of X-ray optics using focused ion beams and their synchrotron-based X-ray imaging applications at ESRF, BESSY, and DESY. In 2015, he obtained his Ph.D. degree in chemistry from the University of Stuttgart with summa cum laude. Immediately afterwards, he took on the Group Leader responsibility at MPI-IS. He formed the Micro Nano-Optics Group, where he managed a diverse range of Ph.D. projects, from 3D nano-printing of X-ray optics, and vortex beam characterization, to encapsulation of microelectronic components against harsh environments. From November 2018 until October 2020, he held a visiting scientist position at Harvard University’s Center for Integrated Quantum Materials and MIT’s Physics Department. From November 2020, he secured funding from Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and joined the MIT Physics Department as a research scientist to work on novel X-ray imaging applications. 


Dr.  Alexander Karl Opitz
TU Wien

Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy for Solid Oxide Electrolysis/Fuel Cells  Research

In the light of climate changes caused by anthropogenic CO2 emissions, efficient energy conversion and especially storage of excess sustainable energy are of increasing importance. Solid oxide electrolysis and fuel cells (SOECs & SOFCs) are expected to play an important role in future energy storage and conversion scenarios due to their high thermodynamic efficiency and large fuel flexibility reaching from hydrogen to carbon based fuels. For an efficient operation of SOECs & SOFCs, optimized materials such as solid electrolytes with high ion conductivity and best-performing electrodes are needed. Besides the individual materials, it is also often the numerous interfaces in these devices, which play an important role.
Impedance spectroscopy is a tool, which allows separation of individual electrochemical elementary parameters such as grain and grain boundary conductivities in solid electrolytes, surface and interface resistances in mixed conducting electrodes, and also capacitive contributions such as interfacial or chemical capacitances. This presentation deals with the role of impedance spectroscopy for the basic characterisation of materials used in SOECs/SOFCs. Discussed examples reach from conductivity measurements on electrolyte materials over material characterisation using geometrically well-defined model systems, to real 3D porous cermet electrodes.

Alexander K. Opitz is the head of the research group Electrochemical Energy Conversion at TU Wien(Vienna, Austria). There he also received his PhD in 2011. He was a visiting scientist at MIT in 2017 and returned to a tenure track position at TU Wien, where he is now an Assistant Professor in the research division of Technical Electrochemistry. He is doing research in the fields of Solid State Ionics (electrode kinetics, current pathways, and electrochemically active zones of solid state electrochemical systems), heterogeneous catalysis (in-situ spectroscopic and analytic studies on the surface chemistry and catalytic activity of electrodes), and materials chemistry (synthesis and characterization of novel, alternative materials for solid oxide cells).


Professor Saim Ozkar
Middle East Technical University

Catalysis – A brief Overview

A catalyst is a substance that accelerates the rate of a chemical reaction by proceeding the chemical reaction on a new pathway with the lower activation energy. On the other hand, catalysis is the occurrence, study, and use of catalysts and catalytic processes. The science and technology of catalysis is of great significance as it affects our daily life. It finds applications in many important sectors of the world economy; petroleum and energy production, chemicals and polymer production, food industry and pollution control, energy storage and conversion etc. In this regard, catalysis is an interdisciplinary field of science that concern researchers in many fields of science. In this lecture, firstly important concepts and terms in catalysis will be introduced. Next, the concept of homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis will be discussed considering the activity, reusability and lifetime of the catalysts. After the brief introduction to the fundamentals of catalysis, the rational design of catalysts with optimum activity and selectivity for the specific reactions will be discussed. In the final part of the lecture, a considerably significant time will be spent on the introduction to the nanocatalysis and the selected catalytic applications of transition metal nanoparticles in energy storage and conversion will be discussed.

Saim Özkar has completed his undergraduate study in chemical engineering at the Technical University of Istanbul in 1972, and then worked for two years in industry. He received his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry at the Technical University of Munich, Germany in 1976 before joining the Department of Chemistry, Middle East Technical University as an Assistant Professor in 1979, where he is now a Full Professor. He spent one year at the Max Planck Institute in Mülheim as Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation Scholar in 1986, 2 years at University of Toronto as visiting professor in 1988-1990, and 9 months at Colorado State University as Fulbright Fellow in 2000. His current research interests involve the transition metal nanoparticles; synthesis, characterisation, and catalytic applications in hydrogen generation, hydrogenation, oxidation, and coupling reactions.Saim Özkar was awarded the TÜBİTAK 1996 Science Prize and has been a member of Turkish Academy of Sciences since 1996.


Prof. Y Eren Kalay
Middle East Technical University

“In Situ Synchrotron Diffraction and Rietveld Analysis”

In this lecture, following the basics of  X-ray  diffraction, emphasis will be placed on in-situ characterization techniques based on synchrotron radiation  using sequential Rietveld analysis.

Yunus Eren Kalay received his B.Sc(2001) and M.Sc.(2003) degrees in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering from the Middle East Technical University. He obtained his PhD in Iowa State University in 2009. He was a post-doc for 2 years in Ames laboratory before he joined METU where he is an associate professor at the Materials Engineering Dept. Professor Kalay’s research centers on amorphous alloys, namely on the evolvement and the control of amorphous structure during solidification. Prof Kalay has an in-depth expertise on material characterization techniques. This includes advanced electron microscopy techniques which he applied to a wide spectrum of material problems ranging from electronic packaging, rare earth-free magnets and single crystal enhancement. His expertise also includes in-situ experiments involving synchrotron radiation. He actively promotes the use of synchrotron radiation and  in-situ experiments  for material research. Prof Kalay is the editor of MATTER, a journal dedicated to publishing undergraduate research. He is also an active promoter of science in pre-university education.


Professor Cengiz Ozkan
University of California, Riverside

Supercapacitors -an overview

Cengiz Sinan ÖZKAN a faculty member at the University of California, Riverside, Department of Mechanical Engineering; is a visionary scientist who has contributed to research and innovation sin materials science and social services at an international level. Cengiz Sinan ÖZKAN received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Middle East Technical University, Metallurgical Engineering Department in 1986 and 1989, and then his Ph.D. from Stanford University, Materials Science and Engineering Department in 1997. Before joining, the University of California in 2001, he has worked in the semiconductor industry. His research include new generation nano-materials produced and developed for use in energy storage, nano-electronic applications, lithium-ion battery and supercapacitor technologies, bionano systems and molecular nanotechnologies. Cengiz Sinan ÖZKAN has 165 journal publications, 86 conference publications, over 350 conference abstracts, 13 compilation books, 9 book chapters, over 90 invention notices, 32 accepted patents and 12 active patent applications. He is a member of the Editorial Boards for “Sensor Letters”, “Recent Patents in Nanotechnology” and “Catalysis Today” and the Principal Editor of the “Journal of Materials Research” . Cengiz Sinan ÖZKAN was given the Honorary Professorship title by Hong Kong Polytechnic in 2019, and the Science Special Award by TÜBITAK for 2020. Dr. Cengiz Sinan ÖZKAN will chair Materials Research Society fall Conference to take place in December this year.


Dr. Burak Ulgut
Bilkent University

“Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy for battery research”

Impedance spectroscopy is an experimental tool that can yield fundamental materials information in  electrochemical storage systems. Basics of impedance spectroscopy will be covered including the basic math and experimental methods. Emphasis will be placed on validating the obtained data and distinguishing the effects of instrumental and sample-based artifacts from actual physical parameters. Applications to energy storage will be discussed using examples of supercapacitors and batteries.

Dr.Burak Ülgüt got his PhD in Electrochemistry from Cornell University in 2007. He  was a postdoc at the Optoelectronics group in the same university for a year. He  then spent 6 years in Gamry Instruments developing various instrumental tools about Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy and Spectroelectrochemistry. In 2014 he returned to Turkey to spend a year at Inci Aku as an R&D executive. In the fall of 2015 he joined the Chemistry department of Bilkent University where he is leading a research group working on developing new electrochemical measurement and modeling methodologies mostly geared towards a better understanding of energy storage and conversion systems.