mESC-IS 2023

-Tugrul Cetinkaya
-Fermin Cuevas
-Rezan Demir-Cakan
-Duncan Paul Fagg
-Selmiye Alkan Gürsel

-Gülfeza Kardas
-Alexander Opitz
-Saim Ozkar
-Burak Ulgut
-Bilge Yıldız



Further names & titles  are to be added  announced soon.  You can write to us(at o-c@mesc-is.org) regarding  further  titles  to be covered in mESC-IS 23, together with whom you would suggest as invited speaker.   

Professor Tugrul Cetinkaya,
Sakarya University


Prof. 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. Fermin Cuevas


Fermin Cuevas obtained his PhD (1996) in Physics at UAM University of Madrid. After postdoctoral studies at MPI-Stuttgart and CNRS-Thiais, in 2002 he became permanent researcher at CNRS. His main research activities are hydrogen storage in solids as well as electrode and electrolyte materials for Ni-MH and Li-ion batteries. Currently, he is leader of the Interaction of Hydrogen and Matter group at the East Paris Institute of Chemistry and Materials Science, co-head of the hydrogen storage axis at the French Research Network on Hydrogen Energy, and French coordinator of the International Research Network FACES, the French-Australian research network on Conversion and Energy Storage.

Professor Rezan Demir-Cakan
Gebze Technical University 


Rezan Demir-Cakan completed her bachelor and master degree from Yildiz Technical University at the Chemical Engineering Department. She received her Ph.D. degree at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces , in Germany (2009), under the supervison of Markus Antonietti working on the synthesis, characterization and applications of hydrothermal carbon materials. Then she moved to France, the group of Jean-Marie-Tarascon, focusing on the rechargeable lithium batteries, more specifically on lithium-sulphur batteries between 2009-2012. Currently she has been working as an Associate Professor at the Chemical Engineering Department of Gebze Technical University. Her research interests include the synthesis of nanostructured energy materials and their application in the field of Li/Na batteries.

Professor Duncan Paul Fagg
Aveiro University  

Transition metal nitrides in ammonia production: Challenges and Possible Solutions”

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.

Professor Selmiye Alkan Gürsel
Sabancı University


.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 Gülfeza Kardaş
Cukurova University


Gulfeza Kardas is a professor of chemistry at Cukurova University. She obtained her PhD (1999) in  Chemistry Department from  the same university. She has been a member of staff since then. She was a visiting scientist in Materials Science Department, Southern California University (2005) and Chemistry Department, Illinois University Urbana-Champaign (2011) . She published more than 60 papers on corrosion, electrodeposition, electrochemical hydrogen production, fuel cells and batteries. Her main interest is the characterization of materials in electrochemical systems. She is a member of the International Society of Electrochemistry.

Professor Alexander Opitz
TU Wien


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


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.

Professor Burak Ulgut,
Bilkent University


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.

Professor Bilge Yıldız,


Bilge Yildiz is a professor in the Nuclear Science and Engineering and the Materials Science and Engineering Departments at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she leads the Laboratory for Electrochemical Interfaces. She received her PhD at MIT in 2003 and her BSc from Hacettepe University in 1999. After working at Argonne National Laboratory as a research scientist, she returned to MIT as an assistant professor in 2007. Yildiz’s research focuses on laying the scientific groundwork to enable next generation electrochemical devices for energy conversion and information processing. The scientific insights derived from her research guide the design of novel materials and interfaces for efficient and durable solid oxide fuel cells, electrolytic water splitting, brain-inspired computing, and solid state batteries. Her laboratory has made significant contributions in advancing the molecular-level understanding of oxygen reduction, water splitting, ion diffusion, and charge transfer on mixed ionic-electronic conducting oxides. Her research has uncovered the effects of surface chemistry, elastic strain, dislocations, and strong electric fields on the reactivity, efficiency, and degradation in these applications. Her approach combines computational and experimental analyses of electronic structure, defect mobility and composition, using in situ scanning tunneling and X-ray spectroscopy together with first-principles calculations and novel atomistic simulations. Her teaching and research efforts have been recognized by the Argonne Pace Setter (2016), ANS Outstanding Teaching (2008), NSF CAREER (2011), IU-MRS Somiya (2012), the ECS Charles Tobias Young Investigator (2012), the ACerS Ross Coffin Purdy (2018), and the LG Chem Global Innovation Contest (2020) awards.