Awards & News

Prof. Hilmi Volkan Demir Has Been Awarded The Turkish Physical Society International Special Honor Award (2021)
Prof. Hilmi Volkan Demir, director of UNAM – The National Nanotechnology Research Centre of Turkey and Bilkent’s Institute of Materials Science and Nanotechnology and a member of the Departments of Electrical and Electronics Engineering and Physics, was awarded the Turkish Physical Society International Special Honor Award.

September 2021

Turkish Physical Society 2021

Prof. Hilmi Volkan Demir was named an IEEE Fellow
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has named Professor Hilmi Volkan Demir, of the Departments of Electrical and Electronics Engineering and of Physics, Chair of the Graduate Program of Materials Science and Nanotechnology (MSN) and Director of UNAM — The National Nanotechnology Research Center, an IEEE Fellow. The IEEE Fellow designation is one of the organization’s highest honors and is bestowed upon a very limited number of IEEE Senior Members who have contributed significantly to the advancement or application of engineering, science, and technology. Prof. Demir was named an IEEE Fellow on the basis of his contributions to semiconductor nanocrystal optoelectronics, colloidal nanophotonics, and lighting.

December 2020

TUBITAK Bilim 2020

Hilmi Volkan Demir Named a Fellow of The Optical Society
Prof. Hilmi Volkan Demir, director of UNAM – The National Nanotechnology Research Centre of Turkey and Bilkent’s Institute of Materials Science and Nanotechnology and a member of the Departments of Electrical and Electronics Engineering and Physics, was elected a Fellow of The Optical Society (OSA) by the society’s board on September 16, during the OSA’s annual meeting in Washington, DC. The OSA’s mission is “to promote the generation, application and archiving of knowledge in optics and photonics and to disseminate this knowledge worldwide.” The society, founded in 1916, describes itself as “the world’s leading champion for optics and photonics, uniting and educating scientists, engineers, educators, technicians and business leaders worldwide to foster and promote technical and professional development. ”Prof. Demir’s election to Fellow status recognizes his distinct and significant contributions to the advancement of optics and photonics, in particular for pioneering and sustained contributions to the research and development of semiconductor nanocrystal optoelectronics and nanophotonics. Several factors are considered for election including specific scientific and technological contributions, a record of significant publications and patents, technical and industry leadership in the field as well as service to the society and the global optics community. The number of OSA fellows elected each year is less than 0.5 per cent of the current membership total, making the process both highly selective and competitive. The 2020 class of Fellows will be honored at OSA conferences and meetings throughout 2020.

October 2019

OSA Fellow 2020

Newton Fellowship Alumnus Follow-on Funding by the Royal Society
Our group alumnus Asst. Prof. Talha Erdem (EEE BS ’09, MS ’11 and PhD ’16) has been awarded the Newton Fellowship Alumnus Follow-on Funding by the Royal Society, which is one of the leading scientific councils of the world. The funding of Asst. Prof. Erdem’s project, who currently continues his research at Abdullah Gül University, will be conducted in collaboration with the Cavendish Laboratory, Department of Physics of the University of Cambridge. Together with Prof. Erika Eiser’s team at Cambridge, Asst. Prof. Erdem will study the potential use of sustainable, environmentally friendly materials as liquid crystals hybridized with semiconductor nanocrystals. This research will pave the way for the development of novel, environmentally friendly liquid crystal displays employing nanocrystal quantum dots.

August 2019

Newton Fellowship Alumnus Follow-on Funding

Our group members received the Best Poster Prize by the German Physics Society
Every two years, Bad Honnef Physics School holds one of the most important summer schools in the field of nanophotonics materials, Exciting Nanostructures. During the five days of school, prominent scientists around the world gather, share their findings and train next-generation researchers who want to start their research. One of the competitive and exciting parts of the school is awarding the best poster delivered by the participating students and is dedicated to the physics and chemistry of these nanostructures. The referees choose the best poster among more than 50 posters coming from the best research groups of the world, according to the content and novelty of the research, alongside the performance of the presenter. This year, our group members and UNAM’s Grad students Furkan Işık and Farzan Shabani received the best poster award at the Bad Honnef Physics School. This poster presents the semiconductor nanoplatelets (NPLs), which have emerged as a highly favorable class of nanocyrstals, especially attractive as nano-emitters. Owing to their tight 1D-confinement and quasi-2D atomically flat structure, the NPLs exhibit distinct strong excitonic features. Additionally, by forming their heterostructures (in core/crown and core/shell architectures), these excitonic properties can be further enhanced and tailored, and/or new properties can be imparted, for example, to obtain different types, combinations and degrees of electronic band alignments in a single quantum heterostructure. As a result, tunable outstanding optical properties can be attained, which make these hetero-NPLs highly promising for light-generating applications including lasers and LEDs. To synthesize different heterostructures of NPLs, various methods are implemented. Using the combination of colloidal atomic layer deposition (c-ALD) and hot-injection (HI) coating techniques, composition and structure of such atomically flat coating layers can be precisely controlled and tuned while successful passivation is obtained. The resulting NPL heterostructures, particularly enabled by the use of HI method alone or in combination with c-ALD, exhibit extremely high quantum yields (QY) (reaching near-unity in various cases), accompanied by high colloidal stability.

July 2019


Congratulations to Nima for the best poster runner-up award in UNAM NanoDay 2019!
Our group member Nima Taghipour, in Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Bilkent, has been awarded in the Best Poster Award Contest at the UNAM NanoDay 2019, with the title of ‘Near-Unity Efficiency Energy Transfer from Colloidal Semiconductor Quantum Wells of CdSe/CdS Nanoplatelets to A Monolayer of MoS2’.

March 2019

NanoDay 2019 Poster Award

Congratulations to Dr. Sharma for the best poster award in EPIC-2018!
Our group member Dr. Manoj Sharma, who is working as a Research Fellow at Bilkent University-UNAM, has been awarded for his work on doping nanocrystals with a Best Poster Award at the Excitonics and Polaritonics International Conference (EPIC) organised by School of Physical and Mathematics Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, from 5-7th Dec, 2018. The title of his presented work is ‘Copper Doping in Atomically Flat CdSe Colloidal Quantum Wells’. This work is the first account of Cu-doping in the colloidal nanoplatelets. Part of this work, along with his co-authors, was published in Advanced Materials 2017 and also in Chemistry of Materials 2018. This work has been performed jointly by an international team of researchers from Bilkent University UNAM, Ankara, and LUMINOUS! NTU, Singapore, led by Professor Hilmi Volkan Demir.

December 2018

EPIC Award

Congratulations to Kıvanç on a successful PhD defense!
Our lab member Kıvanç Güngör successfully defended his PhD thesis titled “Colloidal Photonics of Semiconductor Nanocrystals: From Polarized Color Conversion to Efficient Solar Concentration”.

July 2018

GRC 2018 Award

Our recent PhD graduate Dr. Akbar Alipour has been awarded with the prestigious Stanley L. Blumenthal, Cardiology Research Award.
The annual Stanley L. Blumenthal, Cardiology Research Awards have been presented to Johns Hopkins Medical School postdoctoral fellows, submitting the best clinical/translational, basic science, epidemiologic/population-based cardiovascular research. On April 20, 2018, this award was bestowed at the Annual Cardiovascular Research Retreat, which is organized each year by David Kass, MD, Director, Institute of CardioScience, and the Abraham & Virginia Weiss Professor of Cardiology.

April 2018

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