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Spring’21 Department Seminar Series Continue with Asst. Prof. Dr. Caner Ünlü

Dear Colleagues and Students, You are cordially invited to attend the seminar organized by the Department of Chemistry. Title : Quantum Dots and Photosynthesis Speaker: Asst. Prof. Dr. Caner Ünlü, Chemistry Department, İstanbul Technical University. Date : May 18th, 2021, Tuesday Time : 12:30 Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/7290645404?pwd=dk8yVGJsaEhYNFJJMk9XTXR0elBWUT09 Meeting ID: 729 064 5404 Password: 723291 Abstract : Semiconductor fluorescent nanocrystals, aka quantum dots, are versatile materials with unique photophysical properties such as high fluorescence quantum yield, high photostability, narrow emission band, wide absorption band, etc… Size of a typical quantum dot varies between 2 nm – 10 nm and composition of quantum dots can be combination many different elements including Cd, Pb, Hg, Se, Te, In, Cu, P, S, C, B, N… Heavy metal containing quantum dots are widely used in life science studies, however, their applications are restricted due to toxic effects of heavy metals. On the other hand, heavy metal free quantum dots are much more preferred in life science studies with their low toxicity, especially in studies about photosynthesis. Here in this seminar, I will briefly talk about synthesis and development Cd and Carbon based quantum dots and their possible applications to increase light harvesting capacity of photosynthetic organisms. Bio: Assistant Prof. Dr. Caner Ünlü obtained his B.Sc degree on Chemistry from İhsan Doğramacı Bilkent University in 2006. He received his M.Sc degree from İzmir Institute of Technology in 2009 on Chemistry and received his Ph.D from Wageningen University (The Netherlands) in 2015 on Biophysics. After he received his Ph.D, Caner Ünlü studied as a Post – Doc Fellow in Universite de Bordeaux (France) until 2017 and started to work in İstanbul Technical University, Chemistry Department as an Assistant Professor in 2017. Caner Ünlü worked on synthesis and characterization of quantum dots during his M.Sc, biophysics of photosynthesis through time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy and microscopy during his Ph.D, observation of nano-sized protein clusters through superresolution fluorescence microscopy during his Post-Doc studies. Currently he is working on developing composite quantum dots to enhance photosynthesis capacity of unicellular photosynthetic organisms.

Asst. Prof. Burak Ülgüt Receives Distinguished Teaching Award for 2021

“The University is pleased to announce the recipients of the Distinguished Teaching Awards for 2021. They are: Lori Russell Dağ, Seçkin Köstem and Burak Ülgüt, along with Hossein Dabir, who passed away in December and is being presented with the award posthumously. The four awardees were chosen for demonstrating outstanding […]

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