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Abdullah Gül University

Materials Science and Nanotechnology Engineering

Sumer Campus, 38080,
Kocasinan, Kayseri, Turkey

Research Interests

Molecular Engineering, Organic Semiconductors, Functional Organic Materials, Micro/Nanostructured Thin-Films, Optoelectronic Devices, SERS


Dr. Hakan Usta is an Associate Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Nanotechnology Engineering at Abdullah Gül University (AGU). He received his B.S. in Chemistry in 2004 from Bilkent University (Ankara, Turkey) and he obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) under the supervision of Prof. Tobin J. Marks in 2008. He then joined Polyera Corporation, Illinois Science & Technology Park (Skokie, IL), where he worked as a Senior Research Scientist between 2008-2011 and as a Project Leader between 2011-2013. During his time at Polyera, the R&D Team have received three important international awards: Flexi R&D Award, FlexTech Alliance (USA) in 2011; IDTechEx Printed Electronics Europe Award (Germany) in 2010; and US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Innovation Award (USA) in 2010. In 2013, Dr. Usta joined the faculty at AGU.

Dr. Usta received 2014-BAGEP Distinguished Young Scientist Award, 2015-The Young Scientist of the Year (Science Heroes Association), and 2015-The Young Scientists Award (TÜBA-GEBİP) in the field of materials science and nanotechnology. Dr. Usta has published more than 45 research articles in high impact journals including JACS, Advanced Materials, Nature Materials, Chemistry of Materials, Organic Letters with a total international citation of more than 2500. He has 1 book chapter with Wiley, and holds 13 international patents. His current research interests include molecular engineering, micro/nanostructured thin-films, optoelectronic devices, SERS, and the development of high-performance functional organic materials for optoelectronic applications.

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