Cleva W. Ow-Yang

Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

Sabanci University

Faculty of Engineering & Natural Sciences

Orhanli, Tuzla 34956, Istanbul, TURKEY

 

Office: FENS 1025

+90 (216) 483-9592 (phone)

+ 90 (216) 483-9550 (fax)

 

PhD Materials Science & Engineering, Brown University, Providence, RI, USA

MS Materials Science & Engineering, Brown University, Providence, RI, USA

BS Materials Science & Engineering, M. I. T., Cambridge, MA, USA

 

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Research Interests

 

Our projects are focused on Manipulation and Management of Light through Materials Engineering. Through understanding the relationship between symmetry in material structure and physical properties, we are studying mechanisms of extended phosphorescence in rare-earth co-doped alkali earth aluminates, by applying advanced TEM, Raman, and other characterization methods. By harnessing physical phenomena arising from cooperative behavior and localization, we are developing plasmonic materials for sensor and antenna applications. We also apply fundamentals of thermodynamics and kinetics to investigate phase transformations in energy storage materials and develop circular economies for construction materials. Team members are active in many collaborative national and international projects, to address the interdisciplinary nature of our work (see project details below).

 

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Publications: Google Scholar, ResearchGate Profile

Researcher ID: L-2735-2016

ORCID: 0000-0002-2909-0957  

 

 

Latest News from the Team

 

04/20              Our manuscript, “Effect of Sintering and Boron Content on Rare Earth Dopant Distribution in Long Afterglow Strontium Aluminate,” has just been accepted for publication in the Journal of the European Ceramic Society. It’s the product of a lengthy collaboration between team members Sirous, Arzu and Cleva with Jozef Stefan Institute — Andraz Kocjan, Zoran Samardzija, Saso Sturm — and the University of Nova GoricaMattia Fanetti — and Meltem Sezen of SUNUM. Many thanks to our collaborators for deepening our understanding of the material structure supporting extreme persistent luminescence!

14/04/20         Thanks to David McCandless of Information is Beautiful for hosting a most informative data visualization workshop, Data is Beautiful. Despite the challenges of conducting a remote workshop on Zoom, it was a welcomed break to the routine of isolation and a pleasure to meet the other fascinating participants!

03/20              Congratulations to Ahmet Alper Ozkan for his successful development of an app for analysis of Raman maps!

02/20              We welcome new team members Faiqa Dawood, Kutsal Topaloğlu, Mehmet Can Dursun, Defne Circi, and Selen Ezgi Cankutaran!

11/19              The team joined in kicking off a new ERA-MIN2 project, RECEMENT, in which we develop new supplementary cementitious materials for cement, regenerated from end-of-life materials from mining and whiteware industries.

 

 

Funded Projects 

 

  • Researcher, “Investigation of the Impact of Nanocomposite Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Cathode Microstructure on the Electrochemical Performance,” TÜBITAK (The Science and Technology Research Council of Turkey), Engineering Division Grant #217M649, 07/17-07/19.
  • Consultant, “Development of Low Temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cells with High Performance and Durability,” TÜBITAK (The Science and Technology Research Council of Turkey), Engineering Division Grant #217M031, 07/17-07/20.
  • Consultant, “Production of Composite Structures of Carbon Nanofiber Decorated with Si Nanoparticles for Lithium-Ion Battery Anodes,” TÜBITAK (The Science and Technology Research Council of Turkey), Engineering Division Grant #114M216, 11/15-11/17.
  • Consultant, “Developing the crystal growth process of 2-D graphene and Bi2Te3 topological insulators,” TÜBITAK (The Science and Technology Research Council of Turkey), Basic Sciences Division Grant # 114F036; 11/14-05/17.
  • Principal Investigator, "Nanoscale Engineering the Long Afterglow," TÜBITAK (The Science and Technology Research Council of Turkey), Basic Sciences Division Grant # 212T177. (completed 04/16)
  • Principal Investigator, "Engineering Interlayers in Organic Photovoltaics: Effects of Nanostructuring and Energy Storage," TÜBITAK (The Science and Technology Research Council of Turkey), Engineering Research Division Grant # 112M360 à converted in 01/14 to a project associated with European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) Action MP1307 “Stable Next-Generation Photovoltaics: unraveling degradation mechanisms in organic solar cells by complementary characterization techniques (StableNextSol). (completed 02/15)
  • Co-PI, “Electron Energy-Loss Spectroscopy of Boron Incorporation in Strontium Aluminate,” TÜBİTAK (the Science and Technology Research Council of Turkey), MAG (Engineering Research Division) Grant #110M426. (completed 03/13)
  • PI, “Plasma Etching of 2-D Micelle Nano-reactor Arrays”, TÜBİTAK (the Science and Technology Research Council of Turkey), TBAG (Basic Sciences Division) Grant #110T023. (completed 06/11)
  • PI, "Spatially Resolved Spectroscopy Analysis of Ion-Capturing Ligands on Metal Nanoclusters", Lawrence Berkeley National Lab Proposal No. 000007281 (NCEM #1468). (completed 10/11)
  • Partner coordinator, “Merging Atomistic And Continuum Analysis Of Nanometer Length-Scale Metal-Oxide Systems For Energy And Catalysis Applications,” European Commission, 7th Framework Programme, Grant #233484.
  • Consultant, “Modeling, Design, and Manufacturing of Nano-Optical Systems”, TÜBİTAK (the Science and Technology Research Council of Turkey), TBAG (Basic Sciences Division) Grant # 108T482.
  • PI, “Photoluminescence Spectroscopy of Colloidal Nanoparticles”, TÜBİTAK (the Science and Technology Research Council of Turkey), TBAG (Basic Sciences Division) Grant #108T209 (completed 05/09)
  • PI, “Improving the Research Capacity for Nanoscale Materials Characterization,” European Commission, 7th Framework Programme, Grant for Coordination and Support Action, Agreement #206966 (completed 05/09)
  • PI, “Control of Size, Morphology, and Optical Properties of Colloidal Nanoparticles”, TÜBİTAK (the Science and Technology Research Council of Turkey), TBAG (Basic Sciences Division) Grant #106T657 (completed 04/10)
  • PI, “Processing and characterization of Lanthanides co-doped MAl2O4 (M:Sr,Ba,Ca) Phosphorescent Powders”, TÜBİTAK MAG (Engineering Research Division) Grant #106M402 (completed 09/08)

 

 

Teaching Involvement

 

Fall 2003-2016: MAT 312, Materials Characterization (UG)

Fall 2016: PROJ 102, Freshman project course—“Making Stuff: 3-D Materials Manufacturing”

Spring 2016: MAT 206, Kinetics (UG)

Spring 2003-2016: MAT 204, Electrical, Optical, and Magnetic Properties of Materials (UG)

Spring 2011, 2013, 2015: MAT 405, Advanced Materials Characterization (UG)

Spring 2014: NT 506, Advanced Materials Characterization Module (Advanced TEM lectures for the Nanotechnology Master’s program)

Spring 2014: MAT 680, Special Topics (G)

Fall 2003-2013: ENS 202, Thermodynamics (UG)

Fall 2013: NT 505, Materials Characterization Module (DLS and TEM lectures for the Nanotechnology Master’s program)

Fall 2009: 3.014 Materials Characterization (UG, at M.I.T.)

Fall 2003-7: MAT 509, Material Science & Engineering I: Structure and Properties of Materials (G)

Spring 2006: MAT 308, Phase Equilibria (UG)

 

 

 

Other Work Experience:

Visiting Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA (2009-2010)

R&D Engineer at JDS Uniphase (formerly SDL, Inc.), San Jose, California, USA (2000-2003)

Alexander von Humbolt Fellow at Max-Planck-Institut für Metallforschung, Stuttgart, Germany (1999-2000)

Chateaubriand Science & Technology Fellow at Thales (formerly Thomson-CSF, LCR), Orsay, France (1997-1998)

Research Assistant and Teaching Assistant at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA (1992-1997)

 

 

 

Other Professional Activities

 

The most profound impact on my education was at the Summer Science Program (www.summerscience.org) in Ojai, California.