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                     CURRICULUM VITAE

Dr. Gursel SONMEZ

Sabanci University, Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Orhanli, 34956 Tuzla, Istanbul, Turkey

                                      Phone    : +90 (216) 483 9525 (office)

                                      Fax        : +90 (216) 483 9550

                                      E-mail    : sonmez@sabanciuniv.edu

Personal:

Date of Birth and Place   : February 3, 1968, Çanakkale, Turkey

Marital Status                   : Married to Hayal, one child (Buse).

Home Address                   : University Apartments C23, Sabanci University, Orhanli, 34956    

                                            Tuzla, Istanbul, Turkey.

Current Position:

                                    Faculty Member

                                    Sabanci University, Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences

Education:

1996-2002                   Ph.D, “Characterization of Pyrrole and Thiophene Containing  

                                    Polymers and Their Copolymers”

                                    Department of Chemistry, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey

1993-1996                   M.Sc. “Matrix Polymerization of Pyrrole”

                                    Department of Chemistry, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey

1987-1992                   B.Sc.

                                    Department of Chemistry, Middle East Technical University, Turkey

1986-1987                   Prep. School (English)

                                    Middle East Technical University, Turkey

Working Experience:

9/2004-present           Faculty Member

                                    Sabanci University, Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences

4/2004-9/2004             Post Doctorate

                                    California Nano System Institute (CNSI) Postdoctoral Fellowship,    

                                    University of California at Los Angeles (Prof. Fred Wudl’s group).

9/2002-4/2004             Post Doctorate

                                    University of California, Los Angeles, Department of Chemistry and     

                                    Biochemistry (Prof. Fred Wudl’s group).

4/1999-5/2000             Visiting Scientist

                                    University of Florida, Department of Chemistry (Prof. John R. Reynolds’ 

                                    group).

5/1995- 9/2002            Research Assistant

                                    Istanbul Technical University, Department of Chemistry

6/1992-5/1995             Chemistry Teacher

                                    State Anatolian High Schools

Fellowships and Awards:

v     8th International Symposium Polymers for Advanced Technologies, Presentation Award (September 13-16, 2005).

v     Outstanding Young Scientist Award, Turkish Academy of Science (TUBA) (June 3, 2005)

v     Poster Prize Award at Sixth International Symposium on Functional p Electron Systems (June 14, 2004).

v     2004 Postdoctoral Research Excellence Award, University of California at Los Angeles (May 12, 2004). 

v     California Nano-System Institute (CNSI) Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, University of California at Los Angeles (April 2004- June 2005).

v     Postdoctoral Fellowship of University of California at Los Angeles (September 2002- April 2004).

v     Research Fellowship of University of Florida (February 2000-May 2000).

v     Research Fellowship of Istanbul Technical University, Visiting Scientist at University of Florida (September 1999-February 2000).

v     NATO-A2 Scholarship, Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey, Visiting Scientist at University of Florida (April 1999-September 1999).

 Major Research Interests:

·        Conducting Polymers

·        Electrochemistry

·        Electrochromic Materials and Devices

·        Nano-technology

·        Spectroelectrochemistry

·        Biosensors

·        Bioactive Conducting Polymers

·        Low Band Gap Polymers

·        Charge Storage Devices-Supercapacitors

·        Colorimetry

·        Molecular Electronics

·        Oxidative Polymerization

·        Polyelectrolytes

List of Publications:

Patent:

1.      “Electrochromic Polymers and Polymer Electrochromic Devices”, J.R. Reynolds, K. Zong, I. Schwendeman, G. Sonmez, P. Schottland, A.A. Argun, P.H. Aubert, US Patent, 6,791,738 (2004).

Refereed Journals:

2.      “Water Soluble Polypyrroles by Matrix Polymerization: Interpolymer Complexes”, A.S. Saraç, G. Sonmez, B. Ustamehmetoglu, M.I. Mustafaev, J. Polym. Sci. Part A: Polym. Chem., 35, 1255-1263 (1997).

3.      “Polymer Science in Turkey”, A.S. Saraç, G. Sonmez, Polymer News, 23, 205-208 (1998).

4.      “Electrochemical Polymerization of Pyrrole in Acrylamide Solution”, A.S. Sarac, G. Sonmez, B. Ustamehmetoglu, Synth. Met., 98, 177-182 (1999).

5.      “Interactions of Metal Ions with Polypyrrole on Polyacrylic acid Matrix”, B. Ustamehmetoglu, S. Bayulken, S. Ozkara, G. Sonmez, A.S. Saraç, J. Polym. Sci. Part A: Polym. Chem., 37, 1115-1123 (1999).

6.      “Highly Transmissive and Conductive Poly[(3,4-alkylenedioxy)pyrrole-2,5-diyl] (PXDOP) Films Prepared by Air or Transition Metal Catalyzed Chemical Oxidation”, G. Sonmez, P. Schottland, K. Zong, J.R. Reynolds, J. Mater. Chem., 11, 289-294 (2001).

7.      “In situ colorimetric analysis of electrochromic polymer films and devices”, B.C. Thompson, P. Schottland, G. Sonmez, J.R. Reynolds, Synth. Met., 119, 333-334 (2001).

8.      “Spectroelectrochemistry of Pyrrole Oligomers in the Presence of Acrylamide”, A.S. Saraç, G. Sonmez, Polym. Int., 51, (7), 594-600 (2002).

9.      “Enhanced Contrast Dual Polymer Electrochromic Devices”, I. Schwendeman, R. Hickman, G. Sonmez, P. Schottland, K. Zong, D. M. Welsh, J. R. Reynolds, Chem. Mater., 14, 3118-3122 (2002).

10.  ”In-situ spectroelectrochemistry and Colorimetry of Poly(pyrrole-acrylamide)s”, G. Sonmez, A.S. Saraç, J. Mater. Sci., 37, 4609-4614 (2002).

11.  N-substituted Poly(3,4-propylenedioxypyrrole)s: High Gap Low Redox Potential Switching Electroactive and Electrochromic Polymers”, G. Sonmez, P. Schottland, K. Zong, J.R. Reynolds, Macromolecules, 36, (3), 639-647 (2003).

12.  “Structural Study of Pyrrole-EDOT Copolymers on Carbon Fiber Micro-Electrodes”, G. Sonmez, A.S. Saraç, Synth. Met., 135-136, 459 (2003).

13.  “Polypyrrole Dispersions on Poly(methyl methacrylate)-block-Poly(acrylic acid) Core-Shell Latex”, H.B. Sonmez, G. Sonmez, B. F. Senkal, N. Bicak, A.S. Sarac, Synth. Met., 135-136, 807 (2003).

14.  “Time Dependent Density Functional Theory Calculations for the Electronic Excitations of Pyrrole-acrylamide Copolymers”, M. Yursever, G. Sonmez, A.S. Saraç, Synth. Met., 135-136, 463 (2003).

15.  “Electrochemical Synthesis and Structural Studies of Polypyrroles, Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxy-thiophene)s and Copolymers of pyrrole and 3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene on Flexible Carbon-fiber Micro-electrodes”, A. S. Saraç, G. Sonmez, F. Ç. Cebeci, J. Appl. Electrochem., 33, 295 (2003).

16.  “Polymeric Electrochromic Devices: Polychromism, High Coloration Efficiency and RGB Colors”, G. Sonmez, C.K.F. Shen, H. Meng, F. Wudl, Polym. Prep. Am. Chem. Soc. 44, 352 (2003).

17.  “Photocurrent Generated with a Homoconjugated Bisfulleroid Polymer”, C.K.F. Shen, G. Sonmez, Y. Rubin, A.D. Smith, B.J. Schwartz, F. Wudl, Polym. Prep. Am. Chem. Soc. 44, 348 (2003).

18.  “A Highly Stable, New Electrochromic Polymer: Poly(1,4-Bis(2-[3¢,4¢-ethylenedioxy]thienyl)-2-methoxyl-5-2¢¢-ethylhexylbenzene)”, G. Sonmez, H. Meng, Q. Zhang, F. Wudl, Adv. Func. Mater., 13, 726 (2003).

19.  “Efficient Synthesis of a Novel, Twisted and Stable, Electroluminescent ‘Twistacene’”, H.M. Duong, M. Bendikov, D. Steiger, Q. Zhang, G. Sonmez, J. Yamada, F. Wudl, Org. Lett., 5, 4433 (2003).

20.  “Very Stable Low Band Gap Polymer for Charge Storage Purposes and NIR Applications”, G. Sonmez, H. Meng, F. Wudl, Chem. Mater., 15, 4923 (2003).

21.  “Novel Reversible Ionic-to-Covalent Transition in a Highly Conducting TTF Derivative”, C.K.F. Shen, H.M. Duong, G. Sonmez, F. Wudl, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 125, 16206 (2003).

22.  “Organic Polymeric Electrochromic Devices: Polychromism with Very High Coloration Efficiency”, G. Sonmez, H. Meng, F. Wudl, Chem. Mater., 16, 574 (2004).

23.  “A Red, Green and Blue (RGB) Polymeric Electrochromic Device (PECD): The Dawning of the PECD Era”, G. Sonmez, C.K.F. Shen, Y. Rubin, F. Wudl, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 43, 1498 (2004).

24.  “Zero Band Gap and Intrinsic Conductivity in Conjugated Polymers”, G. Sonmez, C.K.F. Shen, Y. Rubin, F. Wudl, Polym. Mater. Sci. Eng. 90, 232 (2004).

25.  “Red, Green, and Blue Colors in Polymeric Electrochromics”, G. Sonmez, H.B. Sonmez, C.K.F. Shen, F. Wudl, Adv. Mater., 16, 1905 (2004).

26.  Completion of the Three Primary Colours: The Final Step Toward Plastic Displays”, G. Sonmez, F. Wudl, J. Mater. Chem., 15, 20 (2005).

27.  “A Processable Green Polymeric Electrochromic”, G. Sonmez, H.B. Sonmez, C.K.F. Shen, R. Jost, Y. Rubin, F. Wudl, Macromolecules, 38, 669 (2005).

28.  “A Robust Electroactive n-Dopable Aromatic Polyketone”, R.C. Chiechi, G. Sonmez, F. Wudl, Adv. Func. Mater., 15, 427 (2005).

29.  “The Unusual Effect of Bandgap Lowering by C60 on a Conjugated Polymer”, G. Sonmez, C.K.F. Shen Y. Rubin, F. Wudl, Adv. Mater., 17, 897 (2005).

30.  “Extended Photocurrent Spectrum of a Low-Bandgap Polymer in Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells”, L.M. Campos, A. Tontcheva, S. Günes, G. Sonmez, H. Neugebauer, N.S. Sariciftci, F. Wudl, Chem. Mater., 17, 4031 (2005).

31.  “Polypyrrole Nano-networks and Nano-arrays”, M. Acik, C. Baristiran, G. Sonmez, Polym. Prep. Am. Chem. Soc. 46 (2) 781 (2005).

32.  “Completion of Additive Primary Colors in Polymeric Electrochromics”, G. Sonmez, H.B. Sonmez, C.K.F. Shen, Polym. Prep. Am. Chem. Soc. 46 (2) 856 (2005).

33.  “Polymeric Electrochromics as Memory Devices”, G. Sonmez, H.B. Sonmez, Polym. Mater. Sci. Eng. 93, 24 (2005).

34.  “Electrochromic Polymers”, G. Sonmez, Chem. Comm., 42, 5251 (2005).

35.  “PEDOT/PAMPS: An Electrically Conductive Polymer Composite with Electrochromic and Cation Exchange Properties”, G. Sonmez, P. Schottland, J.R. Reynolds, Synth. Met., 155, 130 (2005).

36.  "Highly-surfaced Polypyrrole Nano-networks and Nano-fibers", M. Acik, C. Baristiran, G. Sonmez, J. Mater. Sci., in press (2005).

37.  ”In Situ Equivalent n- and p-Doping Conductivities of a Low Bandgap Conjugated Polymer”, G. Sonmez, C.K.F. Shen, H.B Sonmez, Y. Rubin, F. Wudl, Chem. Mater., in press (2005).

38.  “Polymers for Electrochromics”, G. Sonmez, H.B. Sonmez, Polym. Adv. Tech., submitted (2005).

39.  “Nano-fabrication of Aligned Conducting Polymers”, M. Acik, G. Sonmez, Polym. Adv. Tech., submitted (2005).

Symposiums:

1.    “Water Soluble Polypyrroles by Matrix Polymerization of Pyrrole in the Presence of Polyanions”, A.S. Saraç, G. Sonmez, B. Ustamehmetoglu, M.I. Mustafaev, Recent Advances in Polymer Science, York, England, July29-August 2, 1996.

2.    “Matrix Polymerization of Pyrrole in the Presence of Copolymers of Acrylic acid with Vinyl pyrrolidone”, A.S. Saraç, G. Sonmez, B. Ustamehmetoglu, M.I. Mustafaev, IVth Turkish Speaking Countries Polymer Symposium, ITU, Istanbul, Turkey, September 18-20, 1996.

3.    “The Role of Monomer Concentrations on the Formation of Soluble and Insoluble Pyrrole-Acrylamide Copolymers”, G. Sonmez, B. Ustamehmetoglu, A.S. Saraç, XIth National Chemistry Congress, Van, Turkey, June 16-20, 1997.

4.    “Electrochemical Polymerization of Acrylamide and Copolymer”, A.S. Saraç, E. Sezer, O. Yavuz, G. Sonmez, B. Ustamehmetoglu, XIth National Chemical Congress, Van, Turkey, June 16-20, 1997.

5.    “Copolymerization of Pyrrole with Acrylamide on Polyacrylic acid Matrix”, G. Sonmez, B. Ustamehmetoglu, A.S. Saraç, M.I. Mustafaev, 36th IUPAC Congress, Geneva, Switzerland, August 17-22, 1997

6.    “Interaction of Metals with Polypyrrole on Polyacrylic acid Matrix”, A.S. Saraç, B. Ustamehmetoglu, G. Sonmez, S. Bayulken, 7th International Symposium on Macromolecule Metal Complexes (MMC-7), The Netherlands, October 6-10, 1997.

7.    “New Dioxythiophene and Dioxypyrrole Based Polymers: Electron Rich Systems for Electrochromic and Bio-applications”, J.R. Reynolds, C.L. Gaupp, P. Schottland, G. Sonmez, C.A. Thomas, B.C. Thompson, D.M. Welsh, K. Zong, ICSM 2000, Gastain, Austria, July 15-22, 2000.

8.    “In-Situ Colorimetric Analysis of Electrochromic Polymer Films and Devices”, B.C. Thompson, P. Schottland, G. Sonmez, J.R. Reynolds, ICSM 2000, Gastain, Austria, July 15-22, 2000.

9.    “Optical and Electrochemical Properties of N-substituted Poly (3,4-propylenedioxypyrrole)s”, G. Sonmez, P. Schottland, K. Zong, A.S. Sarac, J.R. Reynolds, Chemistry 2000, 14th Chemistry Congress, September 10-15, 2000, Diyarbakır, (TURKEY).

10.     “Electrochemistry and Spectroelectrochemistry of Poly (N-vinyl carbazole-methyl methacrylate) Electrodes”, F.Ç. Cebeci, G. Sonmez, E. Sezer, A.S. Saraç, Chemistry 2000, 14th Chemistry Congress, September 10-15, 2000, Diyarbakır, (TURKEY).

11.     “Dioxythiophene (PXDOT) and Dioxypyrrole (PXDOP) Based Polymers: Electron Rich Conducting and Electrochromic Polymers”, J.R. Reynolds, C.J. DuBois, I. Giurgiu, C.L. Gaupp, Y.K. Lee, S. Sadki, P. Schottland, G. Sonmez, C.A. Thomas, D.M. Welsh, K.K. Zong, Am. Chem. S. National Meeting, 221, San Diego, CA, USA, April 1-5, 2001.

12.     “Dioxythiophene (PXDOT) and Dioxypyrrole (PXDOP) Based Polymers: Electron Rich Conducting and Electrochromic Polymers”, J.R. Reynolds, C.J. DuBois,I. Giurgiu, Y. Lee, S. Sadki, P. Schottland, G. Sonmez, C.A. Thomas, D.M. Welsh, K. Zong, MRS 2001 Spring Symposium Proceeding Series, San Fransisco, California, USA, April 17-20, 2001.

13.     “Structural Study of Pyrrole-EDOT Copolymers on Carbon Fiber Micro-Electrodes”, G. Sonmez, A.S. Saraç, ICSM 2002, Shanghai, China, June 29-July 5, 2002.

14.     “Polypyrrole Dispersions on Poly(methyl methacrylate)-block-Poly(acrylic acid) Core-Shell Latex”, H.B. Sonmez, G. Sonmez, B. F. Senkal, N. Bicak, A.S. Sarac, ICSM 2002, Shanghai, China, June 29-July 5, 2002.

15.     “Time Dependent Density Functional Theory Calculations for the Electronic Excitations of Pyrrole-acrylamide Copolymers”, M. Yursever, G. Sonmez, A.S. Saraç, ICSM 2002, Shanghai, China, June 29-July 5, 2002.

16.     “Polymeric Electrochromic Devices: Polychromism, High Coloration Efficiency and RGB Colors”, G. Sonmez, C.K.F. Shen, H. Meng, F. Wudl, Am. Chem. S. National Meeting, 226, New York, USA, September 7-11, 2003.

17.     “Photocurrent Generated with a Homoconjugated Bisfulleroid Polymer”, C.K.F. Shen, G. Sonmez, Y. Rubin, F. Wudl, Am. Chem. S. National Meeting, 226, New York, USA, September 7-11, 2003.

18.     “Photocurrent Generated with a Homoconjugated Bisfulleroid Polymer”, C.K.F. Shen, G. Sonmez, F. Wudl, Y. Rubin, International Symposium on Novel Carbon-Rich Organic Materials, Osaka, Japan, October, 7-11, 2003.

19.     “Closed Shell Cationic Conducting Polymers”, R. C. Chiechi, G. Sonmez, F. Wudl, Am. Chem. S. National Meeting, 227, Anaheim, USA, March 28-April 1, 2004.

20.     “Novel Reversible Ionic-to-Covalent Transition in a Highly Conducting TTF Derivative”, C.K.F. Shen, H.M. Duong, G. Sonmez, F. Wudl, Am. Chem. S. National Meeting, 227, Anaheim, California, USA, March 28-April 1, 2004.

21.     “Polymeric Electrochromics are Ready to Use”, G. Sonmez, C.K.F. Shen, F. Wudl, MRS 2004 Spring Symposium Proceeding Series, San Francisco, California, USA, April 12-16, 2004.

22.     “Zero Band Gap and Intrinsic Conductivity in Conjugated Polymers”, G. Sonmez, C.K.F. Shen, Y. Rubin, F. Wudl, Am. Chem. S. National Meeting, 227, Anaheim, California, USA, March 28-April 1, 2004.

23.     “Novel Electronegative and Other Derivatives of C60”, F. Wudl, G. Sonmez, B. Jousselme, H. Wang, 205th Meeting of the Electrochemical Society, San Antonio, Texas, USA, May 9-14, 2004.

24.     “Closed Shell Cationic Conducting Polymers”, R.C. Chiechi, G. Sonmez, F. Wudl, Frontiers in Materials Research, Viña del Mar, Chile, 26-29 April 2004.

25.     “RGB Colors in Polymeric Electrochromics” G. Sonmez, H.B. Sonmez, C.K.F. Shen, F. Wudl, Sixth International Symposium on Functional pi-electron Systems, Ithaca, New York, USA, June 14-18, 2004.

26.     “Zero Band Gap and Intrinsic Conductivity in Conjugated Polymers”, G. Sonmez, 6th Electrochemistry Days, Eskisehir, Turkey, June 29-July 1, 2005.

27.     “Conducting Nano-structured Materials for Charge Stroge Devices”, M. Acik, C. Baristiran, G. Sonmez, 6th Electrochemistry Days, Eskisehir, Turkey, June 29-July 1, 2005.

28.     “Unidirectional Poly(N-methylpyrrole) Nano-fibers”, C. Baristiran, M. Acik, G. Sonmez, 6th Electrochemistry Days, Eskisehir, Turkey, June 29-July 1, 2005.

29.     “Completion of the RGB Colors: The Final Step Toward Plastic Displays”, G. Sonmez, H.B. Sonmez, C.K.F. Shen, F. Wudl, APME-6 (Advanced Polymers via Macromolecular Engineering), August 15-19, 2005, Istanbul, Turkey.

30.     “Nano-technologic Supercapacitors”, G. Sonmez, H.B. Sonmez, M. Acik, C. Baristiran, C.K.F. Shen, F. Wudl, 19th National Chemistry Congress, September 30-October 4, 2005, Kusadasi, Turkey.

31.     “Polypyrrole Nano-networks and Nano-arrays”, M. Acik, C. Baristiran, G. Sonmez, Am. Chem. S. National Meeting, 230, Washington, DC, USA, August 28-September 1, 2005.

32.     “Completion of Additive Primary Colors in Polymeric Electrochromics”, G. Sonmez, H.B. Sonmez, C.K.F. Shen, Am. Chem. S. National Meeting, 230, Washington, DC, USA, August 28-September 1, 2005.

33.     “Polymeric Electrochromics as Memory Devices”, G. Sonmez, H.B. Sonmez, Am. Chem. S. National Meeting, 230, Washington, DC, USA, August 28-September 1, 2005.

34.     “Nano-fabrication of Aligned Conducting Polymers”, M. Acik, G. Sonmez, 8th International Symposium Polymers for Advanced Technologies, Budapest, Hungary, September 13-16, 2005.

35.     “Polymers for Electrochromics”, G. Sonmez, H.B. Sonmez, 8th International Symposium Polymers for Advanced Technologies, Budapest, Hungary, September 13-16, 2005.