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 related to the theme, Manipulation and Management of Light Through Materials Engineering.  Our approach is two-fold.  By harnessing the unique phenomena stemming from quantum confinement in a controlled manner, we engineer materials, aiming for technologically attractive optical properties.  We achieve this goal through constructing model systems to investigate the impact of symmetry on cooperative physical phenomena via manipulating nanoparticles and supramolecular structures.  Along a different line of investigation into the relationship between symmetry in material structure and physical properties, we’re also investigating the mechanisms of extended phosphorescence in rare-earth co-doped alkali earth aluminates, by applying analytical TEM methods.  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

 

July 2018        Congratulations to Arzu for passing the Ph.D. Qualifying Exams!

May 2018       Our collaboration with A. Levent Demirel’s team is published in Soft Matter: “Restructuring of Poly(2-ethyl-2-oxazoline)/Tannic Acid Multilayers into Fibers

April 2018      Cleva attended the Materials for Architecture 2018 meeting in Earls Court, London, UK

April 2018      Our collaboration with Erdem Oðut’s team is published in Optics Letters: “Focusing short-wavelength surface plasmons by a plasmonic mirror

April 2018      Our collaboration with Sedat Nizamoðlu’s team is published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces: “Stokes-Shift-Engineered Indium Phosphide Quantum Dots for Luminescent Solar concentrators

March 2018    Cleva visited collaborators at Jožef Stefan Institute for experiments and discussions

Jan. 2018        Our collaboration with H. Funda Yaðcý Acar is published in Macromolecular Chemistry & Physics: “Discovery of an Exceptionally Strong Luminescence of Polyethyleneimine‐Superparamagnetic Iron Oxide Nanoparticles

Dec. 2017       Cleva presented a seminar, “Application of Advanced TEM Methods for Materials Engineering for Energy Technology” at Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey, discussing a broad spectrum of case studies in which our JEM-200ARMCF was used to solve materials engineering challenges spanning quantum dots, SOFCs, thermoelectrics, and persistent afterglow ceramic pigments.

Nov. 2017       Cleva presented the talk, “Application of Advanced TEM Methods for Developing Ceramics for Energy Technology” at ElektroseramikTR 2017 held at Gebze Technical University, showing 3 case studies in which our JEM-200ARMCF was used to solve ceramics engineering challenges by analytical electron microscopy.

Oct. 2017        Welcome Elif Nur Dayý, the newest member of the team!

Sept. 2017      Cleva participated in bilateral discussions to establish a joint Ph.D. program with the International Postgraduate School at Jožef Stefan Institute

Aug. 2017       Cleva visited collaborators at CNRS-LPS for experiments on an ESTEEM2 transnational access—many thanks for hosting me, Laura & Mathieu!

Aug. 2017       Cleva presented the thermosensitive transfer printing of gold nanoparticle arrays at the International Advances in Functional Materials 2017 conference at UCLA in California.

Aug. 2017       Our collaboration with Slavko Bernik and Miran Čeh’s teams is published in Journal of the American Ceramic Society, “Structural features and thermoelectric properties of Al‐doped (ZnO)5In2O3 homologous phases

July 2017        The Team welcomed Prof. Wai-Yim Ching from University of Missouri-Kansas City, who presented a thought-provoking seminar on state-of-the-art approaches to computational design of material properties and many fruitful discussions on modeling material structure.

July 2017        Cleva visited collaborators at University of Nova Gorica and Jožef Stefan Institute for experiments and discussions—thank you for hosting me, Mattia, Sašo, Zoran, and Andraž!!

June 2017       Cleva presented recent progress in the Phosphor Team’s model of long persistence mechanisms at the ARM Owner Group 4th User Meeting—many thanks to GPM Universite de Rouen and JEOL Europe for organizing and hosting this opportunity

May 2017       Ali delivered an oral presentation of his work on increasing charging capacity in lithium battery anodes at the European Materials Research Society 2017 Spring Meeting in Strasbourg

 

 

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,” TÜBÝTAK (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”, TÜBÝTAK (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”, TÜBÝTAK (the Science and Technology Research Council of Turkey), TBAG (Basic Sciences Division) Grant # 108T482.
  • PI, “Photoluminescence Spectroscopy of Colloidal Nanoparticles”, TÜBÝTAK (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”, TÜBÝTAK (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”, TÜBÝTAK 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.