Biography

Hakan Usta

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. In 2013, he joined the faculty at AGU.

Dr. Usta received the 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 40 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 the development of high-performance functional organic materials for optoelectronic applications

EDUCATION  
   
Ph.D. in Chemistry 2004 – 2008
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA

Department of Chemistry and Materials Research Center
Dissertation: “Solution-Processable Molecular and Polymeric Semiconductors for Ambient-Stable
Organic Field-Effect Transistors”
Advisors: Prof. Tobin J. Marks and Prof. Antonio Facchetti
Cumulative-GPA 3.9/4.0

 
B.S. in Chemistry 2000 – 2004
Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey

Department of Chemistry
Cumulative-GPA: 3.7/4.0 (Ranked 1st, Honors in Chemistry)

 
   
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE  
   
Associate Professor 2014 - Present
Department of Materials Science and Nanotechnology Engineering,

Abdullah Gül University, Kayseri, Turkey

 
Assistant Professor 2013 - 2014
Department of Materials Science and Nanotechnology Engineering,

Abdullah Gül University, Kayseri, Turkey

 
Project Leader 2011 - 2013
Polyera Corporation, Illinois Science & Technology Park, Skokie, IL, USA  
Senior Research Scientist 2008 - 2011
Polyera Corporation, Illinois Science & Technology Park, Skokie, IL, USA  
Graduate Research Assistant 2004 - 2008
Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA  

 

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