Materials Chemistry Laboratory

Primary Researcher(s) / Coordinator(s): 
Prof. Dr. Caner Durucan
General Information: 

A procesing laboratory specializing in low-temparature materials synthesis by chemical routes, suited for sol-gel processing of ceramics and glasses and coatings; hybrid bio/inorganic and organic/inorganic materials. 

  • FTIR Spectrometer (Perkin Elmer Frontier, equipped with PIKE GladiATR Reflection, PIKE 80Spec, Specular Reflectance tools)
  • UV-Vis Spectrometer (Varian Cary 100 Bio)
  • Isothermal Titration Calorimeter (TAM Air, 8 Channel Calorimeter and TAM Air Thermostat)
  • Viscometer (Brookfield DV-E)
  • Coating equipment (Laurell WS-400B-6NPP-LITE spin coater, Bungard RDC15 dip coater)
  • General Laboratory equipment/appliances:  A wet laboratory suitable for use of organic precursors, with  water purification systems (DI-water), equipped with  hot plates, mixers, drying ovens, furnaces, ambient and atmosphere controlled box and tube furnaces, ultrasonic baths and horn, homogenizators, pH meters, centrifuges
Completed and Ongoing Research Projects: 
  • Development of bioactive thin film coatings by sol-gel routes, METU Research Fund, Jan. 2005-Dec. 2007.
  • Development of antibacterial silver-doped silicate coatings by sol-gel, The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey-TÜBİTAK,    Grant106M061, Aug. 2006-Aug.  2008.
  • Development of silver nano particle-based sensors for biomedical and biotechnological
  • applications, Visiting Scholar, OSU, Aug. 2007-Oct. 2007, The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey-TÜBİTAK, 2219 Program
  • Development of biomolecule encapsulation platforms for biosensor applications,
  • METU Research Fund, Jan. 2007-Dec. 2008.
  • Synthesis of metal biocide doped antibacterial silica particles, METU Research Fund, Jan.  2009-Dec. 2009.
  • Morphology controlled synthesis of zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles, METU Research Fund, Jan. 2009-Dec. 2010.
  • Development of silver incorporated titania based photo catalytic thin film by sol-gel methods and improvement of functional properties thereof, METU Research Fund, Jan. 2011-Dec. 2011.
  • Indium tin oxide (ITO) coatings elaborated by the modified sol-gel processing routes,
  • Principal Investigator, The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey-TÜBİTAK, Grant109M475, June 2010-June 2012.
  • Aqueous-based processing of transparent conductive oxide (TCO) thin films on glass,
  • Principal Investigator, METU Research Fund, Jan. 2010-.
  • Silver-doped zinc oxide (ZnO): Nanoparticle synthesis and development of thin film coatings, METU Research Fund, Jan. 2012-.
  • Nathan P. Mellott, Alfred University, USA.

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