EEE 591/592 Seminar
“Nanotechnology at Work: From Basic Science to Spin-Off Companies” by Dr. Ekmel Ozbay, Professor, Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Date/Time: Tuesday, November 22, 2016, at 10:40AM
Nanotechnology and related research areas have recently seen a tremendous amount of activity and funding. The major reason behind this effort has been the potential markets and economical output that is expected to bring good jobs and wealth to the nations devoting their resources to this area. In this talk, we will first make a critical review of this expectation. We will then review some of the “application oriented” nanotechnology research activities ongoing in Bilkent University Nanotechnology Research Center (NANOTAM). We were able to bring some of this research projects into real lifetime products. The technology generated from these research efforts will soon be commercialized through “AB-MikroNano A.Ş.” which is the first technology “spin-off” company in Turkey.
Prof. Dr. Ekmel Ozbay received B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, TURKEY in 1987. He received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University, CA, in 1989 and 1992. From 1992 to 1993, he worked as a postdoctoral research associate in Stanford University. From 1992 to 1995, he worked as a scientist in Iowa State University. He joined Bilkent University (Ankara, TURKEY) in 1995, where he is currently a full professor in Physics Department and Electrical-Electronics Engineering Department. He has published 400+ articles in SCI journals. His papers have received 12500+ SCI citations with an SCI h-index of 53. He has given 155+ invited talks in international conferences. In 2003, he founded Bilkent University Nanotechnology Research Center (NANOTAM) where he leads a research group working on nanophotonics, nanometamaterials, nanoelectronics, nanoplasmonics, nanodevices, photonic crystals, GaN/AlGaN MOCVD growth, fabrication and characterization of GaN based devices, and high speed optoelectronics. He is the 1997 recipient of the Adolph Lomb Medal of Optical Society of America and 2005 European Union Descartes Science award. He worked as an editor for Nature Scientific Reports, Optics Letters, Photonics and Nanostructures Fundamental Applications, and IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics journals. He recently became the CEO of a spin-off company: AB-MicroNano which is equally owned by Bilkent University and ASELSAN Inc.