Oral Cenk AKTAŞ, Ph.D

Dr. Cenk Aktaş received his B.Sc. in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering at Middle East Technical University-Turkey and his M.Sc. degree in Materials Science and Engineering at Christian Albrechts University-Germany. In 2004, he started working as a research scientist at Leibniz Institute for New Materials (INM). Directly after completing his Ph.D. (excellent honor degree) in Materials Science and Engineering at the same institute in 2009, he has been appointed as the head of a new research department (CVD / Biosurfaces), which is founded by combining two different research groups (PVD-CVD Technologies and Biomaterials). Additionally, as the member of Medical Faculty of Saarland University-Germany Dr. Aktas is leading a research laboratory specialized on Cardiovascular Implant Materials and also giving lectures on nanotechnology applications in medical sciences at the same faculty. Besides that, he is a senior instructor at the Micrsosystems and Nanotechnologies Division of Applied University of Kaiserslautern. His research fields range from bottom-up synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials, optical and magnetic nanocomposites to biomaterials and bio-nano-interfaces. His scientific studies and collaborative work has been published in more than 50 peer-reviewed journals including Nature Materials, Chemistry Society Reviews, Small, etc. and led to 6 patent applications.

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Hakkı Hakan ATASOY, M.Sc.

Hakan Atasoy received his B.Sc. Degree in Chemistry from the Bogazici University of Istanbul, Turkey in 2001. In 2003 he finished the joint M.Sc. Program in Polymer Science of the Free University, the Technical University, the Humboldt University of Berlin and the University of Potsdam. After completing his master studies, he worked as a research assistant at the Free University, Berlin in 2004. He worked until 2008 as a research assistant in the Materials Science Department of ETH, Zürich, Switzerland, where he has continued his research activities in the field of novel polymer and dendrimer synthesis. In 2009, he started to work as an Innovation Assistant at micro resist technology GmbH, Berlin, Germany on micro and nanostructuring materials and after 2011 he served as an R&D Scientist/Project Manager. During his industrial career, Hakan Atasoy has successfully carried out several national and international projects such as NaPANIL (EU-FP7), PLAST4FUTURE (EU-FP7), LiCRA (EU-OLAE+), NIM_NIL (EU-FP7), UltraNIL (DE-BMWi) and contributed to many international conferences and fairs in the field of nano- and microtechnologies. He has a great experience on the development of new international project partnerships, scientific networks between different countries, strategic planning and project acquisition. In addition, Hakan Atasoy offers project management support as an external consultant for ongoing scientific projects at different institutions in Turkey and in Europe.

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Derya BARAN, Ph.D

Dr. Derya Baran earned her B.Sc. degree from Chemistry Department of Middle East Technical University in 2008 and completed her M.Sc. studies in the same department in 2010. Afterwards, she was awarded with the Bavarian Science Foundation Scholarship to pursue her doctoral studies at the Friedrich-Alexander Erlangen-Nürnberg University in Germany. She received her doctoral degree in Material Science and Engineering at the Institute of Materials for Electronics and Energy Technology in 2014. Her scientific studies and collaborative work has been published in more than 40 peer-reviewed journals including Journal of American Chemical Society, Advanced Energy Materials and Energy and Environmental Science, etc. and resulted in 2 patent applications. Owing to her academic achievements, recently she received a prestigious research grant that is given to only 19 selected young investigators by Helmholtz Association, one of largest scientific research organization in Germany. Currently she continues her research activites as a joint research associate at Imperial Collage London (London, UK) and Jülich Research Center (Jülich, Germany).

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Baran SARAÇ, Ph.D

Dr. Baran Sarac graduated from the Middle East Technical University, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering and Mechanical Engineering departments in 2008. In September 2008, he was admitted as a scholarship holder master and doctoral student to Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science Departments of the Yale University. Dr. Sarac first received his master’s degree on May 2010 and subsequently his doctoral degree on May 2013 from the same department. Due to his outstanding PhD thesis, he was awarded with the Harding Bliss Prize which is one of the top prizes in engineering field at the Yale University. He continued his work on the numerical simulations of glassy metals at Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG) and Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) as a post-doctoral researcher for one year. Since July 2014, Dr. Sarac has been working as a senior researcher on forming of glassy metals through thermoplastic deformation and effects of microstructural changes on the mechanical properties at the Leibniz Institute IFW Dresden.

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Serpil TEKOĞLU, M.Sc.

Serpil Tekoglu received her M.Sc. degree in Chemistry and Energy at Solar Energy Institute of Ege University in 2009 and subsequently she was awarded with the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellowship allowing her to attend graduate studies at Linz Institute for Organic Solar Cells (Johannes Kepler University of Linz, Austria). In 2012, she has been appointed as a scientific researcher at Light Technology Institute of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), and since then as a KIT member she has been carrying out her research activities at InnovationLab GmbH - Forum Organic Electronics, which is a prestigious research platform, consisting of 30 companies (MERCK, BASF, etc.), universities (KIT, TUD, etc.) and research institutes and supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at Material Science Department of Technical University of Darmstadt (TUD). She has more than 20 peer-reviewed (SCIE) and more over several international conference proceeding publications. Her current research activities focus on the printed organic light emitting and bio-organic light emitting device applications. Besides her scientific activities, she is involved in scientific and social activities, which aims enhancing scientific collaboration between Turkey and Germany. Recently, she had a key role for the organization of an International Workshop on Flexible Bio- and Organic Printed Electronics (IWOBOE), which was launched within the frame of 2014 Turkish-German Science Year.

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Honorary Board

We are thankful to Honorary Board Members for their encouragement and pioneering supports that brought us together for the idea of TESSA!

o.Univ. Prof. Mag. Dr. DDr.
N. Serdar Sarıçiftçi

Founding Director
Linz Institute for Organic Solar Cells (LIOS)
Johannes Kepler University, Linz, AUSTRIA

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c.
Michael Veith

Former Director of Leibniz-INM and
Senior Professor at Saarland University
Saarbrücken, GERMANY

Prof. Dr. Candan Tamerler

Wesley G. Cramer Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Kansas, Lawrence, USA

Prof. Dr. med. Hashim Abdul-Khaliq

Speaker and Chairman of The Competence Network for Congenital Heart Defects

Prof. Dr. Franz Faupel

Chair for Multicomponent Materials
Institute for Materials Science
Kiel University, Kiel, GERMANY