Dr. Muhammet U. Kahveci

Principal Investigator

Dr. Kahveci completed his Ph. D. studies under supervision of Prof. Yusuf Yagci in Department of Chemistry at Istanbul Technical University (ITU), Turkey in 2012 and currently work as an Assoc. Prof. in Department of Chemistry at the Istanbul Technical University (Istanbul, Turkey). 

His scientific interests are mainly focused on synthesis and modification of polymers, controlled/living polymerization methods, functional polymers, polymeric materials in biomedical applications (durg delivery and targetting), and photopolymerization. 

He received Ph.D. (2012) and M.Sc. (2007) degrees in Chemistry from ITU. He received B. Sc. degree in Chemistry from ITU in 2005 with honor and in Molecular Biology and Genetics as a double major program in 2007. Dr. Kahveci visited Prof. Heather Maynard’s lab at the University of California, Los Angeles (USA) in 2013 for a year as a PostDoc and Monash University of Australia for five months as a visiting researcher in 2008. He got The Young Scientists Award Programme (GEBIP), Turkish Academy of Science in 2017.


Experiences


[2018-still]  Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul-TURKEY.

Assoc. Prof. in Department of Chemistry (Fulltime).

 [2016-2018]  Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul-TURKEY.

Assoc. Prof. in Bioengineering Department (Fulltime).


[2016-2018]  IDIATEK Bioengineering and Advanced Medical Tech. Ltd. Co., Istanbul-TURKEY.

Founder

[2013 - 2016]  Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul-TURKEY.

Assist. Prof. in Bioengineering Department (Fulltime).


[2013-2014]  University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).

Postdoctoral Researcher, Prof. Heather Maynard’s Lab. (Fulltime).


[2012 - 2013]  Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul-TURKEY.

Research specialist in Bioengineering Department (Fulltime).


[2011, February-December]  Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul-TURKEY.

Research assistant in Bioengineering Department (Fulltime).


[2008, March-August]  Monash University, Melbourne-AUSTRALIA.

Visiting researcher (Fulltime).


[2004, July - August] Atermit Endustri ve Ticaret AS., Istanbul-TURKEY.

Project to decrease densities of expanded polystyrene and polypropylene during expansion process (Intern). 




Education


Doctor of Philosophy

[2007 - 2012] Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul-TURKEY

Institute of Science and Technology – Chemistry; Academic Success: 3.88/4.00

Thesis:New Photoinitiating Systems for Cationic Polymerization of Vinyl Ethers

Master of Science

[2005- 2007] Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul-TURKEY

Institute of Science and Technology  – Chemistry; Academic Success: 3.94/4.00

Thesis:A New Method For Photoinitiated Cationic Polymerization of Vinyl Ethers. 

Bachelor of Science

[2003-2007] Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul-TURKEY

Faculty of Science and Letters – Molecular Biology and Genetics(Double Major Program); Academic Success: 3.64/4.00

Graduation Project: Computational Analysis of Rexle/Rexxe Motif of Iron Permease Ftr1 in Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Its Reactions with Iron.


[2006 January-June] Umeå University, Umeå-SWEDEN

Faculty of Biomedicine – Molecular Biology(Erasmus Exchange Program)


[2002-2005] Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul-TURKEY

Faculty of Science and Letters – Chemistry; Academic Success: 3.89/4.00




Projects


  • 2018-2020Development of Light-Induced Ultra-Fast Diels-Alder Click Reactions and Preparation of Functional Polymeric Materials by These Reactions, TUBITAK 1001 (Project #: 217Z057), Principle investigator

  • 2017-2020Fabrication of Polymeric Nanoparticles and Bio-active Surfaces via Ultra-fast Photochemical Diels-Alder Click Reactions, TUBA, Principle investigator.

  • 2016-2017IDiaTek Diagnostic Cancer Chip, TUBITAK 1512 (Project #: 2150139), Principle investigator

  • 2015-2017Development of treatment and diagnosis platforms depending on bio-active polymeric structures by controlled polymerization and bioorthogonal approaches, TUBITAK 1001 (Project #: 214M175), Principle investigator

  • 2016-2017Preparation of Biologically Active Polymeric Materials for Medical Diagnostic Applications, YTU BAP (Project #: 2016-07-04-YL11), Principle investigator

  • 2016-2017Investigation of Cytotoxicities of Polymers for Biomedical Applications, YTU BAP (Project #: 2016-07-04-YL07), Principle investigator

  • 2015-2016Preparation of R&D Strategies of Yildiz Technical University (Biomaterials), TUBITAK 1000 (Project #:115R202), Researcher

  • 2013-2017Synthesis of bioactive microgels and nanogels, YTU BAP (Project #: 2013-07-04-GEP01), Principle investigator

  • 2013-2017Synthesis of smart bio-conjugated polymeric structures for biomedical applications YTU BAP (Proje #: 2013-07-04-KAP05), Principle investigator

  • 2013Production of tulips in a fully automated biotechnological hydroponic greenhouse (Granted by Istanbul Development Agency; Project # BIL332), Researcher

·    2011-2012Development of environmentally-friendly and more effective photoinitiating systems for polymerization vinyl ethers (Istanbul Technical University, Scientific Research Project, Project # 34347), Researcher

·    2011-2012Development of environmentally-friendly and more effective photoinitiating systems for polymerization vinyl ethers (Istanbul Technical University, Scientific Research Project, Project # 34347), Researcher

·    2007 Living cationic polymerization of isobutyl vinyl ether by indirect photochemical route (Istanbul Technical University, Scientific Research Project, Project # 32010) Researcher




Research Interests


  • Polymer Chemistry

  • Synthesis and caharacterization of polymers

  • Functional polymers

  • Click Reactions

  • Biomedical applications of polymers (drug delvery, diagnostic etc.)

  • Bio-conjugated polymers

  • Photopolymerization 





Degrees / Awards / Scholarships


  • 2017Turkish Academy of Science-The Young Scientists Award Programme (GEBIP)

  • 2013-2014TUBITAKThe Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey) – BIDEB Graduate  (Ph. D.)  2219 Abroad Scholarship Programme (1 year)

  • 2013 63rdLindau Nobel Laureates Meeting Grant (TUBITAK)

  • 2007-2012TUBITAK(The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey) – BIDEB Graduate  (Ph. D.) Scholarship

  • 2008, March - August Visiting Researcher Fellowship, Monash University, Australia.

  • 2006-2007 TUBITAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey) – BIDEB Graduate (M. Sc.) Scholarship

  • 2006, January - June ERASMUS Exchange Programme Scholarship

  • 2002-2005TUBITAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey) – BAYG Undergraduate Scholarship

  • 2004-2005First rank in the Faculty of Science and Letters, and Chemistry Department

  • 2002-2005ITU High Honor Student




Organization Committee Duties


  • Organizing Committee; 46thIUPAC World Polymer Congress, Istanbul, 17-21 July 2016.

  • Organizing Committee; APME 2011, IUPAC 9th International Conference on Advanced Polymers via Macromolecular Engineering, Cappadoccia, Turkey, 5-8 September 2011.

  • Organizing Committee and Symposium Secretariat ; 2ndInternational Symposium on Thermosets (Baekeland 2009).Antalya, Turkey, 22-25 November 2009.

  • Organizing Committee; NATO-ASI on New Smart Materials via Metal Mediated Macromolecular Engineering: from Complex to Nano Structures, Antalya, Turkey, 1-12 September 2008.

 

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