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Dr. Ayse Turak

Associate Professor

Department of Engineering Physics

Expertise:
nanoparticle synthesis;perovskites;degradation at interfaces in organic electronics; classification of spatial order for 2D objects; modelling and tailoring of organic thin film morphology; photovoltaics; sensors; water splitting; lasers; surface and interface physics
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Email:
Office:
JHE A321
Phone:
+1 905.525.9140 x 23348
Lab:
JHE A302

Overview

Currently Accepting Graduate Students

Research Interests

My research vision is to develop easy, versatile, and inexpensive methods of tuning interfaces in organic/perovskite solar cells and light emitting diodes. By making solar and lighting products cheaper, more accessible, and more flexible, her research will have a huge impact on the way people use clean energy. To achieve this vision, the Turak group uses simple manufacturing approaches(reverse micelle deposition of nanoparticles), allows nature to dictate morphology(entropic self-assembly, beneficial dewetting), and develops widely applicable characterization tools(“MORPHOLOGIES” Monte Carlo simulation code, “dis-Locate” spatial order classification package, 3D printed environmental testing chamber).

Prior to McMaster, I was a Marie Curie Fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute for Metals Research in Stuttgart, Germany (2008-2010), then a visiting professor at Sabanci University in Istanbul, Turkey (2011). I am co-chair for the Society for Information Display (Cnd Chpt), and Editorial Board member for Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Electronics and Scientific Reports. 

Current research projects include:

  • “Sanitizing plastic": antiviral nanoparticle decorated polymers for antiseptic packaging against COVID-19 (COVID-19 ALLRP 550726-20)
  • Perovskite near and mid-IR nanolasers: Next Generation Sources for Optical Satellite Communications (HTSN-611) (Optical Satellite Consortium Projects, Satellite Canada Innovation Network
  • Nanoparticle Arrays for Novel, Organized Perovskites Assisted by Copolymer assembly Kinetics (NANOPACK): Designer nanomaterials for energy applications (RGPIN-2019-05994)
  • Nanoparticle arrays for light management and degradation control (NanoLight) (Early Researcher Award)
  • High efficiency nanostructured electrodes for organic optoelectronics (NSERC 436100-2013 RGPIN)

  • Engineering Interlayers in Organic Photovoltaics: Effects of Nanostructuring and Energy Storage (TUBITAK 110T023) -- jointly with C. Ow-Yang, Sabanci University, Turkey

  • Geometric packing and phase transition modelling of two-dimensional organic molecule analogues – jointly with A. Diaz-Ortiz, Soleil, France

  • Interfacial adhesion strength at organic-inorganic heterojunctions – jointly with M. Kampermann, Wageningen University, Holland 

  • Growth and structure of organic-organic heterojunctions – jointly with D. De Oteyza, Donostia International Physics Centre, Spain; R. Hayakawa, National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan; Y. Zhang, Nankai University, China; J. Wachtrup, University of Stuttgart, Germany.

  • Processing effects on structure of polymer solar cells – jointly with E. Ahlswede, Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW), Germany

  • Inorganic interlayers for organic solar cells by reverse micelle reactor growth technique (NIOS) — jointly with C. Ow-Yang, Sabanci University, Turkey
  • Interfacial structure of buried inorganic-organic interfaces in organic photovoltaics  (LiFOrganicPV)
  • Geometric packing and phase transitions in two-dimensional granular media – jointly with A. Diaz-Ortiz, Orsey, France
  • Interfacial adhesion strength at organic-inorganic heterojunctions – jointly with M. Kampermann, Wageningen University, Holland
  • Reactivity of LiF coated surfaces – jointly with L. P. H. Jeurgens, MPI-IS, Germany
  • Growth and structure of organic-organic heterojunctions – jointly with D. De Oteyza, Donostia International Physics Centre, Spain; R. Hayakawa, National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan; Y. Zhang, Nankai University, China; J. Wachtrup, University of Stuttgart, Germany.
  • Processing effects on structure of polymer solar cells – jointly with E. Ahlswede, Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW), Germany

Did you know…

Dr. Turak was a recipient of the Early Researcher Award in 2016.  

 

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