Department of Engineering Physics
McMaster School of Biomedical Engineering
Currently Accepting Graduate Students
My research vision is to develop easy, versatile, and inexpensive methods of exploring and tuning interfaces, particularly in organic, perovskite and nanoparticle solar cells, light emitting diodes and sensors. By making electronic products cheaper, more accessible, and more flexible, our research will have a huge impact on the way people use clean energy, access information and measure the world around them. 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 for the Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Electronics (Springer) and Scientific Reports (Springer-Nature), and Associate editor for Frontiers in Photonics in Photovoltaic Materials and Devices.
Current research projects include:
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
Dr. Turak was a recipient of the Early Researcher Award in 2016.
Interfacial degradation in organic optoelectronics
Turak, A. (2013)
As someone expanding from OTFT interfaces to OLED, I just want to thank you for the wonderful review you did back in 2013. I doubt there’s been a day this month I haven’t consulted it.
Jacob W. Ciszek, Loyola University Chicago
Reverse micelle templating route to ordered monodispersed spherical organo-lead halide perovskite nanoparticles for light emission
ACS Applied Nano Materials
LS Hui, C Beswick, A Getachew, H Heilbrunner, K Liang, G Hanta, R Arbi, M Munir, H Dawood, N Isik Goktas, R LaPierre, MC Scharber, NS Sariciftci, A Turak
Enhanced photoelectrochemical water splitting efficiency of hematite (α-Fe2O3)-Based photoelectrode by the introduction of maghemite (γ-Fe2O3) nanoparticles
Journal Of Photochemistry And Photobiology A: Chemistry
T Tokubuchi, RI Arbi, P Zhenhua, K Katayama, A Turak, WY Sohn
Please refer to Google Scholar for all publications:
Early Researcher Award (2016),
Leadership in Teaching and Learning Fellowship (2017-2019)
Petro-Canada Young Innovators award (2016)