Professor  Kadri Aydınol
Middle East Technical University

“How to make a battery: Cell making processes”

Lithium ion batteries. Cell types and components; acitve materials, additives, binders, electrolytes, separators, current collectors and battery casing. Battery processing and equipment; slurry mixing, coating, calendering, electrode cutting, winding/stacking, electrolyte filling and cell closing. Critically important process parameters. Electrochemical characterization and equipment; discharge capacity determination, charge-discharge cycle, cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy.

Kadri Aydınol is a professor in the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering at Middle East Technical University (METU). He received his PhD in Metallurgical Engineering in 1994 at METU. He then joined Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, as a post-doc, working in the field of Li-ion battery research. He then returned to METU in 1998. He has led a research group with extensive experience on processing and structural and electrochemical characterization of active materials used in lead-acid, nickel-metal hydride, lithium-ion, silver-zinc, zinc-air together with an experience in industrial cell making processes.

Dr. Aligul Buyukaksoy
Gebze Technical University 

Overview:Intermediate Temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

Aiming at eliminating the long-term performance loss caused by microstructural and chemical degradation of the conventional SOFC , significant progress has been made on  lowering the operating temperature of SOFCs down to 550-700 °C. This, on the other hand, brings about a whole new set of challenges that originate from the slow electrode kinetics and ionic transport at these temperatures. In this lecture, first, a background on the operating principles, techniques of fabrication and characterization of conventional SOFCs will be provided. Then, the novel materials, fabrication techniques and cell designs that have been proposed for IT- SOFCs will be summarized.

 Aligul Buyukaksoy obtained his PhD from Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly University of Missouri-Rolla) in 2013 with a thesis on the development of composite electrodes for solid oxide fuel cells . He was the recipient of Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures/ Eyes High, a postdoctoral fellowship program at the University of Calgary where he continued his research on SOFCs . In 2016, he joined   Gebze Technical University as a faculty member . Dr. Buyukaksoys  research interests include the development of novel nanostructured electrodes for intermediate temperature SOFCs, SOFC device design, understanding of the electrochemical reaction mechanisms in SOFCs.


Professor Rezan Demir-Cakan
Gebze Technical University 

Overview: Li-S batteries


Rezan Demir-Cakan completed her bachelor and master degree from Yildiz Technical University at the Chemical Engineering Department. She received her Ph.D. degree at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces , in Germany (2009), under the supervison of Markus Antonietti working on the synthesis, characterization and applications of hydrothermal carbon materials. Then she moved to France, the group of Jean-Marie-Tarascon, focusing on the rechargeable lithium batteries, more specifically on lithium-sulphur batteries between 2009-2012. Currently she has been working as an Associate Professor at the Chemical Engineering Department of Gebze Technical University. Her research interests include the synthesis of nanostructured energy materials and their application in the field of Li/Na batteries.


Professor Mehmet Oguz Guler
Sakarya University

Overview- Li-ion Batteries

Mehmet Oguz Guler  is an associate professor in Sakarya University. He received his B.Sc and MSc from the same university and obatiend his Ph.D. in 2009 with a thesis on tin oxide anodes for Li-ion batteries. He was a DAAD fellow at Karlsruhe Research Center where he worked on thin anode electrodes for Li-ion batteries. He has experience in design and fabrication of batteries as well as of their testings. His interest covers synthesis of active materials at nano as well as at micro scale for a variety of battery chemistries namely Li-ion, Na-ion, Mg-ion and Li-air. Currently Dr Guler is managing two bilateral projects on Li-ion and Na-ion batteries. He has more than 60 papers, 5 book chapters and 200 conference papers.



Photoelectron spectroscopy in Battery Research ( to be announced)



Professor Onder Metin
Koç University 

Catalysis-A Brief Overview


Prof. Y Eren Kalay
Middle East Technical University

.“In Situ  Synchrotron Diffraction and Rietveld Analysis”

In this lecture, following the basics of  X-ray  diffraction, emphasis will be placed on in-situ characterization techniques based on synchrotron radiation  using sequential Rietveld analysis..

Yunus Eren Kalay received his B.Sc(2001) and M.Sc.(2003) degrees in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering from the Middle East Technical University. He obtained his PhD in Iowa State University in 2009. He was a post-doc for 2 years in Ames laboratory before he joined METU where he is an associate professor at the Materials Engineering Dept. Professor Kalay’s research centers on amorphous alloys, namely on the evolvement and the control of amorphous structure during solidification. Prof Kalay has an in-depth expertise on material characterization techniques. This includes advanced electron microscopy techniques which he applied to a wide spectrum of material problems ranging from electronic packaging, rare earth-free magnets and single crystal enhancement. His expertise also includes in-situ experiments involving synchrotron radiation. He actively promotes the use of synchrotron radiation and  in-situ experiments  for material research. Prof Kalay is the editor of MATTER, a journal dedicated to publishing undergraduate research. He is also an active promoter of science in pre-university education.


Dr. Alexander Opitz
Institute of Chemical Technologies and Analytics, TU Wien

Solid State Electrochemsitry

Alexander Opitz graduated with ditinction with masters degree  from Vienna University of Technology in 2008. He obtained his Ph.D.  from the same University in 2011  with a thesis entitled    „Oxygen Exchange Pathways of Platinum Model Electrodes on Yttria-stabilized Zirconia“. Dr Opitz  was a visiting scientest  at MIT. He is currently at the  Vienna University of Technology.

Dr. Matthew Lacey
Uppsala University

Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy for Battery Research

Matthew  Lacey graduated from the University of Southampton, United Kingdom, with a Master of Chemistry degree in 2008 and completed his PhD at the same university in 2012 under the supervision of Prof John R. Owen. He joined the Ångström Advanced Battery Centre in 2012 as a postdoc working on lithium-sulfur batteries, and in 2016 became a researcher in the same group. Since 2018 he is also a thematic researcher with the Swedish Electromobility Centre. Matt’s research interests centre on the electrochemistry of lithium batteries, particularly on ageing and cross-talk mechanisms in cells, as well as electrochemical modelling.”



Dr. Meltem Sezen
Sabanci University

“Focused Ion Beam Microscopy”

The focused ion beam (FIB) has gained widespread use in fundamental materials and  technological applications in recent years  because it offers both high-resolution imaging and flexible micromachining  at the nanometer–micrometer scale. In the simplest case, it provides a fast and  efficient sample preparation technique for TEM where the thinning can be positioned  with a great precision. TEM combined with FIB based sectioning and tomography provide useful information with regard to morphology and elemental distribution in material system comprising sub-components at nanoscale, including interfaces. In this lecture, novel sample preparation methodologies as well as FIB tomography will be introduced and discussed. The complementary analysis will also be presented using HR-TEM imaging coupled with HR-SEM imaging for varying scales, from micron to atomic.

Meltem Sezen received her PhD degree from Institute for Electron Microscopy of Graz University of Technology, Austria in 2009. She then continued working as a postdoctoral research fellow in Graz Centre for Electron Microscopy (ZFE) since 2011. She is currently working as a researcher at the Sabanci University Nanotechnology Research and Application Center (SUNUM). Her primary research interests include Focused Ion Beam technologies; Dual-Beam (FIB-SEM) instruments; correlative electron/ion beam irradiation damage analysis on conjugated polymers and organic semiconductors; nanocharacterization, nanomodification and nanostructuring of organic optoelectronic devices, nano-scale prototyping and machining using in-situ dual-beam applications, FIB based tomography and advanced TEM sample preparation techniques, Raman Spectroscopy and Wavelength-Dispersive Spectroscopy.


Professor Mustafa Urgen
İstanbul Technical University 


Among various energy storage devices, supercapacitors have been considered as one of the most promising candidates. Supercapacitors have higher power density, longer cycle life, wider working temperature range, shorter charging times than batteries and may discharge very fast. They store energy using ion adsorption and/or fast surface redox reactions. This lecture will start with giving a historical perspective of capacitors especially emphasizing  their reversion from “electronic or electrical components” into their first function: energy storage devices. Present usage fields of these devices in different industry sectors will also be outlined in this part of the lecture. In the second part of the lecture working principles and classifications of supercapacitors will be given along with electrochemical methods used for the determination of their properties. In the last section, new developments for supercapacitor materials and strategies for increasing their performance will be outlined.

Mustafa URGEN is presently working in the  Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department of Istanbul Technical University and leading the “Surface Technologies” group. He has received his bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees from Istanbul Technical University. After finishing his PhD, he conducted post –doctoral studies at Max-Planck Institute, Institut für Metallwissenschaften, Stuttgart, Germany (1988-89). His current research  focuses on the hybrid deposition techniques, production and characterization of nano-composite structures, nano patterning of surfaces. He has also interest in alternative electrochemical methods for producing electroactive materials. He has more than 200  journal and conference publications and is  one of the authors of 4 issued and 3 pending patents.