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Catherine Hirel Aslan

Ph.D. in Chemistry

Work Experience

2019-present: Principal Researcher at Sabanci University Nanotechnology Research Application Center (SUNUM)

2004-2019: Assistant Professor at Gebze Technical University -Turkey

2003-2004: Waste Recycling S. p. A. Via Malpasso 63/65 Castelfranco di Sotto, Pisa (Italy), detached in the laboratory of Prof. Ciardelli in Pisa University, Italy. European Community’s Human Potential Programme under contract HPRN-CT-2000-00010, POLYCAT (Polymerization by single-site metal Catalysis).

1999-2003: CEA (Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique – Atomic Energy Agency), Grenoble, France.

Research Interests

– Synthesis of phthalocyanines, porphyrins and nitronyl nitroxides

– Oxygen sensor – Magnetic molecular material

– Hybrid solid-state electrolytes for Lithium batteries


Issue Organization:Invited co-editor of the October issue (2013) of the Journal of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines, dedicated to the 60th birthday of Prof. Dr. Vefa Ahsen Preface: J. Porphyrins Phthalocyanines 2013; 17: 912

Co-editor of a Special Issue entitled “Free Radicals: An Old Fashion Tool for Futures Multifunctional Magnetic Materials” (Website: for the journal Magnetochemistry (ISSN 2312-7481) Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2018

Symposium Organization:

Co-organizer of a symposium 23. Porphyrinoids Based Chemical Sensors (together with Prof Marcel Bouvet, University of Burgundy, Dijon, France and Corrado di Natale, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy) in the framework of the International Conference on Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines (ICPP-10 in Munich, July 1-6, 2018).

Last 5 Publications

1.Turkmen T. A., Zeng L., Cui Y, Fidan I, Dumoulin F., Hirel C., Zorlu Y., Ahsen V., Chernonosov A. A., Chumakov Y., Kadish K. M., Gürek A. G. and Tokdemir Öztürk S. “Effect of the Substitution Pattern (Peripheral vs Non-Peripheral) on the Spectroscopic, Electrochemical, and Magnetic Properties of Octahexylsulfanyl Copper Phthalocyanines” Inorganic Chemistry. 57, 6456−6465 (2018)

2.Fidan I, Luneau D., Ahsen V. and Hirel C. “Revisiting the Ullman’s Radical Chemistry for Phthalocyanine Derivatives” Chemistry- A European Journal, 24, 5359 – 5365 (2018)

3.Fidan I., Önal E., Yerli Y., Luneau D., Ahsen V., and Hirel C. “Synthetic Access to Pure Polyradical Architecture: Nucleophilic Insertion of Nitronyl Nitroxide on Cyclotriphosphazene Scaffold” ChemPlusChem, 82(12), Pages: 1384–1389 (2017)

4.Önal E., Saß S., Hurpin J., Ertekin K., Topal S.Z., Kumke M. U., Hirel C., “Lifetime-Based Oxygen Sensing Properties of palladium(II)and platinum(II) meso-tetrakis(4-phenylethynyl)phenylporphyrin” J. Fluorescence (2017) 27:861–868

5.Topal S. Z., Zeyrek Ongun M., Önal E., Ertekin K., Hirel C. “Hyperporphyrin effect on oxygen sensitivity of free meso-tetraphenylporphyrins” Dyes and Pigments, 144 102-109 (2017)


Coiai Serena, Passaglia Elisa, Hirel Catherine,

Ciardelli Francesco, Tirelli Diego,

Resmini Emiliano, Peruzzotti Franco,

“Thermoplastic elastomeric material and process for its manufacturing”

Pub. No.:WO/2006/012912

International Application No.:PCT/EP2004/008735


2011: Poster Award “Lanthanide double-decker complexes of Phthalocyanines for 2nd-order nonlinear optics” 25.Ulusal Kimya Kongresi, Erzurum 27 Haziran-02 Temmuz 2011.

1999: Grant Jacques Cartier for 6 weeks at the University of Montreal (Canada) Laboratory of spectroscopy- Prof. Reber Analytical measurement (UV spectroscopy in the solid state, RAMAN).