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Güldem Utkan

Work Experience

2022-                  Part-time Researcher    SUNUM, Sabancı University, İstanbul, Turkey.

2018- 2022      Assoc. Prof. Dr. Marmara University, Faculty of Engineering, Chemical  Engineering Department, Istanbul, Turkey.

2008-2018      Chief Researcher, TUBITAK Marmara Resarch Center (MRC)-Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology Institute (GMBE), Enzyme and Fermentation Technology Laboratory, Kocaeli, Turkey.

1998-2007       Research Assistant, Hacettepe University, Faculty of Engineering, Chemical  Engineering Department, Ankara, Turkey.

1996-1998       Research Assistant, Lehigh University, Faculty of Engineering, Polymer     Science and Engineering, Bethlehem, PA, U.S.A.

1995-1996       Teaching Assistant, Lehigh University, Faculty of Engineering, Materials  Science and Engineering Bethlehem, PA, U.S.A.

Research Interests

  • Synthesis, characterization, and modification of functional nanomaterials (Graphene oxide and reduced graphene oxide, magnetic nanoparticles (Fe2O3/Fe3O4), metal and metal oxide nanoparticles (Au, Ag, Fe2O3/Fe3O4, TiO2, ZnO), Metal Organic Frameworks (MOF) (ZIF8), fluorescent carbon/graphene nanodots
  • Green Production Methods
  • Polymer synthesis and characterization
  • Polymer nano/microparticle synthesis and characterization
  • Hydrogels, superabsorbent polymers, and composites production and characterization
  • Different applications of these materials such as bioengineering applications (drug and gene delivery, diagnostic kit, biosensor, wound dressing etc.), wastewater treatment and filtration etc.

Last 5 Publications

  • Guldem Utkan, G. Yumusak, Ozturk, B.C. Tunali, M. Turk, “Reduced Graphene Oxide Microbial Production and Their Cell Interactions”, ACS OMEGA, 8, 31188-31200, 2023.
  • Çabuk Şahin, Y. Aydın, Guldem Utkan, A. Altınkut Uncuoğlu, “Chapter 22-Nanotechnology in Agriculture for Plant Control and as Biofertilizer”, Synthesis of Biomaterials for Biomedical Applications A volume in Micro and Nano Technologies, Wiley, 2023, 469-492.
  • Guldem Utkan, “Effective Reduction of Graphene Oxide by Lactococcus lactis”, Celal Bayar University Journal of Science, 16, 155-160,
  • Guldem Utkan, T. Ozturk, O. Duygulu, E. Tahtasakal, A.A. Denizci, “Microbial Reduction of Graphene Oxide by Lactobacillus Plantarum”, International J of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 15, 2, 2019, 127-13, 2019.
  • Guldem Utkan, “PEG-based Temperature Sensitive Nanoparticle Synthesis and Their Use in Protein Adsorption”, Archive of Biomedical Science and Engineering, 4, 21-24,


American Chemical Society

American Nano Society

World Association of Young Scientists