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Prof. Dr. Selmiye Alkan Gürsel

Sabancı University FENS

Work Experience

Sabanci University (2018-);Professor , Faculty

Sabanci University (2011-2018); Associate Professor, Faculty

Sabanci University (2008-2011); Assistant Professor, Visiting Faculty

Paul Scherrer Institut (2003-2007); Post-Doctoral Researcher/Senior Scientist

Middle East Technical University (2002-2003); Post-Doctoral Researcher

University of Florida (2001-2002);Visiting Scholar

Research Interests

-Synthesis & Characterization of Proton Exchange Membranes for Fuel Cells

-Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells -Graphene based Electrodes & Catalyst Supports for Fuel Cells

-Materials for Artificial Muscles

-Electrodes for Lithium Ion and Lithium Batteries

-Radiation Induced Grafting Techniques

-Synthesis & Characterization of Electrochromic Polymers, Electrochromic Devices

-Electrochemical Synthesis & Characterization of Conducting Polymers, Copolymers

-Enzyme Immobilization in Conducting Polymer Matrices

Last 5 Publications

1. Sina Abdolhosseinzadeh, Sina Sadighikia, Selmiye Alkan Gürsel “Scalable Synthesis Of Sub-Nanosized Platinum-Reduced Graphene Oxide Composite by An Ultra-Precise Photocatalytic Method”ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2018, 6, 3773-3782 (doi: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.7b04148) .

2. Shayan Mehraeen, Adnan Taşdemir, Selmiye Alkan Gürsel, Alp Yürüm“Homogeneous Growth Of TiO2-based Nanotubes on Nitrogen-Doped Reduced Graphene Oxide and Its Enhanced Performance As A Li-Ion Battery Anode”Nanotechnology2018, 29, 255402-255414 (doi:10.1088/1361-6528/aabb83)

3. Enver Güler, Sahl Sadeghi “Characterization and Fuel Cell Performance of Divinylbenzene Crosslinked Phosphoric Acid Doped Membranes based on 4- Vinylpyridine Grafting onto Poly (Ethylene-co-Tetrafluoroethylene) Films”Int. J. Hydrogen Energy2018, 43 (16), 8088–8099 (doi: 10.1016/j.ijhydene.2018.03.087)

4. S. Sadeghi, L. Işıkel Şanlı, E. Güler, S. Alkan Gürsel “Enhancing Proton Conductivity Via Sub-Micron Structures in Proton Conducting Membranes Originating from Sulfonated PVDF Powder by Radiation-Induced Grafting”Solid State Ionics2018, 314, 66-73 (doi: 10.1016/j.ssi.2017.11.017).

5. Özlem Karahan, Emre Biçer, Adnan Taşdemir, Alp Yürüm, Selmiye Alkan Gürsel“Development of Efficient Copper-Based MOF-Derived Catalysts for the Reduction of Aromatic Nitro Compounds”Eur. J. Inorg. Chem.2018, 1073–1079 (doi: 10.1002/ejic.201701320).


1. Selmiye Alkan Gürsel, Lale Işıkel Şanlı “Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells with Improved Performance”WO2015,022021 A1

2. Günther. G. Scherer, Lorenz Gubler, Selmiye Alkan Gürsel “A Method for Preparing a Membrane to be Assembled in a Membrane Electrode Assembly and Membrane Electrode Assembly” WO2006,081970 ; EP1689014; US2009053611

3. Mark. G. Roelofs, ZenYuYang, Selmiye Alkan Gürsel, Günther G. Scherer “Process to Prepare Stable Trifluorostyrene Containing Compounds Grafted to Base Polymers using an Alcohol/Water Mixture” WO2006,102672 (006)


-Electrochemical Society (ECS),

-Turkish Chemical Society


-Academic Prize in the Women Energizing Turkey Awards 2018

-Nominated to ENI Award 2017

-The Science Academy -Young Academics Prize Scholarships (BAGEP) 2013 Award

-METU Prof. Mustafa N. Parlar Foundation Research Incentive Award 2012

-Turkish Academy of Sciences(TUBA)-L’OREAL Turkey-Young Women Scientist Fellowship 2010 Award