Sezer Özenler is a Ph.D. student at Izmir Institute of Technology (IZTECH), Chemistry Department. He received his M.Sc. degree in Chemistry in 2015 from Anadolu University. His graduation project was “Characterization and synthesis of polyether polyol to be used in the production of polyurethane rigid foam”.
He is specialized in the field of polymer science; especially type of polyurethanes. His research interests include polyether polyol, polymer synthesis, and characterization, polymer formulization, phase change material, insulation materials. His current study comprise microfluidic spinning, polyurethanes (TPU, WPU, PUR), flame retardants, scaffolds and polythiophenes.
The functionalization of molecules onto solid substrates is of an interest in sensor science. Molecular thin films and self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) have become typical examples of surface functionalization for sensing applications that have been extensively studied in last decades. The SAMs provide major advantages over the other surface functionalization methodologies, however functionality of SAMs are limited due to their fragile nature. In my project, I am seeking the new methodologies based stepwise accumulation of molecular structures that allowing thickness control in molecular level. My studies focus on i) theoretical understanding of molecular assembly formation and ii) experimental verification of assembly of molecules both longitudinal and lateral directions (figure1). This studies will be further extended by applications of protein and DNA sensors.
Figure 1 a) and b) Infrared spectra of polymer film, c) Microscope image of stamped polymer, d) and e) Contact angle results of various film type