Bilkent University Department of Physics and UNAM faculty member Assistant Prof. Dr. Coşkun Kocabaş has been awarded a European Research Council’s (ERC) consolidator grant. Dr. Coşkun Kocabaş will be using this funding for his research project titled “Graphene-Based Smart Surfaces: From Visible to Microwave”.
ERC funding is regarded as the most prestigious research funding in Europe and aims to stimulate scientific excellence in Europe by supporting the very best researchers in any field of research. ERC competitions are open to top researchers from anywhere in the world.
In his project, Dr. Kocabaş proposes a new class of active surfaces capable of real-time electrical control of their appearance in a very broad spectrum ranging from visible to microwave, covering six orders of magnitude in wavelength. Graphene single atom thick carbon is the key material for realizing this goal. Using these active surfaces, Dr. Coşkun Kocabaş and his group will be developing adaptive camouflage systems.
Since the start of the ERC funding program in 2007, Dr. Coşkun Kocabaş’s grant is the 5th ERC grant received by Bilkent University and the 13th such grant received by researchers working in Turkey.